Empowering PEOPLE with Intellectual
and developmental disabilities
Advocacy, Awareness, Training and Support
Agencies & Services
Resources on this page will connect you with legal help, University Affiliated programs, long-term services and supports and more, much, much more.
Disability Rights Texas (DRTx)
DRTx is the state Protection and Advocacy (P&A) center for Texans with disabilities.
Education Service Centers (ESCs)
ESCs provide statewide leadership, training, and technical assistance to school districts, parents and community members in their region, including assistance in the area of special education for students who have a disability.
Learn more about specific ESC functions here.
Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
The committee's mission is to further opportunities for persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity, and self-determination.
Local IDD Authority (LIDDA)
LIDDAs manage and provide community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)
TDHCA is a state agency designed to provide oversight, administer programs and invest resources into affordable housing.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
DSHS a state agency designed to the health, safety, and well- being of Texans. The agency provides a variety of resources related to health records, mental health & substance abuse, health data, disease prevention and community health services.
Services Program helps children with special health-care needs and people of any age with cystic fibrosis.
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
TEA is a state agency that provides leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students. Visit the Special Education page here.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
HHSC is a state agency designed to deliver health and human services to qualified Texans.
Texas currently has (6) Medicaid Waiver programs to provide long-term services and supports to people with disabilities in Texas. These programs can have LONG wait lists for services. Don’t delay – place your child on the list TODAY! Each Medicaid Waiver program has different eligibility requirements, service options, serve rates, wait times and more.
The TARRC is a program that supports Texans on the autism spectrum and their families.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
TWC is a state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)
TCDD helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.
Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC)
Texas SILC is a non-profit that focuses on planning and coordinating funding for Independent Living services. University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) Centers work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building community capacity so all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities.
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