Agencies, Services, & Resources

Transition Services Post-Secondary IEP Goals Examples
Transition Services Post-Secondary IEP Goals.pdf

A Student and Parent Guide Texas Transition and Employment Guide 0913 2017.pdf
Guía para padres y estudiantes 09 13 2017.pdf
This is a guide to help parents navigate the internet for the full copy of the Texas Transition and Employment Guide and website links. 

This parent letter guides the parents to one ensure their child is on the interest list and what their interest list number is.

Parent Letter to Agencies for interest lists for child 09 13 2017.pdf
Spanish Version: Carta de los padres a las agencias
Carta de los padres a las agencias.pdf

Health and Human Services Commission 
HHSC oversees the operations of the health and human services system, provides administrative oversight of the Texas health and human services programs, and provides direct administration of some programs.
Texas Medicaid providers enrolled prior to Jan. 1, 2013 who have not yet re-enrolled in the Medicaid program must do so immediately. Providers need to submit a separate re-enrollment application for each active Texas Medicaid Identifier (TPI) Suffix.
Failure to re-enroll may result in termination from the Medicaid program. Terminated providers are not eligible to receive payment for services rendered to fee-for-service recipients, or those enrolled with a Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) or dental maintenance organization (DMO).

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)  
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) was created to administer long- term services and supports for people who are aging as well as for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.  DADS also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the states Guardianship program.  DADS began formal operation on September 1, 2004. 
DADS is under the leadership of a commissioner who is appointed by the executive commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) with the approval of the Governor.

Department of Assisted and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)  
The Department of Assisted and Rehabilitative Services, or DARS, administers programs that ensures Texas is a state where people with disabilities, and children who have developmental delays enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to live independent and productive lives.

DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS)
Assists blind or visually impaired individuals and their families. Depending upon their goals and needs, DBS offers services to help regain independence or find a job.

Texas Department of State Health Services  ; 
 Vision: A Healthy Texas  Mission: To improve health and well-being in Texas

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)  
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, regulation, and prevention programs. DFPS has five major programs that do this important work.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Created in 1989 to coordinate the State's homeless resources and services, the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless (TICH) consists of representatives from all state agencies that serve persons experiencing homelessness. TICH serves as an advisory committee to TDHCA. The council receives no funding and has no full-time staff, but receives clerical and advisory support from TDHCA.
TDHCA also serves as a financial and administrative resource that helps provide essential services and affordable housing opportunities to Texans who qualify for this assistance based on their income level.

Alamo Local Authority) Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)  
On September 1, 2006, AACOG was designated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) as the local mental retardation local authority (MRA) for Bexar County.  The Alamo Local Authority for intellectual and developmental Disabilities in accordance with the Texas Health Safety Code (THSC), 533.035(a), to which the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) executive commissioner, delegated the states, authority and responsibility within a specific region for planning, policy development, coordination, resource development, and allocation and for supervising and ensuring the provision of mental retardation services to persons with mental retardation or a related condition.

Arc of San Antonio 
The ARC 
of San Antonio was founded in 1954 by parents who wanted to create a network of support and services for their children with special needs.  Throughout our history, the Arc has responded to the changing needs in our community by developing programs and partnerships that address the most critical issues facing people living with disabilities.   Today, The Arc offers one of the largest continuum of services for children and adults with a broad range of developmental abilities.

Asperger’s 101  
A source for information on Asperger’s syndrome as well as high- functioning autism. Created by Jennifer Allen, writer and producer of the documentary, “Coping to Excelling”: Solutions for school – aide children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism for Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s 101 composes three basic areas of weekly updated information as well as video use features. A weekly blog will offer essential information in the areas of medical, education and family.

College and Asperger’s Syndrome
Dr. Marc Ellison and his staff have created a template most colleges dream about…a successful program whereas a person diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism have a support team living in the dorm with them ensuring success. In this first, in a three-part series with Dr. Ellison, Jennifer and her Asperger diagnosed son Sam discuss how you can ensure college success if you are on the spectrum.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transition Resources   
There is a wealth of transition information, resources, strategies, and events provided for parents, students, and professionals. There are many resources to help students transition from high school to work, postsecondary education, and life; however, not all are applicable or accessible to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
A variety of resources are provided via the links under the tabs at the top of the page. You are encouraged to use this site as a supplement to other valuable resources such as the Texas Transition Network, the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, and the PEPNet websites.

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind
A private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Texas. Serving people who are blind or visually impaired for more than 78 years, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind provides rehabilitation services as well as employment for the blind in its light manufacturing assembly plant.

I’m Determined
The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.

TEA Secondary Transition Guide
On this page you will find information about transition from school settings to post-school settings. This transition process should begin as early as possible.

TEA Online College & Career Readiness Resource Center (OCCRRC)  
The Online College and Career Readiness Resource Center is a comprehensive tool for college and career development in Texas, ranging from the broad “What does it mean to be college and career ready?” to the specific “Supporting First-in-Family College Attenders”. The OCCRRC provides over 250 free resources, videos, and interactive activities, along with the most current research and best practices available for college and career readiness.

Transition in Texas  
The purpose of this website is to provide viewers with knowledge of the secondary transition process to facilitate student progress toward attainment of their postsecondary goals. On this site you will find resources for students, parents, educators and agency resources. 
Helps parents gain a better understanding of the transition process from high school to the world of adult activities/agencies/resources. 

Texas Project First
Created by parents for parents in conjunction with TEA, provides accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities. 

Texas Parent 2 Parent
An organization committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs.  TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to parent support, resource referral, and education.  TxP2P educates professionals about the unique needs of children with the goal of improving care and opportunities.  TxP2P is dedicated to championing efforts of a diverse set of parent support groups and advocacy on behalf of the wellbeing of children.

Think College
Think College is a National organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student center research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

 With more than 30 projects PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decision about education and other related services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

Center for Parent Information & Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures. NCSET provides technical assistance and disseminates information focused on four major areas of national significance for youth with disabilities and their families.

Carta de los padres a las agencias
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