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ADVOCACY...............................................................................................................................................2
ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION...........................................................................................................5
CAMPS .......................................................................................................................................................9
COUNSELING, CLINICS, PSYCHOTHERAPY, PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL SERVICES ..... 13
CRISIS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. 9-1-1.............................................................................. 16
EDUCATION RESOURCES. ............................................................................................................... 17
EMPLOYMENT, JOB TRAINING, LIFE SKILLS.......................................................................... 21
INFORMATION, REFERRAL & RESOURCES ............................................................................... 24
JEWISH RESOURCES. ....................................................................................................................... 31
LEGAL RESOURCES............................................................................................................................ 34
PARENTING.......................................................................................................................................... 35
RECREATION, SOCIAL, SPORTS & TRAVEL .............................................................................. 36
RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES............................................................................................................ 39
RESPITE SERVICES. .......................................................................................................................... 42
SCHOOLS. ............................................................................................................................................. 44
SUPPORT SERVICES AND RESOURCES. ..................................................................................... 46
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. ..................................................................................................... 51
ADDENDUM .......................................................................................................................................... 52
ACRONYMS........................................................................................................................................... 52
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA* ................. 55
LEARNING DIFFERENCES: INFORMATION & RESOURCES. ............................................... 56
LINKS, LISTS & OTHER ................................................................................................................... 57
Index ...................................................................................................................................................... 58




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ADVOCACY                                                    Association for Science in Autism Treatment
                                                            (ASAT). Seeks to disseminate accurate,
Advocacy, Inc. Nonprofit organization funded by             scientifically sound information about autism and
the State of Texas and the United States                    treatments for autism and to improve access to
government to protect and advocate for the legal            effective, science-based treatments for all people
rights of people with developmental and/or mental           with autism, regardless of age, severity of condition,
illness disabilities in Texas. Advocacy, monitoring,        income or place of residence. Advocacy,
information & referral materials and services,              information, resources, links. Contact:
training, legal representation for low income persons       http://www.asatonline.org/
with disabilities and extensive resources. English,
Spanish. Contact: Main Office 512-454-4816;
East Texas Regional Office: 713-974-7691               Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).
(Voice/TDD).                                           Nonprofit membership organization providing
http://www.advocacyinc.org/index.cfm                   information, support, networking and workshops for
                                                       parents of children or teenagers with ADD/ADHD.
American Association of People with Disabilities       Houston Chapter Contact: 281-897-0982.
(AAPD). National nonprofit cross-disability member http://www.adda-sr.org/
organization dedicated to ensuring economic and
political empowerment of people with disabilities.     Brain Injury Association of Texas. Nonprofit
Works in coalition with other disability organizations organization for brain injury survivors and family
and advocates for the implementation and               members. Advocacy, support group, referrals and
enforcement of laws for people with disabilities.      educational resources. Contact: 800-392-0040.
Advocacy, information & referral, resources.           http://www.biatx.org/index.html
Complaint pages link to various government agencies
and other organizations. Contact: 800-840-8844         CHADD. Children and Adults with Attention-
(V/TTY) or 202-457-0046 (Voice/TTY).                   Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. National nonprofit
http://www.aapd.com.                                   membership organization provides advocacy,
                                                            resources, vocational and group support for
American Council of the Blind. National                     individuals with AD/HD. English and Spanish.
membership organization of blind and visually               Greater Houston Chapter: 281/265-7445.
impaired people providing Advocacy, information,             http://www.chadd.org
publications and a daily listing of employment
opportunities under its ACB job bank and connection.   Children at Risk. Houston nonprofit organization
Contact: 202-467-5081 or 800-424-8666.                 that advocates for children and change through
http://www.acb.org/                                    research, education and by influencing public policy.
                                                       A member of Voices for American Children.
The Arc of Greater Houston. Nonprofit                  Contact: 713-869-7740.
organization committed to creating opportunities for http://www.childrenatrisk.org/childrenatrisk.cfm
people with mental retardation and other
developmental disabilities. Advocacy, support groups, Coalition for Barrier Free Living. Brazoria County
programs for individuals with disabilities, resources, and Houston and Ft. Bend Centers for Independent
research, referral, respite services, camps, social.   Living promote the full inclusion, equal
Affiliated with The Arc of Texas and The Arc of        opportunity and participation of persons with
the United States.                                     disabilities in every aspect of community life.
Contact: 713-957-1600.                                 Services include: advocacy, information & referral,
http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com/index.ht peer support, independent living skills training. Links
ml                                                     to other resources.
                                                            Contact:
                                                            http://coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/index.html

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Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD).                 Houston Center for Independent Living.
 Nonprofit disability advocacy organization                  Advocacy, information and referral, independent
controlled by individuals with disabilities; offers          living skills training and peer counseling. Part of the
legal information, market research and training.             Texas State Independent Living Council. Contact:
Empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve            713-974-4621 (Voice/TTY).
economic self-sufficiency, independent living and            http://www.coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/
inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
Offers fee-based disability consulting services to           International Dyslexia Association. Nonprofit
private businesses, corporations, governmental               organization providing advocacy, referrals, education
entities and nonprofit organizations. Contact: 512-          and support to persons with dyslexia and related
478-3366. http://www.cotwd.org/                              learning disorders. Houston Contact: 832-282-
                                                             7154. http://www.houstonida.org
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
International professional organization dedicated to         Invisible Children’s Project. Advocacy and
improving educational outcomes for individuals with          information for children who have a parent(s) with a
exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or         mental health problem to obtain the information,
the gifted. Advocacy, special education, support             support and services they and their families need.
services, resources. Contact: 888-232-7733                   Project of the National Mental Health Association
(toll-free);                                                 and Mental Health Association of Texas. Contact:
866-915-5000                                    (TTY).       http://www.mhatexas.org/InvisibleChildrensMainP
http://www.cec.sped.org//AM/Template.cfm?Sec                 age.htm
tion=Home
                                                             The Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC).
Disability Policy Consortium (DPC). Independent              Advocacy and initiatives to include Jewish Deaf into
group of statewide advocacy organizations that               the full range of activities in the Jewish community.
promotes and supports the rights, inclusion,                 Contact: 917-705-8941 (Voice) or 614-476-
integration and independence of Texans with                  9221 (TTY/fax/videophone).
disabilities and works to achieve full implementation        http://www.jdrc.org/index.html
of public policy issues regarding same. Generates
information on issues which affect Texans with               Justice For All E-Mail Network (JFA). A network
disabilities. Contact: 512-371-1783.                         under the auspices of the American Association of
http://www.dpctexas.org                                      People with Disabilities (AAPD) that issues action
                                                             alerts about disability issues and is a conduit for
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT).              sharing information important to people with
Independent nonprofit organization providing                 disabilities. No fees. Contact:
advocacy, information, resources and support for             http://www.aapd.com/JFA/index.php/
families of children with autism. Special emphasis is
on early diagnosis and ABA (Applied Behavior                 Kesher. A project of the Bureau of Jewish
Analysis). Houston Contact:                                  Education and the Jewish Federation of Greater
http://www.feathouston.org/                                  Houston. Advocates for children with special needs,
                                                             offers family support, monthly meetings, referrals
Family to Family Network. Independent nonprofit              and resources; sponsors Sunday School classes for
grassroots organization providing advocacy, support,         children who are unable to function in a regular
information & referrals, education and training for          program. Contact: 713-729-7000, Ext. 334.
families of people with disabilities. Extensive links        http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
to resources, agencies and organizations. Contact:           asp
713-466-6304. www.familytofamilynetwork.org


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Learning Disabilities Association of America                 Contact: 202-408-9514, 202-408-9521 (TTY).
(LDAA). National nonprofit membership                        http://www.napas.org/index.htm
organization offering advocacy, resources, referrals.
Membership fee. Texas Association Contact:                   National Down Syndrome Congress. Nonprofit
512-458-8234 or 800-604-7500 (toll-free)                     membership organization providing advocacy,
http://www.ldat.org/index.html                               information and support services for individuals with
                                                             Down syndrome, their families, communities and
LD Online. Nonprofit on-line resource seeking to             professionals.   Contact: 800-232-6372.
help children, teens and adults reach their full             http://www.ndsccenter.org/about/about.php
potential by providing information and advice about
learning disabilities and ADHD. Information,                 National Down Syndrome Society. Nonprofit
referral lists, resources, forums. Sponsor:                  organization works to benefit people with Down
Washington D.C. PBS station WETA. Contact:                   syndrome and their families through national
http://www.ldonline.org/                                     leadership in education, research and advocacy,
                                                             information and resources. Local affiliates. English
Mental Health Association. Houston nonprofit                 and Spanish. Contact: 800-221-4602.
agency working to promote mental health and to               http://www.ndss.org/
improve the care and treatment of persons living             Houston Contact: 713-682-7237.
with mental illness through education and advocacy.          http://www.dsah.net/
Advocacy, education, information & referral,
resources, 24-hour Help Line. Also: Children’s               National Jewish Council for Disabilities. An
Mental Health Action Network Resource Guide.                 agency of the Orthodox Union (OU), dedicated to
English & Spanish. Contact: 713-523-8963, 713-               addressing the needs of all individuals with
522-5161 (I&R).      http://www.mhahouston.org/              disabilities and including them in the Jewish
                                                             community. Offers summer programs, advocacy,
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).                  education, resources, support and programs.
Nonprofit organization offering advocacy, peer               Membership. Contact: 212-613-8229
support groups, information, referral and education.         http://njcd.org
Membership fee. Contact: http://www.nami.org
Houston Contact: 713-970-3455.                               National Multiple Sclerosis Society. National
http://www.namimetrohouston.org                              nonprofit organization and its network of chapters
                                                             nationwide promote research, education, advocacy on
                                                             critical issues and organize a wide range of programs
National Center for Learning Disabilities.
                                                             to serve those with MS and their families.
National nonprofit organization providing advocacy,
                                                             Advocacy, information, resources, support, services.
information, resources, educational tools, support
                                                             Contact: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/
and multiple links for families and professionals
                                                               Lone Star Chapter (Houston) also provides
Contact: 212-545-7510 or 888-575-7373 (toll-
free). http://www.ncld.org/                                  programming and some direct services. Membership
                                                             fee. Contact: 713-526-8967 or 800-FIGHT MS
National Disability Rights Network. National                 (toll-free). http://www.nationalmssociety.org/txh
nonprofit membership organization for the
Protection & Advocacy Systems (P&AS) and Client              National Organization on Disability (NOD).
Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with               National nonprofit organization that raises disability
disabilities. Provides training and technical                awareness through programs, publications and its
assistance, legal support and legislative advocacy           website. Working with business, corporate,
working to ensure equal opportunity and full                 government and community leaders, it partners with
participation in society for people with disabilities.       a range of organizations and governments to remove
                                                             barriers and change attitudes for people with

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disabilities. Extensive links to housing, employment,              •   Early Childhood Intervention Services
education and other resources. Contact: 202-293-                   •   Disability Determination Services
5960 or 202-293-5968 (TTY).
http://www.nod.org/                                            Contact: 800-628-5115 (Voice), 866-581-9328
                                                               (TTY). http://www.dars.state.tx.us
Special Kids, Inc. (SKI). A Community Parent
Resource Center (CPRC) serving parents of children
with emotional, learning and mental disabilities
                                                               Tourette Syndrome Association. National
throughout the Greater Metropolitan Houston area.
                                                               nonprofit organization offers advocacy, information,
Advocacy, training, consultations, support and
                                                               referral, educational resources, teacher guides,
resources for parents of infants through youth with
                                                               strategies and support. Newsletters for youth and
disabilities. No fee. Contact: 713-734-5355.
                                                               young adults. Local and state chapters. Contact:
http://www.specialkidsinc.org/
                                                               718-224-2999. http://www.tsa-usa.org/
Texas Autism Advocacy. Online information and
                                                               United Cerebral Palsy. National nonprofit
resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders;
                                                               organization that works through affiliates to
networking and support for individuals, families and
                                                               advance the independence, productivity and full
professionals; events, conferences and meetings.
                                                               citizenship of people with disabilities through
Extensive links to resources. Updated weekly.
                                                               advocacy, assistance, camps, respite care and
Contact: http://www.texasautismadvocacy.org/
                                                               opportunities nation-wide Links to other helpful
                                                               sites. Contact: www.ucp.org. Houston Affiliate:
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
                                                               713-838-9050.
(TCDD). State board appointed by the Governor; it
                                                               http://www.ucphouston.org/index.html
works with individuals, parents, family members,
advocacy groups, state agencies, service providers
                                                               Voice of the Retarded (VOR). Independent
and federal, state and local policymakers to increase
                                                               nonprofit membership organization that advocates
individual choice and inclusion. Contact: 800-262-
                                                               for residential choice, rights and adequate funding,
0334 (toll-free) or 512-437-5432 (Voice), 512-
                                                               including a full range of quality residences and
437-5431 (TDD) http://www.txddc.state.tx.us
                                                               services for the retarded, medically fragile and
                                                               behaviorally challenged: homes, community
Texas Council for Exceptional Children (TCEC).
                                                               residences, congregate and large facilities. Contact:
Nonprofit organization (affiliated with CEC)
                                                               847-253-6020. http://www.vor.net/
including professional educators, families and others
working on behalf of individuals with
                                                               Wrightslaw. Independent on-line resource seeking
exceptionalities. Contact:
http://www.tcecweb.org/                                        to provide parents, advocates, educators, and
                                                               attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information
                                                               about special education law and advocacy. Links,
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative
Services (DARS). State of Texas agency whose                   Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities, free e-
mission is to work in partnership with Texans with             newsletter. Contact: http://www.wrightslaw.com/
disabilities and families with children who have
developmental delays to improve the quality of their
lives and to enable their full participation in society.
Administers programs that help Texans with                     ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION.
disabilities. English and Spanish. The department              For children ages 3 and older, request an evaluation at the
has four divisions:                                            nearest elementary school. A list of Greater Houston
                                                               Area School Districts with their primary telephone
    •   Rehabilitation Services                                numbers and websites may be found in the Resource
    •   Blind Services                                         Section of this Guide. In Houston, call HISD Child Find:

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713-867-5220                                                 Child Find. A component of the Individuals with
http://www.houstonisd.org/HISDConnectDS/v/index.jsp          Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires
?vgnextoid=2a346e325eefc010VgnVCM10000052147fa6              states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children
RCRD&vgnextchannel=b52c2f796138c010VgnVCM10000               with disabilities (ages 0-21) who are in need of early
052147fa6RCRD                                                intervention or special education services.
                                                             Contact: 713-744-6399.
Autism Treatment Centers of Texas. Nonprofit                 http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/childfind
organization provides assessment, information, life
skills training and residential services in Dallas and       Cypress Creek Hospital. Psychiatric hospital,
San Antonio, Texas. Also provides services to                inpatient and outpatient services, 24 hours-a-day.
individuals who are blind and/or deaf. Residential           Assessment, crisis intervention, referral and
facilities are single family homes and duplexes,             hospitalization services for adolescents (ages 13 –
located in neighborhoods; programming, activities,           17) and adults. Joint Commission on Accreditation of
living skills. Associated with Autism Society of             Healthcare Organizations and Texas Department of
America and National Association of Residential              Health. Contact: 281-586-7600.
Providers for Adults with Autism. Licensed by TEA,           http://www.psysolutions.com/facilities/cypresscre
Texas Department of MHMR, Home and Community                 ek/index.html
based Services. Contact: 972-644-2076 (Dallas).
210-590-2107 (San Antonio).                                  Depelchin Children’s Center. Provides services
http://www.atcoftexas.org                                    designed to prevent and resolve social and emotional
                                                             crises for children and their families: Assessment,
Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. Adult outpatient clinic.           parenting skills, residential services, therapy,
Comprehensive assessment and treatment for                   psychological services. United Way Agency.
psychiatric, psychological and relationship                  Houston, TX. Contact: 713-730-2335 or 888-
difficulties; evaluation, treatment and counseling.          730-2335 (toll-free). http://www.depelchin.org/
Affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Fees:
insurance accepted; sliding scale is available.
Contact: 713-798-4857.                                 Early Childhood Intervention Keep Pace (ECI).
http://www.bcm.edu/psychiatry/?PMID=2029               Evaluation to determine eligibility and need for
                                                       psychological and/or developmental services for
Center for Hearing and Speech. Nonprofit               children (ages birth – 3) with developmental delays.
United Way agency providing a range of resources       Parent-referrals accepted. Fees: sliding scale. Part
and services for children (ages 0-18) with hearing     of Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative
impairment and their families. Assessment,             Services (DARS), Harris County Dept. of Education
audiology and speech clinics, play therapy, individual and Texas Early Childhood Intervention. English &
and family counseling, parent support groups and       Spanish. Houston, TX. Contact: 281-397-4000 or
auditory-oral school (ages 18 mos. – 7 yrs.). Houston, 866-397-4001 (toll-free).
TX. Contact: 713-523-3633.                             http://www.ecikeeppace.org
http://www.centerhearingandspeech.org/Default.a
spx                                                    Harris County [TX] Department of Education
                                                             (Special Education). Assessment, intervention,
Child Development Center - CDC Clinic.                       consultation, training, and direct services to children
Psychological and educational assessment, parenting          (birth to 21); maximum education grade 12.
groups, psychotherapy. Located in the Harris                 Contact: 713-696-8237. http://www.hcde-
School, Houston, TX. Sponsored by the Houston                texas.org/default.aspx?name=SpecEdAssessment
Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. Contact: 713-
526-2046.                                                    Harris County Psychiatric Center. Outpatient and
http://www.theharrisschool.com/ourprograms.html              in-patient diagnostic assessment and treatment for
                                                             children, adolescents & adults. English, Spanish,
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Vietnamese. Fees, Insurance. Affiliated with the
University of Texas Outpatient Services. Contact:           Menninger Clinic. Affiliated with Baylor College of
713-500-8800. http://hcpc.uth.tmc.edu/                      Medicine and The Methodist Hospital.
                                                              Adolescent Treatment Program. Adolescents
Houston Independent School District (HISD)                  (ages 12-17) with behavior or substance abuse issues
Intake Center. Assessment of children for special           or psychiatric disorders.
needs services. Child is eligible for services in the        Adolescent Inpatient Evaluation.
schools on his/her third birthday. Family referrals          Compass Young Adult Treatment Program. Ages:
accepted. Contact: 713-867-5220.                            18-30 with psychiatric disorders.
http://www.houstonisd.org/portal/site/StudentSup              Eating Disorder Programs. Adolescents (12 – 17);
portServices/menuitem.b76b545e9188aa60574fbb                Adults (18+)
b8e041f76a/?vgnextoid=b8b3df788185f010VgnVC                   Hope Adult Program. Individualized treatment for
M10000028147fa6RCRD&vgnextfmt=default                       adults (ages 18 to mid-60s)
Houston Independent School District -                         Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Adolescents (12-
Psychological Services. Counselor or nurse will help        17) and adults 18 & over.
find psychological services. In an emergency, a             All programs contact: 713-275-5000 or 800-
psychologist from HISD will visit the child at school       351-9058 (toll-free).
and refer the child to an agency. English, Spanish,         http://www.menninger.edu/treatment/index.htm
Vietnamese, Arabic. Contact: 713-556-7019.
http://www.houstonisd.org/Departments/site_fron             Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority
t/0,3121,71545910,00.html                                   of Harris County (MHMRA). Dedicated to
   West Region Youth and Family Center. Provides            providing or ensuring provision of services and
individual, group, and family therapy; parent support       supports to people with mental disabilities and their
programs; teacher consultation and training;                families. Divisions: Adult Mental Health, Mental
psychiatric evaluations; and crisis intervention for        Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services and
students in the West District of HISD. Contact:             Crisis Services. Fee: Medicaid, CHIP, private
713-773-6181.                                               insurance, adjustable fees. Contact: 24-hour Help
http://www.houstonisd.org/portal/site/StudentSup            Line: 713-970-7000 or 866-970-4770 (toll-
portServices/menuitem.b76b545e9188aa60574fbb                free). http://www.mhmraharris.org/index.asp
b8e041f76a/?vgnextoid=b8b3df788185f010VgnVC                   Mental Retardation Service Division.
M10000028147fa6RCRD&vgnextfmt=default                       http://www.mhmraharris.org/MRSD/MR.html
                                                             Adult Mental Health.
Jewish Family Service. Nonprofit human relations            http://www.mhmraharris.org/AMH.asp
agency offering assessment and a broad range of              Children and Adolescent Services.
counseling, supportive and educational services.            http://www.mhmraharris.org/CAS.asp
Project Shalom, Special Needs Task Force, Special            Crisis and Emergency Services.
Needs On-line Resource Guide. English, Hebrew and           http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp
Russian. United Way Agency. Fee: Sliding scale.
Contact: 713-667-9336.                                      The Monarch School. Private nonprofit accredited
http://www.jfshouston.org                                   school for children pre-K through 12th grade who
                                                            have neurological differences. Diagnostic Clinic
                                                            offers assessment services including: speech and
Memorial Hermann Counseling & Worklife Center.              language, intelligence, achievement, adaptive
Assessment, anger management, counseling. Various           behavior, psychological, and/or psycho-educational
locations for hospitals and specialty facilities.           assessments. School, summer program, life
Contact: 713-222-2273.                                      academy, learning center, workshops. Fees.
http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/CWC_               Contact: 713-933-0568.
about.html                                                  http://www.monarchschool.org/AboutUsIntroducti
                                                            on.html
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                                                             learning problems. Assessment, referrals.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). National                 Appointment: 832-822-3400. Option 0
nonprofit organization addressing neuromuscular
diseases. Provides assessment, clinics, camps,                The Desmond Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. Long-
information, research, resources and support.                term follow-up and neuron-developmental
Contact: 713-522-8561. http://www.mda.org/                   assessments
                                                               for pre-term babies; helps to identify infants who
                                                             may have special needs. Part of Meyer Center.
TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Learning Support                   Fees.
Center. Offers a multi-disciplinary approach to                Contact: 832-822-3400 ext. 222. All
evaluation, planning and therapy. In addition to             departments use:
individual child therapy and psychotherapy, group            http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenter
parenting & guidance and school observation &                s/Psychiatry/
consultations, Learning Support Center programs
include:
  Autistic Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD).                  TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Speech,
Multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment program           Language and Learning Clinic. Assessment, learning
    Bridges. Preschool therapeutic program for               disabilities, management and therapy for infants,
children with ASD.                                           children, adolescents and adults. Collaborative of
    Clinic for Attention Problems. Assesses and              various Texas Children’s Hospital departments and
treats children who are developmentally unable to            Clinics; affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.
regulate attention.                                          Family referrals accepted. Fees. Contact: 832-
    Cognitive Intervention and Rehabilitation. Special       822-3280.
education techniques used to assist elementary and           http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenter
secondary level students who are experiencing                s/speechlanguage/default.aspx
cognitive or emotional deficits.
    Family Therapy. Evaluation, family crisis                TIRR - The Institute for Rehabilitation and
therapy, behavioral parent training and marital              Research. Continuum of care for patients with
therapy.                                                     needs from catastrophic illness or injury, including
    Group program. Brief Evaluation and Intervention         congenital and neurological disorders. Multiple
Program (BEIP) for toddlers and pre-school-age               locations in the Gulf Coast Region. Requires a
children with a variety of complex behavioral and            prescription of referral from a physician. A division
emotional diagnoses.                                         of Memorial Hermann Hospital system. Insurance
    TeamMates. A variety of psychological services           required. Contact: 713-521-0020.
for school-aged children, adolescents and their              http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/TIRR.
parents: behavioral intervention, individual and             html
group therapy, parent groups.
For all programs, contact: 832-822-3700.
                                                             University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric
www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenters/Learn
                                                             Center. Outpatient and in-patient diagnostic
ingSupport/Programs.aspx
                                                             assessment and treatment for children, adolescents
                                                             & adults. English, Spanish, Vietnamese. Fees,
TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
                                                             Insurance. Affiliated with UT Outpatient Services.
Psychiatry/Psychology Clinic. Psychiatric
                                                             Contact:
evaluations. Spanish and English. Fees.
                                                             713-500-8800 http://hcpc.uth.tmc.edu/
Appointments Contact: 832-822-3750

                                                             University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute.
  Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics.
                                                             Part of the University of Texas Health Science
Diagnostic services for infants, children and
                                                             Center at Houston Institute. Outpatient behavioral
  adolescents referred for developmental and/or
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assessment and treatment for children and adults.                members and advocates. Offers day and residential
Fee: Sliding scale, accepts Medicaid, Medicare.                  camps and retreats, advocacy, support group,
Contact: 713-500-2525.                                           referrals and educational resources for children and
http://med.uth.tmc.edu/departments/psychiatry/                   adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury.
PatientCare.html                                                 Contact:         800-392-0040 (toll-
                                                                 free). http://www.biatx.org/index.html
West Oaks Hospital. Fully accredited psychiatric
hospital providing inpatient and out-patient services            Briarwood Super Camp. Day camp for children
for children, adolescents and adults. Assessment,                (ages 3-11) with learning differences; affiliated with
24-hours-a-day admission, crisis intervention. Joint             the Briarwood School. Fee. Houston, Texas.
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare                        Contact: 281-493-1343.
Organizations and Texas Department of Health.                    www.briarwoodschool.org
Contact: 713-995-0909.
http://www.psysolutions.com/facilities/westoaks/i                Camp Acorn. Summer camp sponsored by The
ndex.html                                                        Parish School; program focuses on children with
                                                                 language/learning differences and average to above
                                                                 average abilities. Activities focus on language
                                                                 development and social skills in a literature rich,
CAMPS
                                                                 multi-sensory environment. Contact: 713-467-
Inclusion in this list does not imply verification or            4696.
endorsement. Although some camp websites refer to                http://www.parishschool.org/SummerCamp/campin
accommodations or programs for people with special               tro.html
needs, it is prudent to check directly with the camp about
the range of services, any limitations or restrictions and       Camp Ailihpomeh. (Hemophilia spelled backward)
fees.                                                            For children (ages 7-17) with hemophilia. Sponsored
                                                                 by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Contact:
The Arc of Greater Houston. Comprehensive                        713-500-8360.
nonprofit agency providing information, referrals,               http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/CHCPH
resources and services to children and adults with               emophilia.html
cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  Day Camp located in Southwest Houston. One-                    Camp Broncho. Week-long residential camps for
week session for individuals (ages 4-14) during June             children (ages 7-14) with asthma. Dallas and San
or July.                                                         Antonio area camp sites. Sponsored by Texas Lung
  Sports & Life Skills camp located in Cy-Fair and               Organization. Contact: 800-252-LUNG or 800-
Kingwood: three one-week sessions of team sports,                LUNG-USA. (toll-free).
swimming, bowling and arts and crafts for individuals            http://www.texaslung.org/
(ages 15-25) during June, July or August.
  Camp Champions. A five-day residential camp for                Camp Buckaroo. Day camp for children (ages 3-14)
individuals (ages 10-30), with and without                       with disabilities, and their siblings (ages 3-10).
developmental disabilities (an inclusion camp),                  Campers may attend one week only, and must provide
located at Camp for All facility.                                their own lunch and transportation. Sponsored by
  Overnight Summer Vacations. Offers five-day,                   United Cerebral Palsy. Contact: 713-838-9050.
four-night vacations in Texas for individuals, (ages             http://www.ucphouston.org/
21 +) during June, July or August.
Contact: 713-957-1600.                                           Camp C.A.M.P. (Children’s Association for
www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com                                   Maximum Potential) Summer camp sessions for
                                                                 children with special needs (ages 5-21) who may not
Brain Injury Association of Texas. Nonprofit                     be eligible to attend other camps due to the
organization for brain injury survivors, family                  severity of their disability or medical condition.

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Activities also provided for siblings without           Camp Young Judaea. One of six regional residential
disabilities. Located at Center Point, Texas along      camps across the United States for Jewish boys and
the Guadalupe River. Private nonprofit agency           girls (ages 7 – 17); sponsored by Hadassah. Located
funded by United Way of Bexar County; accredited        in Henderson, NC, accredited by ACA; general
by American Camp Association. Sliding fee scale.        sports, assorted adventures, acting, team building;
Contact: 210-292-3566.                                  special accommodations for ADD; two sessions, June
http://www.campcamp.org/                                –August. Contact: 404-634-7883.
                                                        http://www.youngjudaea.org/html/camping.html
Camp for All. A barrier-free, completely accessible
camping and retreat facility working in partnership     Camp Kehilla Kayf. Co-ed residential camp in
with special needs groups to enrich the lives of        Wayne County, PA; for pre-teens and teens (ages 10-
people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. 54      16) with attention deficit disorders and/or mild
different programs are offered to campers of all        social skill disorders, speech and language delays,
ages and abilities. Located between Houston and         emotionally handicapping conditions and other special
Austin near Burton, TX. Contact: 713-686-5666.          needs mainstreamed with other campers. Sponsored
http://campforall.org                                   by the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (East
                                                        Hills New York). Contact: 516-484-1545.
Camp HASC. Seven-week residential camp in the           http://www.sjjcc.org/content_display.html?Article
Catskill Mountains (NY) for children and adults with    ID=178556
mental and physical handicaps. Program offers
blend of recreational and learning experiences.         Camp Kutz. Residential camp in Warwick, NY,
Sponsored by the Hebrew Academy for Special             sponsored by Union for Reform Judaism. Two one-
Children, a nonprofit organization. Contact: 718-       week sessions for Jewish children with autism.
686-5930. http://www.camphasc.org/                      Limited enrollment. Contact: 845-987-6300
                                                        ext. 6362. http://kutz.urjcamps.org/
Camp Hope. Only Texas camp specifically for
children (ages 6-15) with HIV/AIDS. One week            Camp Rainbow. Day camp for children with
session. Located at Camp for All facility. Sponsored    diabetes (ages 4 – 13) and their families to promote
by AIDS Foundation Houston. Contact: 713-623-           self-confidence, independence, and peer support.
6796.                                                   One week during summer at YMCA Camp Pine Tree in
http://www.aidshelp.org/site/PageServer?pagenam         Spring, Texas. Sponsored by American Diabetes
e=AFH_services_pt_programs                              Association. Contact: 713-977-7706.
                                                        http://www.diabetes.org/communityprograms-
Camp H.U.G. (Hope, Understanding & Giving) A            and-localevents/diabetescamps/tx-rainbow.jsp
weekend camp for families living with HIV/AIDS.
Children participate in traditional camp activities     Camp Ramah. The camping arm of Conservative
and their caregivers attend workshops designed to       Judaism, offers residential camp programs that
help them cope with the disease. Sponsored by           serve Jewish children with developmental delays,
AIDS Foundation Houston. Contact: 713-623-              mental retardation, autism/Asperger’s syndrome,
6796. http://www.aidshelp.org/pt_programs.aspx          Down syndrome and other conditions that prevent
                                                        them from succeeding in camp without significant
Camp Janus. Annual weekend camping adventure            additional supports. Various locations. Contact:
for children (ages 5 – 18) who have sustained a burn    212-678-8881.
injury. Held at Camp for All in Burton, Texas. Free:    http://www.campramah.org/tikvah.html
including local transportation to and from the camp.
Contact: 713-247-3050.
                                                        Camp Shining Stars. A residential camp for
http://www.campjanus.org/
                                                        children (ages 7-17) who have had a kidney
                                                        transplant or have any kidney disease. Located at

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Camp for All. Camperships available. Sponsored by       challenged, developmentally delayed, dual-sensory
National Kidney Foundation of Southeast Texas.          impaired or who have multiple disabilities. Weekly
Fees. Contact: 713-952-5499 or 800-961-5683             sessions according to age and disability during the
(toll-free). http://campshiningstar.tripod.com/         summer; weekend sessions offered in spring and fall.
                                                        A United Way agency accredited by the American
Camp Sign. A camp for boys and girls (ages 8 – 17)      Camping Association; licensed by the State of
who are deaf or hard of hearing in a communication      Texas. Contact: 972-484-8900.
barrier-free environment held at Camp Misty             http://www.campsummittx.org/
Meadows in Conroe, TX. A C.I.T. program is also
available. Camp operates under Division for Deaf        Camp Sweeney. Week-long residential camp in
and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS). Fees, sliding      Gainesville, TX for children (ages 5-18) with Type 1
scale. Contact 512-407-3250 (Voice) or 512-             Diabetes. Three summer sessions of 20 days each
407-3251 (TTY).                                         plus a one-week senior session, a five-day mini
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/camp.shtml             session, two family weekends in the spring and fall
                                                        and a five-day Winter Session. Sponsored by
Camp Simcha. Reform Jewish residential (5-day)          Southwest Diabetes Foundation. Financial assistance
family camp for children with autism spectrum           available. Contact: 940-665-2011.
disorders in a safe supportive environment              http://www.campsweeney.org
sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ);
held at Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, Texas.          Camp Torologo. Privately owned Jewish residential
Contact: http://urj.org/camps/simcha/                   camp in Arden, Ontario, Canada for children (ages
                                                        716); all activities; special accommodations for
Camp Sky. Free camp for children (ages 6-13) and        children with ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities and
teens (ages 14-19) with sickle cell anemia. Held at     behavioral needs. Contact: 416-849-5885.
Camp for All, Burton, Texas. Sponsored by the           http://torolago.com/specialneeds.htm
Sickle Cell Association of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Contact: 713-666-0300. http://www.sicklecell-           Camps Mogen Avraham Heller Sternberg, Inc.
texas.org                                               Offers several residential camps in New York state
                                                        for Jewish Orthodox boys and girls:
Camp Smiles. Week-long residential summer camp           Camp Mogen Avraham offers Chaverim, a 6-week
for children (ages 6 – 14) with cerebral palsy. Held    camp for boys (ages 8+) with Developmental
at Camp for All. Sponsored by United Cerebral           Disabilities.
Palsy – Houston. Cost based on parent pledge.            Camp Sternberg offers:
Contact: 713-838-9050.                                    Kesher, a program for girls with special needs who
http://www.ucphouston.org/                              are integrated into the daily program;
                                                          Mishkan, a program for girls with serious
Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave. Week-long residential camp         developmental challenges; separate program and
for children (ages 8-14) with a primary diagnosis of    facilities.
epilepsy. Held at Camp for All in Burton, Texas.        Contact: 212-691-5548.
Free of charge. Sponsored by the Epilepsy               http://campsmogenavrahamhellersternberginc.org/
Foundation of Southeast Texas. Contact: 713-            main.html
789-6295.
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/setexas/s       Campparents.org. Online camp resource for
pikenwave.cfm                                           parents, sponsored by the American Camp
                                                        Association (ACA). Camp-related resources for
Camp Summit. Independent nonprofit organization         parents and an extensive database of over 2400
offering residential camp in Argyle, TX for             ACA accredited camps - searchable by various
individuals (ages 6–adult) who are physically           criteria including special needs, affiliation, cultural

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focus, age, location. Contact:
http://campparents.org                                The Lighthouse of Houston. Summer day camp
                                                      program for visually impaired and blind children.
Down Home Ranch Camp. Week-long residential           Campers paint ceramics, play games, learn to swim,
camp in Elgin, TX for children (ages 13+) and adults  and take field trips. The Lighthouse of Houston is a
with mental handicaps. Campers must be physically     private, nonprofit United Way agency. Contact
and emotionally well; campers with controlled seizure 713-284-8488. http://www.houstonlighthouse.org
disorders may apply. Also offers respite week-ends.
Licensed by Texas Dept. of Health. Contact: 512-      Marbridge Summer Camp. Residential summer camp
856-0128 or 888-926-2253 (toll-free).                 for young adults (ages 16-30) with cognitive
http://www.downhomeranch.com                          challenges. One week sessions. Manchaca, TX.
                                                      Contact: 512-282-1144.
Echo Hill Ranch. Coed private residential Jewish      http://www.marbridge.org/
camp for children (ages 6-16) located in Medina, TX.
Special accommodations for campers with ADD,          Muscular Dystrophy Association. One week
Asthma and Diabetes.                                  residential summer camp for children (ages 6-21)
Contact: 830-589-7739.                                with neuromuscular diseases at Camp for All, Burton,
http://echohill.org/main.html                         TX. Contact: 713-522-3941.
                                                      http://www.mdausa.org/clinics/camp/
Foundation for Jewish Camping. Provides
information, financial and programming resources to Mysummercamps.com. Online listing of summer
camps, campers and their families across North        day and residential camps throughout North America
America. Information about 130+ nonprofit Jewish      with links to individual camp websites; large section
overnight camps. “Find a Jewish Camp” can be          for special needs camps. Contact:
customized for Special Needs programs. Offers a       http://www.mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_
Directory of Camp Scholarships. Contact: 212-         Needs_Camps/index.html
792-6222.
http://www.jewishcamping.org/fjc/global/default.         National Dissemination Center for Children &
                                                         Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY). Produces a
asp
                                                         guide to directories and listings of summer camps.
                                                         Half of the resources identify camps specifically for
Hope Village for the Mentally Retarded. Private
                                                         children who have disabilities; the rest list camp
nonprofit organization providing residential, day,
                                                         opportunities available to all children. Contact:
respite and summer programs in Friendswood, TX.
                                                         http://www.nichcy.org/pubs/genresc/camps.htm
Summer day program designed for school-aged
children. Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Daily activities include crafts, swimming, field    Pasadena Parks and Recreation – Verne Cox
trips, and other activities. Enrollment limited.         Multipurpose Recreation Center. A recreational
Contact: 281-482-7926. http://www.hope-                  sports center for people of all ages with mental and
village.com                                              physical disabilities. The center offers several
                                                         summer camps, hosts tournaments and also offers
Kamp Kaleidoscope. Week-long residential summer          other activities. Fees. Pasadena TX.
camp for teenagers (ages 15-19) with a primary            Camp Blaze. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced
diagnosis of epilepsy. Held at Camp Cho-Yeh in           skills for youth (ages 5-20) with mobility
Livingston, TX. Free of charge. Sponsored by the         impairment.
Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas. Contact:          Camp Climb. Inclusive recreational environment for
713-789-6295.                                            disabled and able-bodied youth (ages 5-15).
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/setexas/          Camp Achieve. Promotes social learning for youth
Kaleidoscope.cfm                                         (ages 5-15) who require one-on-one supervision.


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 Camp Strive. For individuals (ages 13–25) with         www.ucp.org. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater
independent self-help skills.                           Houston: 713-838-9050.
Contact: 281-487-1755.                                  http://www.ucphouston.org/index.html
http://www.ci.pasadena.tx.us/parks.htm

Pathfinders Camp. Therapeutic camp for                  COUNSELING, CLINICS,
emotionally disturbed and/or learning disabled boys
                                                        PSYCHOTHERAPY, PSYCHIATRIC
(ages 11 to 17). Accredited academics provided at
the campsite by certified special education             HOSPITAL SERVICES
teachers. Licensed by the Texas Department of
Protective and Regulatory Services.                     Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. Adult outpatient clinic.
Contact: 512-858-4258.                                  Comprehensive assessment and treatment for
                                                        psychiatric, psychological and relationship
River Oaks Academy ADD/ADHD Summer Camp.                difficulties; evaluation, treatment and counseling.
Summer camp for children and adolescents (ages 5        Affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Fees:
to 15) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder    insurance accepted; sliding scale is available.
(ADHD) or conduct disorder. Contact: 713-783–           Contact: 713-798-4857.
7200.                                                   http://www.bcm.edu/psychiatry/?PMID=2029
http://www.riveroaksacademy.com/summer-camp
                                                        CDC Clinic - Child Development Center. Located in
Texas Asthma Camp for Kids. Week-long                   the Harris School; sponsored by the Houston
residential camp for children with asthma.              Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. Psychotherapy,
Organized and sponsored by the University of Texas      psychological and educational assessments, parenting
Health Science Center at Tyler.                         groups. Contact: 713-526-2046.
Contact: 903-877-7075.                                  www.theharrisschool.com/ourprograms.html
http://www.texasasthmacamp.com/index.htm
                                                        The Center for Success and Independence.
Texas Elks Camp. Residential camp in Gonzales, TX       Independent nonprofit community-based psychiatric
for children (ages 7-15) with physical, mental and      residential treatment facility for adolescents with
learning disabilities. Does not accept children who     behavioral, emotional and substance abuse problems.
need one-on-one supervision. Sponsored by Texas         Houston, TX. Fees. Contact: 713-426-4545.
Elks Association; accredited by American Camping        http://www.tcsi.org/index.html
Association. No Fee; first come, first served basis.
Contact: 830-875-2425.                                  Crisis Intervention of Houston. Nonprofit
http://www.texaselks.org                                organization providing 24-hour telephone and web-
                                                        based counseling, suicide prevention and
Texas Lions Camp. Residential camp in Kerrville,        intervention, links to community resources, and
TX for children (ages 7-16) with physical               community education. United Way Agency. Contact:
disabilities, cancer or Type 1 diabetes, visual or      713-HOTLINE (713-468-5463).
hearing impairment. Transportation may be available     http://www.crisishotline.org/
through local Lions Clubs. Contact: 830-896-8500.
http://www.lionscamp.com                               Cypress Creek Hospital. Psychiatric hospital:
                                                       inpatient and outpatient services. 24-hour crisis
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). National nonprofit        intervention, assessment, referral and admission
organization working to advance the independence,      service. Adolescents (13–17) and adults. Fully
productivity and full citizenship of people with       accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of
disabilities through advocacy, assistance, camps,      Healthcare Organizations. Texas Department of
information, respite care and opportunities nation-    Health. Contact: 281-586-7600.
wide as well as links to other helpful sites. Contact: http://www.psysolutions.com/facilities/cypresscre
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ek/index.html                                            and refer the child to an agency. English, Spanish,
                                                         Vietnamese, Arabic. Contact: 713-556-7019.
Depelchin Children’s Center. Nonprofit center            http://www.houstonisd.org/portal/site/StudentSup
providing individual, family and group therapy;          portServices/menuitem.7c65a53ac31cc290574fbb
psychiatric consultation, assessment, parenting          b8e041f76a/?vgnextoid=afa3df788185f010VgnVC
skills. Outpatient and inpatient services. United        M10000028147fa6RCRD&vgnextfmt=default
Way Agency. Contact: 713-730-2335 or 1-888-                  West Region Youth and Family Center. Provides
730-2335 (toll-free).                                    individual, group, and family therapy; parent support
http://www.depelchin.org/                                programs; teacher consultation and training;
                                                         psychiatric evaluations; and crisis intervention for
Family Services of Greater Houston. Nonprofit            students in the West District of HISD. Contact:
agency offering individual and family counseling,        713-773-6181.
parenting, school–based services. English and            http://www.houstonisd.org/portal/site/StudentSup
Spanish. Fee: Sliding scale; accepts Medicaid.           portServices/menuitem.a2de90fd3a201a57d91c25
United Way Agency. Contact: 713-861-4849.                10e041f76a/?vgnextoid=07651d3c1f9ef010VgnVC
http://www.familyservices.org/                           M10000028147fa6RCRD&vgnextchannel=afa3df78
                                                         8185f010VgnVCM10000028147fa6RCRD
Harris County Department of Education.                       Helping Children Cope with Crisis. Link provides
Assessment, intervention, consultation, training, and    on-line resources for parents and professionals
direct service (ages 0 – 21). Services provided in       seeking to help children cope with troubling world
schools, homes and daycare centers. Fees: call for       events. Contact:
information. Referrals by special education director.    http://www.houstonisd.org/portal/site/StudentSup
Contact: 713-696-8237. http://www.hcde-                  portServices/menuitem.a2de90fd3a201a57d91c25
texas.org/default.aspx?name=SpecEdHome                   10e041f76a/?vgnextoid=cd91eea615def010VgnVC
                                                         M10000028147fa6RCRD&vgnextchannel=afa3df78
Harris County Hospital District. Provides access         8185f010VgnVCM10000028147fa6RCRD
to cost-effective, quality health care to all                Special Education Psychological Services.
residents of Harris County, regardless of ability to     Provides range of psychological services to children
pay. Emergency inpatient and outpatient psychiatric      through the Special Education Department.
and counseling services at Ben Taub and Lyndon           Contact:
Baines Johnson (LBJ) Hospitals. English and              http://www.houstonisd.org/HISDPortal/departmen
Spanish. Contact: Ben Taub: 713-873-2000;                ts/ContentPage/0,3099,43763099_132829914_11
LBJ: 713-566-5000.                                       3771671,00.html
 http://www.hchdonline.com/
                                                         Innovative Alternatives, Inc. Houston area
Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC).                 nonprofit organization provides counseling, anger
Outpatient and inpatient assessment and treatment        management and mediation for individuals and
of children, adolescents and adults with emotional       families. Minimum age: 4; no active substance abuse,
and psychiatric disorders. English, Spanish,             no active psychosis. Fees: sliding scale; accepts
Vietnamese. Affiliated with the University of Texas      Medicaid and private insurance. United Way
Outpatient Services. Fee: CHIP, Medicare,                Agency. Contact: 832-864-6000 or 713-222-
Medicaid, insurance. Contact: 713-741-5000.              2525.
 www.uth.tmc.edu/uth_orgs/hcpc                            www.innovativealternatives.org/About/About-
                                                         Innovative-Alternatives.htm
Houston Independent School District -
Psychological Services. Counselor or nurse will help     Jewish Family Service. Nonprofit human service
find psychological services. In an emergency, a          agency offering assessment and a broad range of
psychologist from HISD will visit the child at school    counseling, supportive and educational services.
                                                         Project Shalom, Special Needs Task Force, Special
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Needs On-line Resource Guide. English, Hebrew and          Texas Children’s Hospital. Psychiatry Service
Russian. United Way Agency. Fee: Sliding scale.            provides consultation, liaison and outpatient
Contact: 713-667-9336.                                     services. Fees. Contact: 713-798-4856.
http://www.jfshouston.org                                  http://www.bcm.edu/psychiatry/?PMID=1821

Memorial Hermann Counseling & Worklife Center.      Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority
Child, adolescent and adult individual & family     of Harris County (MHMRA). Dedicated to
counseling, anger management, assessment. Various   providing or ensuring provision of services and
                                                    supports to people with mental disabilities and their
locations for hospitals and specialty facilities. Fees:
private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare. Contact:     families. Divisions: Adult Mental Health, Mental
713-222-2273.                                       Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services and
www.memorialhermann.org/locations/CWC_about.h       Crisis Services. Fee: Medicaid, CHIP, private
tml                                                 insurance, adjustable fees. Contact: 24-hour Help
                                                    Line: 713-970-7000 or 866-970-4770 (toll-
Menninger Clinic. Affiliated with Baylor College of free). http://www.mhmraharris.org/index.asp
Medicine and The Methodist Hospital.                  Mental Retardation Service Division.
  Adolescent Treatment Program. Adolescents (ages http://www.mhmraharris.org/MRSD/MR.html
12-17) with behavior or substance abuse issues or     Adult Mental Health.
psychiatric disorders.                              http://www.mhmraharris.org/AMH.asp
 Adolescent Inpatient Evaluation.                              Children and Adolescent Services.
 Compass Young Adult Treatment Program. Ages:              http://www.mhmraharris.org/CAS.asp
18-30 with psychiatric disorders.                              Crisis and Emergency Services.
  Eating Disorder Programs. Adolescents (12 – 17);         http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp
Adults (18+)
  Hope Adult Program. Individualized treatment for         Montrose Counseling Center. Independent
adults (ages 18 to mid-60s)                                nonprofit agency providing individual, couples/family
  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Adolescents (12-         and group psychotherapy and case management
17) and adults 18 & over.                                  services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and
All programs contact: 713-275-5000 or 1-800-               questioning (GLBTQ) persons. United Way Agency.
351-9058 (toll-free).                                      Fee: sliding scale; accepts private insurance,
http://www.menninger.edu/treatment/index.htm               Medicare and Medicaid. Contact: 713-529-0037.
                                                           http://www.montrosecounselingcenter.org
The following services are also affiliated with The
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral          Project Shalom. Counseling, family therapy,
Sciences: Contact: 713-798-4856.                           medication management and socializing for adults
www.bcm.edu/psychiatry/?PMID=1800                          with chronic mental illness. A program of Jewish
Ben Taub General Hospital. Psychiatric emergency           Family Service, a United Way Agency. Contact:
center and non-emergency services for children and         713-667-9336.
adults - inpatient and outpatient. Fees: Insurance,        http://www.jfshouston.org/projectshalom.php
Medicaid. Contact: 713-873-2000.
Methodist Hospital Psychiatric Care. Psychiatric           Texas Children’s Hospital Learning Support
inpatient care. Contact: 713-790-3599.                     Center. Offers a multi-disciplinary approach to
http://www.bcm.edu/psychiatry/?PMID=1820                   evaluation, planning and therapy. In addition to
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Mental               individual child therapy and psychotherapy, group
health services for veterans; inpatient and                parenting & guidance and school observation &
outpatient services. Contact: 713-791-1414 or              consultations, programs of the Learning Support
1-800-553-2278 (toll-free).                                Center include:
http://www.houston.med.va.gov/index.asp                       Autistic Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD).
                                                           Multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment program
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for children.                                            Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Texas
    Bridges. Preschool therapeutic program for           Department of Health. Contact: 713-995-0909.
children with ASD.                                       http://www.psysolutions.com/facilities/westoaks/i
    Clinic for Attention Problems. Assesses and          ndex.html
treats children who are developmentally unable to
regulate attention.
    Cognitive Intervention and Rehabilitation. Special
education techniques used to assist elementary and       CRISIS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES.
secondary level students who are experiencing            9-1-1
cognitive or emotional deficits.
                                                         Call “911” for crisis or emergency services.
    Family Therapy. Evaluation, family crisis
therapy, behavioral parent training and marital
                                                         Ben Taub Hospital. 24-hour emergency services.
therapy.
                                                         Psychiatry Department services individuals in Harris
    Group program. Brief Evaluation and Intervention
                                                         County without regard to financial or insurance
Program (BEIP) for toddlers and pre-school-age
                                                         status. Inpatient and outpatient services. Spanish
children with a variety of complex behavioral and
                                                         and English. Contact: 713-873-2000.
emotional diagnoses.
    TeamMates. A variety of psychological services
                                                         Crisis Intervention of Houston. 24-hour
for school-aged children, adolescents and their
                                                         confidential telephone crisis counseling and
parents: behavioral intervention, individual and
                                                         information. United Way Agency. Contact: 713-
group therapy, parent groups.
                                                         HOTLINE (713-468-5463).
For all programs, Contact: 832-822-3700.
                                                         http://www.crisishotline.org/
www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenters/Learn
ingSupport/Programs.aspx
                                                         Houston Area Women’s Center. Crisis
                                                         intervention, emergency shelter for victims of
Texas Children’s Hospital Speech, Language and
                                                         domestic violence, counseling, preventive
Learning Clinic. Evaluation, management and
                                                         programming, advocacy. United Way agency.
consultation for infants, children, adolescents and
                                                         Contact: 713-528-2121 (Hotline).
adults with communication, learning and/or
                                                         http://www.hawc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=
swallowing problems. Collaborative of various Texas
                                                         splash
Children’s Hospital departments and clinics;
affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Families
                                                         Kinder Emergency Shelter. Part of Harris County
may self-refer. Contact: 832-822-3280.
                                                         Child Protective Services (CPS). Temporary
www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenters/speec
                                                         emergency shelter for youth (ages 12-17) who need
hlanguage/default.aspx
                                                         to be separated from threatening home situations.
                                                         Contact:
University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute.
                                                         713-394-4000. http://www.hc-
Part of the University of Texas Health Science
                                                         ps.org/services_provided.htm#Community%20Yout
Center at Houston Institute. Outpatient behavioral
                                                         h%20Services
assessment and treatment for children and adults.
Fee: Sliding scale, accepts Medicaid, Medicare.
                                                         MHMRA (Mental Health/Mental Retardation).
Contact: 713-500-2525.
                                                         Multiple psychiatric emergency services for Harris
http://med.uth.tmc.edu/departments/psychiatry/
                                                         County residents. Harris County psychiatric
PatientCare.html
                                                         emergency number contact: 713-970-7000.
                                                         http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp
West Oaks Hospital. Inpatient and outpatient
psychiatric services for children, adolescents and
                                                         University of Texas-Harris County Psychiatric
adults. 24-hour admission, crisis intervention,
                                                         Center. For involuntary treatment. Contact: 713-
assessment. Fully accredited by Joint Commission on
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741-5000.       http://www.hcpc.uth.tmc.edu                   members and advocates. Advocacy, support group,
                                                              referrals and educational resources. Contact:
Emergency Mental Health Help Outside of Harris                800-392-0040. http://www.biatx.org/index.html
County, Texas. Find the closest MHMRA center in
                                                            Bureau of Jewish Education. A division of the
Texas. Contact: 1-800-252-8254.
                                                            Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the BJE
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices/default.s
                                                            offers: Kesher (linking children with learning
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                                                            differences to Jewish educational opportunities),
National Mental Health Information Center.                  information and referral, advocacy for children with
Locate emergency mental health services outside of special needs in the Jewish community, parent
Texas. Contact:                                             support groups and workshops, monthly Sunday
http://www.mentalhealth.org/databases                       School classes for children who are unable to
                                                            function in a regular program. Jewish Network of
                                                            Special Education Professionals. Part-time Special
EDUCATION RESOURCES.                                        Education Consultant. Contact: 713-729-7000.
                                                            http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
The following organizations and institutions provide a wide asp
range of services and assistance to individuals, families,
advocates and educators seeking educational information
about a particular diagnosis, approaches, treatment
options, training, workshops, help in locating appropriate    Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. Houston-
schools and/or facilities, etc.                               based private nonprofit United Way agency offers
                                                              employment-related services to a diverse challenged
American Council of the Blind. National                       population including job-readiness training,
membership organization of blind and visually                 placement assistance, job retention training,
impaired people providing Advocacy, information,              placement, coaching, support services, computer
publications and a daily listing of employment                literacy training, benefits counseling. Career
opportunities under its ACB job bank and connection.          Counseling services offer educational and vocational
Contact: 202-467-5081 or 800-424-8666.                        guidance. Links to other sites. Contact: 713-754-
http://www.acb.org/                                           7000.http://www.careerandrecovery.org/

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).                Children and Adults with Attention-
Nonprofit membership organization providing                   Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
information, support, networking and workshops for            National nonprofit membership organization provides
parents of children or teenagers with ADD/ADHD.               advocacy, resources, vocational and group support
Houston Chapter Contact: 281-897-0982.                        for individuals with AD/HD. English & Spanish.
http://www.adda-sr.org/                                       Greater Houston Chapter: 281-265-7445.
                                                               http://www.chadd.org
The Arc of Greater Houston. Nonprofit
organization committed to creating opportunities for          Collaborative for Children. Houston nonprofit
people with mental retardation and other                      organization works in partnership with agencies and
developmental disabilities. Advocacy, support groups,         organizations to provide information, referrals and
programs for individuals with disabilities, resources,        resources to children and parents. Contact: 713-
research, referral, respite services, camps, social.          600-1234.
Affiliated with The Arc of Texas and The Arc of               http://www.initiativesforchildren.org/index.html
the United States. Contact: 713-957-1600.
http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com/                        Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
                                                              International professional organization dedicated to
Brain Injury Association of Texas. Nonprofit                  improving educational outcomes for individuals with
organization for brain injury survivors, family               exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or

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the gifted. Advocacy, special education, support         Analysis). Houston Chapter Contact:
services, resources. Contact: 888-232-7733               http://www.feathouston.org/
(Voice);
866-915-5000                                  (TTY).     Harris County [TX] Department of Education
http://www.cec.sped.org//AM/Template.cfm?Sec             (Special Education). Assessment, intervention,
tion=Home                                                consultation, training, and direct services to children
                                                         (birth to 21); maximum education - grade 12.
DisabilityInfo.gov. On-line connection to the            Contact: 713-696-8237. http://www.hcde-
federal government’s disability related information,     texas.org/default.aspx?name=SpecEdAssessment
programs and resources on numerous subjects,
including benefits, civil rights, community life,        HISD Connect. On-line portal to Houston
education, employment, housing, health, technology       Independent School District Department of Special
and transportation. Includes Federal job listings,       Education services. Contact: 713-556-7025.
links to employment opportunities and to state and       http://www2.houstonisd.org/HISDPortal/departme
local resources. Managed by the U.S. Department of       nts/IndexFront/0,3104,43763099_132829914,00
Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy           .html
(ODEP). Contact: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov
                                                         International Dyslexia Association. Nonprofit
Family Services of Greater Houston. Nonprofit            organization providing advocacy, referrals,
agency offering individual and family counseling,        education, support to persons with dyslexia and
parenting, school–based services. English and            related learning disorders. Houston Contact: 832-
Spanish. Fee: Sliding scale; accepts Medicaid.           282-7154. http://www.houstonida.org
United Way Agency. Contact: 713-861-4849.
http://www.familyservices.org/                           Jewish Family Service. Independent nonprofit
                                                         human service organization offering a broad range
Family to Family Network. Independent nonprofit          of services: information, referral, counseling,
grassroots organization providing advocacy, support,     support and education. Project Shalom, Special
information & referrals, education and training for      Needs Task Force, Special Needs On-line Resource
families of people with disabilities. Extensive links    Guide. English, Hebrew, Russian. United Way
to resources, agencies and organizations. Contact:       Agency. Fee: Sliding scale. Contact: 713-667-
713-466-6304.                                            9336. http://www.jfshouston.org
http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org/
                                                         Kesher. A program of the Bureau of Jewish
The Family Village. A global community of disability     Education and the Jewish Federation of Greater
resources that integrates information, resources,        Houston. Advocates for children with special needs,
and communication opportunities on the Internet for      offers family support, monthly meetings, referrals
persons with cognitive and other disabilities, their     and resources; sponsors Sunday School classes for
families, and service providers. Communication           children who are unable to function in a regular
connections, specific diagnoses, adaptive products       program. Contact: 713-729-7000. Ext. 334
and technology, adaptive recreational activities,        http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
education, worship, health issues, etc. Sponsored by     asp
the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin.
Contact: www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/index.htmlx          Learning Disabilities Association of America
                                                         (LDAA). National nonprofit membership
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT).          organization offering advocacy, resources, referrals.
Independent nonprofit organization providing             Membership fee. Texas Association Contact:
advocacy, information, resources and support for         512-458-8234 or 800-604-7500 (toll-free).
families of children with autism. Special emphasis is    http://www.ldat.org/index.html
on early diagnosis and ABA (Applied Behavior


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LD Online. Seeks to help children, teens and adults      adaptive behavior, psychological, and/or psycho-
reach their full potential by providing information      educational. School, summer program, life academy,
and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.         learning center, workshops. Contact: 713-933-
Information, referral lists, resources, forums.          0568.
Sponsored by Washington D.C. PBS station WETA.           http://www.monarchschool.org/AboutUsIntroducti
Contact: http://www.ldonline.org/                        on.html

Lighthouse of Houston. Private, nonprofit United         National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Way agency offering a wide variety of educational        Nonprofit organization offering advocacy, peer
programs, community services, and outpatient             support groups, information, referral and education.
rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired.      Membership fee. Contact: http://www.nami.org
Contact: 713-284-8488.                                   Houston: 713-970-3455.
http://www.houstonlighthouse.org                         http://www.namimetrohouston.org

Mental Health Association. Houston nonprofit             National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).
agency working to promote mental health and to           National nonprofit organization providing advocacy,
improve the care and treatment of persons living         information, resources, educational tools, support
with mental illness through education and advocacy.      and multiple links for families and professionals
Advocacy, education, information & referral,             Contact: 212-545-7510 or 888-575-7373 (toll-
resources, 24-hour Help Line. Also: Children’s           free). http://www.ncld.org/
Mental Health Action Network Resource Guide.
English & Spanish. Contact: 713-523-8963, 713-           National Dissemination Center for Children with
522-5161 (I&R).      http://www.mhahouston.org/          Disabilities (NICHCY). Offers extensive on-line
                                                         information on disabilities in youth (ages 0-22),
                                                         research, educational practices, programs and
                                                         services. “Zig-a-what” is a “kid-friendly” source of
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority
                                                         connections, games, tips and support. Contact:
of Harris County (MHMRA). Dedicated to
                                                         800-695-0285 (Voice & TTY).
providing or ensuring provision of services and
                                                         http://nichcy.org/
supports to people with mental disabilities and their
families. Divisions: Adult Mental Health, Mental         National Down Syndrome Society. Nonprofit
Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services and           organization works to benefit people with Down
Crisis Services. Fee: Medicaid, CHIP, private            syndrome and their families through national
insurance, adjustable fees. Contact: 24-hour Help        leadership in education, research and advocacy,
Line: 713-970-7000 or 866-970-4770 (toll-                information and resources. Local affiliates. English
free). http://www.mhmraharris.org/index.asp              and Spanish. Contact: 800-221-4602.
  Mental Retardation Service Division.                   http://www.ndss.org/ Houston: 713-682-7237.
http://www.mhmraharris.org/MRSD/MR.html                  http://www.dsah.net/
 Adult Mental Health.
http://www.mhmraharris.org/AMH.asp                       National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A
 Children and Adolescent Services.                       component of the National Institutes of Health
http://www.mhmraharris.org/CAS.asp                       (NIH) of the U.S. government. Information and
 Crisis and Emergency Services.                          resources about mental health, learning and
http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp                       developmental disorders. Contact:
                                                         http://www.nimh.nih.gov/tools/sitemap.cfm
The Monarch School. Private nonprofit accredited
school for children pre-K through 12th grade who         National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD).
have neurological differences. Offers assessment         An agency of the Orthodox Union, dedicated to
and therapy services including, but not limited to:      addressing the needs of all individuals with
speech and language, intelligence, achievement,

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disabilities and including them in the Jewish              networking and support for individuals, families and
community. Offers summer programs, advocacy,               professionals; events, conferences and meetings.
education, resources, support and programs.                Extensive links to resources. Updated weekly.
Membership. Contact: 212-613-8229                          Contact: http://www.texasautismadvocacy.org/
http://njcd.org
                                                           TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Learning Support
National Organization on Disability (NOD).                 Center. Offers a multi-disciplinary approach to
National nonprofit organization that raises disability     evaluation, planning and therapy. In addition to
awareness through programs, publications and its           individual child therapy and psychotherapy, group
website. Working with business, corporate,                 parenting & guidance and school observation &
government and community leaders, it partners with         consultations, programs of the Learning Support
a range of organizations and governments to remove         Center include:
barriers and change attitudes for people with                  Autistic Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD).
disabilities. Extensive links to housing, employment,      Multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment program
education and other resources. Contact: 202-293-           for children.
5960, 202-293-5968 (TTY).                                      Bridges. Preschool therapeutic program for
                                                           children with ASD.
http://www.nod.org.
                                                               Clinic for Attention Problems. Assesses and
                                                           treats children who are developmentally unable to
Neuhaus Education Center. Houston nonprofit
                                                           regulate attention.
organization providing resources for teachers and
                                                               Cognitive Intervention and Rehabilitation. Special
parents of children with dyslexia. Contact: 713-
                                                           education techniques used to assist elementary and
664-7676. http://www.neuhaus.org
                                                           secondary level students who are experiencing
                                                           cognitive or emotional deficits.
Partners Resource Network. Operates three
regional federally funded Parent Training and                  Family Therapy. Evaluation, family crisis
Information Centers (PTI) serving Texas parents of         therapy, behavioral parent training and marital
children and youth (ages 0-22) with disabilities.          therapy.
Advocacy, information and referral, extensive links            Group program. Brief Evaluation and Intervention
to resources, information. Funded by the U.S.              Program (BEIP) for toddlers and pre-school-age
Department of Education, Office of Special                 children with a variety of complex behavioral and
Education Programs. Contact Houston TEAM:                  emotional diagnoses.
713-524-2147 or 877-832-8945 (toll-free).                      TeamMates. A variety of psychological services
http://www.partnerstx.org/                                 for school-aged children, adolescents and their
                                                           parents: behavioral intervention, individual and
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. National             group therapy, parent groups.
nonprofit organization serving Americans who are           For all programs, contact: 832-822-3700.
blind, have low vision or learning disabilities through    www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenters/Learn
recorded materials, including textbooks, fiction,          ingSupport/Programs.aspx
non-fiction, publications. Membership. Contact:
866-732-3585 (toll-free).
http://www.rfbd.org/index.htm

Shape of Behavior. Pre-school services include:
evaluation, day program, socialization, play therapy.
Houston, TX. Contact: 832-358-
2655. http://www.shapeofbehavior.com/

Texas Autism Advocacy. Online information and
resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders;

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TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Speech,                                667-9336.
Language and Learning Clinic. Assessment, learning               http://www.jfshouston.org/alexanderinstitute.php
disabilities, management and therapy for infants,
children, adolescents and adults. Collaborative of               American Association of People with Disabilities
various Texas Children’s Hospital departments and                  (AAPD). National nonprofit organization works in
Clinics; affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.             coalition with other disability organizations and
Family referrals accepted. Fees. Contact: 832-                   advocates for the implementation and enforcement
822-3280.                                                        of laws for people with disabilities. Lists specific
http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenter                 jobs and companies hiring people with disabilities,
s/speechlanguage/default.aspx                                    links to Department of Labor opportunities.
                                                                 Advocacy, information & referral, resources.
Texas Education Agency (TEA). Texas state                        Complaint pages link to government agencies and
agency whose mission is to provide leadership,                   other organizations. Contact: 202-457-0046
guidance, and resources to help schools meet the                 (Voice/TTY) or 800-840-8844 (toll-free
educational needs of all students. Resource for                  Voice/TTY). http://www.aapd.com.
information about special education resources and
requirements. English and Spanish. Contact: 512-                 American Council of the Blind (ACB). National
463-9734.                                                        membership organization of blind and visually
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index.html                            impaired people providing advocacy, information,
                                                                 publications and a daily listing of employment
Texas Parent to Parent. Nonprofit organization                   opportunities under its ACB job bank and connection.
providing resources and support, including peer and              Contact: 202-467-5081 or 800-424-8666.
advocacy support, for families of children with                  http://www.acb.org/
disabilities, chronic illness and other special needs.
Spanish and English. Contact: 866-896-6001          The Arc of Greater Houston. Nonprofit
(toll-free). http://www.txp2p.org/                  organization committed to creating opportunities for
                                                    people with mental retardation and other
Tourette Syndrome Association. National
                                                    developmental disabilities. Advocacy, support groups,
nonprofit organization provides advocacy,
                                                    programs for individuals with disabilities, resources,
information, referral, educational resources,
                                                    research, referral, respite services, camps, social.
teacher guides, strategies and support. Newsletters
                                                    Affiliated with The Arc of Texas and The Arc of
for youth and young adults. Local and state
                                                    the United States . Contact: 713-957-1600.
chapters. Contact: 718-224-2999.
                                                    http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com/programs
http://www.tsa-usa.org/
                                                    .htm

EMPLOYMENT, JOB TRAINING, LIFE                                   Autism Treatment Centers of Texas. Nonprofit
SKILLS.                                                          organization provides assessment, information, life
The following agencies and/or organizations offer                skills training and residential services in Dallas and
supportive resources and services in the areas of life           San Antonio, Texas. Also provides services to
skills, job/vocational training, job-readiness, retention and    individuals who are blind and/or deaf. Residential
vocational training; some offer employment counseling,           facilities are single family homes and duplexes,
placement, supported employment and job coaching.                located in neighborhoods; programming, activities,
                                                                 living skills. Associated with Autism Society of
The Alexander Institute. Partners professionals
                                                                 America and National Association of Residential
with clients in order to assess skills and strengths
                                                                 Providers for Adults with Autism. Licensed by TEA,
as well as develop personalized action plans to
                                                                 Texas Department of MHMR, Home and Community
ensure successful participation in the workplace.
                                                                 based Services. Contact: 972-644-2076 (Dallas).
Also features structured employment where clients
                                                                 210-590-2107 (San Antonio).
work as a team on specific projects. Contact: 713-
                                                                 http://www.atcoftexas.org
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                                                          DisabilityInfo.gov. On-line connection to the
The Brookwood Community. A private nonprofit              federal government’s disability related information,
residential, educational and entrepreneurial village      programs and resources on numerous subjects,
for adults with functional disabilities. Horticulture,    including benefits, civil rights, community life,
crafts, gift shop and café provide activities and         education, employment, housing, health, technology
employment for residents. Also offers a day               and transportation. Includes Federal job listings,
program. Brookshire, Texas. Contact: 281-375-             links to employment opportunities and to state and
2100.                                                     local resources. Managed by the U.S. Department of
http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org/index.html              Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy
                                                          (ODEP). Contact: 800-333-4636 (toll-free
Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. Houston-              voice and TTY). http://www.disabilityinfo.gov
based private nonprofit United Way agency offers
employment-related services to a diverse challenged       Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network.
population including job-readiness training,              (EARN). Free service that connects employers
placement assistance, job retention training,             looking for quality employees with skilled job
placement, coaching, support services, computer           candidates, a source for disability employment
literacy training, benefits counseling. Career            information including: recruitment, tools and
Counseling services offer educational and vocational      resources, success stories for federal and private
guidance. Links to other sites. Contact: 713-754-         employers, employment service providers and job
7000. http://www.careerandrecovery.org/                   seekers. It is NOT an employment or job placement
                                                          service. Contact 866-327-6669 (toll-free Voice
The Center Serving Persons with Mental                    & TTY)]. http://www.earnworks.com/index.htm
Retardation. Nonprofit United Way agency offers
training, employment and employment support to            The Gathering Place. Facility providing a
adults with mental retardation and other                  supportive environment and daytime programs for
developmental disabilities: work habits, day              adults (age 18+) with severe and persistent mental
habilitation services, work-center training,              illness who are under the care of a psychiatrist. A
supervised off-site crews and supported                   psycho-social clubhouse offering vocational
employment. Houston, TX. Contact: 713-525-                development, supported employment, social and
8318. www.cri-usa.org/index.html                          recreational activities. Independent nonprofit
                                                          organization. No fee. Contact: 713-729-3799.
Coalition for Barrier Free Living. Includes               http://www.Gplace.org/
Houston, Brazoria County and Ft. Bend County
Centers for Independent Living. Services include:         Goodwill Industries of Houston. Nonprofit
information & referral, advocacy, peer support and        organization, part of Goodwill International,
independent living skills training. Links to other        providing multiple services including training, skills
resources. Contact:                                       development, work opportunities, placement services
http://coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/index.html       and mentoring for people with disabilities and other
                                                          barriers to employment.
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative                    Houston Academy of Career Development.
Services (DARS). Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)           Business Skills: clerical, data processing,
services help people with disabilities prepare for,       accounting/bookkeeping, word processing,
find, and keep jobs. Division for Rehabilitation          interviewing, job readiness & retention skills,
Services (DRS). English and Spanish. Texas.                  Job Connection. Offers computer, job
Contact toll-free: 800-628-5115 (toll-free) or            preparation, placement, search techniques,
866-581-9328 (TTY toll-free).                             community resources.
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/                                 Contract/fulfillment services. Employment force
                                                          working on contract basis.


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   Temporary Services. Full service temporary               telecommuting positions with major corporations.
staffing agency.                                            Contact: http://www.lift-inc.org/
   Job Quest Training. Job application training,
interviewing skills, job seeking skills training, resume    The Lighthouse of Houston. Nonprofit
development.                                                organization serving the blind and visually impaired.
   Placement services. Resume preparation, job              Offers technology training, vocational evaluation and
search, job readiness & interviewing skills.                job placement services and resources. Contact:
  Job Coaching/Retention/Mentoring Services                 713-527-9561.
  Workforce Development. From piece labor to                http://www.houstonlighthouse.org
entry level to supervisory/management positions.
Temporary services (GTS), business skills, training,        MHMRA of Harris County. Provides a variety of
placement and training. Contact: 713-692-6221.              services including employment related skills, services
http://www.goodwillhouston.org/Services/services.           and independent living support. Open to adults over
shtml                                                       17 who have been diagnosed with disorders. Must be
                                                            in compliance with MHMRA financial criteria.
Hope Village. Private nonprofit organization                Contact: 713-970-7070.
providing residential, day, respite and summer              http://www.mhmraharris.org/
programs in Friendswood, TX. Developmental Center
includes a structured work program licensed by the          National Center on Workforce and
U.S. Dept. of Labor. Employees are paid for their           Disability/Adult (NCWD). Information resource
work. Contact: 281-482-1663.                                for training, technical assistance, policy analysis and
http://www.hope-                                            information to improve access for all in the
village.com/work_activity_center.asp                        workforce. Part of the Institute for Community
                                                            Inclusion. Contact: http://www.onestops.info/
Houston Center for Independent Living.
Advocacy, information and referral, independent             National Collaborative on Workforce and
living skills training, and peer counseling. Part of the    Disability for Youth. Information and resources
Texas State Independent Living Council. Contact:            for youth with disabilities and their families; assists
713-974-4621 (Voice/TTY).                                   state and local workforce development systems to
http://www.coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/               better serve youth with disabilities. Contact: 877-
                                                            871-0744; 877-871-0665 (TTY).
Job Accommodation Network (JAN). A service of               http://www.ncwd-youth.info/index.html
the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
                                                            National Council for Support of Disability Issues.
of the U. S. Department of Labor; provides links to
                                                            Nonprofit organization providing support to people
sites regarding employment, training and
accommodation. It is not a placement service.               with disabilities, information and resources -
Contact: 800-526-7234 (V/TTY).                              including recreation, travel and the arts - through
                                                            extensive, targeted links, Contact: 703-753-
http://www.jan.wvu.edu
                                                            9148. http://www.ncsd.org
Jobs:Houston. General employment publication and
website; lists Houston-area job postings; job-search        National Federation of the Blind. National
tips. Not specifically targeted to people with              nonprofit organization serving and advocating for
disabilities. Contact:                                      the blind and visually impaired. Offers Jobline, an
http://www.jobshouston.com/                                 audio version of America's Job Bank, on the
                                                            telephone. Contact: 800-414-5748 (toll-free).
Lift, Inc. Nonprofit corporation that qualifies,            http://www.nfb.org
trains, hires, and places information technology (IT)
professionals who have physical disabilities in             National Jewish Council for Disabilities. An
                                                            agency of the Orthodox Union, dedicated to
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addressing the needs of all individuals with              illness disabilities in Texas. Advocacy, monitoring,
disabilities and including them in the Jewish             information & referral materials and services,
community. Offers summer programs, advocacy,              training, legal representation for low income persons
education, resources, support and programs.               with disabilities and extensive resources. English,
Membership. Contact: 212-613-8229.                        Spanish. Contact: Main Office 512-454-4816;
http://njcd.org                                           East Texas Regional Office: 713-974-7691
                                                          (Voice/TDD).
National Organization on Disability (NOD). Seeks          http://www.advocacyinc.org/index.cfm
to expand the participation and contribution of
Americans with disabilities in all aspects of life.       The Alexander Institute. A resource offered by
Provides links to national and local job assistance and   Jewish Family Service to enrich and empower
recruitment agencies. Contact: 202-293-5960               families and caregivers through professional
(V); 202-293-5968 (TTY). http://www.nod.org/              services, education, advocacy, opportunities,
                                                          referrals and information of the highest quality
Reach Unlimited. Nonprofit organization serving           within a Jewish framework. Provides life planning,
mentally retarded adults through education,               counseling, a social group for high-functioning young
vocational training, supported employment, and            adults, information & referral, employment services
residential services. Clients also volunteer in the       and support groups. Contact: 713-667-9336.
community. Northwest Harris County, TX. Contact:          http://www.jfshouston.org/alexanderinstitute.php
281-469-8058.
http://www.reachunlimited.org/index.htm                 American Association of People with Disabilities
                                                        (AAPD). National nonprofit cross-disability
Vocational Advancement and Social Skills Training membership organization dedicated to ensuring
(V.A.S.T.). Offered at several campuses of the          economic and political empowerment of people with
Houston Community College system to provide             disabilities. Works in coalition with other disability
educational opportunities to individuals with learning, organizations and advocates for the implementation
developmental and/or physical disabilities. Courses     and enforcement of laws for people with disabilities.
are offered in the following areas: Academic,           Advocacy, Information & Referral, Resources.
Personal/Social Development, Career & Vocational,       Complaint pages link to various government agencies
Enrichment and Basic Computer Training. Office          and other organizations. Contact: 800-840-8844
skills training and job readiness. Application,         (V/TTY) or 202-457-0046 (Voice/TTY).
testing, and interview. Fee. Contact: (713) 718-        http://www.aapd.com.
6832. http://learning.cc.hccs.edu/Courses/vast/
                                                          American Council of the Blind. National
                                                          membership organization of blind and visually
INFORMATION, REFERRAL &                                   impaired people providing Advocacy, Information,
RESOURCES                                                 publications and a daily listing of employment
                                                          opportunities under its ACB job bank and connection.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).
                                                          Contact: 202-467-5081 or 800-424-8666.
Nonprofit membership organization providing
                                                          http://www.acb.org/
information, support, networking and workshops for
parents of children or teenagers with ADD/ADHD.
                                                          The Arc of Greater Houston. Nonprofit
Houston Chapter Contact: 281-897-0982.
                                                          organization committed to creating opportunities for
http://www.adda-sr.org/
                                                          people with mental retardation and other
                                                          developmental disabilities. Advocacy, support groups,
Advocacy, Inc. Nonprofit organization funded by
                                                          programs for individuals with disabilities, resources,
the State of Texas and the United States
                                                          research, referral, respite services, camps, social.
government to protect and advocate for the legal
                                                          Affiliated with The Arc of Texas and The Arc of
rights of people with developmental and/or mental
                                                          the United States.
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Contact: 713-957-1600.                                   Bureau of Jewish Education. A division of the
http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com/index.ht           Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the BJE
ml                                                       addresses special needs education of Jewish
                                                         children through Kesher which provides advocacy,
Asperger’s Syndrome Parent-Professional                  information, support and workshops for parents of
Information Exchange (ASPIE). Nonprofit                  children with special needs; it also sponsors Sunday
membership organization providing information and        School classes for children with learning disabilities.
support groups for adults and children with              The BJE also conducts workshops for teachers of
Asperger’s syndrome. Contact: 281-240-                   children with disabilities. Contact: 713-729-7000.
0663. http://www.aspieinfo.com/                          http://www.houstonjewish.org

Association for Science in Autism Treatment              CHADD. Children and Adults with Attention-
(ASAT). Seeks to disseminate accurate,                   Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. National nonprofit
scientifically sound information about autism and        membership organization provides advocacy,
treatments for autism and to improve access to           resources, vocational support, and group support for
effective, science-based treatments for all people       individuals with AD/HD. English and Spanish.
with autism, regardless of age, severity of condition,   Greater Houston Chapter: 281/265-7445.
income or place of residence. Advocacy,                   http://www.chadd.org
information, resources, links. Contact:
http://www.asatonline.org/                               Coalition for Barrier Free Living. Brazoria County
                                                         and Houston and Ft. Bend Centers for Independent
Autism Society of America. National nonprofit            Living promote the full inclusion, equal
membership organization providing information,           opportunity and participation of persons with
research and reference through website, magazine         disabilities in every aspect of community life.
and local chapters. Contact: 301-657-0881 or             Services include: advocacy, information & referral,
800-328-8476. http://www.autism-                         peer support and independent living skills training.
society.org/site/PageServer                              Links to other resources.
                                                         Contact:
Autism Treatment Centers of Texas. Nonprofit             http://coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/index.html
organization provides assessment, information, life
skills training and residential services in Dallas and   Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
San Antonio, Texas. Also provides services to            International professional organization dedicated to
individuals who are blind and/or deaf. Residential       improving educational outcomes for individuals with
facilities are single family homes and duplexes,         exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or
located in neighborhoods; programming, activities,       the gifted. Advocacy, special education, support
living skills. Associated with Autism Society of         services, resources. Contact: 888-232-7733
America and National Association of Residential          (Voice);
Providers for Adults with Autism. Licensed by TEA,       866-915-5000                                    (TTY).
Texas Department of MHMR, Home and Community             http://www.cec.sped.org//AM/Template.cfm?Sec
based Services. Contact: 972-644-2076 (Dallas).          tion=Home
210-590-2107 (San Antonio).
http://www.atcoftexas.org                                Crisis Intervention of Houston. Nonprofit
                                                         organization providing 24-hour telephone and web-
Brain Injury Association of Texas. Nonprofit             based counseling, suicide prevention and intervention
organization for brain injury survivors, family          education, links to community resources, and
members and advocates. Advocacy, support group,          community education. United Way. Contact: 713-
referrals and educational resources. Contact: 800-       HOTLINE (713-468-5463).
392-0040. http://www.biatx.org/index.html                http://www.crisishotline.org/


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Cypress Creek Hospital. Psychiatric hospital,           http://www.east-texas.easter-seals.org
inpatient and outpatient services, 24 hours-a-day.
Assessment, crisis intervention, referral and           Families Can. Part of the University of Houston’s
hospitalization services. Adolescents (13 – 17) and     Learning & Assessment Services Parent Education
adults. Joint Commission on Accreditation of            Project (PEP). Parent-to-parent services for
Healthcare Organizations. Texas Department of           families of children with special needs: information,
Health. Contact: 281-586-7600                           links, resource guide, support groups, newsletter.
http://www.psysolutions.com/facilities/cypresscre       Contact: http://las.uh.edu/pep/familiesCan.aspx.
ek/index.html
                                                        Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT).
Depelchin Children’s Center. Provides services
                                                        Independent nonprofit organization providing
designed to prevent and resolve social and emotional
                                                        advocacy, information, resources and support for
crises for children and their families: Assessment,
                                                        families of children with autism. Special emphasis is
parenting skills, residential services, therapy,
                                                        on early diagnosis and ABA (Applied Behavior
psychological services. United Way Agency.
                                                        Analysis). Houston Chapter Contact:
Houston, TX. Contact: 713-730-2335 888-730-
                                                        http://www.feathouston.org/
2335 (toll-free) http://www.depelchin.org/
                                                        Family to Family Network. Independent nonprofit
DisabilityInfo.gov. On-line connection to the
                                                        grassroots organization providing advocacy, support,
federal government’s disability related information,
                                                        information & referrals, education and training for
programs and resources on numerous subjects,
                                                        families of people with disabilities. Extensive links
including benefits, civil rights, community life,
                                                        to resources, agencies and organizations. Contact:
education, employment, housing, health, technology
                                                        713-466-6304.
and transportation. Includes Federal job listings,
                                                        http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org/
links to employment opportunities and to state and
local resources. Managed by the U.S. Department of
                                                     The Family Village. A global community of disability
Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy
                                                     resources that integrates information, resources,
(ODEP). Contact: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov
                                                     and communication opportunities on the Internet for
Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP). One of 10 persons with cognitive and other disabilities, their
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers families, and for those providing them services and
funded by the federal government. Technical          support. Communication connections, specific
assistance, training, information and materials on   diagnoses, adaptive products and technology,
the Americans with Disabilities Act and compliance   adaptive recreational activities, education, worship,
problems. Serves Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico,        health issues, etc. Sponsored by the Waisman
Oklahoma, and Louisiana. A program of the            Center at the University of Wisconsin. Contact:
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at    www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/index.htmlx
the Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR),
part of the Memorial Hermann system. No fee.         Foundation for Jewish Camping. Provides
English, Spanish, Vietnamese. Contact: 800-949-      information, financial and programming resources to
4232 or 713-520-0232 (Voice/TTY).                    camps, campers and their families across North
http://www.dlrp.org                                  America. Information about 130+ nonprofit Jewish
                                                     overnight camps. “Find a Jewish Camp” can be
Easter Seals - East Texas. Affiliate of national     customized for Special Needs programs. Offers a
nonprofit organization that provides services to     Directory of Camp Scholarships. Contact: 212-
children and adults with disabilities and other      792-6222.
special needs, and support to their families.        http://www.jewishcamping.org/fjc/global/default.
Information, resources, medical rehabilitation,      asp
respite services. Contact: 713-759-0440 (Voice).

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The Governor’s Committee on People with                   Jewish Family Service. Independent nonprofit
Disabilities – Key Laws. Summary of key Texas             human service organization offering a broad range
laws protecting the rights of Texans with                 of services: information, referral, counseling,
disabilities. Covers guardianship, health care            support and educational. English, Hebrew, Russian.
directives, housing, reasonable accommodations,           United Way Agency. Fee: Sliding scale. Contact:
worker’s compensation and more. Contact: 512-             713-667-9336. http://www.jfshouston.org/
463-5739 (Voice);
512-463-5745 (TDD).
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/disabili
ties/resources/keylaws                                    KESHER. A program of the Bureau of Jewish
                                                          Education and the Jewish Federation of Greater
Guide to Disability Rights Laws. Brief descriptions       Houston. Advocates for children with special needs,
and information about the Americans with                  offers family support, monthly meetings, referrals
Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair        and resources; sponsors Sunday School classes for
Housing Act, and others. Prepared by the U. S.            children who are unable to function in a regular
Department of Justice. Contact:                           program. Contact: 713-729-7000, Ext. 334.
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/cguide.htm                   http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
                                                          asp
Harris County [TX] Department of Education
(Special Education). Assessment, intervention,            LawHelp.org. Nonprofit on-line organization
consultation, training, and direct services to children   providing information about laws, processes and
(birth to 21); maximum education grade 12.                courts as well as links to some of America's
Contact: 713-696-8237. http://www.hcde-                   nonprofit legal services providers. Helps low and
texas.org/default.aspx?name=SpecEdAssessment              moderate income people find legal aid programs in
                                                          their communities and answers to questions about
Houston Center for Independent Living.                    their legal rights. Also lists services by state.
Advocacy, information and referral, independent           English, Spanish & Vietnamese. Contact:
living skills training, and peer counseling. Part of      http://www.lawhelp.org/ or
Texas State Independent Living Council. Contact:          http://www.texaslawhelp.org (Texas)
713-974-4621 (Voice/TTY).
http://www.coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/             LD Online. Learning Disabilities Online seeks to help
                                                          children, teens and adults reach their full potential
International Dyslexia Association. Nonprofit             by providing information and advice about learning
organization providing advocacy, referrals,               disabilities and ADHD. Information, referral lists,
education, support to persons with dyslexia and           resources, forums. Sponsor: Washington D.C. PBS
related learning disorders. Houston Contact: 832-         station WETA. Contact: http://www.ldonline.org/
282-7154. http://www.houstonida.org
                                                          Learning Disabilities Association of America
                                                          (LDAA). National nonprofit membership
Invisible Children’s Project. Advocacy and                organization offering advocacy, resources, referrals.
information for children who have a parent(s) with a      Membership fee. Texas Association Contact:
mental health problem to obtain the support and           512-458-8234 or 800-604-7500 (toll-free).
services they and their families need. Education,         http://www.ldat.org/index.html
resources. Project of the National Mental Health
Association and Mental Health Association of Texas.
                                                          Legal Line. Twice-monthly free legal advice hotline
Contact:
                                                          sponsored by Houston Bar Association. Licensed
http://www.mhatexas.org/InvisibleChildrensMainP
                                                          volunteer attorneys provide telephone-only answers
age.htm
                                                          to legal questions, simple legal advice and referrals
                                                          to agencies and organizations. English, Spanish,

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Vietnamese. Contact: 713-759-1133.
http://www.hba.org.                                          Montrose Counseling Center. Independent
                                                             nonprofit agency providing individual, couples/family
Lighthouse of Houston. Private, nonprofit United             and group psychotherapy and case management
Way agency offering a wide variety of educational            services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and
programs, community services, and outpatient                 questioning (GLBTQ) persons. United Way Agency.
rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired.          Fee: sliding scale; accepts private insurance,
Contact 713-284-8488.                                        Medicare and Medicaid. Contact: 713-529-0037.
http://www.houstonlighthouse.org                             http://www.montrosecounselingcenter.org

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities                  Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). National
(MOPD). Provides information and referrals to                voluntary nonprofit organization addressing
individuals with disabilities, and assists clients in the    neuromuscular diseases. Provides assessment,
investigation and resolution of complaints. Deals            clinics, camps, information, research, resources and
with emergency services. Has 3 programs including            support.
accessibility, transportation, and housing.                  Contact: 713-522-8561. http://www.mda.org/
Facilitates the delivery of city services to
individuals with disabilities. Will refer to free legal      Mysummercamps.com Online listing of summer day
services. Contact: 713-837-9061.                             and residential camps throughout North America
http://www.houstontx.gov/disabilities/index.html             with links to individual camp websites; large section
                                                             for special needs camps. Its inclusion in this list
Mental Health Association. Houston nonprofit                 implies neither verification of its listings nor an
agency working to promote mental health and to               endorsement. Contact:
improve the care and treatment of persons living             http://www.mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_
with mental illness through education and advocacy.          Needs_Camps/index.html
Advocacy, education, information & referral,
resources, 24-hour Help Line. Also: Children’s               National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Mental Health Action Network Resource Guide.                 Nonprofit organization offering information,
English & Spanish. Contact: 713-523-8963, 713-               referral, advocacy, peer support groups and
522-5161 (I&R).      http://www.mhahouston.org/              education. Membership fee. Contact:
                                                             http://www.nami.org Houston: 713-970-3455.
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority               http://www.namimetrohouston.org
of Harris County (MHMRA). Dedicated to
providing or ensuring provision of services and              National Center for the Dissemination of
supports to people with mental disabilities and their        Disability Research. The National Center for the
families. Divisions: Adult Mental Health, Mental             Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) is
Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services and               operated by the SEDL (formerly the Southwest
Crisis Services. Fee: Medicaid, CHIP, private                Educational Development Laboratory). This
insurance, adjustable fees. Contact: 24-hour Help            nonprofit seeks to improve service delivery and
Line: 713-970-7000 or 866-970-4770 (toll-                    expand decision-making options for people with
free). http://www.mhmraharris.org/index.asp                  disabilities and their families. Contact: 800-266-
  Mental Retardation Service Division.                       1832 or 512-476-2286.
http://www.mhmraharris.org/MRSD/MR.html                      http://www.ncddr.org/new/announcements.html
 Adult Mental Health.
                                                             National Center for Learning Disabilities.
http://www.mhmraharris.org/AMH.asp
                                                             National nonprofit organization providing advocacy,
 Children and Adolescent Services.
                                                             information, resources, educational tools, support
http://www.mhmraharris.org/CAS.asp
                                                             and multiple links for families and professionals
 Crisis and Emergency Services.
                                                             Contact: 212-545-7510 or 888-575-7373 (toll-
http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp
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free). http://www.ncld.org/                                Houston Contact: 713-682-7237.
                                                           http://www.dsah.net/
National Center on Workforce and
Disability/Adult (NCWD). Information resource              National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A
for training, technical assistance, policy analysis and    component of the National Institutes of Health of
information to improve access for all in the               the U.S. government. Information and resources
workforce. Part of the Institute for Community             about mental health, learning and developmental
Inclusion.                                                 disorders. Contact:
Contact: http://www.onestops.info/                         http://www.nimh.nih.gov/tools/sitemap.cfm

National Collaborative on Workforce and                    National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD).
Disability for Youth. Information and resources            An agency of the Orthodox Union, dedicated to
for youth with disabilities and their families; assists    addressing the needs of all individuals with
state and local workforce development systems to           disabilities and including them in the Jewish
better serve youth with disabilities. Contact: 877-        community. Offers summer programs, advocacy,
871-0744; 877-871-0665 (TTY).                              education, resources, support and programs.
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/index.html                      Membership. Contact: 212-613-8229.
                                                           http://njcd.org
National Council for Support of Disability Issues.
Nonprofit organization providing support to people         National Multiple Sclerosis Society. National
with disabilities, information and resources,
                                                           nonprofit organization and its network of chapters
including recreation, sports and the arts, through
                                                           nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on
extensive, targeted links. Contact: 703-753-
                                                           critical issues, and organize a wide range of
9148. http://www.ncsd.org
                                                           programs to serve those with MS and their families.
                                                           Advocacy, information, resources, support, services.
National Dissemination Center for Children with
                                                           Contact: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/
Disabilities (NICHCY). Offers extensive on-line
                                                             Lone Star Chapter (Houston) also provides
information on disabilities in youth and children
                                                           programming and some direct services. Membership
(ages 0-22), research, educational practices,
programs and services. “Zig-a-what” is an on-line          fee. Contact: 713-526-8967 or 800-FIGHT MS
“kid-friendly” source of connections, games, tips and      (toll-free). http://www.nationalmssociety.org/txh
support. Contact: 800-695-0285 (toll-free Voice
& TTY). http://nichcy.org/                                 National Organization on Disability (NOD).
                                                           National nonprofit organization that raises disability
National Down Syndrome Congress. Nonprofit                 awareness through programs, publications and its
membership organization providing advocacy,                website. Working with business, corporate,
information and support services for individuals with      government and community leaders, it partners with
Down syndrome, their families, communities and             a range of organizations and governments to remove
professionals.   Contact: 800-232-6372.                    barriers and change attitudes for people with
http://www.ndsccenter.org/about/about.php                  disabilities. Extensive links to housing, employment,
                                                           education and other resources. Contact: 202-293-
National Down Syndrome Society. Nonprofit                  5960, 202-293-5968 (TTY). http://www.nod.org
organization works to benefit people with Down
syndrome and their families through national               Partners Resource Network. Operates three
leadership in education, research and advocacy,            regional federally funded Parent Training and
information and                                            Information Centers (PTI) serving Texas parents of
                                                           children and youth (ages 0-22) with disabilities.
resources. Local affiliates. English and Spanish.          Advocacy, information and referral, extensive links
Contact: 800-221-4602. http://www.ndss.org/                to resources, information. Funded by the U.S.

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Department of Education, Office of Special                 aged and to children and adults with disabilities.
Education Programs. Contact Houston TEAM:                  Information about direct and supportive services.
713-524-2147 or 877-832-8945 (toll-free).                  An agency of the Texas Health & Human Services
http://www.partnerstx.org/                                 System. Contact:
                                                           http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/index.html
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. National
nonprofit organization serving Americans who are           Texas Education Agency. Texas state agency
blind, have low vision or learning disabilities through    whose mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and
recorded materials, including textbooks, fiction,          resources to help schools meet the educational
non-fiction, publications. Membership. Contact:            needs of all students. Resource for information
866-732-3585 (toll-free).                                  about special education resources and requirements.
http://www.rfbd.org/index.htm                              English and Spanish. Contact: 512-463-9734.
                                                           http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index.html
Special Kids, Inc. (SKI). A Community Parent
Resource Center (CPRC) serving parents of children
                                                           Texas Information and Referral Network. 2-1-
with emotional, learning and mental disabilities
                                                           1. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
throughout the Greater Metropolitan Houston area.
                                                           program responsible for the statewide information
Advocacy, training, consultations, support and
                                                           and referral network. Provides a portal to finding
resources for parents of infants through youth with
                                                           services in Texas. Contact: 2-1-1.
disabilities. No fee. Contact: 713-734-5355.
                                                           http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/tirn/tirnhome.htm
http://www.specialkidsinc.org/

Systems of Hope. Addresses the needs of Harris             Texas Parent to Parent. Independent nonprofit
County children and their families dealing with            organization providing support, information,
serious mental health issues through a network of          resources, parent-parent peer support for families
community-based services and supports. No fee.             of children with disabilities. Extensive links to local
Contact: 713-795-HOPE.                                     and national resources. Contact: 866-896-
http://www.systemsofhope.org/                              6001. http://www.txp2p.org/
                                                           Tourette Syndrome Association. National
Texas Autism Advocacy. Online information and              nonprofit organization provides advocacy,
resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders;                    information, referral, educational resources,
networking and support for individuals, families and       teacher guides, strategies and support. Newsletters
professionals; events, conferences and meetings.           for youth and young adults. Local and state
Extensive links to resources. Updated weekly.              chapters. Contact: 718-224-2999.
Contact: http://www.texasautismadvocacy.org/               http://www.tsa-usa.org/

TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Speech,                          United Cerebral Palsy. National nonprofit
Language and Learning Clinic. Assessment, learning         organization working to advance the independence,
disabilities, management and therapy for infants,          productivity and full participation of people with
children, adolescents and adults. Collaborative of         disabilities through advocacy, assistance, camps,
various Texas Children’s Hospital departments and          respite care and opportunities nation-wide as well as
Clinics; affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.       links to other helpful sites. Contact: www.ucp.org.
Family referrals accepted. Fees. Contact: 832-             Houston Affiliate: 713-838-9050.
822-3280.                                                  http://www.ucphouston.org/index.html
http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenter
s/speechlanguage/default.aspx                              Voice of the Retarded (VOR). Independent
                                                           nonprofit membership organization that advocates
Texas Department of Aging and Disability                   for residential choice, rights and adequate funding,
Services (DADS). Texas state agency responsible            including a full range of quality residences and
for providing and overseeing services for and to the       services for the retarded, medically fragile and
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behaviorally challenged: homes, community             function in a regular program. Jewish Network of
residences, congregate and large facilities. Contact: Special Education Professionals. Part-time Special
847-253-6020. http://www.vor.net/                     Education Consultant. Contact: 713-729-7000.
                                                      http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
Wrightslaw. Independent on-line resource seeking      asp
to provide parents, advocates, educators, and
attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information       Camp HASC. Seven-week residential camp in the
about special education law and advocacy. Links,      Catskill Mountains (NY) for children and adults with
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities, free e-      mental and physical handicaps. Program offers
newsletter. Contact: http://www.wrightslaw.com/ blend of recreational and learning experiences.
                                                      Sponsored by the Hebrew Academy for Special
                                                      Children, a nonprofit organization. Contact: 718-
JEWISH RESOURCES.                                     686-5930. http://www.camphasc.org/

The following list, by no means exhaustive, is an attempt
                                                                Camp Kehilla Kayf. Co-ed residential camp in
to identify resources that, in a Jewish framework, serve
                                                                Wayne County, PA serves pre-teens and teens (ages
children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Many cities with substantial Jewish populations provide
                                                                10-16) with attention deficit disorders and/or mild
services; for information about Jewish special needs            social skill disorders, speech and language delays,
services in a particular locale, begin with a search of that    emotionally handicapping conditions and other special
city’s Jewish Family Service or Federation website. It          needs who are mainstreamed with other campers.
should be noted that many synagogues and religious              Owned by the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community
schools provide services to and make accommodations for         Center. Contact: 516-484-1545.
people with special needs. Agencies and services in the         http://www.sjjcc.org/content_display.html?Article
Greater Houston area are designated by an asterisk (*).
                                                                ID=166249

The Alexander Institute. A resource offered by
                                                                Camp Kutz. Residential camp in Warwick, NY,
Jewish Family Service to enrich and empower
                                                                sponsored by Union for Reform Judaism. Two one-
families and caregivers through professional
                                                                week sessions for Jewish children with autism.
services, education, advocacy, opportunities,
                                                                Limited enrollment. Contact: 845-987-6300
referrals and information of the highest quality
within a Jewish framework. Provides life planning,              ext. 6362. http://kutz.urjcamps.org/
counseling, a social group for high-functioning young
adults, information & referral, employment services             Camp Ramah. The camping arm of Conservative
and support groups. Partnerships include: Bureau of             Judaism, offers residential camp programs that
Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of                    serve Jewish children with developmental delays,
Houston, Jewish Community Center, Chabad                        mental retardation, autism/Asperger’s syndrome,
Outreach, Dionysus Theatre, Jewish Children’s                   Down syndrome and other conditions that prevent
Regional Service, Congregation Emanu El. Contact:               them from succeeding in camp without significant
713-667-9336.                                                   additional supports. The focus of the program is to
http://www.jfshouston.org/alexanderinstitute.php                promote individual growth through camp activities,
                                                                social development and Jewish learning. Various
*Bureau of Jewish Education. A division of the                  locations. Contact: 212-678-8881.
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the BJE                   http://www.campramah.org/tikvah.html
offers: Kesher (linking children with learning
differences to Jewish educational opportunities),               Camp Simcha. Reform Jewish residential (5-day)
information and referral, advocacy for children with            family camp for children with autism spectrum
special needs in the Jewish community, parent                   disorders in a safe supportive environment
support groups and workshops, monthly Sunday                    sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ);
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held at Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, Texas.            Camp Gan Israel. Summer day camp offers shadow
Contact: http://urj.org/camps/simcha/                    program.
                                                         All programs contact: 713-774-0300.
Camp Torologo. Privately owned Jewish residential        http://www.chabadhouston.org
camp in Arden, Ontario, Canada for children (ages 7-
16); all activities; special accommodations for     Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI). Non-
children with ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities and  sectarian, nonprofit corporation under Jewish
behavioral needs. Contact: 416-849-5885.            auspices that provides programs and services so
http://torolago.com/specialneeds.htm                adults with cognitive disabilities in the Dallas area
                                                    may live full, rich lives in a safe environment and
Camp Young Judaea: One of six regional residential meaningfully participate in the community. Operates
camps across the United States for Jewish boys and three community-integrated kosher group homes.
girls (ages 7 – 17); sponsored by Hadassah. Located Wolens Learning Center offers socializing, life skills
in Henderson, NC, accredited by ACA; general        training and supported employment. Licensed by
sports, assorted adventures, acting, team building; Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services.
special accommodations for ADD; two sessions, June Contact: 214-373-8600.
–August. Contact: 404-634-7883.                     http://www.chaidallas.org/index.html
http://www.youngjudaea.org/html/camping.html
                                                    *Congregation Beth Israel. Houston congregation
Camps Mogen Avraham Heller Sternberg, Inc.          hosts a “Gathering Place” program providing respite
Offers several residential camps in New York State for caregivers. Contact: 713-771-6221.
for Jewish Orthodox boys and girls:                 http://www.beth-israel.org
 Camp Mogen Avraham offers Chaverim, a 6-week
camp for boys (ages 8+) with Developmental               *Congregation Emanu El. Religious School offers
Disabilities.                                            Kulam program in grades 4, 5 & 6 for students with a
 Camp Sternberg offers:                                  variety of special needs in a three-year cycle that
  Kesher, a program for girls with special needs who     blends together the tailored and enhanced
                                                         curriculum and objectives. Congregation hosts a
are integrated into the daily program;
                                                         “Gathering Place” program providing respite for
  Mishkan, a program for girls with serious
                                                         caregivers. Houston, Texas. Contact: 713-529-
developmental challenges; separate program and
                                                         5771. http://emanuelhouston.org/index.htm
facilities.
Contact: 212-691-5548.
                                                         Disability Inclusion Project. Minneapolis based on-
http://campsmogenavrahamhellersternberginc.org/
                                                         line Resource guide (local, national, Jewish, general).
main.html
                                                         Contact:
                                                         http://www.jfcsmpls.org/inclusionresources.html
*Chabad Outreach. Nonprofit organization
offering educational, social, religious and respite
                                                         Foundation for Jewish Camping. Provides
services to people with disabilities and their
                                                         information about 130+ nonprofit Jewish overnight
families.
                                                         camps as well as financial and programming
 Friendship Circle. Trained teen volunteers meet
                                                         resources to camps, campers and their families
with special needs children, involving them in a full
                                                         across North America. “Find a Jewish Camp” search
range of Jewish and social experiences, providing
friendship, socialization and respite care.              tool can be customized for Special Needs programs.
 Yad Chaverim. Provides religious programming and        Offers a Directory of Camp Scholarships. Contact:
social services to the Jewish residents of the           http://www.jewishcamping.org/fjc/global/default.
Richmond and Brenham State Schools and Jewish            asp
residents of Assisted Living centers for adults with
special needs.

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*Friendship Circle. Introduces trained teenage               Club Haver. Social activities for children in
volunteers to children (to age 15) with special needs,     grades K-5 meets monthly. Working toward
involving them in a range of Jewish and social             mainstreaming special needs youngsters into JCC
experiences. Every week pairs of teenage volunteers        Children’s Programs with help of professional staff.
visit participating children in their homes, offering      JCC Membership.
friendship and sharing activities. No fee. Sponsor:          Maccabi Games. Offers competitive, athletic and
Chabad Outreach of Houston.                                volunteer opportunities for adolescents (ages 12-16)
Contact: 713-774-0300.                                     throughout the year in preparation for Summer
http://www.chabadhouston.org/templates/articlec            Games. JCC Membership.
co.html?AID=96413                                            Nite Owls. Social group for special needs adults
                                                           and young adults; meets weekly for activities,
*Goldberg B’nai B’rith Towers. Subsidized housing          holiday celebrations, field trips, etc. Families also
for the elderly (62+) and adults (18+) who need an         meet for sharing and support. JCC Membership.
accessible unit. Houston, Texas. Funded by U.S.              STARS. Pre-school intervention program for
Dept. of Housing & Urban Development.                      children (ages 2-5) with language, social pragmatic
Contact: 713-771-2417. 800-735-2989 (toll-                 and sensory motor challenges. Individual
free)                                                      therapeutic plans. Fees. Contact: 713-551-7200
                                                             Summer Day Camp. Summer program opportunities
Israel 4 All. Specializes in customized accessible         for children ages 3-13.
travel in Israel for people with physical disabilities       Top Soccer. Soccer program (September – May)
and special needs. Contact:                                designed specifically for youth (ages 4-19) with
http://www.israel4all.com                                  special needs. Participation based on assessment.
                                                           JCC Membership.
Jewish Braille Institute. Provides audio books and         All Programs (unless otherwise noted) Contact:
books in Braille in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian,     713-729-3200. http://www.jcchouston.org/
Hungarian and Polish for the visually impaired. A
nonprofit affiliated library of the Library of             The Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC).
Congress. Contact: 212-889-2525.                           Advocacy and initiatives to include Jewish Deaf into
http://www.jewishbraille.org/                              the full range of activities in the Jewish community.
                                                           Contact: 917-705-8941 (Voice) or 614-476-
*Jewish Children’s Regional Service. Social work           9221 (TTY/fax/videophone).
agency and charitable fund serving Jewish children         http://www.jdrc.org/index.html
and youth in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.                *Jewish Family Service. Houston social service
Offers scholarships based on financial need for            nonprofit agency offering a broad range of
camp, special needs, summer programs and college.          counseling, educational and supportive services.
Special Friends Club recognizes Jewish youth with          Special Needs initiatives include: Project Shalom,
handicaps for special achievements and life cycle          Special Needs Task Force, Special Needs On-line
events.                                                    Resource Guide. Languages: English, Hebrew,
Houston office: 713-667-9336 x 205. 800-                   Russian. United Way Agency. Fee: Sliding scale.
729-5277. http://www.jcrsnola.org/                         Contact: 713-667-9336.
                                                           http://www.jfshouston.org
*Jewish Community Center Houston (JCC).
Offers a wide range of social, physical, artistic and      *Jewish Network of Special Education
learning activities and opportunities for people of all    Professionals (JNSE). Network of Houston Jewish
ages. Private school and American Camping                  Special Educators; meets to share and disseminate
Association accreditation. United Way Agency. JCC          information concerning the implementation of
membership required for most programs.                     modifications in the school setting. Convened by the
                                                           Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). Contact: 713-
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729-7000.                                               the State of Texas and the United States
http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.        government to protect and advocate for the legal
asp                                                     rights of people in Texas with developmental and/or
                                                        mental illness disabilities. Advocacy, monitoring,
*Kesher. A project of the Bureau of Jewish              information & referral materials and services,
Education and the Jewish Federation of Greater          training, legal representation for low income persons
Houston. Advocates for children with special needs,     with disabilities and extensive resources. English,
offers family support, monthly meetings, referrals,     Spanish. Contact: Main Office 512-454-4816;
resources. Also sponsors Sunday School classes for      East Texas Regional Office: 713-974-7691
children who are unable to function in a regular        (Voice/TDD).
program. Contact: 713-729-7000, Ext. 334.               http://www.advocacyinc.org/index.cfm
http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
asp                                                     Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD).
                                                        Nonprofit organization promoting policies, programs,
National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD).        practices and procedures that ensure equal
An agency of the Orthodox Union, NJCD is                opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.
dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals    Empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve
with disabilities and including them in the Jewish      economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and
community. Offers summer programs, Birthright           inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
Israel, advocacy, education, resources, support and     Legal information, market research and training;
programs. Membership organization. Contact:             serves businesses, government entities, nonprofit
212-613-8229.         http://njcd.org                   and civic organizations. Contact: 512-478-3366.
                                                        http://www.cotwd.org
Parents for Torah for All Children (P’TACH).
Advocacy and model programs for including special       Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP). One of 10
needs students in Yeshivas and Jewish Day Schools.      Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers
Most in the New York area; chapters in some cities.     funded by the federal government. Technical
Contact: 718-854-8600. http://www.ptach.org             assistance, training, information and materials on
                                                        the Americans with Disabilities Act and compliance
*Project Shalom. Counseling, activities and             problems. Serves Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico,
socializing for people with long-term mental health     Oklahoma, and Louisiana. A program of the
problems. Affiliated with Jewish Family Services,       Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at
Houston, TX. United Way Agency. Contact: 713-           the Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR),
667-9336.                                               part of the Memorial Hermann system. No fee.
http://www.jfshouston.org/projectshalom.php             English, Spanish, Vietnamese. Contact: 800-949-
                                                        4232 or 713-520-0232 (Voice/TTY).
                                                        http://www.dlrp.org
*Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services. A
Houston geriatric service organization providing
                                                        The Governor’s Committee on People with
social, medical, clinical, transportation, hearing
                                                        Disabilities – Key Laws. Summary of key Texas
devices and other services relative to the resident
                                                        laws protecting the rights of Texans with
geriatric (65+) population at Seven Acres and The
                                                        disabilities. Covers guardianship, health care
Medallion. Fees. Accepts private insurance,
                                                        directives, housing, reasonable accommodations,
Medicare, Medicaid, V.A. Contact: 713-778-
                                                        worker’s compensation and more. Contact: 512-
5700. No web site.
                                                        463-5739 (Voice);
                                                        512-463-5745 (TDD).
                                                        http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/disabili
LEGAL RESOURCES.
                                                        ties/resources/keylaws
Advocacy, Inc. Nonprofit organization funded by
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                                                         Wrightslaw. Independent on-line resource seeking
Guide to Disability Rights Laws. Brief descriptions      to provide parents, advocates, educators, and
and information about the Americans with                 attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information
Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair       about special education law and advocacy. Links,
Housing Act, and others. Prepared by the U. S.           Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities, free e-
Department of Justice. Contact:                          newsletter. Contact: http://www.wrightslaw.com/
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/cguide.htm

Houston Lawyer Referral Service (HLRS).
Nonprofit community service organization certified
                                                         PARENTING.
by the State Bar of Texas and sponsored by several       Programs and opportunities for parents to enhance and
Bar Associations that matches a client with an           strengthen coping, communication and discipline skills,
attorney specializing in a specific area. No charge      helping families to live together safely and supportively.
for initial referral; attorney fees assessed for
consultations and cases. Covers Harris, Brazoria,        Center for Hearing and Speech. Nonprofit
Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery Counties.           United Way agency providing a range of resources
English and Spanish. Contact: 713-237-9429 or            and services for children (ages 0-18) with hearing
800-289-4577 (toll-free). http://www.hlrs.org.           impairment and their families. Assessment,
                                                         audiology & speech clinics, play therapy, individual
LawHelp.org. Nonprofit on-line organization              and family counseling, parent support groups and
providing information about laws, processes and          auditory-oral school (ages 18 mos. – 7 yrs.). Houston,
courts. Links to nonprofit legal services                TX. Contact: 713-523-3633.
providers. Helps low and moderate income people          http://www.centerhearingandspeech.org/Default.a
find legal aid programs in their communities and         spx
answers to questions about their legal rights. Lists
services by state. English, Spanish & Vietnamese.        Child Builders. Programs and publications teach
Contact: http://www.lawhelp.org/ or                      parents and children important skills to help them
http://www.texaslawhelp.org (Texas)                      lead healthier lives. Parents learn how to raise
                                                         emotionally healthy children. Contact: 713-400-
Legal Line. Twice-monthly free legal advice hotline      1155. http://www.childbuilders.org/
sponsored by Houston Bar Association. Licensed
volunteer attorneys provide telephone-only answers       Child Development Center: CDC Clinic. Sponsored
to legal questions, simple legal advice and referrals    by the Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute
to agencies and organizations. English, Spanish,         and located in the Harris School, its mission is to
Vietnamese. Contact: 713-759-1133.                       improve the educational development and the
http://www.hba.org.                                      emotional health of children. Offers: parenting
                                                         groups, psychological and educational assessments,
Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA). Texas nonprofit              psychotherapy. Contact: 713-526-2046.
organization providing a full range of legal services    http://www.theharrisschool.com/aboutus.html
for cases on civil rights, housing, employment,
health, consumer rights, family rights, and federal      Depelchin Children’s Center. Houston nonprofit
entitlement to low-income clients in the east region     organization offering parenting skills, psychological
of Texas (including Houston/Harris County) and           assessment, counseling services and residential
southwest Arkansas. No fee. Funded by the Legal          treatment (ages 5-17). Certificates granted for
Services Corporation, Texas Equal Justice                parenting courses. United Way Agency. Contact:
Foundation and United Way. Contact: 713-652-             713-730-2335. http://www.depelchin.org/
0077 or 800-733-8394 (toll-free).
http://www.lonestarlegal.org
                                                         ESCAPE Family Resource Center. Educates

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families to prevent abuse and neglect. No fees for       adults with special needs to connect in a safe and
most classes; small fee for court-mandated classes.      monitored virtual community. Contact: 713-667-
English and Spanish. Private nonprofit organization.     9336.
Contact: 713-942-9500.                                   http://www.jfshouston.org/alexanderinstitute.php
http://www.escapefrc.org/
                                                         The Arc of Greater Houston. Nonprofit
Family Services of Greater Houston. Nonprofit            organization committed to creating opportunities for
agency offering parenting, individual and family         people with mental retardation and other
counseling, school–based services. English and           developmental disabilities. Organizes and offers
Spanish. Fee: Sliding scale; accepts Medicaid.           social opportunities including Saturday Fun Days
United Way Agency. Contact: 713-861-4849.                (ages vary by location), Adventure Club (15+),
http://www.familyservices.org/                           Greater Houston Recreation (15+) and a Monthly
                                                         Dance (15+).
Family to Family Network. Independent nonprofit            Summer Camp programs help individuals with
grassroots organization providing advocacy, support,     disabilities of all ages develop leisure repertoires,
information & referrals, education and training for      learn new skills, strengthen physical and mental well-
families of people with disabilities. Extensive links    being, and build self-esteem.
to resources, agencies and organizations. Contact:         Day Camp. Theme-based, age appropriate activities
713-466-6304.                                            in a one-week session for individuals (ages 4-14).
http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org/                      Sports and Life Skills Camp. Three one-week
                                                         sessions of team sports, swimming, bowling and arts
Innovative Alternatives, Inc. Nonprofit                  & crafts for individuals (ages 15-25).
organization offering parenting skills, anger              Camp Champions. Residential inclusion camp for
management and counseling for individuals and            individuals (ages 10-30) with and without
families. Minimum age 4; no active substance abuse       developmental disabilities held at the Camp for All
or psychosis, Fees: Sliding scale. Accepts Medicaid      site located in Burton, Texas. Opportunities for
and private insurance. United Way Agency.                Junior Counselors (ages 30+) with developmental
Contact: 832-864-                                        disabilities.
6000. http://www.innovativealternatives.org/Abou           Overnight Summer Vacations. Five-day, four-night
t/About-Innovative-Alternatives.htm                      vacations in Texas for individuals (age 21+)
                                                         Contact: 713-957-1600.
TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Learning Support               http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com/index.ht
Center. Offers a multi-disciplinary approach to          ml
evaluation, planning and therapy. Offers group
parenting and guidance, individual child therapy and     Access-Able Travel Source. Travel information
psychotherapy, and school observation &                  for travelers with disabilities and mature travelers.
consultations. For other programs of the Learning        Data base of accessible travel tips, accommodations,
Support Center, see listing under ASSESSMENT.            attractions, resources, guides, equipment rental, etc.
For all programs, contact: 832-822-3700.                 Not a travel agency. Contact: 303-232-2979.
www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenters/Learn         http://access-able.com/graphical_index.html
ingSupport/Programs.aspx
                                                         Best Buddies. International nonprofit organization
                                                         providing opportunities for people with intellectual
                                                         disabilities to create one-to-one friendships. Middle
RECREATION, SOCIAL, SPORTS &
                                                         and High School, College and e-buddies. Contact
TRAVEL                                                   Texas Chapter: 713-525-8478
The Alexander Institute. Offers a social                 www.bestbuddiestexas.org/site/c.hhKSIXPBIqE/b.
networking Website, an online place for Jewish           1381361/k.BD66/Home.htm
                                                         Chabad Outreach. Nonprofit organization offering
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educational, social, religious and respite services to
people with disabilities and their families.              The Gathering Place. Facility providing a
 Friendship Circle. Trained teen volunteers meet          supportive environment and daytime programs for
with special needs children involving them in a full      adults (age 18+) with severe and persistent mental
range of Jewish and social experiences, providing         illness who are under the care of a psychiatrist. A
friendship, socialization and respite care.               psycho-social clubhouse offering vocational
 Yad Chaverim. Provides religious programming and         development, supported employment, social and
social services to the Jewish residents of the            recreational activities. Independent nonprofit
Richmond and Brenham State Schools and Jewish             organization. No fee. Contact: 713-729-3799.
residents of Assisted Living centers for adults with      http://www.Gplace.org/
special needs.
 Camp Gan Israel. Summer day camp offers shadow           Gift of Israel. A joint savings program made
program.                                                  possible by contributions from synagogues, the
All programs contact: 713-774-0300.                       Jewish Community Federation, and parents to ensure
http://www.chabadhouston.org                              that teenagers can travel to Israel.
                                                          http://www.sfjcf.org/israelandtheworld/giftofisra
Club Haver. Social activities for children in grades      el/
K-5 meets monthly. Sponsored by the Jewish
Community Center Houston. Working toward                  Greater Houston Athletic Association for the
mainstreaming special needs youngsters into JCC           Physically Disabled (GHAAPD). Nonprofit
Children’s Programs. JCC Membership. Contact:             organization working to provide people with physical
713-729-3200. http://www.jcchouston.org/                  disabilities the opportunity to participate in
                                                          recreational and competitive sports. Participants
Dionysus Theatre. Brings theater experience,              must be independently mobile as no “buddy system”
theater arts classes and performances to teens and        is used. Links to other sports organizations.
young adults with disabilities and those who are          Contact: 713-521-3737. http://www.ghaapd.org/
able-bodied, living up to its motto, "changing
lives...one act at a time." Independent nonprofit
organization; operates out of the Jewish Community        The Heart of Sailing Foundation . Introduces
Center Joe Frank Theatre, Houston, TX. Contact:           sailing to children with developmental disabilities as
713-728-0041. http://www.dionysustheatre.org/             a form of education and recreational therapy.
                                                          Donations Requested. Contact: 281-488-1780.
Friendship Circle. Introduces trained teenage             Cell: 281-507-1867. www.heartofsailing.org
volunteers to children (to age 15) with special needs,
involving them in a range of Jewish and social            Israel 4 All. Specializes in customized accessible
experiences. Volunteers visit participating children      travel in Israel for people with physical disabilities
in their homes, offering friendship and sharing           and special needs. Contact:
activities. No fee. Sponsor: Chabad Outreach of           http://www.israel4all.com
Houston. Contact: 713-774-0300.
http://www.chabadhouston.org/templates/articlec           Jewish Community Center Houston (JCC). Offers
co.html?AID=96413                                         a wide range of social, physical, artistic and learning
                                                          activities and opportunities for people of all ages.
FUN FAIR POSITIVE SOCCER (FFPS). Nonprofit                Private school and American Camping Association
organization creating youth soccer leagues                accreditation. United Way Agency. JCC
committed to fun, fairness, inclusion and positive        membership required for most programs.
growth. Includes children with special needs.               Club Haver. Social activities for children in
Houston Metropolitan Area. Contact: 800-828-              grades K-5 meets monthly. Working toward
7259. www.ffps.org/Welcome.aspx


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mainstreaming special needs youngsters into JCC         National Council for Support of Disability Issues.
Children’s Programs. JCC Membership.                    Nonprofit organization providing support to people
  Maccabi Games. Offers competitive, athletic and       with disabilities, information and resources -
volunteer opportunities for adolescents (ages 12-16)    including recreation, travel and the arts - through
throughout the year in preparation for Summer           extensive, targeted links, Contact: 703-753-
Games. JCC Membership.                                  9148. http://www.ncsd.org
  Nite Owls. Social group for adults and young
adults with special needs; meets weekly for             National Jewish Council for Disabilities. An
activities, holiday celebrations, field trips, etc.     agency of the Orthodox Union (OU), dedicated to
Families also meet for sharing and support. JCC         addressing the needs of all individuals with
Membership.                                             disabilities and including them in the Jewish
  Summer Day Camp. Summer program opportunities         community. Offers summer programs, advocacy,
for children ages 3-13.                                 education, resources, support and programs.
  Top Soccer. Soccer program designed specifically      Membership. Contact: 212-613-8229
for youth (ages 4-19) with special needs.               http://njcd.org
Participation based on assessment. JCC
Membership.                                              Nite Owls. Social group for special needs adults
All Programs Contact: 713-729-3200.                     and young adults; meets weekly for activities,
http://www.jcchouston.org/                              holiday celebrations, field trips, etc. Families also
                                                        meet for sharing and support. Sponsored by the
Jewish Family Service. Nonprofit social service         Jewish Community Center Houston. JCC
agency offering a broad range of counseling,            Membership. Contact: 713-729-3200.
educational and supportive services. Project Shalom     http://www.jcchouston.org/
offers socializing, activities and counseling for
people with chronic mental health problems.             Project Shalom. Socializing, activities and
Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian. United Way         counseling for people with chronic mental health
Agency. Fee; sliding scale. Contact: 713-667-           problems. Affiliated with Jewish Family Services
9336. http://www.jfshouston.org                         Houston, a United Way Agency. Contact: 713-667-
                                                        9336.
Maccabi Games. Offers competitive, athletic and         http://www.jfshouston.org/projectshalom.php
volunteer opportunities for adolescents (ages 12-16)
throughout the year in preparation for Summer           The River Performing and Visual Arts Center.
Games through the Jewish Community Center               Accessible fine arts education and experiences for
Houston. JCC Membership. Contact: 713-729-              children (ages 2-19) who have disabilities, chronic
3200. http://www.jcchouston.org/                        illnesses, or are economically disadvantaged. Siblings
                                                        are welcome. Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Theatre,
National Center on Accessibility. Training,             Mime, Storytelling, Music Therapy, Costuming &
technical assistance and research on access to          Props and Photography. Fees; some financial aid
parks, recreation, and tourism. Contact: (812)          available. Contact: 713-520-1220.
856-4422. www.indiana.edu/~nca                          http://www.riverperformingvisualarts.com/


National Center on Physical Activity and Disability     SIRE (Self Improvement through Riding
(NCPAD). Information and resources concerned            Education). Therapeutic equestrian center providing
with physical activity and disability. Search by        horseback riding, and related therapeutic activities
location to find programs, activities available in      for children and adults with special needs. NARHA
specific areas. Contact: 800-900-8086 (toll-free        Premiere accredited center. Three locations in the
voice and TTY). http://www.ncpad.org/                   greater Houston area. Tuition. Contact: 281-431-
                                                        1741. http://www.sire-
                                                        htec.org/newSite/default.shtm
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                                                         RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES.
The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
                                                         The process of locating, assessing and selecting a
(SATH), Educational nonprofit membership
                                                         residential facility for a loved one is very difficult. This
organization whose mission is to raise awareness of      section includes resources as well as residential facilities.
the needs of travelers with disabilities, remove
physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and
                                                         The Alexander Institute. Specialists provide
expand travel opportunities in the United States and
                                                         families seeking help with information about
abroad. Information, advocacy, travel resources and
                                                         residential and supportive services and other
links. Contact: 212-447-7284.
                                                         resources. Contact: 713-667-9336.
http://www.sath.org
                                                         http://www.jfshouston.org/alexanderinstitute.php

Special Olympics of Texas. Provides year-round
                                                         Autism Treatment Centers of Texas. Nonprofit
sports training and athletic competition in a variety
                                                         organization provides assessment, information, life
of Olympic-type sports for people (ages 8 and older)
                                                         skills training and residential services in Dallas and
with mental retardation. Texas affiliate of
                                                         San Antonio, Texas. Also provides services to
international nonprofit organization. Contact: 713-
                                                         individuals who are blind and/or deaf. Residential
290-0049. www.sotx.org
                                                         facilities are single family homes and duplexes,
                                                         located in neighborhoods; programming, activities,
Texas Adaptive Aquatic Sports. Nonprofit
                                                         living skills. Associated with Autism Society of
organization providing sports training programs for
                                                         America and National Association of Residential
children and adults with physical and/or mental
                                                         Providers for Adults with Autism. Licensed by TEA,
disabilities. Water skiing, water sports adapted for
                                                         Texas Department of MHMR, Home and Community
disabled individuals. Sites throughout Texas.
                                                         based Services. Contact: 972-644-2076 (Dallas).
Contact: 281-324-4653.
                                                         210-590-2107 (San Antonio).
http://www.taasports.org/index.asp
                                                         http://www.atcoftexas.org

Top Soccer. Soccer program (September – May)
                                                         Avondale House. Houston, Texas nonprofit agency
designed specifically for youth (ages 4-19) with
                                                         provides year-round education services to children
special needs. Participation based on assessment. A
                                                         (ages 3-22), a day habilitation program for young
program of the Jewish Community Center Houston.
                                                         adults and residential services for children and
JCC Membership. Contact: 713-729-3200.
                                                         young adults (ages 4-30) with autism and other
http://www.jcchouston.org/
                                                         pervasive developmental disorders. United Way
                                                         Agency. Accredited by the National Private Schools
West University Little League Challenger Division.
                                                         Accreditation Alliance. Residential facility licensed
Baseball program for boys and girls (ages 5- 18, or
                                                         by the Texas Department of Protective and
until completion of high school) with physical and
                                                         Regulatory Services and Texas Department of
mental disabilities. Open to residents throughout
                                                         Human Services. Contact: 713-993-9544.
the greater Houston area. Contact:
                                                         http://www.avondalehouse.org/
http://www.westull.org/challenger.htm

                                                         Beverly Farms and Training Center. Nonprofit
Yachad. Jewish educational, recreational, and social
                                                         residential facility for adults 18+ with developmental
experiences, including Torah study groups, sports,
                                                         problems. Medicaid. Offers residential cottages,
shabbatonim, and summer tours. Holds one four-
                                                         group homes and independent living apartments.
week tour to Israel each summer. Affiliated with
                                                         Activities, sports, field trips, Special Olympics,
the National Jewish Council for the Disabled.
                                                         horticulture, aquatics, developmental training.
Contact: yadbyad@ou.org, (212) 613-8369.
                                                         Judah Senior Center serves the older, retired
http://www.ou.org/ncsy/njcd/yachad.html
                                                         population. Godfrey, Illinois. Fees: accepts
                                                         Medicaid. Contact: 618-466-0367.

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http://www.beverlyfarm.org/                               Cullen Residence Hall. A residential service of The
                                                          Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation
Brenham State School. Barrier-free residential            offering supported living, respite care, social events
facility for people who have mental retardation           and life-skills to adults with mental retardation and
and/or developmental disabilities. Also provides          other developmental disorders. Houston, Texas.
respite and emergency services. Serves 10 counties        Licensed by the Texas Department of Human
in Southeast Texas. Life skills, vocational training      Services. Contact: 713-525-8318. www.cri-
and employment opportunities. Contact:                    usa.org/index.html
www.dads.state.tx.us/services/stateschools/Brenh
am/index.html                                        Devereux Texas. Part of a nationwide nonprofit
                                                     network of programs treating individuals of all ages
The Brookwood Community. An educational,             who have a wide range of emotional, behavioral,
residential and entrepreneurial village for adults   developmental, psychiatric and chemical dependency
with functional disabilities. Horticulture, crafts,  disorders. Services, including acute hospitalization,
gift shop and café provide activities and employment partial hospitalization, residential services,
for residents. Also offers a day program.            outpatient & children’s services are offered on two
Brookshire, Texas. Contact: 281-375-2100.            campuses:
http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org/index.html          League City. Hospitalization, residential and
                                                     outpatient services for children, adolescents and
The Center for Success and Independence.             adults. Contact: 281-335-1000 or 800-373-
Independent nonprofit community-based psychiatric 0011 (toll-free).
residential treatment facility for adolescents with   Victoria. 24-hour treatment for emotionally and
behavioral, emotional and substance abuse problems. cognitively affected boys and girls ages 6-16 who
Houston, TX. Fees. Contact: 713-426-4545.            have moderate to severe behavioral problems.
http://www.tcsi.org/index.html                       Contact: 361-575-8271 or 800-383-5000 (toll-
                                                     free). http://www.devereuxtx.org/
The Center Serving Persons with Mental
Retardation. Houston-based nonprofit organization Hope Village for the Mentally Retarded. Private
offering a range of services to and for persons with nonprofit organization providing residential, day,
mental retardation and other developmental           respite and summer programs in Friendswood, TX.
disorders. Has two residential facilities: Cullen    Full-time residential services for individuals (ages 6
Residence Hall and Willow River Farms. [See details – adult) with mental retardation. Contact: 281-
under specific listings.] Contact: 713-525-8318.     482-7926. http://www.hope-village.com
www.cri-usa.org/index.html
                                                          Houston Center for Independent Living.
Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI). Non-             Advocacy, information and referral, independent
sectarian, nonprofit corporation under Jewish             living skills training, and peer counseling. Part of the
auspices that provides programs and services so           Texas State Independent Living Council. Contact:
adults with cognitive disabilities in the Dallas area     713-974-4621 (Voice/TTY), hcil@neosoft.com.
may live full, rich lives in a safe environment and       http://www.coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/
meaningfully participate in the community. Operates       http://www.virtualcil.net
three community-integrated (kosher) group homes.
Wolens Learning Center offers socializing, life skills
                                                          The Lighthouse of Houston. Private, nonprofit
training and supported employment. Licensed by
                                                          United Way agency serving the blind, visually
Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services.
                                                          impaired and others with disabilities through
Contact: 214-373-8600.
                                                          education, training, supportive services, summer day
http://www.chaidallas.org/index.html
                                                          camp program, its Center for Education and
                                                          Adaptive Technology and two barrier-free
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residential facilities for adults. Contact 713-284-       Line: 713-970-7000 or 866-970-4770 (toll-
8488. http://www.houstonlighthouse.org                    free). http://www.mhmraharris.org/index.asp
                                                           Mental Retardation Service Division.
Marbridge. Private nonprofit 300 acre facility with http://www.mhmraharris.org/MRSD/MR.html
3 residential communities on campus for adults (18+)       Adult Mental Health.
who have mild to moderate retardation or other            http://www.mhmraharris.org/AMH.asp
cognitive challenges. Located in Manchaca, TX.             Children and Adolescent Services.
Individualized programs, vocational and life-skills       http://www.mhmraharris.org/CAS.asp
training, employment, socializing. Also offers             Crisis and Emergency Services.
summer camp for transitioning young adults (ages          http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp
16-30). Licensed by Texas Department of Human
Resources. Contact: 512-282-1144.                         Mission Road Development Center. Private
http://www.marbridge.org/index.html                       nonprofit agency serves children and adults with
                                                          mental retardation and other developmental
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities               disabilities. Children's residential services, adult
(MOPD). Provides information and referrals to             group home, supported and extended employment,
individuals with disabilities, and assists clients in the adult day activities. Sponsored by First Presbyterian
investigation and resolution of complaints. Deals         Church of San Antonio and United Way. Contact:
with emergency services. Has 3 programs including         210–924-9265. www.mrmsat.org/
accessibility, transportation, and housing.
Facilitates the delivery of city services to               New Horizons. Private nonprofit organization
individuals with disabilities. Will refer to free legal    offering residential treatment for boys and girls
services. Contact: 713-837-9061.                           (ages 7-17) with emotional and behavioral problems.
http://www.houstontx.gov/disabilities/index.html           Emergency shelter and other programs. Goldwaite,
                                                           Texas. Licensed by the Texas Department of
The Mental Health Co-op.          A residential            Protective and Regulatory Services. Contact: 325-
program for adults with mental illness, including          938-5518.
diseases of the brain which can be successfully            http://www.newhorizonsinc.com/index.html
managed with medication, such as
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Personality                 Reach Unlimited. Nonprofit organization serving
Disorder, Depression and Newly Diagnosed                   mentally retarded adults through education,
Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Provides skilled       vocational training, supported employment, and
training to improve social skills which assists            residential services. Clients also volunteer in the
residents in their adjustment to community living.         community. Northwest Harris County, TX. Contact:
Utilizes eight levels of progress to assist residents      281-469-8058.
in moving toward more independent living. Fee:             http://www.reachunlimited.org/index.htm
private pay only. Contact: 713-524-8705 or
info@mentalhealthco-op.com.                                Reaching Maximum Independence (RMI).
http://www.thementalhealthco-op.com                        Independent nonprofit organization providing
                                                           residential and vocational alternatives in San Antonio
Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority             neighborhoods for persons with mental retardation
of Harris County (MHMRA). Dedicated to                     or related disabilities. Certified and licensed by the
providing or ensuring provision of services and            Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental
supports to people with mental disabilities and their      Retardation. Contact: 210-656-6674.
families. Divisions: Adult Mental Health, Mental           http://www.rmihomes.org/
Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services and
Crisis Services. Fee: Medicaid, CHIP, private              Richmond State School. Barrier-free residential
insurance, adjustable fees. Contact: 24-hour Help          facility for people who are medically fragile and/or


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have a dual diagnosis of mental retardation and          day activities are provided, including Artisan studios. Part of
mental illness. Individualized programs, variety of      The Center Serving Persons with Mental
residential modalities. Life skills, vocational          Retardation. Brookshire, Texas. Licensed by the
training, and employment opportunities, therapeutic      Texas Department of Human Services. Contact:
horseback riding, natatorium, chapel, Also provides      713-525-8318. www.cri-usa.org/index.html
respite and emergency services. Serves 13 counties
in Southeast Texas. Contact:
                                                         RESPITE SERVICES.
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/stateschool
s/Richmond/index.html                               The Arc of Greater Houston. Provides extensive
                                                    services for individuals with disabilities, including
Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services. A          advocacy, information, referral, support groups,
Houston geriatric service organization providing    programs, resources, research, and respite services.
social, medical, clinical, transportation, hearing    Adult Respite. Twice monthly out-of-home,
devices and other services relative to the resident overnight, weekend respite program for families of
geriatric (65+) population at Seven Acres and The   individuals, (ages 21+) with mental retardation,
Medallion. Fees. Accepts private insurance,         autism, or pervasive developmental disorder.
Medicare, Medicaid, V.A. Contact: 713-778-          Sporting and musical events, visits to restaurants,
5700. No web site.                                  theme parks, shopping, movies, educational tours etc.
                                                      Saturday Fun Day. Out-of-home program for
VitaLiving. Private nonprofit agency providing long families of individuals (ages 4-25) with a diagnosis of
term comprehensive care and support services for    mental retardation and/or autism spectrum
adults and children who have developmental          disorders. Games, sports, computer learning, songs,
disabilities.                                       field trips, etc. Different locations in Harris
 Residential group homes for adults who have severe County. Contact: 713-957-1600.
and profound levels of mental retardation and       http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com/programs
related conditions.                                 .htm
 Community Living and Support Services (CLASS)
providing case management services.                          Brenham State School. Facility-based services for
 Home and Community-based Services serves                    people with developmental disabilities. Respite care
clients in their family homes or in their own                (normally arranged through local Mental Retardation
residence.                                                   Authority) is not considered an admission to the
 Day service: Training in the Community Through              facility and normally lasts less than 30 days.
the Activity Center (TIC TAC) addresses the special Brenham, TX. Contact: 979-277-1340.
needs of adults who have mental retardation and              http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/stateschool
severe behavioral challenges and have been unable to s/Brenham/Services.html
successfully participate in other day programs.
Contact: 713-271-5795.                                       C.A.M.P. Children’s Association for Maximum
http://www.vitaliving.org/                                   Potential. Offers Respite Club for families,
                                                             invitations to events and access to In-Home Provider
Volunteers of America – Texas. Permanent housing Referral. Club membership fee; additional fees for
for mentally retarded adults and adolescents.                events.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and                   Respite Weekends at Camp C.A.M.P. in Kerrville,
Urban Development. Contact: 713-460-0781.                    TX.
www.voatx.org/p_dds.htm                                        Parents Night Out. Childcare service and
                                                             enrichment activity program for children (ages 6
                                                             mos.–13 yrs.) with developmental disabilities and
Willow River Farms. Rural, family-style residential
                                                             their siblings. No charge.
facility for adults with mental retardation. Respite
services, employment opportunities, vocational training, and

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 Teens Night Out. Supervised social program for          Friendship Circle. Trained teen volunteers meet
teens and young adults (ages 14+) with developmental     with special needs children involving them in a full
disabilities.                                            range of Jewish and social experiences, providing
All programs: Contact: 210-292-3566.                     friendship, socialization and respite care.
http://www.campcamp.org/respite.htm                      Sponsored by Chabad Outreach of Houston.
                                                         Contact: 713-774-0300.
Congregation Beth Israel. Houston congregation           http://www.chabadhouston.org/templates/articlec
hosts a “Gathering Place” program providing respite      co.html?AID=96413
for caregivers. Contact: 713-771-6221.
http://www.beth-israel.org                               Harris County Area Agency on Aging: Respite
                                                         representatives recruit and train volunteers to
Congregation Emanu El. Religious School offers           provide in-home respite care for families of
Kulam program in grades 4, 5 & 6 for students with a Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. Care
variety of special needs in a three-year cycle that      teams work in groups of two, offering personal care
blends together the tailored and enhanced                as well as companionship. Contact: 713-794-9001
curriculum and objectives. Congregation hosts a          or 800-213-8471 (toll-free).
“Gathering Place” program providing respite for          http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Aging/Aging-
caregivers. Houston, Texas. Contact: 713-529-            specialservices.html
5771. http://emanuelhouston.org/index.htm
                                                         Hope Village for the Mentally Retarded. Private
Cullen Residence Hall. A program of The Center           nonprofit organization providing respite, residential,
Serving Persons with Mental Retardation offering         day and summer programs in Friendswood, TX.
respite services, supported living, social events, life- Respite care offered through the Work Activity
skills to adults with mental retardation and other       Center. Summer day program for school-aged
developmental disorders. Houston, Texas. Licensed children. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
by the Texas Department of Human Services.               Daily activities include crafts, swimming, field trips,
Contact: 713-525-8318. www.cri-                          and other activities. Enrollment limited. Contact:
usa.org/cullen.html                                      281-482-7926. http://www.hope-village.com

Down Home Ranch. Faith-based nonprofit                   Houston Area Respite Center (HARC). Nonprofit
organization serving persons with mental retardation     organization on the campus of Gethsemane
in a rural setting. Residential, educational, training   Methodist Church. Offers Parents Night Out for
and employment facility. Weekend Respite Camps           families with children (ages 4-21) with mentally
for individuals (ages 13+) with mild to moderate         handicapping conditions. Fees; pre-registration
mental disabilities. One or more weekends a month.       required. Contact: 713-271-6001.
Elgin, Texas. Contact: 512-856-0128 or 888-              http://www.harc-hou.org/
926-2253 (toll-free).
http://www.downhomeranch.org/                            Interfaith CarePartners. Nonprofit, nonsectarian
                                                         organization offers a Care Team model of in-home
Easter Seals – East Texas. Affiliate of national         and group support for families with special needs.
nonprofit organization that provides services to         Kids Pals Care Team. Trained volunteers provide in-
children and adults with disabilities and other          home respite for families with severely impaired
special needs, and support to their families.            children. Volunteers do not provide medical or
Information, resources, medical rehabilitation,          nursing services. Gathering Places. Four-hour
respite services. Caregiver Program provides             sessions for families with Alzheimer’s patients;
assistance and respite care to individuals and their     hosted by member congregations. Contact: 713-
families. Contact: 713-759-0440.                         682-5995.
http://www.east-texas.easter-seals.org                   http://www.interfaithcarepartners.org/index.html


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Memorial Hermann Respite House. Hospital-based               educational school for children with primary
program provides short-term respite care for                 diagnoses of mental retardation, developmental
families with children who are neurologically                delays or multiple disabilities. Pre-school (ages 0-5),
impaired and require assistance with all daily living        Arbor School (K-12), Rehab. Three levels of care
needs. Extended week-ends and longer periods                 and tuition; limited financial aid. Accredited by
available. A project of Memorial Hermann Children’s          NPSAA. Contact: 713-827-8830.
Hospital, Houston, Texas. Contact: 713-704-                  http://www.arbor.org/index.php
2394.
http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/CHOur               Avondale House. Houston, Texas nonprofit agency
teamRH.htm                                                   providing year-round education services to children
                                                             (ages 3-22), a day habilitation program for young
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston.                    adults and residential services for children and
Offers in-home care by providers selected by                 young adults (ages 4-30) with autism and other
parents through a voucher program; Family Day Out,           pervasive developmental disorders. United Way
a center-based program on Saturdays offering arts            Agency. Accredited by the National Private Schools
and crafts, entertainment and playground activities;         Accreditation Alliance. Residential facility licensed
and Respitality Mini-Vacations providing free                by the Texas Department of Protective and
overnight accommodations at luxury hotels in the             Regulatory Services and Texas Department of
Houston area. Contact: 713-838-9050.                         Human Services. Contact: 713-993-9544.
http://www.ucphouston.org/index.html                         http://www.avondalehouse.org/

Willow River Farms. Day programs and overnight               Bendwood School. Offers preschool program for
respite services at the residential facility for adults      children with disabilities (ages 3-5); family referrals
with mental retardation operated by The Center               accepted. C.U.B.S. (Communication Upholding
Serving Persons with Mental Retardation. San                 Behavior/Social skills) for children (pre-K) with
Felipe, Texas. Nonprofit United Way Agency                   diagnosed Autism spectrum disorders. Spring
licensed by the Texas Department of Human                    Branch Independent School District. Contact: 713-
Services. Contact: 713-525-8318. www.cri-                    365-4990.
usa.org/willow.html                                          http://www.springbranchisd.com/schools/elem/bwe
                                                             /program.htm
SCHOOLS.
                                                             Briarwood School. Independent, nonprofit, co-
The following public and private schools located in the
                                                             educational day school for children with learning
Houston area serve children who have a variety of
challenges. Parents are urged to visit and research any
                                                             differences and/or developmental challenges. Also
school for its appropriateness to meet the specific needs    sponsors summer camps. Accredited by the
of their child/children. The Educational Resources           Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Section will provide other resources.                        Houston, TX. Contact: 281-493-1070.
                                                             http://www.briarwoodschool.org/about_us/index.h
Aim High Academy. A school utilizing curriculum              tml
based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) for
children & adolescents (ages 0-16) who have been             Bridges. Offers a multidisciplinary intervention
diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Year-              program that meets the special therapeutic needs of
round day treatment and after-school programs.               preschool-age children with autistic spectrum
Also offers workshop and individual consultation             disorders. Children accepted up to the age of four.
services. Houston, TX. Contact: 713-661-7040.                A program of Texas Children’s Hospital’s Learning
http://www.ahacademy.net/services.html                       Support Center, Houston, TX. Contact: 832-822-
                                                             3700.
The Arbor School. Independent, nonprofit co-                 http://www.texaschildrens.org/carecenters/Bridge

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s/default.aspx                                         designed to facilitate personal, social and career
                                                       independence for students with specific learning
Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). A division of        disabilities and other handicapping conditions.
the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the BJE      Contact: 205-322-6606 or 800-822-6242 (toll-
offers: Kesher (linking children with learning         free). http://www.horizonsschool.org/about.html
differences to Jewish educational opportunities),
information and referral, advocacy for children with   Houston Independent School District (HISD) –
special needs in the Jewish community, parent          Special Education. Instructional and related
support groups and workshops, monthly Sunday           services are available in all HISD schools. For
School classes for children who are unable to          specific information or services, Contact: 713-
function in a regular program. Contact: 713-729-       556-7025.
7000.                                                  http://www2.houstonisd.org/Departments/site_fro
http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.       nt/0,3121,43763099,00.html
asp
                                                       Kesher. Jewish Sunday School classes for children
Congregation Emanu El. Religious School offers         who are unable to function in a regular program. A
Kulam program in grades 4, 5 & 6 for students with a project of the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) of
variety of special needs in a three-year cycle that    the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.
blends together the tailored and enhanced              Advocates for children with special needs, referrals
curriculum and objectives. Houston, Texas.             and resources. Contact: 713-729-7000.
Contact: 713-535-6400.                                 http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.
http://emanuelhouston.org/education/religiousscho asp
ol/school.htm
                                                       Melinda Webb School. Accredited school, part of
                                                       The Center for Hearing and Speech, provides
Crossroads School. Private nonprofit school (K-10)
                                                       auditory-oral education for children (ages 18 mos.-7
for children with attention deficit disorder, learning
                                                       years) with the goal of transitioning the child into
disabilities and mild developmental disorders.
                                                       mainstream traditional school programs. Auditory
Contact: 713-977-1221.
                                                       training, language development, speech and academic
http://www.crossroadsschoolhouston.com/about_us
                                                       sessions. Contact: 713-523-3633.
.htm
                                                       http://www.centerhearingandspeech.org/page.asp
                                                       x?id=163939
The Harris School. Associated with the Child
Development Center of the Houston-Galveston            The Monarch School. Private nonprofit accredited
Psychoanalytic Institute. For children in preschool - school (pre-K through 12th grade) for children with
8th grade whose neurological difficulties or           neurological differences and special learning needs.
emotional concerns interfere with their ability to     Day Program: academics and skills; Summer Program:
succeed in mainstream classrooms. Contact: 713-        subject and skill strengthening; Learning Center:
526-2046.                                              speakers and workshops; Life Academy: life skills,
http://www.theharrisschool.com/harrisschool.html workforce skills and development, internships.
                                                       Contact: 713-479-0800.
Harper Alternative School. An alternative school,      http://www.monarchschool.org/index.html
part of HISD, which prepares students to achieve
success both within and outside the academic           The Parish School. Private, nonprofit, non-
environment. Contact: 713 802-4760.                    denominational school for children (18 months – 5th
http://hs.houstonisd.org/HarperHS/                     grade) whose mission is to identify, educate and
                                                       empower children who have language and learning
The Horizons School. Birmingham. AL residential        differences. Houston, Texas. Accredited by
program offering a non-degree transition program       Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Contact: 713-467-4696.                                  and sensory motor challenges. Individual
http://www.parishschool.org/                            therapeutic plans. A program of the Jewish
                                                        Community Center Houston. Contact: 713-551-
Reach Unlimited Learning Activity Center.               7200.
Nonprofit organization serving mentally retarded        http://www.jcchouston.org/index.php?submenu=Ea
adults through education, vocational training,          rlyChildhood&src=gendocs&link=Stars&category=Pr
supported employment, and residential services.         ograms
Clients also volunteer in the community. Northwest
Harris County, TX. Contact: 281-469-8058.               The Westview School. Independent private
http://www.reachunlimited.org/lac.htm                   nonprofit school in Houston, TX for children ages 2
                                                        thru middle-school with Asperger’s syndrome, autism
Richmond State School. Barrier-free residential         or PDD. Accredited by the Southern Association of
facility for people who are medically fragile and/or    Colleges and Schools. Contact: 713-973-1900.
have a dual diagnosis of mental retardation and         http://www.westviewschool.org/home.html
mental illness. Individualized programs, variety of
residential modalities. Life skills, vocational
training, and employment opportunities, therapeutic     SUPPORT SERVICES AND RESOURCES.
horseback riding, natatorium, chapel, Also provides     The Alexander Institute. A resource offered by
respite and emergency services. Serves 13 counties      Jewish Family Service to enrich and empower
in Southeast Texas. Contact:                            families and caregivers through professional
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/stateschool        services, education, advocacy, opportunities,
s/Richmond/index.html                                   referrals and information of the highest quality
                                                        within a Jewish framework. Provides life planning,
The Rise School of Houston. Private nonprofit           counseling, a social group for high-functioning young
organization providing early childhood education        adults, information & referral, employment services
services to children (ages 6 months – 6 years) with     and support groups. Contact: 713-667-9336.
Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.     http://www.jfshouston.org/alexanderinstitute.php
Affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Financial
aid for those who qualify. Contact: 713-532-            American Association of People with Disabilities
7473.                                                   (AAPD). National nonprofit cross-disability member
http://www.riseschool.org/houston/index.html            organization dedicated to ensuring economic and
                                                        political empowerment of people with disabilities.
River Oaks Academy. Accredited private school           Works in coalition with other disability organizations
(K-12) in Houston, TX. Offers individualized            and advocates for the implementation and
academic programs in business and vocational,           enforcement of laws for people with disabilities.
college-bound and life skills tracks. Evaluation,       Advocacy, information & referral, resources.
group, individual and family treatment available.       Complaint pages link to various government agencies
Also offers ADD Summer Camp. Contact: 713-              and other organizations. Contact: 800-840-8844
783-7200. http://www.riveroaksacademy.com/              (V/TTY) or 202-457-0046 (Voice/TTY).
                                                        http://www.aapd.com.
The School for Young Children. Private non-
sectarian special education elementary school for       The Arc of Greater Houston. Nonprofit
children (ages 5-12) with language/learning             membership organization committed to creating
disabilities. Affiliated with the University of St.     opportunities for people with mental retardation and
Thomas. Contact: 713-520-8310. No web site.             other developmental disabilities. Support groups,
                                                        advocacy, programs for individuals with disabilities,
STARS. Pre-school intervention program for              resources, research, information, referral, respite
children (ages 2-5) with language, social pragmatic     services, camps, social. Affiliated with The Arc of

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Texas and The Arc of the United States. Contact:        their families. Assessment, audiology and speech
713-957-1600.                                           clinics, play therapy, individual and family
http://www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com                   counseling, parent support groups and auditory-oral
                                                        school (ages 18 mos. – 7 yrs.). Contact: 713-
ADDA-SR (Central Houston Chapter). Nonprofit            523-3633.
membership organization providing support,              http://www.centerhearingandspeech.org/Default.a
networking and workshops for parents of children or     spx
teenagers with ADD/ADHD. Contact: 281-897-
0982. http://www.adda-sr.org                            Children and Adults with Attention
                                                        Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). National
ASPIE Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s                   nonprofit membership organization providing
Syndrome Parent-Professional Information                advocacy, resources, information & referral,
Exchange. Nonprofit membership organization             parenting courses and support groups online and
providing information and support groups for adults     through publications and local chapters for children
and children with Asperger’s syndrome. Contact:         and adults with AD/HD. Contact: Houston
281-240-0663. www.aspieinfo.com                         Chapter: 281/265-7445. www.chadd.org


Autism Society of America. National nonprofit           Coalition for Barrier Free Living. Brazoria County
membership organization providing information,          and Houston and Ft. Bend Centers for Independent
research and reference through website, magazine        Living promote the full inclusion, equal
and local chapters. Contact: 301-657-0881 or            opportunity and participation of persons with
800-328-8476. http://www.autism-                        disabilities in every aspect of community life.
society.org/site/PageServer                             Services include: advocacy, information & referral,
                                                        peer support, independent living skills training. Links
                                                        to other resources.
Brain Injury Association of Texas. Nonprofit
                                                        Contact:
organization providing advocacy, education,
                                                        http://coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/index.html
information, referral and support groups for brain
injury survivors and family members. Contact:
                                                        Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
512- 326-1212, 800-392-0040.
                                                        International professional organization dedicated to
www.biatx.org/index.html
                                                        improving educational outcomes for individuals with
Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). A division of         exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or
the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the BJE       the gifted. Advocacy, special education, support
offers: Kesher (linking children with learning          services, resources. Contact: 888-232-7733
differences to Jewish educational opportunities),       (Voice);
information and referral, advocacy for children with    866-915-5000                                    (TTY).
special needs in the Jewish community, parent           http://www.cec.sped.org//AM/Template.cfm?Sec
support groups and workshops, monthly Sunday            tion=Home
School classes for children who are unable to
function in a regular program. Jewish Network of        Down Syndrome Association of Houston. Nonprofit
Special Education Professionals. Part-time Special      organization providing information , resources,
Education Consultant. Contact: 713-729-7000.            activities and support. English and Spanish.
http://www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.        Contact: 713-682-7237. www.dsah.net
asp
                                                        Families Can. Part of the University of Houston’s
Center for Hearing and Speech. Nonprofit                Learning & Assessment Services Parent Education
agency providing a range of resources and services      Project (PEP). Parent-to-parent services for
for children (ages 0-18) with hearing impairment and    families of children with special needs: information,


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links, resource guide, support groups, newsletter.         nonprofit agency offering a broad range of
Contact: http://las.uh.edu/pep/familiesCan.aspx.           counseling, educational and support services. Special
                                                           Needs initiatives include: Project Shalom, Special
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT).            Needs Task Force, Special Needs On-line Resource
Independent nonprofit organization providing               Guide. Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian. United
advocacy, information, resources and support for           Way Agency. Fee: Sliding scale. Contact: 713-667-
families of children with autism. Special emphasis is      9336. http://www.jfshouston.org
on early diagnosis and ABA (Applied Behavior
Analysis). Houston Contact:                                Kesher. A project of the Bureau of Jewish
http://www.feathouston.org/                                Education (BJE) of the Jewish Federation of
                                                           Greater Houston. Offers advocacy, support,
Family Services of Greater Houston. Nonprofit              referrals and resources for Jewish children with
agency offering parenting, individual and family           special needs, special Sunday School classes and
counseling, school–based services. English and             workshops for parents and educators. Contact:
Spanish. Fee: Sliding scale; accepts Medicaid.             713-729-7000. Ext. 334.
United Way Agency. Contact: 713-861-4849.                  www.houstonjewish.org/programsforspecial.asp
http://www.familyservices.org/
                                                           Learning Disabilities Association of America
Family to Family Network. Independent nonprofit            (LDAA). National nonprofit membership
grassroots organization providing advocacy, support,       organization offering advocacy, resources, referrals.
information & referrals, education and training for        Membership fee. Texas Association Contact:
families of people with disabilities. Extensive links      512-458-8234 or 800-604-7500 (toll-free).
to resources, agencies and organizations. Contact:         http://www.ldat.org/index.html
713-466-6304. www.familytofamilynetwork.org
                                                           Lighthouse of Houston. Private, nonprofit United
Houston Center for Independent Living.                     Way agency offering a wide variety of educational
Advocacy, information and referral, independent            programs, community services, and outpatient
living skills training and peer counseling. Part of the    rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired.
Texas State Independent Living Council. Contact:           Contact 713-284-8488.
713-974-4621 (Voice/TTY).                                  http://www.houstonlighthouse.org
http://www.coalitionforbarrierfreeliving.com/
                                                      Meet Up.com. On-line special interest forums.
International Dyslexia Association. Nonprofit
                                                      Houston special needs groups include individuals
organization providing advocacy, referrals, education
                                                      interested in autism, ADHD and bi-polar disorder.
and support to persons with dyslexia and related
                                                      Contact: http://www.meetup.com/about/
learning disorders. Houston Contact: 832-282-
7154. http://www.houstonida.org
                                                      Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority
                                                      of Harris County (MHMRA). Dedicated to
Invisible Children’s Project. Advocacy and
                                                      providing or ensuring provision of services and
information for children who have a parent(s) with a
                                                      supports to people with mental disabilities and their
mental health problem to obtain the information,
                                                      families. Divisions: Adult Mental Health, Mental
support and services they and their families need.
                                                      Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services and
Project of the National Mental Health Association
                                                      Crisis Services. Fee: Medicaid, CHIP, private
and Mental Health Association of Texas. Contact:
                                                      insurance, adjustable fees. Contact: 24-hour Help
http://www.mhatexas.org/InvisibleChildrensMainP
                                                      Line: 713-970-7000 or 866-970-4770 (toll-
age.htm
                                                      free). http://www.mhmraharris.org/index.asp
                                                        Mental Retardation Service Division.
Jewish Family Service. Houston social service
                                                      http://www.mhmraharris.org/MRSD/MR.html

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 Adult Mental Health.                                    National Council for Support of Disability Issues.
http://www.mhmraharris.org/AMH.asp                       Nonprofit organization providing support to people
 Children and Adolescent Services.                       with disabilities, information and resources -
http://www.mhmraharris.org/CAS.asp                       including recreation, travel and the arts - through
 Crisis and Emergency Services.                          extensive, targeted links, Contact: 703-753-
http://www.mhmraharris.org/npc.asp                       9148. http://www.ncsd.org

METROLift. Accessible shared-ride curb-to-curb           National Dissemination Center for Children with
transportation for persons with disabilities who         Disabilities (NICHCY). Offers extensive on-line
cannot access fixed-route bus service. By                information on disabilities in youth and children
appointment only. A service of the Metropolitan          (ages 0-22), research, educational practices,
Transit Authority of Harris County. For eligibility      programs and services. “Zig-a-what” is an on-line
requirements, hours, fares, subscriptions and other      “kid-friendly” source of connections, games, tips and
information, Contact: 713-225-0119 or 713-               support. Contact: 800-695-0285 (Voice & TTY).
652-8969 (TDD).                                          http://nichcy.org/
http://www.ridemetro.org/TransportationServices
/MetroLift.asp#31                                        National Down Syndrome Congress. Nonprofit
                                                         membership organization providing advocacy,
Montrose Counseling Center. Independent                  information and support services for individuals with
nonprofit agency providing individual, couples/family    Down syndrome, their families, communities and
and group psychotherapy and case management              professionals.   Contact: 800-232-6372.
services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and      http://www.ndsccenter.org/about/about.php
questioning (GLBTQ) persons. United Way Agency.
Fee: sliding scale; accepts private insurance,           National Down Syndrome Society. Nonprofit
Medicare and Medicaid. Contact: 713-529-0037.            organization works to benefit people with Down
http://www.montrosecounselingcenter.org                  syndrome and their families through national
                                                         leadership in education, research and advocacy,
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). National           information and resources. Local affiliates. English
voluntary nonprofit organization addressing              and Spanish. Contact: 800-221-4602.
neuromuscular diseases. Provides assessment,             http://www.ndss.org/
clinics, camps, information, research, resources and     Houston Contact: 713-682-7237.
support.                                                 http://www.dsah.net/
Contact: 713-522-8561. http://www.mda.org/
                                                    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).         component of the National Institutes of Health
National nonprofit membership organization offering (NIH) of the U.S. government. Information and
advocacy, support, information, referral and        resources about mental health, learning and
education. Local chapters throughout the United     developmental disorders. Contact:
States. English & Spanish. Contact: 703-524-        http://www.nimh.nih.gov/tools/sitemap.cfm
7600, 703-516-7227 (TDD)
http://www.nami.org                                 National Jewish Council for Disabilities. An
                                                    agency of the Orthodox Union (OU), dedicated to
National Center for Learning Disabilities.          addressing the needs of all individuals with
National nonprofit organization providing advocacy, disabilities and including them in the Jewish
information, resources, educational tools, support  community. Offers summer programs, advocacy,
and multiple links for families and professionals   education, resources, support and programs.
Contact: 212-545-7510 or 888-575-7373 (toll-        Membership. Contact: 212-613-8229
free). http://www.ncld.org/                         http://njcd.org


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National Multiple Sclerosis Society. National             consultations, Learning Support Center programs
nonprofit organization and its network of chapters        include:
nationwide promote research, education, advocacy on           Autistic Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD).
critical issues and organize a wide range of programs     Multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment program
to serve those with MS and their families.                for children.
Advocacy, information, resources, support, services.          Bridges. Preschool therapeutic program for
Contact: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/                children with ASD.
  Lone Star Chapter (Houston) also provides                   Clinic for Attention Problems. Assesses and
programming and some direct services. Membership          treats children who are developmentally unable to
fee. Contact: 713-526-8967 or 800-FIGHT MS                regulate attention.
(toll-free). http://www.nationalmssociety.org/txh
                                                              Cognitive Intervention and Rehabilitation. Special
                                                          education techniques used to assist elementary and
                                                          secondary level students who are experiencing
                                                          cognitive or emotional deficits.
                                                              Family Therapy. Evaluation, family crisis
                                                          therapy, behavioral parent training and marital
National Organization on Disability (NOD).
                                                          therapy.
National nonprofit organization that raises disability
                                                              Group program. Brief Evaluation and Intervention
awareness through programs, publications and its
                                                          Program (BEIP) for toddlers and pre-school-age
website. Working with business, corporate,
                                                          children with a variety of complex behavioral and
government and community leaders, it partners with
                                                          emotional diagnoses.
a range of organizations and governments to remove            TeamMates. A variety of psychological services
barriers and change attitudes for people with             for school-aged children, adolescents and their
disabilities. Extensive links to housing, employment,     parents: behavioral intervention, individual and
education and other resources. Contact: 202-293-          group therapy, parent groups.
5960 or 202-293-5968 (TTY).                               For all programs, contact: 832-822-3700.
http://www.nod.org.                                       www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenters/Learn
                                                          ingSupport/Programs.aspx
Special Kids, Inc. (SKI). A Community Parent
Resource Center (CPRC) serving parents of children        TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
with emotional, learning and mental disabilities          Psychiatry/Psychology Clinic. Psychiatric
throughout the Greater Metropolitan Houston area.         evaluations. Spanish and English. Fees.
Advocacy, training, consultations, support and            Appointments Contact: 832-822-3750
resources for parents of infants through youth with
disabilities. No fee. Contact: 713-734-5355.                  Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics.
http://www.specialkidsinc.org/                            Diagnostic services for infants, children and
                                                             adolescents referred for developmental and/or
Texas Autism Advocacy. Online information and             learning problems. Assessment, referrals.
resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders;                     Appointment: 832-822-3400. Option 0
networking and support for individuals, families and
professionals; events, conferences and meetings.              The Desmond Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. Long-
Extensive links to resources. Updated weekly.             term follow-up and neuron-developmental
Contact: http://www.texasautismadvocacy.org/              assessments
                                                            for pre-term babies; helps to identify infants who
TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Learning Support                may have special needs. Part of Meyer Center.
Center. Offers a multi-disciplinary approach to           Fees.
evaluation, planning and therapy. In addition to            Contact: 832-822-3400 ext. 222. All
individual child therapy and psychotherapy, group         departments use:
parenting & guidance and school observation &             http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenter
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s/Psychiatry/                                              TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.
                                                           American Red Cross. Provides non-emergency
TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Speech,
                                                           transportation for individuals requiring medical
Language and Learning Clinic. Assessment, learning
                                                           attention and have no other means of transportation.
disabilities, management and therapy for infants,
                                                           Referral required; no fee; by appointment.
children, adolescents and adults. Collaborative of
                                                           Contact: 713-313-1631.
various Texas Children’s Hospital departments and
                                                           http://www.houstonredcross.org/servicesTranspor
Clinics; affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.
                                                           tation.html
Family referrals accepted. Fees. Contact: 832-
822-3280.
                                                             METROLift. Shared-ride curb-to-curb
http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/carecenter
                                                           transportation for persons with disabilities; by
s/speechlanguage/default.aspx
                                                           appointment only. Contact: 713-225-0119 or
Texas Education Agency. Texas state agency
                                                           713-652-8969 (TDD).
whose mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and
                                                           http://www.ridemetro.org/
resources to help schools meet the educational
                                                           Information about the following non-METROLift
needs of all students. Resource for information
                                                           transportation providers is posted on the MHMRA
about special education resources and requirements.
                                                           website. For fees, eligibility, areas of service, hours
English and Spanish. Contact: 512-463-9734.
                                                           and other information, contact the provider.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index.html
                                                             Harris County Transportation Project.           713-
                                                           313-1765
TIRR - The Institute for Rehabilitation and
                                                             Humble Van Services.                            281-
Research. Continuum of care for patients with
                                                           844-6754
needs from catastrophic illness or injury, including
                                                             Loving Kindness.                                281-
congenital and neurological disorders. Multiple
                                                           358-6393
locations in the Gulf Coast Region. Requires a
                                                             Transportation Services.                        713-
prescription of referral from a physician. A division
                                                           393-4745
of Memorial Hermann Hospital system. Insurance
                                                             Wheelchair Accessible Van.                      281-
required. Contact: 713-521-0020.
                                                           359-1747
http://www.tirr.org/rehab/index.php

Texas Parent to Parent. Independent nonprofit
                                                           United Cerebral Palsy. National nonprofit
organization providing support, information,
                                                           organization working to advance the independence,
resources, parent-parent peer support for families
                                                           productivity and full participation of people with
of children with disabilities. Extensive links to local
                                                           disabilities through advocacy, assistance, camps,
and national resources. Contact: 866-896-
                                                           respite care and opportunities nation-wide as well as
6001. http://www.txp2p.org/
                                                           links to other helpful sites. Contact: www.ucp.org.
                                                           Houston Affiliate: 713-838-9050.
Tourette Syndrome Association. National
                                                           http://www.ucphouston.org/index.html
nonprofit organization provides advocacy,
information, referral, educational resources,
teacher guides, strategies and support. Newsletters
for youth and young adults. Local and state
chapters. Contact: 718-224-2999.
http://www.tsa-usa.org/




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                                                            CHIP           Children’s Health Insurance
                    ADDENDUM                                Program
                                                            CIL            Center for Independent Living
                                                            COTWD          Coalition for Texans With
                                                            Disabilities
ACRONYMS.                                                   CP             Cerebral Palsy
Every field has a language and acronyms that are            CPAC           Citizens’ Planning Advisory Council
sometimes mystifying to the newcomer. Below are many        CPS            Children’s Protective Services
of the acronyms of organizations and terminology used in    CTD            Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
the field of disability services.
                                                            DD             Developmental Disabilities
AAMR           American Association on Mental               Assistance & Bill of Rights Act of 1975
Retardation                                                 DD             Developmentally Delayed
ABA            Applied Behavior Analysis                    DADS           Department of Aging & Disability
ABA            Adaptive Behavior Approach                   Services
ABI            Acquired Brain Injury                        DARS           Department of Assistive and
ACB            American Council of the Blind                Rehabilitative Services
ADA            Americans with Disabilities Act              DFPS           Department of Family & Protective
ADAPT          Adult Developmental and                      Services
Psychiatric Treatment                                       DHS            Department of Human Services
ADD            Attention Deficit Disorder                   DHHS           Division for Deaf and Hard of
ADDA           Attention Deficit Disorder                   Hearing Services
Association                                                 DIR            Developmental-Individual
ADHD           Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity              Differences-Relationship
Disorder                                                    DLRP           Disability Law Resource Project
AIT            Auditory Integration Therapy                 DOE            Department of Education
APA            American Psychological Association           DOL            Department of Labor
APS            Adult Protective Services                    DPC            Disability Policy Consortium
ARC            Association for Retarded Citizens            DSA            Down's Syndrome Association
ARI            Autism Research Institute                    DSAH           Down's Syndrome Association of
ASA            Autism Society of America                    Houston
ASD            Autism Spectrum Disorder                     DSHS           Department of State Health
ASESA          Association for Specialized                  Services
Elementary School Accreditation
ASL            American Sign Language             EARN                     Employer Assistance & Recruiting
ASPIE          Asperger’s Syndrome Parent &       Network
Professional Information Exchange                 ECI                      Early Childhood Intervention
                                                  EEOC                     Equal Employment Opportunity
BCLS           Basic Civil Legal Services         Commission
BHO            Behavioral Health Organization     EMR                      Educable Mentally Retarded
BJE            Bureau of Jewish Education (Jewish ESC                      Education Service Center
Federation of Greater Houston)
                                                            FACES         Functional Academic Curriculum for
CAP           Client Assistance Program                     Exceptional Students
CEC           Council for Exceptional Children              FASD          Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
CDC           Center for Disease Control                    FEAT          Families for Early Autism
CFR            Code of Federal Regulations                  Treatment
CHADD         Children and Adults with Attention            FERPA         Family Educational Rights and
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder                              Privacy Act
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FIE             Full and Individual Evaluation          MHMRA         Mental Health Mental Retardation
                                                        Authority of Harris County
HAVA          Help America Vote Act                     MRA           Mental Retardation Authority
HBA           Houston Bar Association                   MRSD          Mental Retardation Service Division
HCDE          Harris County [TX] Department of
Education                                               NAMI           National Alliance on Mental Illness
HCIL          Houston Center for Independent            NCD            National Council on Disability
Living                                                  NCLB           No Child Left Behind
HCPC          Harris County [TX] Psychiatric            NCLD           National Center for Learning
Center                                                  Disabilities
HCPS          Harris County [TX] Protective             NDRN           National Disability Rights Network
Services                                                NDSS           National Down Syndrome Society
HCS           Home and Community-based                  NICHCY         National Dissemination Center for
Services                                                Children with Disabilities
HD            Hyperactivity Disorder                    NIH            National Institutes of Health
HFA           High Functioning Autism                   NIMH           National Institute of Mental
HHS           [Dept. of] Health and Human               Health
Services [Federal/State]                                NJCD           National Jewish Council for
HHSC          Health and Human Services                 Disabilities
Commission                                              NOD            National Organization on Disability
HISD          Houston Independent School                NPSAA          National Private School
District                                                Accreditation Alliance
HLRS          Houston Lawyer Referral Service
                                                        OCD              Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
I & R           Information and Referral                OCR              Office of Civil Rights
ICR             Intermediate Care Facility              ODD              Oppositional Defiant Disorder
IDEA            Individuals with Disabilities           ODEP             Office of Disability Employment
Education Act                                           Policy
IEE             Independent Educational Evaluation      OSEP             Office of Special Education
IEP             Individualized Education Plan           Programs
IHCS            In Home Crisis Support                  OSERS            Office of Special Education and
IHFS            In Home & Family Support                Rehabilitative   Services
ILRU            Independent Living Research
Utilization                                             PAAT           Protection and Advocacy for
ITP             Individualized Transition Plan          Assistive Technology
                                                        PABSS          Protection and Advocacy for
JAN             Job Accommodation Network               Beneficiaries of Social Security Act
JCC             Jewish Community Center                 PADD           Protection and Advocacy for
JFA             Justice for All                         Persons with Developmental Disabilities
JFS             Jewish Family Service                   PAIMI          Protection and Advocacy for
                                                        Individuals with Mental Illness Act
LDAA            Learning Disabilities Association of    PAIR           Protection and Advocacy of
America                                                 Individual Rights
LDAT            Learning Disabilities Association of    PART           Parents Association for the
Texas                                                   Retarded of Texas
LSLA            Lone Star Legal Aid                     PATBI          Protection and Advocacy for
                                                        Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
MHA             Mental Health Association               PAVA           Protection and Advocacy for Voting
                                                        Access
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PDD           Pervasive Developmental Disorder        TXHML         Texas Home Living Waiver
PDD-NOS       Pervasive Developmental Disorder –
Not Otherwise Specified                               VAST            Vocational Advancement & Social
PECS          Picture Exchange Communication          Skills Training
Systems                                               VOR             Voice of the Retarded
PRN           Partners Resource Network
PTI           Parent Training & Information
(Centers/Programs)

SACS             Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools
SATH             Society for Accessible Travel &
Hospitality
SEPAC            Special Education Parent Advisory
Council
SES              Supplemental Educational Services
SHL              Supported Home Living
SIB              Self Injurious Behavior
SID              Sensory Integration Dysfunction
SIRE             Self Improvement through Riding
Education
SSA              Social Security Administration
SSDI             Social Security Disability Income
SSI              Supplemental [Social] Security
Income
STARS            Specialized Treatment and
Rehabilitation   Services

TAMR          Texas Association on Mental
Retardation
TBI           Traumatic Brain Injury
TCB           Texas Commission for the Blind
TCDD          Texas Council for Developmental
Disabilities
TCEC          Texas Council for Exceptional
Children
TDD           Telecommunication Device for the
Deaf
TDH           Texas Department of Health
TDHS          Texas Department of Human
Services
TDPRS         Texas Department of Protective &
Regulatory Services
TEA           Texas Education Agency
TIRR          Texas Institute of Rehabilitation
and Research
TTY           Telephone Typewriter
TWWIIA        Ticket to Work and Work Incentive
Improvement Act
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                                                    KLEIN ISD                    832-249-4000
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN                           http://www.kleinisd.net/
THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA*                           LA MARQUE ISD                409-938-4251

                                                           http://66.60.230.134/education/components
ALDINE ISD                   281-985-6600
                                                    /scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=1
       http://www.aldine.k12.tx.us/district
                                                    LA PORTE ISD                 281-604-7000
ALIEF ISD.                   281-498-8110
      http://www.aliefisd.net/
                                                           http://sc.lpisd.org/education/district/distri
ALVIN ISD                    281-388-1130
                                                    ct.php?sectionid=1
      http://www.alvinisd.net/
                                                    NEW CANEY ISD                 281-577-8600
CHANNELVIEW ISD.             281-452-8002
                                                           http://www.newcaneyisd.org/
      http://www.channelview.isd.esc4.net/
                                                    NORTH FOREST ISD              713-633-1600
CLEAR CREEK ISD              281-284-0000
                                                    PASADENA ISD                  713-740-0000
      http://www.ccisd.net/
                                                           http://www.pasadenaisd.org/
CONROE ISD                   936-709-7702
                                                    PEARLAND ISD                  281-485-3203
      http://www.conroeisd.net/
                                                           http://www.pearlandisd.org/pisd/default.ht
CROSBY ISD
                                                    m
      http://www.crosbyisd.org/
                                                    SANTA FE ISD                  409-925-3526
CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD 281-897-4000
      http://www.cfisd.net/
                                                                        http://www.sfisd.org/educati
DAYTON ISD                   936-258-2667
                                                                        on/district/district.php?secti
      http://www.daytonisd.net/
                                                                        onid=1
DEER PARK ISD                832-668-7000
                                                    SHELDON ISD                 281-727-2000
      http://www.dpisd.org/
                                                          http://www.sheldonisd.com/
DICKENSON ISD                281-229-6000
                                                    SPRING BRANCH ISD           713-464-1511
      http://www.dickinsonisd.org/mainindex.html
                                                          http://www.springbranchisd.com/
FORT BEND ISD                281-634-1000
                                                    SPRING ISD                  281-586-1100
      http://www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/
                                                          http://www.springisd.org/
FRIENDSWOOD ISD              281-482-1267
      http://www.fisdk12.net/
                                                    STAFFORD ISD                281-261-9200
GALENA PARK ISD              832-386-1000
                                                         http://www.stafford.msd.esc4.net/
      http://www.galenaparkisd.com/
                                                    TEXAS CITY ISD              409-942-2713
GALVESTON ISD                409-766-5121
                                                         http://www.texascity.isd.tenet.edu/
      https://www.edline.net/pages/Galveston_IS
                                                    TOMBALL ISD                 281-357-3100
D
                                                         http://www.tomballisd.net/
GOOSE CREEK ISD              281-420-4842
                                                    WALLER ISD                  936-931-3685
      http://www.gccisd.net/
                                                         http://www.waller.isd.esc4.net/
HITCHCOCK ISD                409-986-5514
      http://www.hitchcockisd.org/
                                                    * For other Texas School Districts, visit the Texas
HUFFMAN ISD           281-32281-324-1871
                                                    Education Agency District Locator Page at
      http://www.huffmanisd.net/home.aspx           http://deleon.tea.state.tx.us/SDL/Forms/txtSearch
HUMBLE ISD                   281-641-1000           .aspx
      http://www.humble.k12.tx.us/
KATY ISD                     281-396-6000
      http://www.katyisd.org/



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LEARNING DIFFERENCES:                                         National Center for Learning Disabilities
                                                                                                         www.ncld.org
INFORMATION & RESOURCES.                                      Nat’l. Center to Improve Practice in Special Ed. Through
                                                                       Technology
American Academy of Pediatrics                                                  www.edc.org/FSC/NCIP
                                                              National Information Center for Children & Youth with
               http://www.aap.org                                      Disabilities                      www.nichcy.org
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry             National Institute of Health
                                                                                                         www.nih.gov
                http://www.aacap.org                          National Institute of Mental Health
American Association of School Administrators
                                                                             http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
                http://www.aasa.org                           Neuhaus Education Center
American Institutes for Research
                                                                      http://www.neuhaus.org/
                http://www.air.org                            Parents Educational Resource Center
American Psychological Association
                                                                              http://www.schwablearning.org/
                 http://www.apa.org                           Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)                                                   www.RFBD.org
                                                              Texas Education Agency
                 http://www.add.org
ADHD Resources                                                                http://www.tea.state.tx.us/
                                                              Tourette Syndrome Association
               http://www.addresources.org                                                             www.tsa-usa.org
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry             U.S. Department of Education

                 http://www.aacap.org/index.ww                                 http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml
Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
         (CHADD)
                 www.chadd.org
Council for Exceptional Children

                 www.cec.sped.org
International Dyslexia Association

        http://www.interdys.org/
Kidsource Online
                                   www.kidsource.com
Learning Disabilities Association of America
                                           www.ldanatl.org
Learning Disabilities Association of Texas (LDAT)

                  http://www.ldat.org
Learning Disabilities Online

                  www.ldonline.org
Learning Disabilities Resources

                 www.ldresources.com
National Association of School Psychologists

                 www.naspweb.org


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                                                             MetroLift.
LINKS, LISTS & OTHER                                                 http://www.ridemetro.org/TransportationService
                                                             s/MetroLift.asp#31
AblePlay Toys. Reviews of toys for children with special
needs.           http://www.ableplay.org/                    National Center on Accessibility.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental                        www.indiana.edu/~nca
Disabilities.    http://www.aamr.org                         National Federation of the Blind of Texas.
Atlanta Jewish Family & Children’s Service.                                   www.nfb-texas.org
                         http://www.jfcs-atlanta.org/
Autism-Resources/Glossary.                                   National Multiple Sclerosis Society Lone Star Chapter.
http://www.autism-resources.com/autismfaq-glos.html
Autism Society of America.                                   http://www.nationalmssociety.org/TXH/home/
                          http://www.autism-society.org/

City of Houston: playgrounds without limits.                 School Behavior.com.
        http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/playgroundlimits                        www.schoolbehavior.com
.html                                                        Schwab Learning: A Parent’s Guide.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).                                        http://www.schwablearning.org/
         http://www.cec.sped.org/am/template.cfm?sectio      Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Houston.
n=Home
Council for Jews with Special Needs.                                 http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Houston/
         http://www.charityadvantage.com/cjsnorg/Home.       Sickle Cell Association of the Texas Gulf Coast.
asp                                                                           http://www.sicklecell-texas.org/

Disability Inclusion Project.                                Texas Association of the Deaf.
         http://www.jfcsmpls.org/inclusionresources.html                      http://www.deaftexas.org
                                                             Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Disability statistics: Texas.
                                                                              http://www.txddc.state.tx.us
           http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/disa
                                                             Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
bilities/resources/statistics/texans                                          http://www.dads.state.tx.us
Dysautonomia Foundation.                                     Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Service.
http://www.familialdysautonomia.org/                                          http://www.dars.state.tx.us
                                                             Texas Information and Referral Network.
Epilepsy Foundation.
                 http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/          http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/tirn/tirnhome.htm
Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas                       Texas Parent Teacher Association (Texas PTA).
                                                                             http://www.txpta.org
        http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/setexas/           Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities & Gifted Education.                       http://www.txsha.org
                www.eric.ed.gov                              Through the Looking Glass: Serving Families with
                                                             Disabilities.   http://www.lookingglass.org.
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE).
                 http://www.fape.org/                        United Cerebral Palsy of Texas.
                                                                               http://www.ucpa.org
                                                             U .S. Department of Education, Office of Special
Jewish Family Service Milwaukee.
                                                             Education Programs
http://www.jfsmilw.org/exceptional_needs/default.htm         http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.h
                                                             tml
Lekotek: Toys & Play for Children with Special Needs.
                 http://www.lekotek.org/                     Yellow Pages for Kids.
                                                             http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/
Makoa. List and links.
                  http://www.makoa.org/org.htm




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INDEX
Access-Able Travel Source, 38                    Camp Ailihpomeh, 10
ACRONYMS, 55                                     Camp Broncho, 10
ADDA-SR, 49                                      Camp Buckaroo, 10
Advocacy, Inc, 2, 25, 36                         Camp C.A.M.P., 10, 45
Aim High Academy, 46                             Camp for All, 9, 10, 11, 13, 38
American Association of People with              Camp H.U.G., 10
  Disabilities, 2, 3, 22, 25, 49                 Camp HASC, 10, 33
American Council of the Blind, 2, 18, 22,        Camp Hope, 10
  26, 55                                         Camp Janus, 10
American Red Cross., 54                          Camp Kehilla Kayf, 11, 33
Asperger’s Syndrome Parent-                      Camp Kutz, 11, 33
  Professional Information Exchange,             Camp Rainbow, 11
  26, 49                                         Camp Ramah, 11, 33
Association for Science in Autism                Camp Shining Stars, 11
  Treatment, 2, 26                               Camp Sign, 11
Attention Deficit Disorder Association,          Camp Simcha, 11, 33
  2, 18, 25, 55, 59                              Camp Sky, 11
Autism Society of America, 6, 22, 26,            Camp Smiles, 11
  41, 49, 55, 60                                 Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave, 11
Autism Treatment Centers of Texas, 6,            Camp Summit, 11
  22, 26, 41                                     Camp Sweeney, 12
Avondale House, 41, 46                           Camp Torologo, 12, 33
Baylor Psychiatry Clinic, 6, 14                  Camp Young Judaea, 10, 33
Ben Taub General Hospital, 16                    Campparents.org, 12
Ben Taub Hospital, 17                            Camps Mogen Avraham Heller
Bendwood School, 47                                Sternberg, 12, 33
Best Buddies, 38                                 Career and Recovery Resources, Inc,
Beverly Farms and Training Center., 41             18, 23
Brain Injury Association of Texas, 2, 9,         Center for Hearing and Speech, 6, 37,
  18, 26, 49                                       48, 49
Brenham State School, 42, 45                     Chabad Outreach, 33, 34, 38, 39, 45
Briarwood School, 10, 47                         CHADD, 2, 18, 26, 50, 55, 59
Briarwood Super Camp, 10                         Child Builders, 37
Bridges, 8, 16, 21, 47, 53                       Child Development Center, 6, 14, 37, 47
Bureau of Jewish Education, 3, 18, 19,           Child Find, 6
  26, 28, 32, 35, 47, 48, 49, 51, 55             Children at Risk, 2
C.A.M.P., 45                                     Club Haver, 35, 39, See Jewish
Camp Acorn, 10                                     Community Center Houston

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Coalition for Barrier Free Living, 2, 23,        Families Can, 27, 50
  26, 50                                         Families for Effective Autism
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, 3,          Treatment, 3, 19, 27, 50
  36, 55                                         Family Services of Greater Houston, 14,
Collaborative for Children, 18                     19, 37, 50
Community Homes for Adults, Inc., 34,            Family to Family Network, 3, 19, 27, 37,
  42                                               50
Congregation Beth Israel, 34, 45                 Foundation for Jewish Camping, 12, 28,
Congregation Emanu El, 34, 45, 47                  34
Council for Exceptional Children, 3, 5,          Friendship Circle, 34, 38, 39, 45, See
  18, 27, 50, 55, 57, 59, 60                       Chabad Outreach
Crisis Intervention of Houston, 14, 17,          FUN FAIR POSITIVE SOCCER, 39
  27                                             Gift of Israel, 39
Crossroads School, 47                            Goldberg B’nai B’rith Towers., 34
Cullen Residence Hall, 42, 45                    Goodwill Industries of Houston., 23
Cypress Creek Hospital, 6, 14, 27                Greater Houston Athletic Association
Department of Assistive and                        for the Physically Disabled, 39
  Rehabilitative Services, 23, 55                Guide to Disability Rights Laws, 28, 36
Depelchin Children’s Center, 6, 14, 27,          Harper Alternative School, 47
  37                                             Harris County [TX] Department of
Devereux Texas., 42                                Education, 7, 19, 28, 56
Dionysus Theatre, 39                             Harris County Area Agency on Aging,
Disability Inclusion Project, 34, 60               45
Disability Law Resource Project, 27, 36,         Harris County Department of
  55                                               Education, 14
Disability Policy Consortium, 3, 55              Harris County Hospital District, 14
DisabilityInfo.gov, 18, 23, 27                   Harris County Psychiatric Center, 7, 9,
Down Home Ranch Camp, 12                           14, 17
Down Syndrome Association of                     Hope Village, 12, 24, 42, 45
  Houston., 50                                   Hope Village for the Mentally
Down's Syndrome Association, 55                    Retarded, 12, 42, 45
Early Childhood Intervention Keep Pace,          Houston Area Respite Center, 46
  7                                              Houston Area Women’s Center, 17
Easter Seals - East Texas, 27                    Houston Center for Independent Living,
Echo Hill Ranch, 12                                3, 24, 28, 43, 50, 56
Emergency Mental Health Help Outside             Houston Independent School District, 7,
  of Harris County, Texas, 17                      15, 19, 47, 56
Employer Assistance & Recruiting                 Houston Lawyer Referral Service, 36,
  Network, 23, 55                                  56
ESCAPE Family Resource Center, 37

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS                      Memorial Hermann Respite House, 46
  IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA,                    Menninger Clinic, 7, 15
  58                                              Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Innovative Alternatives, Inc, 15, 38               Authority of Harris County, 8, 16, 20,
Interfaith CarePartners, 46                        29, 43, 51
International Dyslexia Association, 3,            Mental Health Association, 3, 4, 20, 28,
  19, 28, 50, 59                                   29, 51
Invisible Children’s Project, 3, 28, 50           Mental Health Co-op, 43
Israel 4 All, 34, 39                              Methodist Hospital Psychiatric Care, 16
Jewish Braille Institute, 34                      METROLift, 51, 54
Jewish Children’s Regional Service, 34            MHA, 56
Jewish Community Center Houston, 35,              MHMRA, 8, 16, 17, 20, 24, 29, 43, 51, 54,
  39, 40, 41, 48                                   56
Jewish Family Service, 7, 15, 16, 19, 28,         Mission Road Development Center, 43
  32, 35, 40, 51, 56, 60                          Montrose Counseling Center, 16, 29, 51
Jewish Network of Special Education               Muscular Dystrophy Association, 8, 13,
  Professionals, 18, 33, 35, 49                    29, 51
Job Accommodation Network, 24, 56                 Mysummercamps.com, 13, 30
Justice For All E-Mail Network, 3                 National Alliance on Mental Illness, 4,
Kamp Kaleidoscope, 12                              20, 30, 51, 56
Kesher, 3, 18, 19, 26, 33, 35, 47, 48, 49,        National Center for Learning
  51                                               Disabilities, 4, 20, 30, 52, 56, 59
Kinder Emergency Shelter, 17                      National Center for the Dissemination
LawHelp.org, 29, 36                                of Disability Research, 30
LD Online, 4, 19, 29                              National Center on Accessibility, 40, 60
Learning Disabilities Association of              National Center on Physical Activity
  America, 4, 19, 29, 51, 56, 59                   and Disability, 40
Legal Line, 29, 37                                National Center on Workforce and
Lighthouse of Houston, 13, 19, 29, 51              Disability, 24, 30
Lone Star Legal Aid, 37, 56                       National Collaborative on Workforce
Maccabi Games. See Jewish Community                and Disability for Youth., 24, 30
  Center Houston, See Jewish Community            National Council for Support of
  Center Houston                                   Disability Issues, 24, 30, 40, 52
Marbridge Summer Camp, 13                         National Disability Rights Network, 4,
Mayor’s Office for People with                     56
 Disabilities, 29, 43                             National Dissemination Center for
Meet Up.com, 51                                    Children & Youth with Disabilities, 13
Melinda Webb School, 48                           National Dissemination Center for
Memorial Hermann Counseling &                      Children with Disabilities, 20, 30, 52,
 Worklife Center., 7, 15                           56

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National Down Syndrome Congress, 4,               Shape of Behavior, 21
  30, 52                                          SIRE, 40, 57
National Down Syndrome Society, 4, 20,            Special Kids, Inc, 5, 31, 52
  30, 52, 56                                      Special Olympics of Texas, 41
National Federation of the Blind., 25             STARS. See Jewish Community Center
National Information Center for Children            Houston
  & Youth with Disabilities, 59                   Systems of Hope, 31
National Institute of Mental Health,              Texas Adaptive Aquatic Sports, 41
  20, 30, 52, 56, 59                              Texas Asthma Camp for Kids, 13
National Jewish Council for Disabilities,         Texas Autism Advocacy, 5, 21, 31, 53
  4, 20, 25, 31, 35, 40, 52, 56                   Texas Children’s Hospital, 9, 16, 22, 31,
National Mental Health Information                  47, 48, 53
  Center., 17                                     TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, 8, 9,
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4,             21, 22, 31, 38, 53
  31, 52, 60                                      Texas Council for Developmental
National Organization on Disability, 5,             Disabilities, 5, 57
  31, 52                                          Texas Department of Aging and
National Organization on DisAbility, 21,            Disability Services, 31, 60
  25, 56                                          Texas Department of Assistive and
Neuhaus Education Center, 21, 59                    Rehabilitative Service, 60
New Horizons, 43                                  Texas Department of Assistive and
Nite Owls. See Jewish Community Center              Rehabilitative Services, 5, 7
  Houston, See Jewish Community Center            Texas Education Agency, 22, 32, 53, 57,
  Houston                                           58, 59
Parents for Torah for All Children, 35            Texas Elks Camp, 13
Partners Resource Network, 21, 31, 57             Texas Information and Referral
Pasadena Parks and Recreation, 13                   Network, 32, 60
Pathfinders Camp, 13                              Texas Lions Camp, 13
Project Shalom, 7, 15, 16, 19, 35, 36, 40,        Texas Parent to Parent, 22, 32, 54
  51                                              The Alexander Institute, 22, 25, 32, 38,
Reach Unlimited, 25, 44, 48                         41, 49
Reaching Maximum Independence, 44                 The Arbor School, 46
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic,             The Arc of Greater Houston, 9, 22, 44,
  21, 31                                            49
Richmond State School, 44, 48                     The ARC of Greater Houston, 2, 18, 26,
River Oaks Academy, 13, 48                          38
River Oaks Academy ADD/ADHD                       The Brookwood Community, 23, 42
  Summer Camp, 13                                 The Center for Success and
Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care                      Independence, 14, 42
  Services, 36, 44

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The Center Serving Persons with                 Top Soccer. See Jewish Community
  Mental Retardation, 23, 42, 44, 45, 46          Center
The Family Village, 19, 28                      Tourette Syndrome Association, 5, 22,
The Gathering Place, 23, 39                       32, 54, 59
The Governor’s Committee on People              United Cerebral Palsy, 5, 10, 11, 14, 32,
  with Disabilities, 28, 36                       46, 54, 60
The Heart of Sailing Foundation, 39             University of Texas Mental Sciences
The Horizons School, 47                           Institute, 9, 17
The Institute for Rehabilitation and            VA Medical Center, 16
  Research., 9, 53                              VitaLiving, 44
The Jewish Deaf Resource Center, 3, 35          Vocational Advancement and Social
The Lighthouse of Houston, 13, 24, 43             Skills Training, 25
The Monarch School, 8, 20, 48                   Voice of the Retarded, 5, 32, 57
The Parish School, 10, 48                       Volunteers of America – Texas, 44
The Rise School of Houston, 48                  West Oaks Hospital, 9, 17
The River Performing and Visual Arts            West University Little League
  Center, 40                                      Challenger Division, 41
The School for Young Children, 48               Willow River Farms, 42, 44, 46
The Society for Accessible Travel &             Wrightslaw, 6, 32, 37
  Hospitality, 41                               Yachad, 41
The Westview School, 49




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