Resource Guides

SPECIAL STRONG LOCAL RESOURCE GUIDE

Autism Resources

The National Autism Association of North Texas

Website: http://www.naa-nt.org/

Email: naaofnorthtexas@gmail.com

Phone: 214-925-2722

NAA-NT provides parent scholarships for therapy and treatment, monthly speakers on latest therapies and biomedical treatments for autism, parent networking and support groups for sharing success and finding solutions, police information and education, safety resources to help families keep their children safe, national speaker workshops, social family events, and community awareness events, and educational advocacy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Tammy Cyra, M.Ed., LCDC

Website: http://special-ed-advocate-frisco.com

Phone: 214-454-3446

Tammy Cyra, M.Ed., LCDC has worked as a Special Education instructor in the Dallas ISD for nearly 20 years, as well as providing consultation services to parents of Special Education students throughout her career.

We offer as much or as little assistance as you require. Parents may wish to attend our 2-hour informative training designed to assist them in working on their own with the school; or parents may want to choose the consultation package that best suits their needs. Informative sessions include:

  • ARD 101: How to read an IEP.
  • Understanding Special Education Law and Rights – FERPA & PL-94-142.
  • Difference between an Accommodation and a Modification.
  • Understanding the eligibility criteria for STAAR ALT 2 and STAAR.

Consulting 4 the Spectrum, LLC

Website: 4thespectrum.com

Phone: 972-735-8080 or 972-346-8036

AUsome Moms of DFW

Website: www.ausomemoms.org

Phone: 817-308-0885

AUsome Moms is a closed online Facebook support group. We believe that support, understanding and advice from our autism mom community is crucial in our lives. We are a very social group, and do a MNO (Mom's Night Out) once a month, and a playdate once a month. We also throw in fun stuff like autism mom's tattoo night, paint & wine night, parties and recently hosting fundraisers for special needs non-profits in the metroplex. We touch on everything in our group - therapy, schools, doctors, family, potty training, hope, funny stories and advice.

Learning Disability Resources

ADHD Clinic of North Texas

Website: http://www.adhddallas.com/

Phone: 817-719-3736

At the ADHD Clinic of North Texas, we specialize in addressing health care needs in a sensitive, considerate and confidential environment. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients in an environment where they feel unrushed, thoroughly listened to, and well informed. As a highly trained, board certified specialist in Psychiatry, Dr. Parikh provides quality care and an understanding of the issues concerning adults.

 

Brain Balance in Plano, TX

Website: www.brainbalancecenters.com

Phone: 972-248-9482

The Brain Balance Achievement Center is a supplemental learning center for kids with learning disabilities, such as Autism, ADD/ADHD and Asperger's. Brain Balance constructs a comprehensive, personal plan to address a child's challenges related to academic, social and behavioral issues.

 

Charles Shidlofsky, O.D. and Associates in Plano, TX

Website: www.dr-s.net

Phone: 972-312-0177

Diagnoses and treats neuro-sensory disorders, including autism, sensory integration, head injuries, and ADD/ADHD. It uses Sensory View, the first comprehensive neuro-sensory diagnostic system.

 

Epic Strides

Website: www.epicstrides.net

Email: jill@epicstrides.net

Phone: 972-596-0035

Listening and Learning offers children a chance to improve their focus, reading, social skills, auditory processing, and general classroom performance, helping children improve their education and overall quality of life. Services include both private tutoring and group activities.

Therapy Resources

ABA of North Texas in McKinney & Plano

Website: http://www.abanorthtexas.com/

Phone: 214-650-6708

ABA of North Texas provides the highest quality services for children and young adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our highly trained staff is committed to providing every child a comprehensive program, given their unique and individual needs. The emphasis is always client achievement and maximizing the individuals’ potential in the home, school, and the community to create lasting change throughout their lives.

 

Concept Connections in Richardson, TX

Website: http://www.cc.rhhincsearch.com

Phone: 972-746-6255

What makes Concept Connections different is our collaborative spirit. We understand that every person has individual strengths and goals. We work to bring about the very best in each individual, utilizing aspects of many different philosophies, paradigms and schools of thought.

 

Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy

Website: https://www.cuttingedgepediatrictherapy.com

Email: info@ceptherapy.com

Phone: 469-675-3153

Cutting Edge is an occupational therapy clinic with locations in Allen and Katy, Texas owned by Joe and Kate Lundgren.  The Lundgren’s believe that therapy is much more than a specific treatment modality. They believe that a unique combination of individually-designed interventions can provide the necessary “stepping stones” toward reorganizing the client’s nervous system, thus allowing for adaptation. The Lundgren’s built Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy with the mission of “providing clients and their families with the highest quality of Occupational Therapy services, assisting clients and their families in achieving their maximum level of function.” Therefore, the motto for CEPT is “Therapy with a Purpose.” The Lundgren’s heart is to provide a loving, safe and therapeutic environment designed to prepare your child for a successful and abundant future.

 

Keystone Pediatric Therapy

Website: http://keystonepediatric.com/

Email: info@KeystonePediatric.com

Phone: 972-548-1990

Keystone Pediatric Therapy is a specialized facility created to serve families who have children who need speech, language, feeding, or occupational therapies. We offer speech, languagefeeding, and occupational therapy in a family oriented environment where parents and caregivers are an integral part of the child's team.

 

Walk Talk EZ Speech Therapy

Website: www.walkeztalkez.com

Email: walkeztalkez@gmail.com

Phone: 469-408-4634

WalkEZ TalkEZ is a provider of speech-language, feeding and social group therapy servicing children of all ages in Frisco, Plano, Allen, Carrollton, Prosper, Little Elm, Richardson, and surrounding North Dallas cities. We embrace the PROMPT philosophy while including sensory integration to provide a holistic approach to therapy

Cerebral Palsy Resources

Independent Steps

Website: www.independentsteps.com

Phone: 469-600-4336

Independent Steps provides rehabilitation services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for children and adults with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, brain injury, or post-stroke conditions. We specialize in the Conductive Education methodology, which is aimed at rebuilding the mental processes and cognitive skills needed to overcome basic challenges such as learning to roll, crawl, sit, stand, walk, eat, write, and become potty trained.

Down Syndrome Resources

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas

Website: http://www.downsyndromedallas.org

To provide accurate and current information, resources, and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

Wheel Chair User Resources

Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

Website: http://www.wheelmav.org/

The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks endeavor to: Use our resources to maintain a competitive wheelchair basketball team, use our resources to help improve the condition of the lives of individuals with disabilities, and use our resources to support agencies working to help improve the condition of the lives of individuals with disabilities. Our Motto is: Ability, not disability, counts.

 

Helping Restore Ability

Website: http://www.hratexas.org/

Helping Restore Ability is a licensed and certified nonprofit agency whose mission is, “to promote independence and enrich the lives of those we serve”. HRA provides in-home personal attendant care and homemaker services, as well as home health care, to people of all ages with any type of disability.  Our goal is to help people remain in their own homes as long as possible with dignity, respect, and with choice. We are here to serve you.

 

REACH of Dallas

Website: http://www.reachcils.org/locations/dallas

REACH Inc is a nonprofit organization with the goal of advocating for and empowering people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and participate actively in community life. REACH stands for Rehabilitation, Education, and Advocacy for Citizens with Handicaps.

Other Local Resources

The ARC of Dallas

Website: www.arcdallas.org

Phone: 214-634-9810

The Dallas chapter of ARC serves as a voice for children with disabilities and their families in the areas of education and workforce rights. They seek to empower people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in order to improve their quality of life.

 

Powered 2 Move

Website: https://www.poweredtomove.org/

Phone: Call (214) 906-7646 or (484) 802 5659

Email: sharyn@poweredtomove.org

Powered to Move promotes physical fitness among persons with disabilities to increase their physical, emotional and spiritual well being

 

Miracle League of Frisco

Website: http://www.friscomiracleleague.org/

Phone: 214-295-6411

The Miracle League of Frisco offers baseball, soccer, bowling, and other sports opportunities for special needs children ages 5 to 18 with all levels of disabilities from throughout the North Texas area.

 

H.E.R.O.E.S. in Richardson, TX

Website: https://www.heroesdfw.org/

Email: info@heroesdfw.org

Phone: (972) 663-5853

H.E.R.O.E.S. serves all people with different abilities from ages three through adulthood. We strive to support all families through connections to resources

 

Joni & Friends

Website: http://www.joniandfriends.org/texas/

Email: texas@joniandfriends.org

Phone: 972-941-4525

Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization "accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community. Joni and Friends maintains offices across the U.S., including our local office in Plano, TX, serving Texas and Oklahoma. The Texas office is working together with local churches and organizations, forming outreach programs throughout the community and ministering hope and the message of Christ to those who face the daily challenges of life with a disability. We’re committed to reaching individuals and families affected by disability in our community with the love of Christ.

 

NonPareil

Website: https://www.npitx.org/

Email: plano@npitx.org

Phone: (469) 247-1101

nonPareil Institute is dedicated to building better futures for adults with autism. nonPareil Institute trains adults with autism to build technology products for the marketplace through courses in design, digital art, 3D modeling and coding. These adults, known as "Crew,” are guided by professional technology instructors from the video game and other industries. Crew experience how to develop and launch interactive technology such as applications and games in a professional environment where they hone their independence and teamwork abilities. Crew also develop invaluable life skills that not only complement their success within their individual technical skills training, but also improve
overall sociability and adaptability with the world outside nonPareil.

 

Mane Gait

Website: http://www.manegait.org/

Email: pnelson@manegait.org

Phone: 469-742-9611

At ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional, caring community.

 

My Possibilities

Website: https://www.mypossibilities.org/

Email: frontdesk@mptx.org

Phone: 469-241-9100

My Possibilities is a nonprofit that provides adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, and other cognitive disabilities the chance to continue their education.

 

Special Olympics of Texas

Website: http://www.sotx.org/

Email: info@sotx.org

Phone: 512-835-9873

Special Olympics Texas is a year-round movement, holding more than 300 competitions annually on area, regional and state levels. Event divisions are based on age, gender and ability level to give athletes an equal chance to win. Each participant receives a medal or ribbon following their events.

Special Olympics Texas has six statewide events annually: Summer Games, Equestrian, Sailing/Kayaking, Fall Classic, Winter Games and Flag Football. Statewide competition locations vary approximately every three years.

 

Thrive Magazine for Special Needs

http://www.dfwchild.com/special-needs.asp

Read the latest issue of Thrive magazine for resources and stories of other families in the DFW area who are living and thriving with special need

National Resources

Autism Speaks

Website: http://www.autismspeaks.org

Phone: 888-288-4762

Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public

 

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Website: www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com

CerebralPalsyGuidance.com is a comprehensive informational website on cerebral palsy. From information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, CerebralPalsyGuidance.com covers all aspects of cerebral palsy. All information is thoroughly researched and cited.

 

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Website: www.cerebralpalsyguide.com

Phone: 844-891-1117

Cerebral Palsy Guide is an organization dedicated to the wellbeing and education of individuals with cerebral palsy. This organization aims to focus on the families, children, and caregivers who cope with a CP diagnosis on a daily basis.

 

Cerebral Palsy Group

Website: www.cerebralpalsygroup.com/cerebral-palsy/

Phone: 321-456-9875

Cerebral Palsy Group is here to provide free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person's ability to move. Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource that brings information directly to you in a helpful way.

SPECIAL STRONG EXTERNAL RESOURCE GUIDE

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.

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.

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Community Living" tab_id="1509640107944-ac6d6fbb-4167"][vc_column_text]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.

Community Living

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.

Criminal Justice and Legal Services

Legal Aid Services in Texas
Provides legal services to low-income residents in a variety of civil and criminal disputes.  There are three legal aid organizations throughout Texas

National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability
Initiative of The Arc (US) to serve as a national clearinghouse for information and training on the topic of people with I/DD as victims, witness, suspects or offenders of crime.

Texas Law Help
Provides free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans.

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. Dr. Kluth was a keynote speaker at Inclusion Works! 2016 & 2017.

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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