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2-1-1 Texas: Finding Help in Texas 211


No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 (or log onto the website) and find information about resources in your local community. 2-1-1 Texas is a free, confidential information and referral line answered by nationally certified specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The trained experts have access to the most comprehensive database of community organizations, government agencies and non-profits that exist in Texas.
ABC Behavioral Health L.L.C. 214-275-8500

4600 Sammuel Blvd. FAX 214-388-3800

Dallas 75228

Mental Health Services to individuals ages 14 to adult with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Outpatient Services including medication management, counseling, supported housing and employment.

Achievement Center of Texas 972-414-7700

2950 Shiloh Road FAX 972-272-8343

Garland 75044

A licensed day care center for individuals of all ages with disabilities

Access of CCCCD-Spring Creek 972-881-5898

2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

Room #G-200

Plano 75074

Provides tutoring and support to students with disabilities.

Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointments on weekends.

ADA Hotline

2323 S. Shepherd #1000 800-949-4232

Houston, TX FAX 713-520-5785

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Hotline for questions regarding the Americans with Disability Act Programs including the Disability Law Resource Project, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.
Adapt Mobile Crisis Unit 866-260-8000

24 hour mobile mental healtlh crisis unit. On site assessments – will facililitate hospitalization or counseling as needed.

ADD/LD Support Group of Collin County 972-396-1216

601 Greenville Ave.

First United Methodist Church of Allen

Contact: Shirli Salter

Support for parents of children who learn differently. Community speakers, videos, and information sharing.
Advocacy, Inc., North Texas Regional Office

1420 West Mockingbird, Ste. 450 214-630-0916

Dallas, TX 75247 800-880-2884

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Nonprofit corporation funded by the U.S. Congress to protect and advocate for legal rights of people with disabilities in Texas. Provides legal services to people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those receiving (or wanting to receive) services from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC) at no charge. Funded by the U.S. Congress.
AFIL – Assoc. for Independent Living 214-351-0798

2826 Storey Lane

Dallas, TX 75220


Structured apartment living for young adults with developmental disability. Residents learn basic skills for independent living, along with personal & social growth. Residents must be employed and are required to pay rent & personal expenses.
Allen, Frisco, Plano Autism Parents Support Group

Provides support, understanding, resources and encouragement for families of children with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum

Contact: Archana Dhurka
American Foundation for the Blind, Southwest 469-522-1803

11030 Ables Lane FAX 214-352-3214

Dallas 75229

Provides information and referral to blind and visually impaired persons and their families. Distributes information on publications and products for people with vision problems. Provides public education about blindness and visual impairment.

Angel League Athletics Association of Texas

1404 Pearson Avenue 972-548-7898

McKinney, TX 75069

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Committed to providing athletic programs and recreational services that meet the needs of children with mental and physical disabilities nation wide. Cost is $40 per child per season, scholarships available. Funded by local scholarships and donations.
ARC of Dallas 214-634-9810 FAX 214-634-9815

Social & leadership activities; education and family services provided for persons with disabilities. Respite Service – Sliding fee scale based on family’s ability to pay. Camps, Advocacy and Intervention, Information & Referral. Call to get on mailing list.

A.R.T.S. for People 214-841-9200

11300 N. Central Expressway Suite 316


Artistic, Recreational & Therapeutic Services. A unique blend of interactive group art, dance, music, expressive & recreational therapies to contribute to the physical healing and help restore the emotional, mental and social well-being of an individual in health care, community, educational & therapeutic settings. 1-6 hour sessions, many of which are for special needs individuals.

Artreach-Dallas, Inc.

3626 N. Hall St. #410

Dallas, TX 75219 214-219-2006

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Provides tickets to special events/performances in the DFW area for low-income children & adults, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens. Services open only to member agencies. Funded by corporate/foundation grants and private donations.
Assistance Center of Collin County 972-422-1850

900 E. 18th St. FAX 972-422-1855

Plano 75074

A social service agency that provides information regarding community services for residents of Collin County. Contact agency for emergency food, clothing, and financial assistance.

Association for Special Kids, Inc. (ASK) 800-832-0467

ASK is a financial planning organization dedicated to helping parents of children with disabilities to protect their children’s future. Counselors work individually with parents and with a network of qualified attorneys and accountants to set parent’s plan into action. There is no fee for these services, most of the counselors are also parents of children with disabilities. – This is a national number.

Autism Society of America – Dallas Chapter

P.O. Box 800635 972-557-3257

Dallas, TX 75380

Contact: Barbara Morgan

The Society is comprised of parents and professionals concerned about the welfare of people with autism and other developmental disorders. They provide advocacy services as well as: a Young Parent Group, an Autism newsletter, Program Meetings, Workshops, and Information and Referral services. Groups meet every 3rd Saturday, 11:30 a.m. at the Arc of Dallas, 2114 Anson Rd. in Dallas. Educators, parents, and medical professionals are encouraged to attend.
Autism Society of Collin County (ASCC) 214-925-2722

4909 W. Park Blvd. #103

Plano 75093


Support group for parents and families of children with a diagnosis of Autism.

Autism Treatment Center, Inc. – Dallas Office

10503 Metric Drive 972-644-2076

Dallas, TX 75243 FAX 972-644-5650

Private, nonprofit corporation offering supported employment opportunities, educational programming and community based group homes for individuals who are autistic and deaf/blind or multi-handicapped (diagnostics and assessments available). ATC serves all ages with residential placements beginning at age three. Fees are based on a scale of individual needs. Licensed HCS and ICFMR providers. Funding includes state agencies, Medicaid, school district and business contracts and TRC.
Avenues Counseling Center

201 W. Louisiana St. 972-562-9647

McKinney, TX 75069 FAX 972-562-2383


Outpatient counseling services for adolescents, children, and their families. Fees based on ability to pay. They accept Northstar.
Behavioral and Psychiatric Services

1340 River Bend Dr. 214-638-8888

Dallas, TX 75247 FAX 214-638-8922

Program Director: Tony Ritter

Provides services to people of all ages who have mental retardation and mental illness or severe behavioral challenges so they may be successful living and working in the community. There are four areas of service: Evaluation, Crisis, Behavior, and Outpatient Psychiatric Services. BPS is accessed through a referral from the Service Coordination Unit at (2Program Director: Tony Ritter

Provides services to people of all ages who have mental retardation and mental illness or severe behavioral challenges so they may be successful living and working in the community. There are four areas of service: Evaluation, Crisis, Behavior, and Outpatient Psychiatric Services. BPS is accessed through a referral from the Service Coordination Unit at (214)333-7000.

Behavior Exchange, The

900 E. 17th St.

Plano, TX 75074 972-312-8733

Based out of a historic home in downtown Plano, The Behavior Exchange serves children with special needs, particularly autism. They specialize in early intervention utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis, precision teaching and positive behavior support.

Bethphage Dallas County Program

2245 Midway Rd., #300 972-866-9989

Carrollton, TX 75006 FAX 972-991-0834


Director: Marva Weaver

Bethphage is an affiliate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and is dedicated to providing functional, age-appropriate community training to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs include: community homes, supervised apartments, vocational workshops, and family supports for children and adults living at home.

Boys and Girls Club of Collin County-Douglas Branch

1111 Ave H. 972-424-6301

Plano 75074

Provides activities for youth, promotes youth to become responsible adults through education, leadership, character, health and career development while building self esteem and self reliance.

Callier Center for Communication Disorders 214-905-3000

University of Texas at Dallas FAX 214-905-3022

1966 Inwood Rd. TDD 214-905-3118

Dallas, TX 75235


Director: Ross J. Roeser, Ph.D.

The Callier Center serves individuals with communication disorders. Services include: audiological sservices, hearing aid evaluation, speech therapy, identification of communication disorders, and additional social services. In addition, they offer accredited Deaf and Parent Education programs. Fees are determined by a sliding scale.
Camp Discovery/American Cancer Society 800-227-2345

For children 6-18 years who have or have had cancer, a one week summer camp at no charge.

CAMP LIFE - Learning Independence through Fun Experiences

Blind and Visually Impaired students ages 12-18

Contact: Vicki Foederer, 4109 Elk Springs Tr., Richardson, TX 75082

Cell: 214-729-1768 HM: 972-690-9488

CAMP LIFE is a one-week summer camp hosted by Texas Women's University in Denton, TX. Students will experience sporting events such as goal ball, beep baseball, track and field, archery, tae kwon do, and the ropes course. They will also have an opportunity to participate in lifetime leisure/compensatory skills such as bowling, summer musicals, ice cream social, board games, scavenger hunt, odyssey of the mind project, and a dance.

Camp John Marc 214-360-0056

Ages 6-15 with special health needs, open 365 days/year. A permanent, year round camping facility southwest of Dallas. It benefits children with conditions such as spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, childhood cancer, juvenile arthritis, kidney disease and asthma. Camps are illness specific

Camp Sign/Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


TTY 512-407-3251

Ages 8-17 who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, sliding scale fee. Outdoor training program for children with activities that include swimming, water sports, basketball, crafts, and leadership training.

Camp Summit 972-484-8900

Ages 6 and older, no stipulation on the degree of disability, camping scholarships available. Offers weekly sessions according to age and disability during the summer. It also offers weekend sessions in the spring and fall.

Career Design and Development Services – (CDDS)

101 N. Zang/201 W. 10th St. 214-948-9950

Dallas, TX 75208

Program Director: John Luna

2030 Century Center, #16 972-785-2233

Irving, TX 75062 FAX 972-554-7715

3914 Shiloh Rd., #214 972-926-9350

Garland, TX 75041 FAX 972-926-9930

CDDS provides community inclusion opportunities for adult consumers with mental retardation to choose careers and community lifestyles. This may include training in the community (malls, transportation, libraries, grocery stores, etc.), vocational training at the service center (work adjustment, etc.) and providing employment opportunities (job development, job matching, job coaching, etc.). The goal is the individualized process of matching the desires of the consumer with opportunities provided by the community. Staff is available for early morning or after-hour consultations. There is also a counterpart to this program for adults with a history of chronic mental illness. Referrals are made through Service Coordination at (21CDDS provides community inclusion opportunities for adult consumers with mental retardation to choose careers and community lifestyles. This may include training in the community (malls, transportation, libraries, grocery stores, etc.), vocational training at the service center (work adjustment, etc.) and providing employment opportunities (job development, job matching, job coaching, etc.). The goal is the individualized process of matching the desires of the consumer with opportunities provided by the community. Staff is available for early morning or after-hour consultations. There is also a counterpart to this program for adults with a history of chronic mental illness. Referrals are made through Service Coordination at (214) 333-7000.
Center for Computer Assistance to the Disabled, Inc. (C-CAD)

1950 Stemmons Freeway, #2019 214-800-2223

Dallas, TX 75207 FAX 214-800-2224


Director: R.B. Grisham email:

C-Cad is a non-profit organization offering assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities. Services include: evaluation and training, as well information and referral.

Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas

1966 Inwood Road 214-905-3007

Dallas, TX 75235 FAX 214-905-3026

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Committed to helping individuals function at their optimal level and to educate families through assessments, individual intervention, group treatment, caregiver training, professional training and directed care. Funded through foundation/corporate grants and donations. Program fees are based on a sliding scale.
Chamber of Commerce for Individuals with Disabilities (CCID)

P.O. Box 22208 214-533-3773

Dallas, TX 75222


Director: D.H. Howell

The Chamber is a national consumer volunteer organization that uses business principles to improve the economic status of individuals with disabilities.

Chase’s Place

14210 Marsh Lane 972-243-2676

Addison, TX 75001 FAX 972-243-2244

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Chase’s Place is a private school serving kids with a variety of special needs including autism, mental retardation and traumatic brain injury. They have a 1:2 staff to student ration in classes. Their program includes Speech, Music, Physical and Occupational Therapy services. Chase’s Place accepts students ages 5-14.
Child and Family Guidance Centers

8915 Harry Hines 214-351-3490

Dallas, TX 75235 FAX 214-352-0871

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Provides services to prevent and alleviate emotional and behavioral problems in the lives of individuals, children and families in locations throughout North Texas. Fees based on a sliding scale. CFGE is a United Way agency and funded through government/foundation/corporate grants and local agency contracts. Collin County Office: 4031 W. Plano Parkway #211, Plano, TX 75093 972-612-5989
Child Protective Services of Texas 972-562-5832 Toll Free 877-787-8999

Investigates allegations of neglect, abuse, assault & sexual molestation of children

Children’s Medical Center of Plano ISD 972-801-9689

1407 14th St.

Plano 75074

All services are free of charge to Medicaid, uninsured & qualifiying patients. Volunteer doctors, nurses & staff – Call for available times.

Citizens Development Center 214-637-2911

(CDC) FAX 214-637-2929

8800 Ambassador Row

Dallas 75247-4621

Vocational Rehabilitation and Day Habilitation. Services are individualized based on participant need. Programs include: vocational training and day habilitation services, instruction and counseling in the attainment and maintenance of marketable work skills; supported job placement and follow along services.

CITY House

902 E. 16th St. 972-423-7057

Plano 75074 FAX 972-424-4934
CITY House – Transitional Living Program 972-424-3204

Provides case management and housing for homeless teens and young adults ages 16-24 including pregnant and parenting women. Can include long term shelter.

City of Plano Therapeutic Recreation 972-941-7272

Therapeutic Recreation is the use of recreational services to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning and to promote health, independent leisure lifestyles. Plano Parks and Recreation Department provides year-round therapeutic programming that includes games, swimming, music, arts & crafts and more.

Collin County Adult Literacy Council and Plano Book Festival

P.O. 941802

Plano, TX 75094 972-633-9603

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Trains volunteers to work on a one-to-one basis or small groups with adults needing to learn and/or improve reading and writing skills. Provides literacy classes, information and referral and materials. Call for classes and provider locations. Fees very based on services provided.
Collin County Community College 972-881-5790

2800 E. Spring Parkway

Plano 75074

Associate degree or certificate programs. Class assistance/accommodations provided to students with physical & learning disabilities. Contact the ACCESS office on the 2nd floor.

Collin County Health Care – Plano WIC Clinic 972-633-3350

900 E. Park #165

Plano 75074


The WIC Program is a special supplemental food program that provides nutrition education and food benefits for qualifying children and infants, as well as pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women. We also offer breastfeeding support. Collin County residency required.

The Collin County Health Department Prescription Program 972-424-1460

Community Access

2321 South Beltline Road, Suite 138 972-263-0328

Grand Prairie, TX 75051 FAX 972-263-0518

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Private HCS provider serving people with developmental disabilities in order to empower and assist individuals in creating a more independent life. Offers Group Homes throughout the metroplex. Licensed HCS and ICFMR programs. Funded through local service contracts, private pay and Medicaid.
Community-Based Alternatives (CBA)

Call your local Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) office

and ask for the Office of Community Care for the Aged and Disabled


Available statewide for people with disabilities over the age of 21. There is a waiting list.

Community Homes for Adults, Inc. 214-373-8600

634 Preston Royal Shopping Center, Suite 214


Residences serve adults with mild to moderate mental retardation.

Funding: DADS, Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services
Community Living Assistance 877-438-5658

& Support Services (CLASS)

Provides home & community based services to people with a variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, epilepsy, head injuries or any of 200 other diagnosis for related conditions. Mental retardation is not a qualifying condition. Participants must be eligible or be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid.
Community Options

4004 Beltline Road, Ste. 155 972-503-3901

Addison, TX 75001 FAX 972-503-3898

Nonprofit providing services to individuals with disabilities, including foster care and companion services, supported home living, and 24 hour residential options. Licensed HCS and Texas Home Waiver provider. Funded through Medicaid, HUD monies and donations.

CONTACT Crisis Line 972-233-0866

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Crisis Lines (24 Hours)

Adult Help Line: 972-233-2233

Teen Help Line: 972-233-TEEN (8336)

FREE 24-hour, immediate, confidential, one-on-one telephone crisis prevention and intervention, information and referral, emergency aid and community education. Limited emergency transportation and shelter are available.

Crossroads Family Services 972-578-2802


2600 Ave. K #140

Plano, TX 75074

Crossroads Family Services is dedicated to strengthening the Collin County Community by proving quality services for education, intervention, and counseling victim’s assistance.
Crystal Charity Ball Collaborative Program 214-905-3007

for Pediatric Brain Injuries

A free program that follows children’s progress after an injury and provides help as needed in the areas of learning, memory and language skills.

Cystic Fibrosis Care & Teaching Center 214-456-2361

at Children’s Medical Center FAX 214-456-2563

Diagnosis, evaluation, education & treatment of children & young adults with cystic fibrosis or other lung damaging diseases. Team includes physicians, nurses, dietician, respiratory therapist, social workers and psychologist.

Counseling – For information about local counseling services, contact your campus/ Special Education Counselor or Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.
Dallas Area Northstar Authority

10056 Marsh Lane, Suite 210 214-366-9407

Dallas, TX 75229 FAX 214-366-9417

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DANSA is the Local Behavioral Mental Health Authority for Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.
Dallas Aspergers Network Information Support Help (DANISH)

Website: HREF="" MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor 972-690-6700

DANISH is a support group for families affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS). Meetings are held at AAA Mental Health, 13339 N. Central Expressway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75243
Dallas Brain Injury Association (DBIA)

4301 Bryan St. #120-B 214-426-4444

Dallas, TX 75204 FAX 214-426-4458

Contact: Marilyn Croner

Provides services to individuals with brain injuries, their families and professionals throughout the Metroplex. Offers the following services: information and referral services, prevention programs, public and professional education, advocacy, research, access to rehabilitation programs and facilities, and legislation that impacts the needs of individuals with brain injuries. DBIA has support groups and recreational activities in Dallas and surrounding areas.
Dallas Hearing Foundation

7777 Forest Lane A-103 972-566-7600 ext. 2

Dallas, TX 75230


President: Dr. Robert Peters

A non-profit foundation dedicated to giving the gifts of hearing and speaking to hearing-impaired children ad adults. Its mission is to provide medical and surgical treatment, speech rehabilitation, educational services, and hearing technologies to those who are in need of financial assistance. The goal is to expand their opportunities in life through improving their hearing and verbal communication skills.

Dallas Lighthouse For the Blind 214-821-2375

4245 Office Parkway FAX 214-824-4612

Dallas 75024 TDD 800-735-2989

Vocational Rehabilitation; orientation & mobility instruction, personal/social adjustment training, employment readiness training, adult & basic educ. & GED preparation.

Dallas MetroCare Services (DMCS)

Mental Retardation Services

1380 River Bend Dr. 214-743-1200

Dallas, TX 75247


Chief Executive Officer: James Baker, M.D.

Director of Mental Retardation Services: David Aston 214-743-1200

Dallas MetroCare Services provides community mental retardation and mental health programs. Most programs dealing with mental retardation are described below. Unless otherwise noted, programs operate from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dallas Office of Disability

1500 Marilla St., Room L1/A North 214-670-5208

Dallas, TX 75201 FAX 214-670-1836


Contact: Troy Coleman

Liaison for individuals with disabilities and related agencies; Equal access ensured in all city functions including activities, facilities, public information and employment.

Dallas Ramp Project, The

Richardson, TX

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Started in 1985, The Dallas Ramp Project builds access ramps for Dallas residents and its surrounding areas. The Dallas Ramp project is 100 percent volunteer staffed and works with the City of Dallas, social-services organizations and hospitals to identify clients who need a ramp. Access their website for more information.

Dallas Wheelchair Tennis Club

Cooper Aerobic Center, Bill Hammett 972-223-4832 x 4304

DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit System) 214-979-1111

1404 Pacific Ave.


Provides door to door transportation services to qualifying individuals with disabilities. Individuals with economic or special needs may schedule transportation at a reduced cost through DART on Call.

DART on Call East Side 972-880-5723 Information 214-979-1111

All individuals with economic or special needs may schedule transportation at a reduced cost. Serves individuals in areas without bus services.

Deaf Action Center 24 HR/TDD 214-521-0407

3115 Crestview Drive FAX 214-521-3568

Dallas 75235

Services people who are deaf and hard of hearing with a comprehensive range of services. People of all ages participate at different levels in a variety of programs that combine commitment, caring, competence and communication in a special blend, fostering success in personal, social and professional growth. Our mission is the elimination of barriers to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)

John H. Winters Human Services Complex

701 W. 51st. Street 512-438-3011

Austin, Texas 78751 FAX 512-438-4747

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Consumer Rights: (800) 252-8154

Created during the reorganization of state health and human service agencies. It is now responsible for programs for people with mental retardation and related conditions that were formerly offered by Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. DADS is also responsible for programs for senior citizens.

Dental – Adrienne Mays D.D.S.

1701 N. Collins Blvd. #334 972-231-9499

Richardson, TX 75080

A dentist identified by PISD families as special needs friendly.

Dental – Grace E. Smart, DDS, MS

Garland Pediatric Dentistry

2426 Belt Line Road 972-530-3898

Garland, TX 75044

A dentist identified by PISD families as special needs friendly.
Dental – Grin Central Station

6300 W. Parker Road #322 972-608-4746

Plano, TX 75093

A dentist identified by PISD families as special needs friendly.

Department of Assistive and

Rehabilitative Services 214-365-2800

520 Central Pkwy - #323

(Formerly known as Texas Rehabilitative Commission)

Plano 75074

Must be at least 17 years old, not attending high school; assists those with speech/language and/or learning disabilities, character disorders, and drug/alcohol addiction, /Services include medical, psychological & vocational evaluation; vocational counseling; training and education.

Department of Health & Human 972-337-6100

Services Commission 817-264-4500
Department of Human Services 972-562-5832

901 N. McDonald #800

McKinney 75069


MEDICAID office processes applications & qualified residents.

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas 214-267-1374

P.O. Box 821174

Dallas 75382

Provides resources & support for persons with Down Syndrome and their families.

Ready Start

1701 N. Collins Blvd. 800 250-2246

Suite 100

Richardson, TX 75080


State organization providing programs for children ages birth to five years with disabilities or delays. Home and community services are designed to help children reach their full potential. All services are based on a sliding fee scale. Please call for local offices. ECI programs are funded by the state and offered through local agencies.

Easter Seals of Greater Dallas 972-394-8900

4443 N. Josey Lane 800-580-4718

Carrollton 75010
Educare – North Texas Office

8925 Sterling Drive, Ste. 250 972-929-5000

Irving, TX 75063

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Private corporation that provides services for people with developmental disabilities. Specializes in community based residential programs, In-Home and Family supports services, foster care and supervised semi-independent living arrangements. EduCare currently has operations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as other areas of the state. Licensed HCS, CLASS, Texas Home Waiver, Day Habilitation and ICFMR provider. Funded through Medicaid.
Eligibility Determination (MR Intake)

1353 N. Westmoreland, Bldg. B 214-333-7000

Dallas, TX 75211

Program Manager: Dosetta Cavaness

This unit serves as the central intake point for mental retardation and/or autism services at Dallas MetroCare Services. This unit provides Information and
Referral and Assessment for Eligibility Determination and Admission. They assist in obtaining appropriate services both within and outside Dallas MetroCare Services. They perform admissions functions that include: determining eligibility for mental retardation services, deciding if new assessments are indicated and making recommendations to assist the individuals and families in planning for their futures based on their wants and preferences (waiting list for some servies).
Epilepsy Foundation 214-823-8809


2906 Swiss Avenue

Dallas 75204

A non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of children & adults with epilepsy. Services include education, recreation, support and advocacy.

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship

3800 Troy Road 972-412-1099

Wylie, TX 75098

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A therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with sessions in fall, spring, and summer. Funded through donations and service fees. Scholarships available.
Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries of Texas, Inc.

10810 Sanden Road 972-386-4834

Dallas, TX 75238 FAX 972-386-9509

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Nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. Programs include HCS and ICFMR residential programs and vocational programs. Evergreen is affiliated with Presbyterian Church USA.
Fair Housing Office (Dallas, City of)

1500 Marilla, Room 1B North 214-670-5677

Dallas, TX 75201 FAX 214-670-0665

The Fair Housing Office is dedicated to the enforcement of applicable local and federal laws and regulations and outreach and education so that individuals have equal opportunity for housing accommodations and related services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, familial status or sexual orientation and equal opportunity for employment and public accommodations without regard to their sexual orientation.

If you suspect discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, familial status or sexual orientation call 214-670-3247.
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)

Website: HREF="" MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor 972-245-8722

Provides information and support for families with children with autism, professional

education, referrals, and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.

Family Health Services Information

& Referral Line 800-422-2956
Family Support Services

1353 N. Westmoreland, Bldg. F 214-333-7000

Dallas, TX 75211 FAX 214-333-7073

Program Director: A.G. Black

This program offers contracted services to adults and children with mental retardation who are living in the family home or in their own home. The service is ‘family driven’ and provides future planning concepts including service coordination, behavior management training and/or intervention, respite therapy assessment and assistance with health care monitoring and management. Referrals are made at (21Program Director: A.G. Black

This program offers contracted services to adults and children with mental retardation who are living in the family home or in their own home. The service is ‘family driven’ and provides future planning concepts including service coordination, behavior management training and/or intervention, respite therapy assessment and assistance with health care monitoring and management.

Financial Planning

Thomas P. Kroehle,Jr. 972-964-3444

3939 Beltline Road, Suite 310

Addison 75001

Specializes in financial planning for persons with disabilities. Conducts seminars on estate & trust fund arrangements.

A. David Boomstein 972-383-8327

12750 Merit Drive Suite 900

Dallas 75251

Fowler Christian Apartments 214-821-4061

Housing for Seniors and Physically challenged Adults, sliding scale.

Friday’s Kids

First United Methodist Church

201 S. Locust St. 940-382-5478

Denton, TX 76201

Provides Friday evening respite care from 6pm – 10pm for children with special needs and their siblings.

Friday Nite Friends in Plano 972-618-0583

Ext. 247

Children up to age 18, children who are medically fragile/chronically ill and their siblings. Free to family. A weekend church-based respite service.

G.E.D. Testing (PISD) 469-752-8100

Special Programs Center

2221 Legacy Drive

Plano 75203

Pre-testing & classes to prepare for G.E.D. available for $60.00. State Photo I.D. required. If under age 18, parent signature also required.

Global Health Network, The

3604 Hendrick Drive 972-943-0588

Plano, TX 75074

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The Global Health Network is a world wide web community dedicated to providing disease-specific support groups. The GHN currently offers more than 1000 disease-specific support groups and other groups for people who share a common language or culture.
Going My Way 972-644-5437

Children’s transportation to and from school, dance classes, music practice, swimming, tennis, golf lessons, sport practices and games, doctor appointments, work, day care.

Gymnastics for kids with special needs 214-207-6161

Gymnastics program for kids with special needs. Staff consists of speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and special education teachers. Several locations in the DFW area.

Health Care Services of Collin Co. 972-424-1460

210 N. McDonald #B

McKinney, TX 75069

Well child care for children under age 5 on Medicaid; immunization clinic; prenatal clinic; indigent, chronically ill & disabled care; and pharmaceutical assistance are some of the services provided

Home-Based and Community Based Services (HCS)

Texas Department of Mental Health &

Mental Retardation (MHMR) 512-206-5755

Available statewide for people of any age with mental retardation. There is a waiting list.

Horizons School 800-822-6242

2111 University Boulevard

Birmingham, AL 35233

A non-degree transition program with customized curriculum for students ages 19-26 with specific learning disabilities and other mild learning problems. Accredited through the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.

Human Resources & Child Welfare 972-633-6600

2205 Los Rios Blvd. FAX 972-516-5754

Plano 75074

Administers & provides qualifying information for the food stamp program.

Immigration & Legal Services 214-634-7182

5415 Maple Ave. #400 FAX 214-634-2531

Dallas 75235

Assistance for persons seeking legal immigration status, political asylum & U.S. citizenship

Inflatable Insanity 469-467-7574

Indoor Inflatable Fun Center. Special times for Special Needs kids and their siblings/friends.
International Dyslexia Assoc. 972-223-9107

Dallas Branch

Irving Bible Church

2435 Kinwest Pkwy 972-831-8777

Irving, TX 75063

Provides respite services the fourth Saturday of each month from 6pm – 9pm for children of all ages.

Job Corps 214-824-3201

5706 E. Mockingbird Lane Suite 210 800-480-2072

Dallas 75206

Work program for individuals 16-25 years old. Provides structured lifestyle and environment. Room and Board, Vocational Training, GED classes and tutoring, Social Skills training, Career planning/guidance, Career transition and placement assistance, Training for LIFE!

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center 972-964-1600

3900 W. 15th St. Suite 306

Plano 75075

Provides support groups for children ages 3-18 who have lost a sibling or parent or other close loved one. Groups also available for parents or guardians.

Juliette Fowler Homes 214-827-0813

1234 Abrams Rd. FAX 214-827-7021

Jump Town

3-45 W. 15th Street, Plano 972-867-JUMP (5687)

Second Tuesday of Every Month from 5:30 -7:30 pm for Open Jump for Special Needs Children and their siblings.

Kids’ Night Out

Resurrection Lutheran Church

Plano, TX 75075 972-867-0460

Provides respite care on the second Friday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm


Valley View Christian Church

17601 Marsh Lane 214-731-1748, ext. 410

Dallas, TX 75287

Provides respite services on the fourth Friday of each month from 6:30-10:00 pm
Learning Disabilities Association of Texas 800-604-7500

A non-profit parent/professional organization to promote the education & general welfare of people with learning disabilities.

Legal Aid of North West Texas

2212 Arlington Downs Rd., #102 817-649-4740

Arlington, TX 76011 817-6495758


Community education and free legal assistance offered for low-income residents of Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. Priority problem areas: housing, family, consumer issues, civil rights, education, health care, public benefits and employment. Provides volunteers/students with opportunities to assist in civil legal service delivery to the poor.
LifePath Systems (MHMR) 972-727-9133

104 Cedar FAX 972-727-9953

Allen, 75013

Services for people with mental/developmental disabilities, which may include (but are not limited to) in-home support/education, employment training, respite care, supported living assistance, equipment & adapted environmental needs. Assists families and adults with disabilities with application for Medicaid waiver programs such as the Community Living Assistance and Support Services.

LifePath Child and Adolescent 972-422-5939

Mental Health Services FAX 972-424-2382

The Alma Center, 3920 Alma, Plano, TX

McKinney Counseling & Support Center

1416 N. Church St., McKinney, TX

24 hour mobile crisis unit 1-866-260-8000

Marbridge – Abilities Centered Training 512-282-1144

Marbridge offers individualized residential care, education and training to adults with various cognitive challenges – Austin (possible location in Dallas)

Medical Transportation 877-633-8747

Available statewide, must be Medicaid eligible, any age, for non-emergency care. Clients should call the MTP office in their area 48 hours in advance to schedule requests. Clients under age 21 may receive up-front funds to cover transportation to appointments that require an overnight stay. MTP requires five working days notice for transportation request beyond the client’s resident county or adjacent county.

Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)


Or 800-252-8023

For medically involved children younger than 21 years of age. Child must meet the medical criteria for admission into a nursing home. There is a waiting list.

Mental Health Association of Texas 512-454-3706

A non-profit organization that works to promote mental health, prevent mental illness and improve the care and treatment of persons with mental illness.

Metroplex Adaptive Water Sports

We are a non-profit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to providing opportunities for persons with all types of disabilities to experience water sports. The emphasis is on water skiing, utilizing specialized "sit skis" to provide a safe, enjoyable skiing experience, regardless of the level of disability.

Mosaic (Formerly Bethpage) 972-866-9989

2245 Midway Rd. #300


Referral through Dallas County MHMR. Offers residential, vocational, supported employment, supervised apartment, and services throughout the Dallas area. Serves persons with developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to MR. Home/Community based services also available.

Funding: Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, and TRC.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 888-673-6287

Nationwide, provides information, support and assistance for persons with MS.

National Attendion Deficit Disorder Assoc. 484-945-2101

ADDA’s mission is to help people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy.

NAMI of Collin County

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Provides support and education to families and friends of people with a serious mental illness. The organization is affiliated with The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI Texas).
National Organization for Rare Disorders 800-999-6673


Nationwide clearinghouse for information about rare disorders. Provides literature that explains the disorders and offers networking to families with children with similar disorders.

National Respite Locater Service 800-677-1116

Operates 8:30am – 5:00pm EST, Monday through Friday.

Service for parents and professionals caring for children with disabilities, terminal illness, or at-risk child of child abuse or neglect.


Highland Park United Methodist Church

3300 Mockingbird Lane 214-523-2284

Dallas, TX 75205

Provides free respite services on the first and third Friday of each month for children with disabilities and their siblings.

North Texas Autism Education Center (NTAEC)

(mailing address) 2300 McDermott, Suite 200-178

Plano, TX 75025 469-682-0350 (voicemail only)

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NTAEC is a nonprofit organization founded by parents and professionals. NTAEC hosts parent and professional workshops on applying the science of ABA to teach children with autism and similar developmental disabilities.
North Central Texas Federation of

Families for Children’s Mental Health 972-462-9265

506 Greenwich Lane

Coppell 75019

Contact: Amy Sosa

Advocacy, support, education, training, information & resources.
North Central Texas Workforce 469-229-0099

(Center of Collin County) FAX 469-229-0888

8200 S. Jupiter Road, Suite 100

Plano 75074 or

Job training/referrals & mentoring services for “at-risk” students and adults. Resource area with computers, fax, printer, copier, and phones. Job Seeking Skills seminars.

North Texas Tourette’s Syndrome

Support Group 214-808-6626

Emily Start, support group leader

Provides education, support and information about resources for families of students with a diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome.

O.L.A. (Organization for Latin Americans) No number

1100 W. 15th St. #539

Plano 75093

Social Services which include English classes, clothes closet & job referrals/training for the Hispanic community.

Our Children’s Circle 214-544-1125 or 972-540-6068

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A support group of parents, educators and community leaders that provide resources for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Meets during the months of August through May. General meetings held at Earl H. Slaughter Elementary, 2706 Wolford Avenue, McKinney.
Paratransit 214-515-7272

For persons who cannot independently use a DART bus or rail because of a physical, cognitive or visual disability. Call to schedule an eligibility assessment or for more information.

Parents of Children with Autism

Support Group- Mesquite 214-632-6320

Contact: Lisa Anthony

Monthly support group for parents of autistic children. Monthly meetings on last Saturday of each month. Childcare with reservation.

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