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, 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.
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 resources.
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.
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
CLASS and MRLA
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 possible.
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.