So, how do you connect with relevant agencies in your state? Visit the Center for Parent and Information Resources website for more information.
The Arc of Texas: promotes, protects, and advocates for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services (BTCS): our mission includes the provision of valued services to adults with serious mental illness, to children and adolescents with serious mental illness or emotional disorders, autism or pervasive developmental disorders, to persons with developmental disabilities, and to infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
Easterseals: to change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.
Social Security Administration (SSA): provides disability and supplemental income benefits; obtain replacement social security cards and Medicare cards, name changes.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC): state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.
A Resource Center for Independent Living (ARCIL): ARCIL is dedicated to the empowerment of persons with disabilities to achieve maximum independence and equal community access.
By contacting your local vocational rehabilitation office, you can tap into a wealth of resources related to employment options for people with disabilities.
Parent and Adult Support
Texas Parent to Parent: provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness.
Partners Resource Network: a non-profit agency that helps parents to understand their child’s disability; understand their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, obtain and evaluate resources and services, and participate as team members with professionals in planning services for their children.
Texas Project FIRST: a project of the Texas Education Agency committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.
College Options for Individuals with Disabilities
ThinkCollege: a website designed to support young adults with intellectual disabilities interested in attending colleges and universities.
Austin Community College STEPS Program: provides a path for students with mild to moderate disabilities to cultivate skills for a successful future.
Texas A&M PATHS Certificate Program: a program offered at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University that will prepare graduates to be Direct Support Professionals, Para-Professionals, or Child Care Professionals.
University of Texas E4Texas: a Personal Care Attendant program that combines classroom instruction and practical career-building in addition to independent living and self-determination.
Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research: The Transition Academy is a nonresidential program that emphasizes job and social skills that lead to productive, dignified employment as well as life skills that enrich the overall life experience.
Supports for Individuals with Autism
nonPareil Austin: (now open) dedicated to building better futures for adults with autism. A non-profit technology company training adults on the spectrum to build digital products for the marketplace.
Texas Tech University CASE: assists students with Autism and other developmental disabilities navigate college and empowers them to reach their postsecondary academic goals and find competitive employment after graduation.
Social and Recreational Opportunities
Special Olympics: The Georgetown ISD Special Olympics team, Head of Delegation - Charlotte Friemel, invites Special Olympians ages 8 - 22, to contact her at 512-818-7092, email@example.com. For adult Special Olympians (ages 22 and older), there is the CenTex Rockets Special Olympics team. The CenTex Rockets meet in Georgetown and their Head of Delegation is Terri Stubblefield. To contact Coach Terri, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 817-825-3218.
Dances for Adults with Disabilities: Ages 18+ with Special Needs, Georgetown Community Center. $5 Admission for the participant. A family member/caregiver must be present at all times. No charge for family member/caregiver. Dance admission can be taken by credit card in advance by calling (512) 930-3596. Cash or check only at the door. Dances are held in the Georgetown Community Center in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St, from 6-8 p.m.