EDUCATION IN AUSTIN
Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Department of Health - provides case
management and supports family-cen-
tered, community based strategies for
improving quality of life for children
with special health care needs.
Medically Dependent Children’s
877-438-5658 (waiting list)
Department of Human Services – provides a
variety of services.
SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
512-916-5404 – Austin/Travis County
Monthly payment and/or Medicaid;
dependent on income and disability.
AUSTIN SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES
Texas Department of Assistive and
DARS Inquiries line: (800) 628-5115
Advocacy for Texans of all ages who are
deaf or hard of hearing. Also provides
services and programs for Texans of all
ages who are blind or visually impaired,
including transition services for those
aged 13-22, as well as assistance in
vocational rehabilitation and job counseling
for Texans with disabilities (all ages).
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 have special education resources within the school system,
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. The following is a list of schools
and resources for Austin parents.
Both 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 possible.
Austin Travis County Mental Health
Links families to other support services
and wait lists, respite, in-home and family
support, and case-management.
Family Support Cooperative
Support and informational meetings every
Tuesday night during the AISD school semester
at Rosedale School that includes free pizza,
free childcare, and sibling activities.
Parent & School Support Team – AISD
Referral information, problem-solving
between schools and families, help with
ARC of the Capital Area
Respite, parent-to-parent matches, food
and clothing pantry, case-management.
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