2-1-1 is a state-wide social service directory that provides information and referrals to state programs and various local non-profits. A live person will help you find assistance in your area. You can also visit 2-1-1 online: www.211Texas.org
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Services offered include: information and referral services; individual advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other concerns; self-advocacy initiatives; residential support; family support; employment programs; and leisure and recreational programs.
Texas Parent to Parent provides support, networking, training, and resources to families and children in Texas who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or special health care needs. The organization advocates on behalf of the children’s well-being and provides support groups to deal with the emotions, responsibilities, stress and isolation that families face when raising a child with a disability. TxP2P has resources throughout Texas. For a full list of locations and services, please visit their website.
Contact: 512- 458-8600, www.txp2p.org
The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is a state-wide program that provides resources for families and individuals in the following areas: rehabilitation services, blind services, early childhood intervention services, disability determination services, help for state agencies, personal attendants, autism programs and more.
Contact: 1-800-628-5115, www.dars.state.tx.us/
Personal Care Services (PCS) is a respite program under Medicaid that provides attendant care contingent on income and medical necessity (if a child needs assistance with basic activities of daily living and the caregiver is not able to provide this and/or needs assistance providing this).
To apply, contact: 1-888-276-0702
Program overview: www.dshs.state.tx.us/region1/documents/tmp-personalCareservices.pdf
Disability Rights Texas provides legal and advocacy services for people with disabilities. The following resources are available state-wide: accessibility, community living, education, employment, healthcare, housing, protection and civil rights, and transportation. Services are also available in Spanish.
Contact: 1-800-252-9108, www.disabilityrightstx.org
Ability Connection Texas (ACT) provides a full range of services for people of all ages with physical and intellectual disabilities across Texas. These include therapeutic services, nursing and residential services, assistive technology, day programs, and educational and in-home services. ACT currently provides in-home services for the northern DFW area.
Contact: 800-999-1898, www.abilityconnectiontexas.org
Easter Seals is a national organization with local branches in the following Texas cities: Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Bryan. Easter Seals provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. In addition to child development centers, physical rehabilitation, and job training, Easter Seals provides the following programs: autism services, children’s services, adult services, senior services, military and veterans, employment and training, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, and brain health services.
Mental Health Mental Retardation is a state-wide organization that strives to enhance the mental health and intellectual development of people within their own individual communities. MHMRTC is based out of Fort Worth and provides the following services to individuals of all ages: mental health services, IDD services, addiction services, early childhood services, contracted provider services, and training. **For other MHMR locations across the state of Texas, visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices-search/
Contact: 817-569-4300, www.mhmrtc.org
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) provides families with children ages birth to 36 months with developmental delays the resources and support they need to reach their goals. In-home evaluations and therapy are available in most areas. ECI also provides parent education, general counseling, behavioral counseling, nutrition services, and assistance with PPCD enrollment.
Contact: 1-800-628-5115 or http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/searchprogram.asp
Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) investigates reports of abuse and neglect of children, provides services to children and families in their own homes, places children in foster care, provides services to help youth in foster care make the transition to adulthood, and places children in adoptive homes. CPS provides additional resources in both English and Spanish for families, young children, youth and young adults across Texas.
Contact: 512-438-4800, http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_protection/
Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women is a state program that provides case management services to children with disabilities (age 20 and younger) and pregnant women (of any age) to help clients access medical services, medical equipment and supplies, and other resources and assistance. Clients are required to have Medicaid insurance in order to qualify for services. *Therapy 2000 has CPW case managers available.
Contact: 1-877-847-8377, www.dshs.state.tx.us/caseman/default.shtm
Head Start is a nation-wide program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start of Greater Dallas provides the following services to young children and their families: education, health, nutrition, family advocates, and special services in a classroom-based setting.
Contact: 972-283-6400, www.hsgd.org *To find programs in other areas visit http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices
(for Tarrant County) The Child Study Center (CSC) provides diagnostic and treatment services to children who have, or are at risk for, developmental disabilities and related behavioral and emotional problems.The CSC is located in central Fort Worth and provides the following services: developmental-behavioral pediatric evaluation and treatment, psychological evaluation, medication management, applied behavior analysis, follow-up care for graduates of Neonatal Intensive Care Units, educational evaluations, behavior management classes for parents, and infant screening and assessment.
Contact: 817-336-8611, www.cscfw.org
Metrocare Services (Dallas County) is a non-profit organization that cares for individuals and families struggling with mental illness, developmental disability, or severe emotional problems in clinics across Dallas, programs in the community, and in homes. Metrocare Services provides the following: adult services, autism services, early childhood services, child and adolescent services, behavior management, and mental retardation services. Metrocare Services also provides educational and community services. Contact: 214-743-1200, or Toll Free: 877-283-2121, www.metrocareservices.org
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks provides services to individuals of all ages across the nation. They have offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Visit the website to find upcoming events in your area. Contact: 888-288-4762, www.autismspeaks.org/texas
The National Autism Association of North Texas (NAA-NT) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for families, individuals and professionals dealing with autism in the North Texas area. NAA-NT provides monthly seminars, networking and support groups, training, and community education and advocacy for children and adults with autism and other related developmental disabilities. NAA-NT hosts numerous events to raise awareness and advocate for individuals with autism. Contact: 214-925-2722, www.naa-nt.org
The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas provides social and educational activities for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers. DSP actively advocates for individuals with Down syndrome within the North Texas community. It provides resources for families, caregivers, medical professionals, educators and new parents of children with Down syndrome. Contact: 817-390-2970, www.dspnt.org
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a nation-wide organization that strives to enhance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. UCP works to include individuals with disabilities into every area of life through education, advocating, and support services for individuals and families. The goal of UCP is to provide those with disabilities a life without limits. For a list of affiliates located in Texas, please visit the website. Contact: 800-872-5827 or 202-776-0406, www.upc.org
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida through education, advocacy, research and service. The SBA provides support groups, national and local resources, camps, scholarships, and more for those dealing with Spina Bifida. The SBA North Texas chapter is located in Garland. Contact: (North Texas chapter) 972-238-8755, www.spinabifidant.org; (National SBA website): www.spinabifidaassociation.org