Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

The Arc of the Gulf Coast

07/28/2016 | Published by: Family to Family Network

The Arc of the Gulf Coast has many resources to help people with disabilities live self-determined lives. “Self-determination” means that people have the tools and supports they need to make their own decisions. This includes where and how they live, learn, work, play, and worship.

A family’s first contact with the Arc of the Gulf Coast is often to get a referral. The Arc will connect them with many resources and services in the area:  trainings for families, family support groups, advocacy for special education services, and transition planning. Transition planning includes topics on surrogate decision-making and planning for guardianship and alternatives.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often have a long wait to receive state services. The Arc offers some limited financial help to people with IDD in times of crisis.

The Arc is a leader in disability advocacy. They work to improve laws and policy at state and local levels. The Arc train self-advocates to serve on advisory groups that work with lawmakers to influence policies that impact their lives.

The Arc also believes in helping people help themselves, so they train advocates who then provide training on issues like self-determination and person-directed planning.

If you live in the Galveston or Brazoria counties, consider becoming a member. Like them on Facebook to keep up to date on what they are doing in the community.

Or visit the Arc at their new location (204 W. Coombs Street, Alvin, TX 77511). For more information, call 281-388 1161 or email

To find additional resources, go to the Find Services, Groups, and Events on this website.

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