Easter Seals Central Texas
This is the local office of the national organization Easter Seals, which offers education
and advocacy services for people with
Family Support Cooperative/Parent &
School Support Team – AISD
The Austin Independent School District’s
Parent Engagement & Support hosts regular
informational meetings during the AISD
school semester at Rosedale School. It
includes free pizza, free childcare, and sibling
activities. They also provide referral information, problem-solving between schools and
families, and help with transitions.
Grupo De Apoyo Para Familias Especiales
GAFE provides advocacy and support
services to Spanish-speaking families.
McBeth Recreation Center
The McBeth Recreation Center was
named after Danny G. McBeth, an advocate for rights and services for people with
disabilities. The center provides programs
and recreation participation opportunities for
children, teens, and adults who have developmental and/or physical challenges.
Medically Dependent Children’s Program
MDCP is part of the Department of Human
Services and provides a variety of disability
services in the Austin and Travis County area.
Partners Resource Network
PRN is a nonprofit agency in Texas which
helps parents understand their child’s
disability and rights and find and evaluate
resources and services. They offer individual
assistance and workshops, including the
PATH, PEN, and TEAM projects.
SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
Social Security benefits are available to
people with disabilities in Austin. The Texas
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative
Services can assist the disabled community
in accessing Social Security benefits in the
Austin/Travis County area.
United Way 2-1-1
The United Way provides a comprehensive, confidential information and referral
program with a computerized database of
services for Travis County residents.
The ARC of Texas
The ARC is a great resource that promotes
advocacy, education, and independent
living. They also host some excellent conferences and keep you updated on legislative
issues and government benefits for people
Children with Special Healthcare Needs
As part of the Department of Health,
CSHCN provides case management and
support for family-centered, community
based strategies for improving quality of life
for children with special health care needs.
Early Childhood Intervention
A division of the Texas Department of
Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, ECI is
a statewide program for families with chil-
dren, birth to three, with disabilities and
developmental delays. ECI supports families
to help their children reach their potential
through developmental services. Services
are provided by a variety of local agencies
and organizations across Texas.
Disability Rights Texas
Disability Rights Texas is an advocacy organization which fights discrimination and
negative stigmas regarding disabilities and is
the federally designated legal protection and
advocacy agency for Texans with disabilities.
Federal and State Regulations and
The Texas Education Agency breaks
down all special education laws currently
in effect in Texas, including Federal regulations and additional rules for Texas.
Special Education Monitoring and
This page summarizes how special education
programs are monitored to make sure your
child is getting the support he or she needs. It
is a good, short read to help parents familiarize
themselves with monitoring procedures.
Texas Department of Assistive and
DARS provides advocacy for Texans of
all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing.
DARS 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).
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent is a statewide non-profit organization developed for parents
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