Don Miller Scholarship

  • This scholarship is offered to full-time students in need of financial assistance who have chosen a degree plan that will result in a professional career in the field of intellectual and developmental disability services. The Arc of Texas awards only one (1) scholarship per year. Find out more information.

Accessing Services

Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
State organization created to administer long-term services and supports to people diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
State organization created to offer a variety of services to assist with people who are blind or visually impaired, ECI services, support employment services and disability determination.

Department of Family and Protective Services
State organization created to protect children, the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

If you suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation contact Statewide Intake at (800) 252-5400 or at https://www.txabusehotline.org.  Please call 9-1-1 or your local law enforcement for emergencies.

Department of State Health Services
State organization created to improve health and well-being in Texas.  Provides a variety of resources related to health records, mental health & substance abuse, health data, disease prevention and community health services.

Disability.gov
U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.

Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
State organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and human services system administered in Texas.

Local Authorities (previous MHMR)
Serve as the point of entry for intellectual disability programs.  Services may include – behavioral support, community support, day habilitation, eligibility determination, employment assistance, nursing, service coordination, specialized therapies, supported employment and vocational training.  Each local authority covers a certain geographic area, please use the link to find the correct local authority for your county.

Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Link to apply and get information about Medicaid and CHIP benefits throughout Texas.

Medicaid Waivers
Texas currently has six (6) Medicaid Waiver programs to provide long-term services and supports to people with disabilities in Texas.  Each program has unique eligibility requirements, but this link provides a comparison chart of all the waiver programs.

These programs can have LONG waitlists (some more than 12 years) so ACT QUICKLY to get added to the list.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Texas Education Agency
State organization create to oversee primary and secondary public education throughout the state of Texas.

Community Living

Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
State organization created to administer long-term services and supports to people diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Directory of Community Resources in Texas
Find disability resources and community services through customized searches based on your zip code, county, region, keyword or category.

Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
State organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and human services system administered in Texas.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Texas Council of Community Centers
Provides organization through which Community Centers (local authorities) can work together to serve Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Works with centers to expand and improve services in their local community through their provider systems, delivering quality services and providing accountability to governmental entities and funding sources.

Education

Access to the General Curriculum
The Region 20 Education Service center provides statewide leadership for professional development and technical assistance that focuses on ensuring all students with disabilities will gain access to and show progress in the general education curriculum.

Affordable College Online
A resource guide for students with disabilities including scholarship opportunities.

ATSTAR
Assistive Technology
Strategies, Tools, Accommodations & Resources (ATSTAR) is an online curriculum designed to improve education outcomes for students with disabilities through assistive technology.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Peer-to-peer network of parents, family members, advocates, attorneys and related professionals that protects the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.

Disability Rights Texas
Protects and advocates for the rights of all people with disabilities.  Ensures students in special education receive the services and supports they need in settings with their peers without disabilities.

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program Search
If you have a child age birth to 36 months with a developmental delay or disability, you may benefit from ECI services.

Education Service Centers
20 Regional service centers dedicated work alongside school districts to assist school districts in improve student performance, enable school districts to operate more efficiently and implement initiatives assigned by the legislature or commissioner.

Inclusion Press
A small independent press that offers books and resources about full inclusion in school, work and the community.  Site includes books, videos, links, newsletter highlights and workshops.

Kids Included Together
Provides best-practice trainings for community-based organization committed to including all children into recreational, child development and youth development programs.

Lee Ann Jung
Resources from Dr. Jung about inclusive education practices. Dr. Jung was a keynote speaker at Inclusion Works! 2016.

Paula Kluth
Dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting children with disabilities. Upcoming keynote speaker at Inclusion Works! 2017. Stay tuned for more details!

SpedTex
Delivers accurate and timely answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state of Texas.

TASH
Advocacy organization focused on the human rights and inclusion for people with disabilities and support needs.  Works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.

Texas Project First
Website project by Texas Education Agency committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.

Wrightslaw
Provides reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids
Find education consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates and attorneys.  You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools and parent support groups.

Employment

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
State organization created to offer a variety of services to assist with people who are blind or visually impaired, ECI services, support employment services and disability determination.

Employment First Task Force
Authorized by Senate Bill 1226 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013) the task force was created to promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and establish the expectation that individuals with disabilities can meet the same employment standards, responsibilities and expectations as any other working-age adult.

Social Security (SSI or SSDI)
Information about Social Security benefits and links to apply.

Texas Workforce Commission
Resources, tips and tools to build a strong Texas workforce.

Family and Caregiver Support and Services

Children’s Special Needs Network
CSNN assists families and professionals in providing direct services, such as medical, educational and social services, for children in Central Texas who are diagnosed with physical or psychological special needs.

Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network
DSDN helps parents give their medical providers feedback on the quality of their prenatal or birth diagnosis conversation.

Every Child, Inc.
Working towards creating a system that ensures children with disabilities grow up in families instead of institutions.  Main office located in Austin but also have staff in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas & Longview.

Family to Family Network
Provides IEP parent support in the Houston area, education and training event on the special education process, developmental disabilities diagnosis information, and referral to community resources.

Navigate Life Texas
Resources for kids with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Sibling Leadership Network
Provides siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate for their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families.

Texans Care for Children
Statewide non-profit that works to develop policy solutions, produce research and engage Texas community leaders to educate about what works to improve the well-being of Texas children and families.

Texas Autism Research and Resource Center
Program of DARS that supports Texans on the autism spectrum and their families.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Texas Parent to Parent
Empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral and education.

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training
Provides access to resources for educators, parents, and community members focusing on evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder.

Housing

REACH (Resource Center for Independent Living)
North Texas based nonprofit providing services to people with disabilities and educating the greater community on disability related topics.

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation
Down payment assistance programs designed to address needs of low-income families and underserved communities.

Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
National self-advocacy organization working to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and have the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, chance to empower themselves, maintain friendships and make mistakes as everyone else.

Texas Advocates
Composed of 20 local chapters across the state and a board of directors made up of representatives from each chapter.  Provides trainings on self-advocacy, self-determination, person-directed planning and self-advocacy organizations.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Supportive Decision Making & Guardianship

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Texas Guardianship Reform and Support Decision-Making
Information on legislation and advocacy for alternatives to guardianship.

Transition

A Look Ahead Series
This conference series brings together expert speakers for training that will focus on improving the quality of life for those living with disability and the people that support them.

Autism Speaks! Transition Toolkit
Guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
Provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth and professionals through their website, technical assistance and trainings on best practices and in-person/online workshops on a variety of topics.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide
Provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate progress towards post-secondary goals.

Texas Transition Conference
Two-day annual event focused on providing evidence-based practices that result in a smooth transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

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