5 Sources Of Help For Texans With Special Needs

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I was browsing through some Linked-In messages this morning when I ran across a link to a web site of an organization here in Houston that is doing, what I think is, some good work for care givers.

Below are links to websites that Texans needing assistance may wish to investigate.

1.   Desperate For Respite

“Desperate For Respite is a nonprofit charitable corporation whose purpose is to provide respite care for caregivers of children and dependent adults with special needs through specific programs.”

2.   DETOG Long Term Care Ombudsman

“Authorized by State and Federal laws, the long-term care Ombudsman is a specially trained and certified volunteer who advocates for quality care in Texas Nursing facilities, Personal Care and Assisted Living facilities. An Ombudsman has the resources of the Texas Department on Aging and other Agencies to help complaints by residents and staff. A professional staff Ombudsman closely supervises the volunteers and provides information to residents and families about rights and procedures of care for residents of these facilities.”

3.   Bluebonnet Trails

“Our mission is to ensure the provision of accessible, efficient and effective services that support the dignity and independence of those we serve. Within our communities, we are privileged to serve adults with serious mental illness; children and adolescents with serious mental illness or emotional disorders, autism or pervasive developmental disorders; persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and infants and toddlers with developmental delays.”

4.   Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

“Interest lists for community-based programs are managed either locally or statewide, depending on the program. The programs are:

  • Community Based Alternatives (CBA)
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf/Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Home and Community Services (HCS)
  • Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP)

Allocations are based on available funding. Consumers who have been on the interest lists the longest are enrolled first.”

5.   The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

“Through governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting, CTD ensures that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.”


Some of these organizations are non-profit organizations.  My wife is on the board of directors for Shape up Sugarland.  I know how tight non-profit budgets can be.  If you have some money just lying around, they would be grateful for your tax deductible contribution.  If you don’t have money but extra time, many non-profit organizations rely on volunteers.  You may want to consider offering your services to them.

I know that Texas A & M sponsors a free clearinghouse of contact information for organizations devoted to meeting the needs of disabled Texans.  If you are looking for “non-skilled,” care-giving services, you may wish to investigate their web site.

Obviously, these are just some of the organizations that are available to help people who need assistance.  Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all agree that people with disabilities, of all ages, need help.  Please, please leave information in the Comments area about other non-profit organizations that are available at little or no cost to disabled Texans.  Someone else may find some help they desperately need.

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