Texas State Resources

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Address: 1100 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78756

Phone: 512-454-8631

A partner with independent school districts in Texas. Provides instructional and related services to students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

 

Texas School for the Deaf (TSD)

Address: 1102 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

Phone: 512-462-5353

Email: webmaster@tsd.state.tx.us

A public day and residential school for students pre-school through 12th grade who are deaf and hard of hearing. The school provides services to students age birth through three years jointly with Early Childhood Intervention (EVI) programs. These services include instruction and consultation in communication and language development as well as sign language classes and other deafness-related information. Comprehensive assessment services and information and referral services are also available. See State Services for more information on the Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD).

 

STATE AGENCIES

Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) 

Address: 1102 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

Phone: 512-462-5329

Email: ercod@tsd.state.tx.us

The ERCOD brings the resources of the Texas School for the Deaf to the state, as well as, works collaboratively with a variety of agencies, programs, and school across Texas to create a network of information, services, and support designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)

Address: 1701 N. Congress Ave., PO Box 13326, Austin, TX 78711

Phone: 512-936-7000

Email: web@puc.texas.gov

In 1975, the Texas Legislature enacted the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) and created the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) to provide statewide regulation of the rates and services of electric and telecommunications utilities. Roughly twenty years later, the combined effects of significant Texas legislation in 1995 and the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 resulted in competition in telecommunication’s wholesale and retail services and the creation of a competitive electric wholesale market. Further changes in the 1999 Texas Legislature not only called for a restructuring of the electric utility industry but also created new legislation that ensured the protection of customers’ rights in the new competitive environment. Over the years, these various changes have dramatically re-shaped the PUC’s mission and focus, shifting from up-front regulation of rates and services to oversight of competitive markets and compliance enforcement of statutes and rules.

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

Address: 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78756

Phone: 1-800-628-5115

Email: DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us

Serves children, birth to age 3, with disabilities or delays. Assists families in helping their children reach their potential through developmental services.. Programs are located throughout the state. For children who have a hearing loss, ECI works in partnership with deaf education parent infant services provided through regional or local school programs or Texas School for the Deaf to provide services at no cost to the family, regardless of income.

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)

Address: 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78756

Phone: 1-800-628-5115

Email:

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.

 

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Address: PO Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Phone: 512- 776-7111 or 1-888-963-7111

Email: Audiology@dshs.state.tx.us

State agency that provides information about obtaining services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. These services include evaluation, follow-up, hearing aids, and earmolds.

 

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Division of IDEA Coordination

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Address: 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78701

Phone: 512-463-9734

Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing manages the operation of the Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf (RDSPD), performs all activities required to maintain statewide program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and provides policy guidance to local regional day schools and local school districts providing instructional services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD)

Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) is 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 who are deaf or hard of hearing at all levels of the community. TAD also helps to ensure communications accessibility in our state, counties, and cities to our deaf and hard of hearing citizens. It has proven its commitment to address the needs of deaf and hard of hearing members for more than a century.

Texas Association of Parents and Educators of the Deaf (TAPED)

Address: 3001 Elsinor Drive, Fort Worth,Texas 76116-4708

Phone: 281-250-5151

Provides information and networking resource for parents and educators. Sponsors the biennial statewide conference on Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, annual scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing seniors, and adults desiring to enter the field of interpreting or deaf education teaching. Provides website focusing on both parents and educators, collaboration with other associations/organizations and a voices for the field of deaf education.

 

Texas Chapter of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Email: texasagbell@gmail.com

The Texas Chapter of AG Bell has a great group of individuals who have committed to furthering Alexander Graham Bell’s mission. Chapter leaders volunteer their time to educate the health-care and education professionals, parents and the general public that children with hearing loss can learn to listen and talk. In addition, the Chapter strives to ensure that everyone is fully educated about their communication and educational options in order to make informed decisions that will impact a person’s life

 

Texas Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America

Local Chapters

Promotes an improved quality of life for people who are heard of hearing through education, advocacy, and self-help.

 

Texas Hands & Voices

Address: PO Box 2208 Cypress, TX 77410

Phone: 936-463-8948

Email: office@txhv.org

Texas Hands & Voices (TX H&V) offers support, information and resources in an unbiased manner to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Our outreach activities, parent/professional/community collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.

 Texas Guide By Your Side Program

Online Contact Form

Texas Guide By Your Side Program (TX GBYS) is a formal and separate program under the umbrella of TX H&V that provides individualized one-on-one support to families of deaf and hard of hearing children free of charge throughout the state of Texas from age birth through 21.  We currently have 11 Parent Guides (5 are Spanish speaking) and 4 Deaf or Hard of Hearing Guides living all over the state that are trained and paid to provide this unique direct support to families in addition to conducting outreach and planning social and informational events for families around the state.  The Parent Guides are themselves parents of deaf or hard of hearing children and the D/HH Guides are deaf/Deaf/HH adults that can share their experiences with families as well as provide information on Deaf culture, deaf community and first hand experiences with assistive technology inside and outside the home.  Parents can request our services through a simple online form or services can be requested by a professional on behalf of a family with their consent.

Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P)

Address: 3710 Cedar St., Box 12, Austin, Texas 78705-1449

Phone: 866-896-6001

TcP2P is a non-profit, statewide program providing support, resources, and information to parents/caregivers of children of all ages and disabilities, as well as the professionals who work with them. Services include: matching parents to trained parent volunteers who have children with similar disabilities or issues in order for new partners to ask questions, find resources, and talk to another parent who can relate to their issues; quarterly newsletter, list serves, annual parent conference, and educational opportunities across the sate. Services available in English and Spanish.

 

Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA)

Address: 2025 M Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 855-330-8742

Email:staff@txsha.org

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a dynamic professional organization and is the recognized resource for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and consumers in the state.

 

SERVICES GENERAL SERVICES

Disability Rights Texas

Address: 2222 West Braker Lane, Austin, Texas 78758

Phone: 512-454-4816

Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.

 

Partners Resource Network, Inc.

Address: 1090 Longfellow Drive, Suite B, Beaumont, TX 77706

Phone: 409-898-4684

Email: partnersresource@sbcglobal.net

Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI’s funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) . The PTI Projects are: PATHPEN, and TEAM. The Texas PTIs provide training, education, information, referral, emotional support, and individual assistance in obtaining appropriate services.

Specialized Telecommunication Assistance Program (STAP)

Email: stap@dars.state.tx.us

The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a voucher program that provides financial assistance to Texans with disabilities that interfere with access to the telephone networks for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services. The type of devices available under the program are on our website at Vouchers and Values. STAP typically covers the cost of most phones included in our voucher categories.

 

Texas Technology Access Project

Address: Texas Technology Access Program, Texas Center for Disability Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, L4000, Commons Learning Center, Suite 1.154, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758

Phone: 512-232-0740

Our mission is to increase access for people with disabilities to Assistive Technology that provides them more control over their immediate environments and an enhanced ability to function independently.

The Texas Technology Access Program leads the state’s efforts to carry out the federal Assistive Technology Act of 2004.

CAMPS

Camp SIGN

Address: Camp SIGN, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, P.O. Box 12306, Austin, Texas 78711

Phone: 512-410-1387

Camp SIGN is a week-long summer program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of 8 and 15. A counselor in training program is available to children who are deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of 16 and 17. The camp program is dependent on donated funds. Donations are welcome throughout the year and are tax deductible.

 

Camp Summit

Address: 17210 Campbell Road, Suite 180-W, Dallas, Texas 75252

Phone: 972-484-8900

Email: camp@campsummittx.org

The mission of Camp Summit is to provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities.

 

Cochlear Implant Summer Listening Camp

Contact: Melissa Sweeney 214-905-3139

Each summer, through the generous support of the Crystal Charity Ball, the UT Dallas Callier Center coordinates a fun-filled summer camp for children ages 4-11 who have cochlear implants. Graduate students from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas participate as camp counselors or “buddies” for the campers. The campers receive listening and speech-language therapy throughout the week and participate in exciting camp activities such as fishing, arts and crafts and music. The campers also have the opportunity to be with other children who have cochlear implants, and family members have an opportunity to come together and share information.

Texas Lions Camp

Address: P.O. Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78029

Phone: 830-896-8500

Children with special needs from all over the State of Texas are invited to apply to attend one of 9, one week-long sessions at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas. Join us in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for a week designed for fun, friendship and challenge. Now accepting applications on-line and by US Mail.

FUNDING SOURCES

Caring for Children Foundation of Texas

Phone: 1-800-258-5437

Provides access to preventative care for children ages 6-18 years whose families are not eligible for Medicaid, and cannot afford private health insurance.

CHIP and Children’s Medicaid

Address: PO Box 149024 Austin, TX 78714-0924

Phone: 1-877-543-7669 or 1-800-647-6558

Children in Texas without health insurance may be able to get low cost or free health coverage from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children’s Medicaid. Both programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses, and much more.