Autism Resource Directory for Clear Lake, Friendswood, Kemah, League City, Pasadena, Seabrook & Webster.

Art Classes for Autistic Kids (“Artism”) at the Urban Easel
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Rachel Cox is an experienced instructor and great artist with a calm and nurturing personality. She has a way of stepping in and assisting / prompting without being overbearing or letting your autistic child "go passive." She is really excellent. If you are looking to see if you can bring out artistic abilities in your child, this is a fantastic resource. Nice gallery too.

Does your child like to draw or paint?

Art lessons taught by artist Rachel Cox at The Urban Easel will appeal to ages 8-14 across all cognitive levels and abilities.

In these specialized classes, emphasis will be placed on helping your child find a way to express his thoughts and feelings through art in a manner most suited to him. Participants can benefit from texture painting and mixed media, sponges and other tactile objects, and from the use of paintbrushes. Before your child’s first lesson, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire in order to help us get to know your child better.

There are many benefits of art lessons for those with autism. Art lessons increase opportunities for self-expression and develop a sense of pride and accomplishment. Some with autism have developed a life-long interest and talent for art after having art lessons.

Siblings without autism are also welcome to participate and advance their skills and knowledge in art.

Students are also welcome to show up for a single session to give it a try to see if they might benefit. For more information, contact: theurbaneasel@gmail.com.

(832) 880-6899
Rachel Cox
527 El Dorado Blvd, Webster, TX 77598
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A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing support, education and respite events for families living with Autism. Autism is a condition that isolates Autistic individuals and their families from society.

Our goal is to provide support and education for families living with Autism primarily in the Houston Texas area.  We are committed to organizing and providing support for BSoA group respite events for a limited number of families living with Autism. Our mission is to organize events that raise funds which will be used to fund BSoA’s stated goals.

These fund raising events, support meetings, educational opportunities and respite events are designed to create a sense of normalcy, bonding and community support among families living with Autism as well as promote a awareness for a misunderstood condition.

The results are commonly achieved in the form of much needed respite, support, family adventure, bonding opportunities, and education sessions that allow Autism parents to be better positioned to provide the best possible care for their Autistic children.

BSoA has meet-ups and events in the Clear Lake / Pasadena area.

http://blueskyesoverautism.com/
Alan Fowler
Distinct Abilities Academic Preschool
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Distinct Abilities is an academic preschool in Houston that caters to both non special needs and special needs children and is inspired by the Montessori philosophy. It is also a daycare provider for after school children in a learning environment. It is 1.3 miles from North Point Elementary and 1 mile from Ward Elementary located in a Lutheran church. They also have an inclusive summer day camp with field trips to area attractions.

http://www.distinctabilities.com/
281-488-0436
Valerie Binkley
14045 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77062
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Serving families and educators of children receiving special education services in the Clear Creek Independent School District and surrounding areas.

Clear Creek ISD Special Education PTA welcomes families, teachers, administrators and community members to join us in celebrating and supporting our students receiving special education services.

Whether you are a parent wanting to share ideas and experiences with other parents, an educator looking for new ways to help your students, or a community member passionate about providing opportunities to students with special needs, Clear Creek ISD Special Education PTA offers a place to collaborate with others interested in helping make every student’s potential a reality.

 

http://septa-ccisd.org/
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I don’t live in Pasadena, but the Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center makes me wish I did.

This is a recreational center with pool, gym and classrooms which offers programming for people with disabilities, including adaptive aquatics, outings, cooking and art classes, sports and after school programs for kids with special needs. Right now, its afterschool program is for kids up to the age of 15, but the Director says they may even increase this age limit if there is sufficient demand. Pasadena ISD and Friendswood ISD provide transportation after school. The Rec center also offers a summer program.

Finding a center which offers Adaptive Rectreational Programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities practically in my own backyard is “epic,” as my nt son would say. I look forward to taking advantage of their offerings in the near future.

mrc.pasadenatexas.net
281-487-1755
Michelle N. Blunt
5200 Burke Rd., Pasadena TX 77504
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According to their website, “Care Connection” is an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), established by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADs), to serve as a convenient and reliable resource for locating both private and public services for older adults and individuals with disabilities of all ages.”

Care Connection will work to identify services to help you, your family, your clients or your patients. We can connect you to quality service providers near you.  Our information and referral service is free to use.”

http://www.careconnection.org
1-877-393-1090
Autism Houston Meetup Group
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This is Houston’s premier Meet Up group, that is, a way to connect with others whose lives have been touched by autism. Joe Lippeatt has maintained the group for years, though I think he has tried to pass the baton to others–a victim of his own success I guess. We’ve attended a few meet ups, but most of the action is in Katy or Tomball. Not much in Clear Lake, though I did volunteer to host one event at It’z Pizza in Pasadena one Friday night.

Once joining, anyone can suggest/host a meet up. The site makes it easy to do so. It also acts informally as a list for discussion about various topics, treatments, advice about schools and so forth.

http://www.autismHouston.com
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Autism on the Seas has been in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International since 2007 in developing cruise vacation services to accommodate adults and families living with children with Special Needs, including, but not limited to,  Autism,  Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. These services quickly expanded to other cruise lines.

We provide Cruises with our Staff (selected from regular cruises throughout the year) that assist adults and families in accommodating the typical cruise services, as well as providing specialized Respite and Private Activities/Sessions that allow our guests the use of the ships entertainment venues in an accommodated and assisted manner. Our professional Staff (educated, experienced, background checked and sanctioned by the cruise lines) accompanies you on your cruise to provide these amazing vacation and travel experiences onboard Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney and Carnival Cruise Lines. We also provide a “Cruise Assistance Package” (Cruises without our Staff) on all of the major Cruise Lines to help accommodate guests who wish to cruise on their own.
 

I just want to add that while the cruises do seem wonderful–and quite a few leave from Galveston–there is no discount rate or special grant to send your family on a cruise. The program seems to be all about providing additional staff and accommodations, if these are needed, plus some respite/babysitting services. Also note, these are not “autism” cruises like singles cruises. These are regular Royal Caribbean cruises but with special staff to assist. In addition to their website, they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/autismontheseas.

http://autismontheseas.com
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The Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization. It exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. It was founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its quarterly journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership.

The Autism Society also hosts the most comprehensive national conference on autism, attended by 2,000 people each year. The Autism Society’s national office is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

The local Gulf Coast chapter of the Autism Society meets on every second Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Way Building on Clear Lake City Boulevard I went one only time and found it to be a good group of moms in various school districts (Sante Fe, Dickinson, Alvin, Clear Creek). I would attend more often, but Tuesday night is boyscouts for my other son.

409-925-1869
P.O. Box 57865, Webster, TX, 77598
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Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/
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Avondale House is a United Way agency providing day school, adult day
habilitation, and residential services for individuals with autism in Houston since 1976.

Avondale House appears to do good things–I toured the school one time, years ago, and was favorably impressed. But it’s too far from Clear Lake to be a resource for our family at this point. They offer three group homes in Southwest Houston, serving a total of 18 adults.

http://www.avondalehouse.org/
713-993-9544
3737 O’Meara Drive, Houston TX 77025
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Behavior Therapy & Learning Center (Behavior TLC) is owned and operated by two Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) dedicated to providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism and other developmental and/or intellectual disabilities and their families. Behavior TLC services include a clinic-based day program, school consultation, parent and teacher training, social skills, and occasional in-home programs.

Day Program
•The BTLC Day Program focuses on acquiring new skills, maintaining existing skills and decreasing unwanted behaviors.
•This service is a clinic-based, one-on-one service.
•A portion of clinic time will also focus on caregiver training and sibling training if appropriate.
•The Day Program offers full time, half time, and hourly tuition packages.
•The hours are from 8:30-2:30, Monday through Friday
•This service focuses on assessment-based, individualized curriculum
•The clinic has a camera system for viewing sessions
•The Day Program schedule imitates a typical classroom including calendar time, art, and group games daily

In Home ABA
BTLC’s in home ABA programs are geared specifically to the families’ individual needs. In Home services are limited to those clients who are medically unable to travel to the clinic or for those clients whose behavior plans are specific to the home environment. Due to the high demand for in home services we have very limited availability and the ability to provide those services are at the discretion of the supervising BCBA. Club TLC-Afterschool Program
•BTLC offers an afterschool program Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-5:30.
•This program focuses on homework help and social skills for our elementary-intermediate aged students.
•This program is individualized as each student receives one-on-one assistance
•Lesson plans geared towards clients’ specific goals as indicated by assessment and parent report.

Consultation
For those clients whose needs do not fit into one of the above models, we do offer a consultation service. This service can be used on an hourly basis with one of our BCBA’s or BCaBA’s as a provider. Often the consultation service is a parent training program where the therapist meets with the parent to discuss issues and guides the parent to implement a behavior plan in the home. This service can also be used for one of our therapists to attend ARD meetings or provide training to other caregivers or family members.

www.BehaviorTLC.com
281-461-6888
Jennifer Strickland, BCBA
1001 Pineloch Drive, Suite 600, Houston, 77062
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Brookwood is Christian residential facility for adults with disabilities. They appear to have a pretty nice art gallery, greenhouses and cafe where the residents may work or generate an income. I have not toured Brookwood yet, but it is beyond our family’s means. . . don’t see how with all the “estate planning in the world” we can possibly provide that kind of income for him to be a Brookwoodian.

I’d like to hear what others have to say about Brookwood . . . to me, their marketing seems more God-centered than client-centered, which makes me nervous (especially the empty God/Windsor chair placed throughout the community, to remind people of God’s presence. Yikes, what happens if someone sits in it?).

Here’s the info from their website:

Located in Brookshire, Texas, 40 miles west of downtown Houston, The Brookwood Community is a non-profit (501(c)3) residential facility and vocational program for adults with disabilities.

We see every individual as a unique creation of a wise and loving God, deserving not only of our abiding patience and respect, but of boundless awe. We cherish diversity in all forms and eschew narrow-minded notions of normalcy.

A God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with disabilities

Through the Grace of God, The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.

Our campus consists of: Eight group homes, two single-family staff homes, a residential Inn, health and dental clinic, Worship Center, enterprise building, activities and administration building, 47 greenhouses, Gift and Garden Center and the Café at Brookwood, and several other support buildings.

Our programs serve: 110 resident adults (known as Brookwood “citizens”) who are functionally disabled and live at Brookwood 24/7.  Another 80 plus adults participate in our day program. The range of diverse needs we help include people with autism spectrum disorders; intellectual disabilities; developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury; dual diagnosis; and/or aging care needs.

Resident & Work Program Tuition

Listed below are the fees associated with Residential and Day Program Citizens. Brookwood strives to provide financial assistance to those in need and to those who qualify.

Adult Work Program

$500 Registration (One time fee)
$1,000 Evaluation and Intake (One time fee)
$1,010 Monthly Tuition*
$85 Monthly Bus Fee (not available in Georgetown)

Full Residential Program

$1,000 Registration (One time fee)
$2,000 Evaluation and Intake (One time fee)
$4,400 Monthly Tuition*

*Extra care fees may apply – this will be determined at the intake meeting. Tuition assistance may be available. A financial adviser will perform an analysis based upon complete disclosure of your financial situation and form a recommendation per our Scholarship Committee.

281-375-2100
1752 FM 1489, Brookshire TX 77423
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Camp CAMP’s summer camp program is a series of six-day, five-night sessions for children and adults, aged 5 to 50 years, with a variety of special needs and their siblings. Currently, Camp CAMP offers 2 one week sessions for kids (5-21) with autism out of the 9 Summer Camp sessions held.

The Summer Camp sessions are held at Camp CAMP in Center Point, Texas. Camp CAMP has 55 acres and includes activities like canoeing on the Guadalupe River, horseback, Aquatic Center, music, sports & recreation, arts & crafts, and outdoor cooking. CAMP modifies traditional summer camp activities to include everyone, regardless of the severity of the CAMPer’s physical or developmental needs. Each CAMPer is assigned to a Tribe based on gender and age with a CAMPer:counselor ratio of 1:1 to 4:1, depending on the need of the CAMPer. 

Each of the 9 Summer Camp sessions has varied age requirements and diagnosis guidelines; additional information is available on the 2014 Summer Camp Schedule. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The Summer Camp application becomes available in February.

(830) 634-2267
515 Skyline Drive, Center Point, Texas 78010
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Camp LIFE is a camp for kids with disabilities and their siblings ages 5-21.

About Camp LIFE

LIFE— it stands for Leadership, Independence and Friends through Experiences, and it’s what embodies the spirit of Camp LIFE, a unique and inclusive camping adventure for children with disabilities and their siblings.

Held twice a year in Burton, Texas at the accessible facilities of Camp For All, Camp LIFE provides recreation for children ages 5-21 and their siblings while offering a weekend of respite for their parents.

History

Texas A&M graduate Sterling Leija (Class of ’02) founded Camp LIFE in 2004 with the support of Dr. Amy Sharp, director of the Family Support Network at Texas A&M University.

Leija’s vision began as part of a self-directed study at Texas A&M University and has now served more than 600 children with disabilities throughout Texas. Camp LIFE is now celebrating its tenth year of operation.

Camp LIFE gives campers the choice to participate in every activity you would see at any other traditional camp. Campers can experience horseback riding, fishing, archery, the zip line and rope course activities, as well as a petting zoo, canoeing, dancing and even karaoke.

The camp is staffed by pre-service special education students at Texas A&M who have the rare opportunity to experience a weekend supporting children like those they will one day serve in the classroom. Availability of a one-to-one counselor to camper ratio ensures that each camper with a disability receives the support he or she needs to fully participate in all activities. Additionally, sibling campers enjoy an extra dose of attention not always available to them when their parents are understandably busy caring for their child who has special needs.

http://fsn.tamu.edu/camplife.htm
(979) 845-4612
Amy Sharp
Texas A&M University MS 4225 College Station TX 77843
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Screenings/Evaluations

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disability

Visit the Evaluation section for more information on screenings and evaluations offered at Clear Lake Children’s Center


Support for Parents

Individualized Parent Support

  • We offer one-on-one consultation to parents to discuss specific concerns and identify strategies for addressing them.
  • We can provide recommendations for a number of issues, including behavior, discipline, academic performance, social skills, tantrums, anger, sensory issues, grief, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, and many more.
  • We can review a child’s special education records, evaluations, services, and programming to assist parents in making informed educational decisions.

In-Home Parent Training and Behavior Support

  • Learn how to implement strategies for improving behavior and communication in the home setting
  • Our parent trainer will visit the home to complete a needs assessment in order to identify the most important behaviors to target and then we’ll develop a plan for how to implement the strategies recommended.
  • Parents will receive individualized visual supports for the home along with direct instruction and practice in the most effective ways to work directly with their children.

Parent Education Workshops

Group parent education workshops are offered periodically on topics including:

  • Behavior Intervention
  • Social Skills Strategies
  • Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Understanding the Special Education Process

Workshops are two hours each and participants must be registered in advance.

Visit the Parent Education section for more information including dates/times of upcoming workshops!


 Individual Services

Therapy

One-on-one support with child/adolescent for anxiety, depression, coping skills instruction, etc.

Social Skills Instruction

Individualized social skills instruction for children and adolescents


School Consultation

Consultation to School/Daycare Staff

We offer individualized consultation on a case-by-case basis or group trainings on topics such as:

  • Behavior Intervention
  • Social skills strategies/supports
  • Classroom/schoolwide behavior management
  • Disability Awareness
  • Bullying awareness/prevention

Do you have more questions? Visit our FAQ page

(281) 407-5658
16815 Royal Crest Drive Suite 160 Houston, TX 77058
Clear Lake Children’s Center
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Becky Siekierski, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP

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Dr. Becky Siekierski is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents. She earned her doctorate from Texas A&M University in College Station and has over 12 years of experience working in public schools, with additional training experiences in community mental health clinics and hospital settings. Dr. Siekierski specializes in autism spectrum disorder assessment and intervention, differential diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and emotional/behavioral disorders, and assessment of early childhood disorders.

As a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), Dr. Siekierski has served in a number of different roles, including consultant, parent trainer, therapist, supervisor, multidisciplinary team member, and evaluator. She values the collaboration among schools, parents, and related service professionals and is eager to assist parents in identifying the supports they need to facilitate their children’s development.

Support for Parents

Individualized Parent Support

  • We offer one-on-one consultation to parents to discuss specific concerns and identify strategies for addressing them.
  • We can provide recommendations for a number of issues, including behavior, discipline, academic performance, social skills, tantrums, anger, sensory issues, grief, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, and many more.
  • We can review a child’s special education records, evaluations, services, and programming to assist parents in making informed educational decisions.

In-Home Parent Training and Behavior Support

  • Learn how to implement strategies for improving behavior and communication in the home setting
  • Our parent trainer will visit the home to complete a needs assessment in order to identify the most important behaviors to target and then we’ll develop a plan for how to implement the strategies recommended.
  • Parents will receive individualized visual supports for the home along with direct instruction and practice in the most effective ways to work directly with their children.

Parent Education Workshops

Group parent education workshops are offered periodically on topics including:

  • Behavior Intervention
  • Social Skills Strategies
  • Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Understanding the Special Education Process

Visit the Parent Education section for more information including dates/times of upcoming workshops!

Child Therapy

One-on-one support with child/adolescent to address anxiety, depression, coping skills, social skills, impulse control, behavior, etc.

Special Needs Tutoring

One-on-one, individualized tutoring for students in kindergarten through high school, provided by a special education certified teacher. We’ll create and utilize specific instructional tools based on your student’s needs. Find out more information here

School Consultation

Consultation to School/Daycare Staff

We offer individualized consultation on a case-by-case basis or group trainings on topics such as:

  • Behavior Intervention
  • Social skills strategies/supports
  • Classroom/schoolwide behavior management
  • Disability Awareness
  • Bullying awareness/prevention

 

(281) 407-5658
16815 Royal Crest Drive Suite 160 Houston, TX 77058
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My children attended this KinderCare for a few years and it was very good for us for a while. Susie is a good Director who does her best to try to accommodate kids with special needs. My son with autism was age 7 or 8 before he was toilet trained and they agreed to take him when other daycares (including Kids R Kids) refused, saying that they didn’t have the staff for his level of care. Christopher attended preschool and after school care there. One staff member was able to give him a lot of 1:1 attention and my son made progress reading and writing (I had to pay extra for their Phonics class). Once she left, however, my son languished, lying on the floor staring at the ceiling, or else climbing on tables and chairs out of boredom because he couldn’t do what other kids his age could do for play; and although he could make his basic wants known to adults, he couldn’t talk to other kids. When we came to pick him up he would bolt out the door. There were too many big kids crowded into a small space and it was too noisy, but I felt I didn’t have options because I didn’t think anyone else would take Christopher. KinderCare was good for us for a while, but as he got older he needed more stimulation than what a large daycare could provide. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Ward Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Clare Lake Elementary, North Pointe Elementary, Armand Bayou Elementary, Witcomb, Falcon Pass.

(281) 480-4777
14777 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062
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Provided through the Gulf Coast Regional Center, the Connect Transit program provides free transportation to individuals with intellectual disabilities so they can get to appointments or go shopping.

To schedule transportation or for information call:
800-266-2320 or 409-945-0820.

I hate dwelling in hypotheticals, but I am wondering if they would be willing to cross county lines to take someone to an appointment on the Houston/Harris County side of Clear Lake? I’m going to ask the same thing of the Harris County RIDES program, will they take a resident of Houston in 77062 to the Baybrook Mall, which is technically outside of Harris County. . . if anyone has used either of these, please post a comment or review.

(409) 944 - 4324
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Free Texas Virtual Public School

Students in grades 3–12 throughout Texas are thriving at Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), a tuition-free Texas virtual school. TCAH gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. TCAH offers:

  • A challenging curriculum developed by leading education experts
  • Instruction from state-certified teachers experienced in online instruction
  • Support from trained counselors, the principal, and the administrative staff

Get to Know Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

Take a look inside TCAH and learn what students, parents, and teachers enjoy most about the flexibility of public online education.

Welcome to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

TCAH is not just a virtual public school in Texas. It’s a tight-knit online school community offering all of the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience with:

  • Highly qualified and responsive teachers
  • Field trips that give students and families the opportunity to learn together and make new friends
  • Clubs and activities that foster social development and academic growth
  • An involved community of students and their families

Our Mission

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston is a leader in virtual education excellence that provides unparalleled individualized learning experiences. Our Texas virtual public school is designed to prepare and inspire each student to maximize his or her potential and succeed in an ever-changing world.

Find Out More about Virtual School in Texas

Want more information about Texas Connections Academy @ Houston?

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Dr. Grilli and his staff are fantastic with special needs kids, which is a specialty. His office features pinball machine, various arcade games, treasure chest of goodies, sun glasses (for kids to wear while being examined), and a pleasant environment. I never thought my son would sit through x-rays and a cleaning, but Dr. Grilli and his staff are so great that my son now looks forward to going to the dentist.

http://www.dcadentist.com/
(281) 488-2483
17100 Glenmount Park Dr # A, Webster, TX 77598
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If you’re like me, you’ve always heard references to Easter Seals but were never really sure of what they did.

Nationally, Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 65 years, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope and answers to people of all ages with disabilities and their families. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.

Founded in Houston in 1947, Easter Seals Greater Houston provides a variety of needed services to individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities and their families in the five counties surrounding the Houston area. We are the only organization in the greater Houston area providing comprehensive services to individuals with all types of disabilities and their families. Originally called the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, the organization was started to provide services to individuals with disabilities living in Houston and Harris County. The Center served as a school and as a therapeutic service center over the years, and was briefly called the Children’s Center for Developmental Therapy. In 1989, the organization changed its name once again and greatly expanded and reorganized it’s services to meet the needs of its clientele.

Easter Seals Greater Houston provides nine service programs (Adult Program, Camps, Counseling & Case Management, BridgingApps, Social Motion Skills, The Caroline School, ECI Infant Program, Housing Initiative, High School / High Tech, Respite Services, Toy / Tech and the Assistive Technology Lab) to children and adults with all types of disabilities and their families.

To learn more about services provided to autistic children and adults, go here: http://www.easterseals.com/our-programs/autism-services.

 

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Excellent Minds Academy (the following was taken from their website on 5/17/2017)

Home of the Eagles ~ We Soar In Excellence

Non-Profit Organization

We still have openings in grades 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th 

       We are so blessed that we have quadrupled in size in just 2 years! 

     God is good and we look forward to seeing all God has in store for EMA!

Currently accepting students 2nd – 7th grade

(Based on academic level)

Mission Statement 

Excellent Minds Academy is for high functioning students with learning disabilities and/or disorders, as well as general education students who do not function well in large classroom settings . We provide individual, group and computer based curriculum and encourage students to express their Excellent Minds! We believe that Every child deserves an Excellent education so our goal is to provide this education no matter the economic status of the household.

The use of the A-Beka curriculum, a Faith based curriculum that helps us to reinforce how God wants us to learn and live.  We at EMA want to provide quality Christian education impacting the lives of our students in a positive way. We are not of any domination but simply want to show God’s love to each and every student we have.

EMA’s program for high functioning students with disabilities including, but not limited to, the following learning disorders:

     Autism                       Asperger’s Syndrome

PDD-NOS                 ADD/ADHD

     Dyslexia                    Anxiety Disorder

     Downs Syndrome

We offer extended hours for before and after school care.

Low student/teacher ratios as well as hands on teaching.

 
We are more than a just a school, we are a family!
    Siblings and general education students are welcome and encouraged
Excellent Minds Academy prohibits discrimination against any characteristic protected by law.
http://www.excellentmindsacademy.org/
281-777-8314
938 El Dorado Blvd, Houston, TX 77062
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I just want to say that Families Can has proven to be a very valuable resource for our family.

A trained and knowledgeable parent (by the name of Olga, in our case) visits us in our home annually–even though we are in Clear Lake–and lets us know of programs and services available to us. It is really helpful to hear information from someone who is going through, or has already been through, the same challenges as you. That’s the idea behind Families CAN.

Families CAN provides Parent-to-Parent Services for Families of Children with special health care needs. Family Partners are parent caseworkers who themselves are parents of children with special health care needs. They work one-on-one with families to assist, support and empower them in getting resources for their children and to enhance their families’ quality of life.

Free Services Provided

  • Information & Referrals.
  • In-home casework services.
  • Assistance with getting services from other agencies.
  • Assistance with coordination of children’s resources, services and educational programs.
  • Family Support Services.
  • Advocacy with policy-making committees to represent the parents’ point of view.
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Transition Workshop for Parents (New)

They also offer a useful resource guide: http://www.las.uh.edu/pep/resources-for-families-and-children-with-disabilities.aspx

The Families CAN Program is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services: Children with Special Health Care Needs Division.

For more information, contact:
Shelley Townsend (713) 743-5491
 

(713) 743-5491
Shelley Townsend
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FEAT-Houston is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to “improve the quality of life of those affected by developmental disabilities by increasing resources and providing information about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

FEAT sponsors workshops and meetings that provide training on effective treatment strategies for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and also provides information on ABA and special education law trainings through monthly emails and newsletters. Tuition reimbursement and conference stipend programs help support the development of ABA resources in the Greater Houston area and make it possible for more teachers and parents to learn about scientifically validated teaching methods for children, teens and adults with autism.

FEAT-Houston distributes a good newsletter which contains all sorts of classes and programs for autistic kids and their parents.

–A FEAT chapter for Clear Lake used to meet in the United Way building, but I’m not sure that group is still active.

http://www.feathouston.org/
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Grants & Scholarships

Grants & Scholarships for Education (I didn’t create separate listings for these)

Don Miller Scholarship through the Arc of Texas https://www.thearcoftexas.org/don-miller-scholarship/ I am uncertain of the details of this award but it appears to pay for college for individuals with IDDs.

Incight Scholarship. Each year, Incight awards up to one hundred scholarships to students with disabilities, who have demonstrated outstanding merit in giving back to the community and overcoming obstacles in order to pursue higher education.  These scholarships range in value from $500 to $2,500.

KFM Making a Difference scholarship $500 scholarship to an autistic college student.

Lawrence Madeiros Memorial Scholarship $1,000 per recipient.
This scholarship is to advance the education of individuals that are living with a chronic disorder.

Organization for Autism Research OAR offers the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program $3,000 each across three categories: 1) Four-year undergraduate college or university; 2) Two-year undergraduate college, and; 3) Trade, technical or vocational school. These are one-time awards for any recipient.

Rise Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for students with a variety of learning disabilities, and it has introduced an award specific to students with autism spectrum disorders. $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend college the following academic year.

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Kimberly Hegwood is a lawyer with expertise in estate planning and family law for special needs kids. I have not used her personally, but know that she is the Clear Lake area’s special needs family lawyer, and she also serves on the board of the Arc of the Gulf Coast. She often gives free seminars in planning and protection of people with special needs.

832-224-2613
950 Gemini Street, Suite 6, Houston TX 77058
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Hope Village is a closed residential community in Friendswood consisting of several homes located on 18 acres across from a golf course. Full-time residential services are available to all individuals whose primary diagnosis is mental retardation and who meet the admission criteria for ages six years through adulthood. Semi-private and private rooms are available and include assistance with the activities of daily living, medication administration, nutritious meals and 24-hour per day supervision and care in one of five homes on the Hope Village campus.

Residents have the opportunity to attend church and Sunday School, bowling, dances,  movies, the circus, BBQs at the beach, Astro’s baseball games and various events including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Residents may also enjoy our on-campus outdoor pool during summer months and our recreation center year-round. They have an excellent resale shop and cafe. Villagers sell soap and ceramics made in their workshops.

The Hope Village Developmental Center  includes a large work training area, fully equipped kitchen,ceramics manufacturing area, computer lab,gift shop and the Village Cafe. This 14,000 square foot building is home to our Day Program which operates Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:00.

Day Program

In addition to residential services, Hope Village offers respite care and day care. The day program is an integral part of the Hope Village Developmental Center and is a work program licensed by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is designed to develop self-confidence, healthy work ethics and provide a sense of accomplishment. Villagers receive payment on a piece rate scale for each item they complete and each Villager participating in this program is periodically assessed for skill development and mastery. Contracts for services and work to be performed by the Villagers such as packaging, collating, envelope stuffing, sorting and similar work come from businesses in the surrounding communities. We are always looking for more contracts, so if you have a project that you think we could help with, please call  281.482.1663.

Although a foundation for Hope Village is a nonprofit, Hope Village itself is private pay, about $4,000 / month, and as I recall you cannot place a family member there if there is no one who can evacuate him in event of hurricane, or provide for his basic necessities. In other words, this is not the kind of home you can hope to place your adult child into if there is no one to look after him or drop in from time to time.

http://www.hope-village.com/
15403 Hope Village Road, Friendswood, Texas 77546
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VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success “bridge” courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.

http://vast.hccs.edu/
713-718-6297
Ana Calvo, MSW
VAST Department/Occupational Life Skills HCC-Central, 1301 Alabama, 101G, Houston, TX 77004
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The Independence Village offers room & board to adults with developmental and/physical disabilities in a comfortable, supervised, family setting. We provide a safe home with private living quarters. Balanced meals and assistance as needed with daily responsibilities. We encourage independence and promote community integration by maintaining an active presence in the area, holding fundraisers and participating in area events.

Our privately funded non-profit residence cares for approximately Twenty five residents ranging in age from  20 to 70 years. Our residents are individuals with Down Syndrome, developmental disabilities, or brain injury who need minimal assistance in their daily living. Some of our residents are employed either part-time or full-time.

Although each individual has the opportunity and is encouraged to participate in the community in many ways, the place they call “home” is their Independence Village. The Village includes large suites with living rooms, spacious closets and built in chest of drawers, bathrooms designed for the physically challenged, as well as community areas including a large den and entertainment center.  For over 20 years Independence Village staff members have provided a loving and caring home where a family atmosphere is encouraged and fostered. You are invited to visit us anytime and let us show you the comfort and hospitality at the Village. Call us to make an appointment :  (409) 935-4335.

                                           Resident Eligibility Requirement


                                         Applicants for residence at Independence Village must:

•  Be 18 years old or older

•  Have a primary diagnosis of Developmental Disability, Down Syndrome,
and/or a Physical Disability.

•  Be ambulatory (inclusive of self-mobility with adaptive equipment).

•  Be able to actively participate in a day program (work, training, volunteering, etc).

•  Be able to self-medicate with supervision.

•  Be able to communicate needs and understand instruction.

•  Be capable of accomplishing self-help tasks with minimal or no assistance.

•  Be free of disease (communicable or otherwise contagious) which could endanger other residents.

•  Be without mental health problems or any major emotional/behavior problems.

                                                                        Services

•  Spacious Residential Suites

 Well Balanced Meals and Supplemental Snacks

•  Limited Transportation

•  Twenty-four hour Staffing to assist with everyday living needs

 Activities and Entertainment

 Most of all a loving, caring family environment

 

409-935-4335
Judy Slocumb
905 Hwy 3 North, Texas City, TX. 77591
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When I first started taking my au child to jump houses, the loud noise of the air compressors bugged him. It would take him a while before he would use his hands for climbing rather than ear covering, but he came to enjoy jump houses a lot. Bouncy houses were one of the few activities I could take my autistic and nonautistic children that they would both equally enjoy. However, my NT son would only enjoy it if there were other kids his age to play with, and the whole thing got entirely too iffy.

Jump N’ Jungle is a bouncy house located in a strip shopping center containing a Goodwill, Garden Ridge Pottery, Tuesday Morning, and Burlington Coat Factory. There are also several restaurants in the parking lot, including a Hooter’s, and a pool hall. The facility and inflatables are OK, with two main rooms for keeping the big and little kids separated. The downside of this place is that there is inadequate supervision of bigger kids, who are dropped off by parents for open jump times.

The location right off the freeway and proximity to shopping encourages drop offs, but there is no staff supervision in the rooms. The last time I was at Jump N’ Jungle there were too many older, aggressive kids for my then 7 year au old son, and they were being unkind to him–pretending he was “the monster” and running away screaming. I took him into the little kid jump room where the children were more at his level, leaving my other child unsupervised in the big kid room.

Jump N’ Jungle is a good place, and the right mix of kids is all part of the experience, but I think I’d rather be at Fun Max.

http://www.jumpnjungle.com/
281-557-0700
20810 Gulf Freeway, Suite J, Webster, TX 77598
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Kennedy Dance Theatre has opened up its studio for a Special Needs Program as a way to reach out to the community. The classes offered are for students with Down Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities. Teachers and student assistants involved volunteer their time each week so the classes can be offered free of charge.

This program has been featured on both FOX News and ABC 13 News as a great way for Special Needs children to get involved in an extracurricular activity while improving motor skills, confidence, and socialization. For more information about the program please call the studio at 281-480-8441.

To view the ABC 13 News broadcast please Click Here.

Jennifer Holbert

Special Needs Director

Jennifer Holbert
Jennifer Holbert is the Director of the Special Needs Program at Kennedy Dance Theatre, and has over 30 years of dance experience. She has worked with the Special Needs Program at Clear Lake High School, is a former Special Needs Gymnastics Instructor, and is currently the Director of several Special Needs cheerleading teams. Her program here at KDT has been featured on FOX News, ABC News, The Houston Chronicle, and in Dance Teacher Magazine for her continued dedication to the Special Needs community. In addition to the Special Needs Program, Jennifer specializes in teaching many of the Pre-School Dance Education classes here at KDT, as well as directing several award winning performing groups. She also has a nephew with Down Syndrome, so this program is very near and dear to her heart.

– See more at: http://www.kennedydance.com/special-needs/#sthash.b0wAbt43.2KPKINGG.dpuf

(281) 480-8441
Mary Lee Kennedy
15210 Texas 3, Webster, TX 77598
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Kinetic Learning with Kids is a program that involves learning academics through movement. The program focuses on a stress free environment for children who struggle in school academically and emotionally. We offer a variety of different types of dance, depending on what your child enjoys the most (ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, yoga/stretching). While your child is dancing he will be learning academics.  Movement while learning has been shown to help children with understanding concepts, stress relief and memory. We hope to help your child soon!

Ashleigh Gismondi began dancing when she was 3 years old. She was mostly self-taught until 1996 when she joined the Pacific School of Ballet in California. She was taught by Rosemary Molak, Maryann Bayless and Brenda Smith. While in high school Ashleigh also danced on the competitive El Toro High School dance/drill team. After high school Ashleigh continued to dance in college while pursuing a degree in Special Education. She is currently at the University of Houston/ Clear Lake continuing her education in Special Education. Ashleigh has had 13 years of experience working with children ages preschool to 6th grade, at Pasadena Independent School District with the Autistic Program, and Clear Creek Independent School District with Social Development.

THE KINETIC LEARNER PLAN. EACH CHILD WILL HAVE AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN DEPENDING ON HIS ASSESSMENT BY THE PROGRAM, “SCOOTPAD.” THIS PROGRAM WILL KEEP TRACK OF THEIR GROWTH ACADEMICALLY, HAVE ASSIGNMENTS AVAILABLE TO THEM 24 HOURS A DAY, EBOOKS AT THEIR READING LEVEL AND EMAILS SENT TO PARENTS SHOWING HOW THEIR CHILD IS PROGRESSING. WE WILL ALSO BE USING ACTIVITIES, MANIPULATIVES, VISUALS AND WRITING TO HELP WITH EACH CHILD’S ACADEMIC SUCCESS. WHEN IT IS TIME FOR A BREAK, WE BREAK WITH A DANCE LESSON THAT INCORPORATES WITH THE ACADEMIC LESSON. THE DANCE LESSON WILL INVOLVE STRETCHING, ACROSS THE FLOOR WORK AND A COOL DOWN. A TOTAL OF ONE HOUR SESSION.

MYAVAILABILITYTY IN THE SUMMER:

SATURDAY 3PM-6PM
SUNDAY 11AM-6PM

MY AVAILABILITY IN THE FALL:
FRIDAY 1PM-5PM
SATURDAY 2PM-6PM
SUNDAY 11AM-6PM

WHAT WE OFFER:
TUTORING IN READING, FINE MOTOR SKILLS, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, BEHAVIORAL THERAPY THROUGH POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT COST PER HOUR $35

KINETIC LEARNING WITH KIDS
Contact information: 404-803-2664
email: ashrichardson3@yahoo.com

404-803-2664
Ashleigh Gismondi
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Programs designed to address challenges in speech, language and academics, as well as develop a system for success both for the client and the families. We provide individual & group therapy for the following:

Language Deficits/Delays
Dyslexia
Reading Deficits
Writing Deficits
Oral Motor Skills
Pragmatic (Social Skills)
Learning Disabilities
Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders/Asperger’s
Voice Disorders
Articulation Disorders
Developmental Apraxia
Auditory Processing Disorders
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Stuttering
Tongue Thrust
Cleft Palate
Apraxia
Dysarthria
Aphasia

281.614.9367
18096 King's Row, Houston, TX 77058
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The Learning Repertoire, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity that works directly one on one with children with Autism, PDD, and any other developmental delay. They utilize applied behavior analysis principles (ABA), occupational therapy, and psychological services for treatment.

http://www.tlrkids.com/
832-864-1361
Kristina Motiejunas, M.S., BCBA
2637 Lazy Bend, Pearland, TX 77581
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The Lennar Life and Work Skills Program is a FREE program offered to students with intellectual disabilities. It’s been in existence since 2006. 160 students have graduated from the program.

The program takes place one Saturday a month from 9 AM – 12 PM at our office in the Greenspoint location (I-45 & Beltway 8).

We cover a wide range of topics, including:
Dress for Success, Computer Skills, Cooking, Budgeting Skills, Resumes and Interviewing, Office Services Skills, Riding the Bus, Shopping, and more!

There is no age limit. For an application and more information contact:

Amy Floyd, Lennar Corporation, amy.floyd@lennar.com, 281-874-8438.

281-874-8438
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We strive to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment designed to guide children to discover new information, skills and concepts. Our child development curriculum offers the best social, emotional, physical, academic and cognitive experiences for children. We provide a variety of early childhood educational experiences that encourage a positive self-image and a joy in the learning process. We respect each child as an individual who possesses a unique personality, intelligence and creativity. Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers establish childcare environments that are clean, fun, creative and child-centered and provide children with purposeful direction, positive reinforcement and guidance as they work towards becoming more independent. Learning through play is critical for this stage of learning.

Additionally, we have diligently created an “active” program that encourages an active, healthy and happy lifestyle at a young age which is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Children are introduced to a variety of age appropriate activities and sports with the goal that they learn new skills and gain confidence that will carry over into future endeavors. They will run, jump, tumble, climb, leap and dance in our 28,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facilities. Good physical health is a critical component of brain development as well. The daily schedule provides a consistent structure to the day; allowing for routines and rituals. However, it permits the flexibility and openness to follow children’s interests and address their needs. Our curriculum encourages and supports a balance of free choice and teacher guided activities and allows time for small and large group activities. Math, technology, science, and art components are strongly emphasized and are incorporated throughout the entire day though play based learning activities.

www.lobogymnastics.com/
(281) 480-5636
2424 Falcon Pass, Houston, TX 77062
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I wanted to say that I visited Marbridge yesterday (1/23/2017) and spoke with Barbara Bush–easy name for Texans to remember. I didn’t take a full tour, just inquired about financing for someone to live at Marbridge. It now comes to about $3650 month and HCS doesn’t pay for it. Marbridge is a cheaper option than Brookwood, which is $5,000 month.

The reality is that private facilities (congregate homes) are beyond the means of most families, which cannot accumulate enough wealth to place their adult child in a campus assisted-living setting for the rest of his adult life.

While I did not take a tour, I drive around. The campus was nice and well-maintained.( I also had the opportunity to eavesdrop on a staff meeting.) This is a good place. Employment opportunities, classes, excursions and activities keep life structured and everyone busy. 

Marbridge is a private residential facility for adults, ages 18 and older with cognitive disabilities. We have residents from all over the United States. Our campus is 170 acres comprising of three interlocked communities.

The lowest level of independence is the skilled nursing level, the Villa. This is 24-hr a day nursing care. The Villa accepts major insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid as payment.  Residents at the Villa need high levels of assistance in their daily living activities, (showering, dressing, toileting, feeding, etc.).

The next level of independence is our assisted living community, the Ranch. Residents at the Ranch require 24 hour supervision, but are independent in most daily activities; can toilet, shower, and dress themselves, but may not be able to do laundry or cook. Residents in this campus have a daily schedule that centers around a training and education program customized to their abilities and goals.  Their living arrangements are configured in a dormitory-style setting in which two residents share a room and a bathroom. There is a common rec room and a common eating area.

The highest level of independent living is that experienced by the residents of the Village. The Village consists of 15 cottages. Each cottage contains 3, two-bedroom suites. Six residents reside in each cottage. The residents here have a schedule as well, but their schedules revolve around their employment schedules with training classes scattered in.

Both the assisted living level and the independent living levels are private pay. If a resident receives a monthly benefit income from social security, disability or veteran benefits, those funds may be applied directly to the monthly tuition, and the family will be responsible for the remaining balance.

The monthly tuition for the Ranch is $3040/month, and the tuition for the Village is $3,095/month. Tuition covers room and board, all training and education classes, an individual program plan, 24-hour supervision, and basic nursing care.

We have two full-time employment coordinators on staff here that assist the residents in finding appropriate job opportunities, and making sure that they get job skills training. Our training and education program runs three semesters a year, with two to three week breaks in between for home visits or travel. The minimum stay for a Marbridge resident is four years, which is usually a good time frame in which to see achievement of goals.

Many families utilize Marbridge as a four year college like experience for their loved one.  Nobody on the Marbridge campus drives, although several residents have licenses. We provide transportation to the resident’s work, town trips, special activities, and medical appointments.
Marbridge also offers a Summer camp. Summer camp is a great way for potential residents to get a taste of Marbridge life.

We offered eight, one-week camp sessions this summer (2014) to choose from.   I hope this was helpful, please feel free to contact me with any other questions you might have. We can provide you with a campus tour Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM.

Best Regards,

Jenna

512-282-1144 X1200

http://www.marbridge.org/
512-282-1144
2310 Bliss Spillar Rd., Manchaca, Texas 78652
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“The Meyer Center at TCH provides medically directed diagnostic services for infants, children and adolescents spanning the full spectrum of developmental-behavioral pediatrics – from intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders to learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – including services for those at risk due to prematurity or other neonatal complications, birth defects, or genetic syndromes.”

Let me say to all parents that you will be fully charged ($$$) for the doctor’s evaluation, and once you obtain an assessment through TCH, there are not a world of services suddenly available to you. If you already have an autism assessment, getting reassessed through the Meyer Center is probably a waste of time and money. Also, if this is your child’s first assessment, you will want to be assessed right away, rather than waiting two years (see below), so your child can benefit from Early Intervention.

The Meyer Center had us wait 9 months just to make an appointment, and then called me right when school had let out to tell me that my son’s name had come up on the waiting list to be eligible for an appointment, but I needed to have his teachers fill out evaluation forms–also before I could schedule the appointment (which meant waiting until September to make it). After submitting the forms, they lost them, and this resulted in more delay.

After I finally was able to make the appointment, the wait was incredibly long after that to see a doctor. It took me about two years to finally see one of their developmental pediatricians. In the meantime, I had spoken to their administrative assistant several times, saying I already had an autism assessment for my child, but are there services or innovative treatments he can access through Texas Children’s if he is assessed by a doctor down there? She said yes, that’s the point of having one of their doctors do the evaluation. It turned out not to be the case.

Now, I thought the evaluation was quite excellent and thorough, probably the best one I’d seen. I saw Lane Strathearn, MD, PhD. At the end of it, though, we were told our son had classic autism, what we already knew.

Funny thing, I actually was not aware that we were going to be charged for the diagnostic test. Given the two year + wait to see a doctor, I suppose I thought it was a public service provided free of charge by Texas Children’s Hospital.

832-822-3400
8080 N. Stadium Drive, Houston, TX 77054
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The mission of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA) is to “provide or ensure the provision of services and supports in a respectful fashion that are high quality, efficient, and cost effective such that persons with mental disabilities may live with dignity as fully functioning, participating, and contributing members of our community as possible, regardless of their ability to pay or third party coverage.”

MHMRA of Harris County is the conduit (“Local Authority”) through which all Home and Community-based Services (HCS) will be rendered and coordinated once your/my autistic child becomes eligible for HCS, if he/she/we are still residing in Harris County. The waiting list for services is several years long, but that is quite more a Texas than a county phenomenon.

Since Clear Lake is on the boundary between MHMRA of Harris County and the Gulf Coast Center MHMR, I’ve often wondered if it would be better to move over into Galveston County to work with a smaller agency which seems to have its act together. . . though I will say that many are convinced that Fort Bend County is the very best. Lots of things with MHMRA of Harris County strike me as being screwed up–their website has broken links, the online chat doesn’t work, the listings in the vendor resource fair don’t play–all of which (I’m sorry MHMRA) doesn’t inspire confidence. I hate to think that my adult child’s access to services and quality of life is bound up with a big bureaucracy, but that may be the reality.

I haven’t had much interaction with Harris County MHMRA except for one of their psychologists to do an an autism evaluation to get my child on the waiting list for services. I recall the psychologist said my child had moderate autism, and I said,”He’s nonverbal and can’t feed himself. How can that be moderate?” If he can follow direction to sit in a chair and touch his nose with his finger he’s moderate. And he added, “You won’t believe the children I see coming through the door.” Another time when I was contacted about ABA-SKip services which were way too far away (somewhere on 290), too expensive (they applied a sliding scale fee), and held during working hours. Seemed everything they had to offer was for a stay at home mom living at the poverty level. When I contacted them asking about residential facilities in my area they said “it was too soon” for them to speak with me about it and I had to wait until my child’s name came up on the list.

There is a really shining star and MHMRA by the name of Evanthe Collins, who inspired me with confidence and gave me really good information on HCS providers in the Clear Lake area. Thanks, Evanthe! Please do not leave MHMRA!!

Through the county RIDES program, disabled people who are unable to drive can be transported to doctors or to go grocery shopping. See the entry for RIDES under Transportation Services.

http://www.mhmraharris.org/
713-970-7000
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THE MOMENTUM ACADEMY, FOUNDED IN 2014, IS THE FIRST PRIVATE SCHOOL IN THE CLEAR LAKE AREA, SERVING STUDENTS FROM 6TH – 12TH GRADES WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES.

We believe that the potential of all students is often untapped and that by teaching to individual learning styles, building on students’ strengths, and remediating areas of weakness all students will have a solid foundation and the self esteem to allow them to achieve their loftiest goals.

The Momentum Academy customizes learning to fit the student. Each student receives whatever type of specialized instruction he or she needs. Our school is particularly appropriate for students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, expressive and receptive language disorders, ADHD/ADD, auditory processing disorder, anxiety, and high-functioning autism.

The 2014-2015 school year will begin with a maximum enrollment of 10 students. The inclusion of elementary grades is planned for the future. As the school grows classes will remain small – 8 to10 students – working with empathetic, caring and creative teachers who are trained in working with students with learning differences. The Momentum Academy believes in nurturing the whole child, academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

We invite you to read more about us, call us for more information at (832)819-3320, email us and/or schedule a time to meet. We look forward to it!

http://www.themomentumacademy.org/
(832) 819-3320
2450 E. MAIN ST, SUITE H, LEAGUE CITY, TX 77573
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Carnivals, rodeos, roller rinks, bowling alleys, fireworks, go karts, circuses, motor boats, anywhere people applaud or sing, movie theaters, live music, bouncy houses, child care centers, birthday parties and restaurants can be miserably loud and upsetting for autistic children. But there is a solution which will set you and your child free.

While our child has gotten much better with regard to sound and only rarely resorts to ear covering now, we still bring sound-blocking headphones with us to large events or if we go some place new. A pair of noise reducing headphones, the kind worn by drummers, have provided our child with comfort, confidence and freedom–and why put them through it when a simple solution exists?

These can be purchased at Guitar Center or online, and they come in kid’s sizes. Soundblocking headphones are the best purchase we ever made for our au son enjoy family outings and activities!

http://www.amazon.com/Vic-Firth-DB22-Drummers-Headphones/dp/B0002F513E
http://www.amazon.com/Vic-Firth-Kidphones-Isolation-Headphones/dp/B000Z31GGE

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The Reason for Hope is a Christian Pediatric Therapy Center providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Occupational Therapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Communication Disorders and/ or Behavior Disorders. They take insurance for some providers.

www.thereasonforhope.com
832-632-2177
Helen Adedipe, M.A., BCBA
1842 W. Main, League City, TX 77573
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According to their website, “The RIDES program through Harris County is a great option for people for whom public transportation is either unavailable or inaccessible — helping eligible residents make doctor’s appointments, do grocery shopping, or otherwise just get around and remain independent.”

When I called and asked if they provided service to the Clear Lake area, they initially told me no, but then said “yes.” If they turn you down, ask to speak to someone else. They serve the part of Clear Lake that is in Houston/ Harris County.

I am wondering if they would be willing to cross county lines to take someone on the Houston/Harris County side to the Galveston side of Clear Lake? Like to Baybrook Mall? If anyone knows, please post a comment or review.

 

713-368-RIDE (7433)
Vernon Chambers
9418 Jensen Houston, Texas 77093
Sailing Angels
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“Sailing Angels introduces the joy of sailing to children with special cognitive and physical needs and critical illnesses (e.g. Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Blindness, Deafness, MR, Type One Diabetes, physical mobility issues, cancer, etc.), as an opportunity for education and recreational therapy. We provide sailing adventures at no cost to the participants.”

Capt. Dave McCabe, Director
The Sailing Angels Foundation
(281) 507-1867
DaveMcCabe@SailingAngels.org

http://www.sailingangels.org/
(281) 507-1867
Capt.Dave McCabe, Director
Portofino Harbour Marina, Clear Lake Shores 77565
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The Sean Ashley House, located in Houston, is a Texas not-for-profit (501c3) organization designed to provide “model” homes for individuals with autism, blindness, mental retardation, and/or multiple disabilities.

The Sean Ashley House accepts individuals of any age who meet the criteria of the HCS program guidelines. Funding may also be made privately or through a variety of other agencies.

The Sean Ashley House Group Homes are all located in the southwest part of Houston, primarily in the Westbury Subdivision.  Our homes are typical homes in the community.  Our homes have three to four people living in each home and are staffed 24 hours day.

Go to their website to learn more. Residents live in typical neighborhood houses like the kind we grew up in, in a neighborhood setting.

This is all that they say they do:

Case Management
Residential Support Services
Supervised Living
Supported  Home Living
HCS Foster Care
Day Habilitation
Respite (Hourly)
Respite (Daily)
Psychological Services
Nursing  Services
Dietary  Services
Speech Language Pathology
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Audiology Services
Supported Employment
Dental Services
Social Work
Adaptive Aids
Minor  Home  Modifications

 

http://www.seanashleyhouse.org
713-667-6460
5606 Parkersburg Drive, Houston TX 77036
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SourceAmerica (formerly NISH), a national nonprofit, is the leading source of job opportunities for a people with significant disabilities. Through our work, we make the American Dream more accessible to a segment of the population where nearly 80% do not have jobs.

Through a nationwide network of more than 550 community nonprofit agency partners, we fulfill contracting needs for the Federal Government, commercial businesses and government contractors.

Our network provides training to people with disabilities, assists them in identifying employment options that most of us take for granted, and then enables them to be successful at work. SourceAmerica is the vital link between jobs and the people who can do them.

It’s Working – more than 125,000 people with significant disabilities are employed through SourceAmerica nonprofit agencies.

How does SourceAmerica make this work?

For our procurement customers, SourceAmerica:

  • Markets the capabilities of the products and services delivered by people with significant disabilities
  • Creates a partnership to ensure quality and satisfaction meets expectations
  • Connects the procurement opportunity with the most qualified nonprofit agency
  • Provides dedicated customer service
  • Includes third party management and collaboration on the statement of work
  • Offers competitive pricing
  • Supports all aspects of contracting which reduces customer time requirements

For our nonprofit agencies, SourceAmerica provides:

  • Legislative representation and regulatory assistance
  • Communications and marketing outreach
  • Information technology expertise
  • Engineering and technical support
  • Comprehensive professional training
  • Research and development projects
  • Grants and financial assistance

For people with disabilities, SourceAmerica created the Institute for Economic Empowerment to conduct research, demonstration, and develop projects to make important progress toward the strategic goal of full and fair employment for individuals with significant disabilities, particularly those facing the most significant disability-related barriers to employment.

 

http://www.sourceamerica.org/
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The STRIVE program at Avvin Community College offers a 2 year college experience and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities. These individuals will work on resume building skills, interviewing skills, life skills for independence and involvement in local community, and vocational training in (but not limited to) basic health care, basic animal care, and horticulture with the end goal of obtaining a job.  Upon completing the program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.  Limited seats available. Total Tuition (as of 2014) is $9480
For more information contact Rhonda Boone at 281.756.3805 or email rboone@alvincollege.edu.

Rhonda Boone
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Summerhouse is not in the Clear Lake area but might be accessible for those who commute into town to go to work. In addition, it might serve as a model for the creation of a similar organization in Clear Lake.

The Summerhouse conceptualized from a bi-monthly Saturday program with community outings and social activities emphasized on developing social skills and cultivating friendships among young adults with intellectual disabilities. On June 4, 2012, after countless Saturdays engaging in the community, The Summerhouse doors were opened full time by a small group of 4 volunteers and 6 clients with a very basic idea in mind: young adults with intellectual disabilities are deserving of highest quality programming available to enable them to become valued, respected, contributing members of society.

From the beginning, The Summerhouse has focused on providing young adults with a variety of options to obtain the skills necessary for a successful transition into independent adult life. The program’s beginnings as a social skills based program has naturally evolved into a full time daily educational program encompassing not only basic life skills, but functional academics, social and emotional skills, and vocational training focused on entry into community-based employment.

Today, young adults (post-high school) cam participate in daily programming focused on life, learning, and exploring with a small group of peers led by our professional staff. The Summerhouse philosophy is not only to equip each person with individualized skills that enable them to become productive citizens, but to do so in the midst of a conventional neighborhood setting. In this way, they are integrated into the daily life of the community.

The core program runs from 9am-3pm, with supervised activities from 7am-5pm each day.

Members attend Monday through Friday year round.

(832) 200-6158
1814 Columbia St, Houston, TX 77008
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TEXAS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS

“It Ain’t ‘Bragging If You Can Do It.”

An outstanding adaptive water skiing program that allows people with physical and/or mental disabilities the opportunity to discover the thrill and excitement of water skiing, sailing, and kayaking. T.A.A. founded in 1989 and incorporated in the State of Texas in 1990, is a non-profit sports training program for children and adults with disabilities.

All ski events that are located at the Lake Houston Sports Center, 103 Page Lane, Huffman, TX, are free of charge for people with disabilities and their families. We start at 10:00 am and close at 5:00 pm, lunch is also provided free of charge.

Recently it appears the program has expanded to include hunting under the name “Texas Adaptive Outdoorsman.”

http://www.taasports.org/
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The Arc is a non-profit organization formed nationally in 1950 to advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in all aspects of society and is established at the national, state, and local levels.

“In 1984, a small group of parents and other family members, friends of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and professionals who work with them organized The Arc of Greater Houston. The Arc of Greater Houston is now the largest Arc chapter in the State of Texas, with a membership base of 2000 and growing. Arc representatives serve on the Board of Directors of the state and national Arc organizations as well as on a number of state committees that address disability issues.”

My personal interactions with this Arc have been limited because while they claim all of Houston as their service area, their primary focus is on the north and west side of Houston. They basically have no presence and provide no services in the S. Houston or Clear Lake area.

http://www.aogh.org/
713-957-1600
3737 Dacoma St., Suite E, Houston, TX
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Established in 1969 and based in Alvin, Texas, The Arc of the Gulf Coast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in their quest for self-determination, ensuring that they have meaningful lives in the communities where they live, learn, work, play and worship. The Arc focuses on three primary areas of activity: 1) individual advocacy efforts for adults and children with IDD in their communities; 2) financial assistance for people with IDD and their families; and 3) community advocacy, which includes advocacy with policy makers and support of self-advocates. They respond to individual needs, “one person at a time.” The ARC will also assist with attending ARD meetings. Its service areas are Galveston and Brazoria counties.

If you need help with an autism-related problem and don’t know who to call, the ARC of the Gulf Coast is a great resource! They have attracted many wonderful, dedicated people to their board, and it is an organization which does a lot of good. My only complaint is that Clear Lake technically falls outside their service area. They’ll still try to assist Harris County residents though.

http://arcgulfcoast.org/
281-388-1161
1600 East Highway 6, Ste, 201, Alvin TX 77511
The Autism Site | Greater Good Store
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This is a nonprofit which raises money to support autism research and therapy through the sale of merchandise. Some of the products are autism-related, but most are the type of merchandise you would find in any online mart. Cute women’s clothes, gifts, toys, handbags, household decor, even shoes can be purchased through this website. A percent of each sale goes to fund established autism nonprofits or any other charity you select. It’s a neat idea and very well done–great selection of stuff.

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Pediatric therapy center provides evaluation and treatment services for children with known or suspected learning and/or developmental problems and has certifications in sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment and interactive metronome. TCTCI is the original pediatric therapy center, serving the Clear Lake City area since 1994.

http://wp.tctci.com/
(281) 480-5648
17045 El Camino Real, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77058
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This is a resource guide for people seeking information on college programs for people with IDDs which are available in a particular state. It also features a short documentary called Rethinking College.

Here is what it has for all of Texas, but I know it is not a complete listing:

Austin Community College STEPS- Skills, Training and Education for Personal Success Austin, TX
St. Edward’s University Austin, TX GO Project at St. Edward’s University Austin, TX
West Texas A&M University Where the Learning Continues (WTLC) Canyon, TX
Texas A&M University Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) College Station, TX
Lone Star College-CyFair CCDEL Cypress, TX
Houston Community College – Central VAST Academy Houston, TX
Houston Community College Northwest VAST Academy Houston, TX

 Come on UT!
The site lists over 200 colleges across the US which provide opportunities for IDD students.
http://www.thinkcollege.net/
UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
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The UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is composed of faculty and students in the Behavior Analysis, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Education graduate programs at UHCL. Its purpose is to train current and future professionals in ABA techniques and assessment, and to provide services to children and their families through partnerships with community organizations. Through CADD, graduate students in the Behavior Analysis program provide services to children and teachers in Clear Creek, Pasadena, and Pearland Independent School Districts. For more information, contact Dr. Dorothea Lerman at lerman@uhcl.edu.

Autism Assessment Services

Graduate students in the School Psychology Program provide evaluations for students on the autism spectrum under the supervision of faculty at the UHCL Psychological Services clinic. The evaluations are designed to identify the student’s condition, describe functioning levels across several domains, and make recommendations for intervention based on student needs and research-based practices. For more information, contact Dr. Gail Cheramie at cheramie@uhcl.edu.

Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic

This clinic offers assessment and treatment services to children of all ages who engage in severe problem behavior, such as self-injurious behavior, aggression, and property destruction. Services will be individualized and provided as part of ongoing studies designed to identify the most effective methods of reducing severe behavior disorders. Following the child’s participation in research, families will receive training in effective behavior management strategies to use at home. For more information, please visit the Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic website or contact Dr. Jennifer Fritz at behaviorclinic@uhcl.edu.

Group and Family Counseling

The Graduate Family Therapy Program is teaming up with CADD to provide therapy services for couples, single parents, and siblings of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. These services will be focused on managing stress and relationship issues that often arise when caring for a child with special needs. Dr. Matt Brown will oversee these services and conduct ongoing research related to family needs and effective support. For more information please email to brownm@uhcl.edu or call (281) 283-3304.

Verbal Behavior Clinic

The Verbal Behavior clinic provides empirically based individualized services to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and their families. These services include assessments, parent training, and the development of teaching procedures relating to language skills. Graduate students in the Applied Behavior Master’s program participate as the primary therapists, and each case is directly supervised by Dr. Sarah Lechago, BCBA-D, director of the clinic. Social skills training, which often includes language skills, is also conducted in the clinic. Services may also be provided in Spanish. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact Sarah Lechago at vbclinic@uhcl.edu.

Clinic and Home Services (Project ABA-SkIP)

Children receive individualized training designed to reduce problem behaviors and to develop age-appropriate social, self-help, school readiness and language skills. Family members and caregivers also learn how to continue the training methods at home.

Services are provided at the UHCL Psychological Services Clinic and in the community. In partnership with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) of Harris County, this project is being funded through a grant awarded by The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. To be eligible, children must be between the ages of 3 and 8 and diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. To request services, contact MHMRA Program Manager Melinda B. Benjumea at 713-970-8241. For more information, contact Dr. Dorothea Lerman at lerman@uhcl.edu.

Dr. Dorothea Lerman
University of Houston Clear Lake
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We work with children ages 2yr – 10yr who are on the autism spectrum of disorders, PDD, AD/HD, appositionally defiant disorder, and typically-developing children with language, social skill deficit, and reading difficulties. Offering individual 1:1 discrete trial training, Verbal Behavior Training, Natural Environment Training, and Social Skills Play Groups.
We bring your child together with typically-developing peers as role models of use of language and play skills; verbal behavior training  teaches key pivotal response of “self-regulation” resulting in diminished aggression/tantrums, stimming, repetitive behaviors that impede acceptance/mainstreaming in  the schools.
We train Parents and Teachers in the application of behavioral principles. Now offering language to literacy program: SciLearn’s Fast ForWord instruction.  We utilize the VB-MAPP Protocol for assessments. Workshops on behavior management are available on request.   Art Therapy and Animal-assisted Therapy are provided.
281-996-7907
Mary McClure
106 Pecan Drive, Friendswood TX 77546
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The Village is a residential community in Northeast, rather than Southeast (Clear Lake) Houston.I haven’t been there yet, but I plan to visit soon. It appears from their website that there are several “Villages” now, not just the one at Stoney Glen.
The founders are Kimberly Brusatori and Linda Schuiten, mothers of children with disabilities, who were motivated to create “The Villages” because both of their children would soon be graduating from high school and leaving the programs that school offers.

In September 2000, Kimberly and Linda, as well as several other parents of children with disabilities, founded The Village Learning Center, Inc (dba Village Learning & Achievement Center) as a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation.  A monetary commitment was made by both Kimberly and Linda, the organization was created, and the passion to provide quality programs and services to individuals with disabilities was born.  The word “village” was chosen because they realized that the organization’s success depended upon the support of their community.  They knew that it would take a village to make their vision a reality.

The Village at Stoney Glen provides independent living opportunities in a beautiful residential setting for adults with disabilities. It is designed for individuals who are taking a major step on the road to independence, moving out of their family home for the first time. The staff offers support and training in a home-like setting to individuals who have basic self-care skills. Family interaction and participation are welcomed as our residents transition from the family home to greater independence while continuing to live, work, and worship in their own community.

http://www.villagelac.org
281 358 6172
Sandy Parks
2225 Stoney Glen, Kingwood 77339
VSA Texas — State organization on Arts & Disability
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“VSA Texas is the state organization on arts and disability. We are a statewide arts organization that challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. Our Artworks: Creative Industries program promotes visual artists all over Texas through exhibition opportunities, mentoring, and workshops that support professional development.”

http://www.vsatx.org
866-489-8412
April Sullivan
3710 Cedar Street #7, Austin, TX 78705