Support & Advocacy

These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities in your area. To find local, state and national organizations focusing on helping caregivers and people with IDD, please browse the list below.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Tarrant County
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The ADRC of Tarrant County helps people who are aging or have a disability, their families and caregivers, in understanding their options and successfully connecting with the services and supports they need.

Arc of Greater Tarrant County
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Advocates on behalf of and in collaboration with people with developmental disabilities and their families to improve their quality of life and to expand opportunities to participate actively in the community.

Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County
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Supports people with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers in achieving the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in one’s achievements, inclusion in the community and reaching one’s full potential, through social and educational activities.

Easter Seals North Texas
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Creating opportunities that advance the independence of individuals with disabilities and other special needs.

Families for Effective Treatment of Autism of North Texas
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A non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals dedicated to providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the North Texas Autism Community.

Guardianship Services
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Works provide guardianship and alternative services to legally and functionally incapacitated individuals who have no family member or friend willing, able, or suitable to serve in that capacity.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Council of Tarrant County
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A collaboration of public and private agencies, as well as individuals who have IDD and their families. This ground-breaking initiative brings everyone to the table to develop plans for long-term changes in the system while addressing key issues and providing immediate solutions where possible.

United Cerebral Palsy of North Texas
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Strives to advance the independence, productive, and full citizenship of persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

ADAPT of Texas
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A national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Advocacy Inc: Disability Rights Texas
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Works to protect people with disabilities from the myriad forms of discrimination that limit their full and equal participation in society — because all people have dignity and worth.

American Council of the Blind Texas
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Strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

Arc of Texas
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Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in civil, social, educational, health and employment activities in the communities in which they reside, with the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential in every way. Oldest and largest nonprofit, volunteer organization in the state committed to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be included in their communities. Supports families, advances public policies, provides training programs, and builds a statewide network of advocates.

Brain Injury Association of Texas
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The Brain Injury Association of Texas, chartered as a non-profit public service organization, strives to meet the urgent need to develop programs for public awareness and education, to support research and rehabilitation and to provide family guidance. Funds to accomplish these tasks come from individuals, business and industry, and public donations and grants.

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
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CTD is a social and economic impact organization representing people of all disabilities of all ages. Through governmental advocacy public awareness activities, and professional consulting, CTD ensures that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.

DBTAC Southwest ADA Center
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The Southwest's leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws.

Disability Policy Consortium
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Committed to being an effective player in the system that creates and carries out the laws and policies that advance the rights of Texans with disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association of Texas
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A non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the education and general welfare of persons with learning disabilities.

Parents Resource Network
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Works to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals.

Texas Association of Blind Students
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A membership organization devoted to the advancement of blind students of all ages. Since its inception in 1990, TABS has worked on multiple levels to encourage the equal participation of blind individuals in all functions of society.

Texas Association of the Deaf
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An organization for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is a membership organization to provide information and education including surveys and studies to bring the viewpoint on various issues affecting the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing at all levels of the community.

Texas CHIP Coalition
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Formed in 1988 to bring together state and local organizations to support adequate state funding and program improvements for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children’s Medicaid. The Coalition engages in public education and advocacy, working closely with state agencies and the Texas legislature on behalf of children and their families.

Texas Guardianship Association
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Texas Guardianship Association (TGA) was formed in the fall of 1992 in order to promote communication and cooperation among individuals, organizations, agencies and courts concerned with guardianship and its alternatives.

Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention
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A statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services.

Texas Protection and Advocacy
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Texas PAD provides protection and advocacy services to people with disabilities and mental health issues.

Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf
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Works to promote the highest standards in interpreting for and communicating with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing.

Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
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TSHA empowers speech-language pathologists and audiologists by providing professional development, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards, and advocating for legislation and regulation necessary for members to provide evidence-based quality care for individuals with communicative disorders.

Texas State Independent Living Council
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The mission of the Texas State Independent Living Council is to promote the philosophy of independent living and to promote the expansion of quality consumer directed independent living service programs statewide.

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism
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Through the network of the 20 Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) around the state and in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism.

Assistive Technology Network
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Developed by The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers under contract with the California Assistive Technology System (CATS). Provides advocacy, resources and education.

Autism Network International
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A self-help and advocacy organization for people with autism, run by people with autism.

Autism Speaks
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Seeks to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, and is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association
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A nonprofit organization, offering support and information to families of infants, children, and young adults who have hemiplegic cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, prenatal stroke, childhood stroke, infant stroke, perinatal stroke, neonatal stroke, in utero stroke, and stroke in neonates.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Epilepsy Foundation
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A non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, with a mission to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

Epilepsy in Young Children
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Intended to support parents and other caregivers of children with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Support Group
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EPILEPSY-L is an E-mail based support group (discussion list) for people with epilepsy and those who care about and for them. People with epilepsy (PwEs), parents of children with epilepsy, family and friends of PwEs, and health professionals who work with PwEs are all welcome to join.

Exceptional Parent Magazine
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Provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Fragile X Foundation
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Unites the Fragile X community to enrich lives through educational and emotional support, promote public and professional awareness, and advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.

National Association of the Deaf
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Seeks to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
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A unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
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Makes self-advocacy available in every state including institutions, high schools, rural areas and people living with families with local support and advisors to help.

TASH
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An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
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The leading source of information on cerebral palsy and a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Wrightslaw
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Provides accurate, current information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

 
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