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DFW Parental & Family Resources

Educational Agencies

NICHY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)
P.O. Box 1492

Washington, DC 20013
(800) 695-0285
Serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in youth and Toddlers, IDEA, the No Child Left Behind Act and provides research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

Programs for Children With Disabilities: Age 3 to 5
1701 N. Congress Ave

Austin Tx 78701-1494
(512) 463-9414

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
1100 W. 49th st

Austin Tx 78756-3179
(512) 458-7355

State Department of Education Career and Technology Education

State Department of Education: Special Education
1701 N. Congress Ave

Austin Tx 78701-1494
(512) 463-941

TEA Special Education

Links to: *A Guide to the ARD process *Preschool programs for Children with Disabilities, *Annual federal Data Reports, *Community Parent resource Centers, *Parent Resource Guide, *Parents’ Right & Procedural Safeguards, Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRGGs)www.tea.state.tx.us/interagency/creg.html

Wrightslaw -

Information on laws, strategies/tactics, IEP development, etc

MHMR Authorites

Dallas Area Northstar Authority
10056 Marsh Lane, Suite 210

Dallas Tx 75229(214) 366-9407
DANSA is the Local Behavioral Mental Health Authority for Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.

Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services
2519 Scripture

Denton Tx 76202
(940) 387-5555 (800) 762-0457
Crisis Hotline: (800) 762-0157 or TTY: (800) 269-6233.
Denton county local authority for mental retardation and mental health services.

Johnson Ellis navarro County MHMR Services
116 N. Rogers St

Waxahachie Tx 75165-3642
(972) 937-7660

Lakes Regional MHMR Center: Kaufman/Rockwall Counties
P.O. Box 747

Terrell Tx 75160
(972) 524-4159 TTY: (800) 735-2989
Mental Health and Mental retardation authority for Kauffman and Rockwall counties. Offers programs in early childhood intervention, counseling, in-home and family supports, HCS and CSHCSIFMR residential services, respite, service coordination STAR services, life skills training and vocational services.

Life Path Systems of Collin County: MHMR Collin County
P.O. Box 828

McKinney Tx 76070
(972) 727-9133 (972) 562-3647
Mental Retardation and Mental Health authority for Collin County. Offers Early Childhood Intervention, HCS, Texas Home Living Waiver and ICFMR programs, in home and family support, respite, supported employment and supported living programs.

Metrocare Services (Formerly MHMR Dallas County)
1380 River Bend Drive

Dallas Tx 75247
(214)-743-1200 1-877-283-2121
Formerly Dallas County MHMR, Metrocare (a nonprofit organization) is the Mental Retardation Authority (MRA) for Dallas County. An official diagnosis from the MRA is required for state-funded services. For diagnosis appointment call Eligibility & Determination (214-333-7000, 1353 N. Westmoreland, 75211).Services: Center for Children with Autism, Behavioral Treatment Center, Early Childhood Intervention, Fostering, Home & Community-Based Services, On-site Pharmacy, Therapeutic Nursery, and various therapies (ABA, occupational, physical, speech/language). Find locations online or call 214-743-1200

Child Find / ECI Programs

The Warren Center
320 Custer Rd

Richardson Tx 75080
(972) 490-9055
The Warren Center, for children with developmental differences provides assistance to families in helping their children meet developmental challenges in motor skills, communication, behavior, feeding and cognition. ECI of Richardson/North Dallas is a home-based program for infants and toddlers. The program options include speech, occupational and physical therapy, nutrition, developmental instruction, social work, and play skills.

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI age 0 - 3 screenings)
4900 N. Lamar Blvd

Austin Tx 78751(800) 250-2246 TTY/TDD (512) 424-6770

State organization providing programs for children ages birth to three 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 and services are funded by the state and offered through local agencies.


Achievement Center of Texas (ACT)
2950 N. Shiloh

Garland Tx 75044
(972) 414-7700
Offers year-round day care and learning center for children and young adult (18month to 30 years old) including individualized programming and recreational activities. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programming and transition services are offered as needed. Parents are asked to send a sack lunch.  Hours are 7:00 am to 6 pm Monday - Friday. Funded by corporate/foundation grants and donations

ADA Hotline
2323 S. Shepherd #1000

Houston Tx 77019
(800) 94-4232
Hotline for questions regarding the Americans with Disability Act.  Program includes the Disability Law Resource Project, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.

ADAPT of Texas
1640 E. 2nd St, Suite 100

Austin Tx 78702
(512) 442-0252
Disability rights advocacy group comprised mainly of individuals with disabilities, focuses on promoting services in the community (attendant-care services, accessibility, etc)

Advocacy, Inc. North Texas Regional Office
1420 W. Mockingbird, Suite 450

Dallas Tx 75247
(214) 60-0916 (800) 880-2884
Nonprofit corporation funded by the U.S. Congress to protect and advocate for legal rights of people with disabilities in Texas. Intake counselor are available Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at (800)880-2884. Provides legal service to people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those receiving or wanting to receive services from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. (TRC)

American Habilitation Service, Inc (Dallas Branch)
1721 W. Plano Pkwy, Suite 209

Plano Tx 75075
(972) 761-9161
Nonprofit provider of person-centered support to people with developmental disabilities in Texas since 1976.

Arc of Denton County
P.O. Box 1279

Denton Tx 76202
(972) 436-8471 (800) 375-4520
Nonprofit, volunteer-based organization offering Parent-to-Parent, a support group for parents of children with disabilities, social and educational activities for adults with disabilities and the Sib-Shop, a support group for siblings of children with disabilities.

ARC of Greater Tarrant County, ARC GTC
1300 Lancaster Ave, Suite 104

Fort Worth Tx 76101
(817) 877-1474
The ARC GTC i a private, nonprofit organization established in December 1949 that assists in promoting the general welfare of people with mental retardation and their families.

ARC of Texas
8001 Centre Park Dr, Suite 100

Austin Tx 78754
(800) 252-9729 (512) 454-6694
The ARC of Texas is affiliated with The Arc of The United States and has 49 chapters in Texas working to provide additional supports and services to families throughout the state.

ARC of the United States, The
1010 Wayne Ave, Suite 50

Silver Spring MD 20910
(301) 565-3842
Serves a national headquarters for The Arc and is a national organization on mental retardation. Serve member and non-member and handles public inquires regarding mental retardation. Publication list contains over 100 books, flyers, videos and other resources.

Assistant Center of Collin County
900 E. 18th St

Plano Tx 75074(972) 422-1850 (800) 725-4936
Provides information about and referrals to social services for residents of Collin County. Also coordinate financial and material assistance to those in need and administers emergency relief funds from local utility companies. Services are free.

Association for Independent Living (AFIL)
2826 Storey Lane #100

Dallas Tx 75220
(214) 351-0798
Private agency providing extensive training for young adults (ages 18 to 30) with developmental disabilities within a residential setting to develop skills for independent living. Residents must be competitively employed and are expected to pay for their expenses.

Autism Treatment Center, Inc Dallas Office
10503 Metric Dr

Dallas Tx 75243
(972) 644-2076
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 age with residential placements beginning at age three. Fees are based on a scale of individual need. Licensed HCS and ICFMR provider.  Funding include state agencies, Medicaid, school district and business contract and TRC.

Center for Accord, The
415 Brooks Ct

Roanoke Tx 76262
(682) 831-0664 (800) 294-0422
Center for Accord is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote collaboration in special education among those working on behalf of children with special needs.

Citizens Development Center (CDC)
8800 Ambassador Row

Dallas Tx 75247
(214) 637-2911
Nonprofit agency that offers vocational rehabilitation services including facility based training, job placement, job coaching, supported employment service, daily living skills training and sheltered work opportunities.  Individuals must be 16 yeas of age or older.

Collin County Committee on Aging - CCART Division
600 N Tennessee St

McKinney Tx 75069
(972) 562-4275
A nonprofit division of Collin County Committee on Aging, CCART provides transportation to all citizens of Collin County. Fees are based on distance traveled, but may not exceed $5.00. (Plano riders must be 60 years of age or older. This applies to Plano only.)

Community Council of Greater Dallas, Inc - Community Helpline 211
2 -1-1 Relay Texas: 711

(214) 379-4636
Aging Information Provides 24-hour information and referrals to social services in the Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties. Special services include Aging Information and Relay Texas (711).

Community Options
4004 Beltline Rd, Suite 155

Addison Tx 75001
(972) 503-3901
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
P.O. Box 800742

Dallas Tx 75380
(972) 233-086
www.contactdallas.org and wwwteencontact.org
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.

Connect to Care

1380 River Bend Drive

Dallas Tx 75247
(214) 743-1273
We make finding local resources easier than ever before. Serves as the Dallas County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Provides information, referral and assistance to care givers, professionals, older adults and individuals of all ages with disabilities who need assistance navigating the system. Connect to Care is completely VIRTUAL. Individuals seeking assistance can access services by telephone or through the Internet. Self-referrals can be completed online through the website.  Phones are answered Monday through Friday from 8am-9pm.

Dallas Association for Parent Education (DAPE)
777 S. Central, Building 2, Suite 1-T

Richardson Tx 75080
(972) 699-0420
DAPE offers parent education workshops, CPR training and childbirth classes. Some education workshops include parenting special needs children. Access their Web site for more information on times and dates of workshops.

Easter Seals of Greater Dallas, Tx
4443 N. Josey Lane

Carrollton Tx 75010
(972) 394-8900 (800) 580-4718

Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries of Texas, Inc North Central Texas Division
10810 Sanden Rd

Dallas Tx 75238
(972) 386-4834
Nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. Programs Evergreen is affiliated with Presbyterian Church USA

Joni and Friends
6510 Abrams Rd, Suite 125

Dallas Tx 75231
(214) 739-2523
Nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community.  Service offered include family summer retreats, newsletters, workshops, resource center and the Christian Fund for the Disabled. Funded solely through donations.

The ARC of Dallas
12700 Hillcrest, suite 200

Dallas Tx 75230
(214) 634-9810

Formed in 1951 to improve the quality of ife of people developmental disabilities.  A private, nonprofit agency affiliated with United Way serving Collin, Rockwall and Dallas counties. The ARC is also funded by corporate, foundation and individual contributions.

Volunteers of America Texas, Inc (VOA)
1424 Hemphill St

Fort Worth Tx 76104
(817) 529-7300
National Christian human service organization providing services to all people across the US to improve the quality of life. Programs for individuals and families with developmental disabilities include HC and ICF-MR residential programs, supported employment and day habilitation.

Parental Resource Partners