Parents who have children with special
needs will find a wealth of resources in
Austin to ensure that kids get the care they
need to thrive and succeed.
Not only does each and every Austin
area school district has special education
resources within the school system, but
free bus transportation is offered as well.
There are also specialized schools and
centers across the city for those with
learning disabilities, visual, speech, or
hearing impairments, autism, mental
retardation, orthopedic impairments,
traumatic brain injuries, or other special
needs. Parents should know that they
have a wealth of options for care for their
loved ones all over the Austin area. The
following is a list of schools and resources
for Austin parents.
AFNIC (Association For Neurologically
The AFNIC trains parents and educators
on how to handle the behavioral
challenges that can accompany disabled
children and empower them to be
successful advocates for their children.
ARC of the Capital Area
ARC of the Capital Area is a local
chapter of The ARC, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to providing
independence and choice to people
with developmental disabilities. They
offer respite, parent-to-parent matches,
basic needs and crisis assistance
services, case-management, and other
ARCIL, Inc. (Austin Resource Center for
ARCIL provides advocacy and referrals to
people with disabilities of all ages and
independent living skills, and transition
assistance for teens ( 14 and up).
Austin Travis County Integral Care
As part of the Behavioral Health &
Developmental Disabilities Services,
Integral Care links families to other
support services and wait lists, respite, in-home and family support, and case-management.
Both of these services provide funding
for therapies, assisted/supported living,
home modifications, nursing, and
more. Waiting lists are years long, so
parents should sign up as soon as
Disability Services ASAP (A Safety
Awareness Program) at SafePlace
Safe Place is an abuse prevention and
education organization. They have great
resources for helping teachers, parents,
and students with disabilities to identify
and end abuse of people with disabilities.
Easter Seals Central Texas
This is the local office of the national
organization Easter Seals, which offers
education and advocacy services for
people with disabilities.