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Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Home and Community-Based Services - a link to a variety of programs through DADS.

Department of Assistive and Disabilities Services - Early Childhood Intervention (DARS-ECI) - ECI is 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. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Division of Blind Services (DARS-DBS) - The 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.

DBS staff work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to get high quality jobs, live independently, or help a child receive the training needed to be successful in school and beyond. DBS envisions a Texas where people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue independence and employment, and our mission is to work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals.

Our Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed for adults whose visual condition limits their ability to begin or continue work. As part of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the Division for Blind Services has services for individuals who are deafblind.

As part of our commitment to helping individuals find work, our Business Enterprises of Texas program provides employment opportunities.

The Independent Living Rehabilitation Program assists adults who are blind or visually impaired to learn adaptive skills to continue to live independently with vision loss.

The Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program assists children who are blind and visually impaired to develop their individual potential. Emphasis is on restoring vision, reducing dependency, and preparing for vocational success.

The Transition Program, which is part of our Vocational Rehabilitation services, provides educational and career guidance for adolescents and young adults.

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services-Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services - The DARS, Division for Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) works in partnership with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to eliminate societal and communication barriers to improve equal access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DHHS advocates for people of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to express their freedoms, participate in society to their individual potential, and reduce their isolation regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or degree of disability.

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services - Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities Program - The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has a program that helps people who are deaf and blind with multiple disabilities become more communicative and independent.

Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources -

DSHS Children’s Mental Health serves children ages 3 through 17 with a diagnosis of mental illness (excluding a single diagnosis of substance abuse, mental retardation, autism or pervasive development disorder) who exhibit serious emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and who:

  1. Have a serious functional impairment; or
  2. Are at risk of disruption of a preferred living or child care environment due to psychiatric symptoms; or
  3. Are enrolled in a school system’s special education program because of serious emotional disturbance.

Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) - The mission of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.

Texas Education Agency - Special Education Index by topic is a great place to find answers to any of your special education questions.

Legal Framework for the Child Centered Special Education Process (TSBVI county district # 227905)

Educating Students with Blindness Educational Guidelines and Standards