For any diagnosis, there are a large number of organizations here in Texas that help parents of children with any disability.
TxP2P connects parents of children with disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs so they can support one another. They provide a variety of support groups, education and training opportunities across the state where peers can discuss the new responsibilities and emotions that families face in caring for a child with special health care needs.
The Arc advocates for the rights and autonomy of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through education about state services and laws impacting Texans with disabilities, they fight to affect positive policy change and ensure that people with IDDs are included in their communities and have a voice in policies affecting their lives.
Disability Rights of Texas provides direct legal assistance to people with disabilities whose rights are threatened or violated. DRT attorneys and advocates help individuals understand and exercise their rights under the law as well as educate policymakers aboutissues that impact the rights and services for people with disabilities.
NAMI Texas advocates for the acceptance and treatment of individuals with mental illness to facilitate recovery. They provide statewide support and educational opportunities for individuals living with mental illness, family, friends, professionals and the community at large to address mental health issues and stigmas.
Partners Resource Network operates the statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) which support parents of children with disabilities. PRN works with parents to help them understand their child’s disability and their rights and responsibilities for education, and obtain and evaluate resources and services for their children.
Easterseals supports children and adults with disabilities and their families through hundreds of home and community-based services. Their early childhood intervention program and outpatient rehabilitation facility gives children and adolescents with disabilities and their caregivers the services and support necessary to participate fully in life.
The Autism Society of Texas changes lives by connecting families and individuals to community resources and support throughout Texas. Offerings include support meetings, online networking opportunities, sensory-friendly films, and fun family activities.