** Autism NOW — http://autismnow.org – Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders. A major goal of the Autism NOW Center is to provide resources and information in core areas across the lifespan. Focus areas include Early detection, Early intervention, and Early education; Transition from high school into early adulthood; Community based employment; Advocacy for families and self-advocates; Community Inclusion; Aging Issues; Policy; Implementation of Health Care Reform, including Long Term Care Services and Supports; Family and Sibling Support; and Networking in local, state, and national arenas. We accomplish these goals in a variety of ways.
** University Medical Center Foundation Mental Health Clearing House – http://umcfoundationelpaso.org/static/mhclearinghouse.html This is a public service to aide those seeking information for themselves, loved ones or associates. By answering a few simple questions, the Mental Health Clearinghouse provides contact information for resources available in our community based on your search criteria. This site was launched November 7, 2011. It is constantly being updated with new information by community resource providers
**Jewish Family and Children’s Service — 401 Wallenberg El Paso, Texas 79912 915.581.3256 http://www.jfcselpaso.org/ – JFCS is a non-profit counseling agency serving El Pasoans in need. We provide counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors regardless of religion. JFCS works to improve the quality of life, which values the stability, growth, and well-being of families and individuals. We offer access to quality, affordable mental health and social services in a quiet and confidential atmosphere. We serve all El Pasoans in need regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.
** Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center– 1101 E. Schuster Ave El Paso TX 79902, Main (915) -544-8484 or Norma Perez the Information and Referral Specialist at (915) -544-8484 ext 192 — http://pdnchildrens.org/ – At the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center, we strive to provide quality services to children with special needs and their families. We offer services such as an inclusive child development center, early childhood intervention (ECI) program for infants through 3 years of age, community resources to include information & referral services, as well as other health care related services.
** Childrens Disability Information Coalition (CDIC) – 1101 E. Schuster Ave El Paso, TX 79902 (915) 217-2747 – http://www.cdicelpaso.org/index.php — CDIC is the Community Parent Resource Center in El Paso Texas. Our desire is for children to reach their fullest potential and become valuable to their community. We serve our families through education and support. Established in 1989, CDIC offers workshops on parenting a child with special needs, educational rights, ARD’s and IEP’s, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and many more. We offer individualized assistance to families that have children receiving special education services in the public school system and coordinate an annual symposium. We believe that parent to parent support is very important. That is why we are here.
** Every Child Inc – 8400 N. MoPac, Suite 201 Austin, TX 78759 – Toll Free: 877.742.8844 – firstname.lastname@example.org – http://www.everychildtexas.org/index.html – We’re excited to invite you to visit EveryChild-Online, a virtual community of “system-changers” who are learning together what can work for families and children with disabilities. We hope new and old friends alike will find something of value and practical use on this site, whether you work for an agency looking for ways to provide better services, are a family who would consider taking a child with a disability into your home, a parent looking for care options, or someone working to change the systems of care for children with disabilities and their families. For our non-Texas visitors, we hope you will find ideas and take away materials and tools that you can adapt to your systems and communities. Finally, we hope to challenge you and we invite you to challenge us, to continuously grow and improve efforts to make family life possible for every child
**Volar Center Center for Independent Living– 1220 Golden Key Circle, El Paso, TX 79925 Ph: 915-591-0800 Fax: 915. 591.3506 email@example.com — Volar CIL is an organization of and for people with disabilities, advocating human and civil rights, community options, and empowering people to live the lives they choose. 1. Assisting consumers in locating and accessing community resources. 2. Assisting children and young people with disabilities, and their families, with education system issues, including ARD’s, to facilitate the transition from school to employment, or higher education, and community integration.
** Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) - United Way of El Paso County – http://www.unitedwayelpaso.org/HIPPY_Program.php - 1918 Texas Avenue, El Paso TX 79901 - (915) 533-2434 ext. 224 - AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Veronica Harkness - firstname.lastname@example.org - Our United Way has received an award from the OneStar Foundation in the amount of $1,920,000 in federal funds to implement a HIPPY program in El Paso County including Socorro. The HIPPY program is being delivered by 38 full time AmeriCorps members who serve as Home Visitors. They are providing the research based curriculum to a minimum of 400 parents of preschoolers aged three (3) to five (5).
** ACT Today! stands for Autism Care and Treatment Today! – http://www.act-today.org/ – ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. Our goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families. Studies demonstrate that early and intense intervention is important when treating individuals with autism, yet sadly very few of the effective treatments are covered by medical insurance and families are often delegated to piece together a treatment program for their child via multiple funding sources. Often, the child with autism must go without vital interventions due to financial restraints. ACT Today! strives to provide necessary services so that each child with autism can reach his or her highest potential. I’ve attached a copy of the application for your convenience. http://www.acttoday.org/ACT_Today_Grant_Application_2011.pdf
** ACT Today for Military Families! (Autism Care and Treatment Today For Military Families!) - www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org <http://www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org/> – Is a non-profit organization that works to provide financial assistance to families for autism treatments, services, and quality of life programs. Recognizing the extraordinary circumstances military families face today, we have launched ACT Today! for Military Families, a dedicated fund to assist military families impacted by autism. Previous grants awarded included funding for ABA therapy, biomedical interventions, assessments, safety equipment (including fences), technology, and other quality of life supports (including music therapy, social skills groups, summer camps, etc.). I’ve attached a copy of the application for your convenience. Additional information on how to apply can be found at the below link: http://acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org/apply_autism_grant.aspx
** Life Span Home Health– 1200 Golden Key Suite 369 El Paso TX 79925 (915) 774-8787, ext 4003 — http://www.lifespantx.com/en/Patients.aspx – Personal Care Services (PCS), a Medicaid benefit for children with disabilities or long term behavioral, mental, or health problems. It includes help with everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. For central registration please call Rebbecca at 1-877-434-3153.
** Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Parent S.H.A.R.E. Share, Help, Advocacy, Resources, Education – Renate Garcia email@example.com or 915-256-7783 – SPD Parent S.H.A.R.E. is an International Host Network of parents and professionals who provide support, information and resources in their own communities to anyone living with SPD, or anyone wanting to learn more about SPD. Support is provided through group and individual discussions, online resources, and education. Hope is given to families by learning from our SPD Parent S.H.A.R.E. Hosts that SPD IS NOT PARENTAL OR BEHAVIORAL, and it CAN be treated! Our goal is to spread awareness, information, resources, education and comfort to SPD families across the Nation.
** Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP)– This program is through Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/stap.shtml A voucher program that provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assisted equipment or services for individuals whose disability interferes with their ability to access the telephone network. You can email DARS at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kevin Hornung at 210-464-3933 email@example.com Hightech Rehab Solutions is a provider of Communication Devices that are a recognized distributor through DARS.
** Disability is Natural- A web site by Kathie Snow which gives an insightful way to think and talk about Individuls with Disabilities – http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/
THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF: Physicians and other medical personnel help parents joyously celebrate the birth of every baby, instead of crushing parents’ dreams when they predict gloom and doom because the child happens to have a disability. Kathie Snow.
We would accept people with disabilities for who they are and not spend so much time trying to fix them. Rebecca, a person with autism who works with people who have disabilities/different abilities
All educators recognize that all students with disabilities are learners with great potential, and ensure students with disabilities receive the education they need, in general education classrooms, so they have the skills they need to go on to post-secondary education and/or into the job market (a real job with real pay). Kathie Snow
** The Child Care Law Center (CCLC) – http://www.childcarelaw.org/about.shtml - (415) 394-7144 – is a national nonprofit legal services organization that uses legal tools to make high quality, affordable child care available to every child, every family, and every community. We are the only organization in the country devoted exclusively to the complex legal issues that affect child care. This center is in California and address concerns in California. They DO help and WILL help people from other states. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Law and they can speak and advise as to the law. Anyone with a legal question or question about laws relating to child care may call our Information and Referral Line at (415) 394-7144 between 12 and 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Mondays and Thursdays to speak with a staff attorney or a law student working under the supervision of an attorney. Callers can receive information on a wide variety of topics, including the rights to child care of parents in welfare-to-work programs, inclusion of children with disabilities and special health care needs in child care, child care subsidies, and rights and responsibilities of child care providers (including providers’ rights vis-à-vis landlords).
** Disability Rights Texas- Ms Wannamaker Esq. – ConstanceW@advocacyinc.org – (915)542-0585 – 300 East Main Street #205, El Paso Texas 79901 Intake number 1-800-242-9108 -http://www.disabilityrightstx.org/ - Disability Rights Texas exists to help people break through these barriers to achieve their personal goals and dreams. Our attorneys and advocates fulfill our mission in the following ways: Provide direct legal assistance to people with disabilities whose rights are threatened or violated / Protect the rights of individuals and groups of people with disabilities through the courts and justice system / Advocate for laws and public policies that protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities / Inform people with disabilities and family members about their rights; make referrals to programs and services.
** Wrights Law – Pete Wright Esq. – http://www.wrightslaw.com/ - Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics: IDEA 2004: Special Education: Law: Advocacy: Books, DVDs and Website
** El Paso Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid - http://www.trla.org/office/el-paso - (915)585-5183 Monday – Friday, from 9:00-11:30am and from 1:30-4:30pm - TRLA offers a variety of legal clinics and outreach programs designed to empower El Pasoans by educating them on a wide range of legal issues. You can apply for our services locally by calling (915)585-5183 Monday – Friday, from 9:00-11:30am and from 1:30-4:30pm. Emergency Intake: The following are cases are considered for emergency intake at the TRLA branch office in El Paso: Cases where the client has been served with papers and they have an answer deadline / Cases with a discovery deadline / Cases where the client is about to lose his or her shelter, either through eviction or foreclosure / Cases where the client is at the end of a statute of limitations deadline All emergency intake cases are to be approved by the branch manager. Persons whose emergency intake status has been approved are then referred to Monica Lopez, a paralegal in our office. Because there are only 2 paralegals in our office who are designated to do intake
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