Special Needs Community Resources

The following are resources in the Central Texas area that are not affiliated with the Children’s Special Needs Network but may be a great way for you to connect with the special needs community.

Support Groups

Caregivers Ladder –  Click here for more information.

Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos ValleyClick here for more information.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas – Click here for more information.

Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS) – in the Bryan/College Station area. Click here for more information.

Heart of Texas Autism Network – Click here for more information.

Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network –  Click here for more information.

His Kids Support Group – Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10am – 12pm at Temple Bible Church, contact Susie Marek at susie.marek@hoctilc.org or 254-933-7487 for more information.

Recreational Activities

Buddy Sports with First Baptist Belton – a recreation program for children and young adults with special needs – call 254-939-0705 or click here for more information.

Lisa’s Dance Connection – Dancers with Possibilities for Children with Special Needs. Call 254-778-4344 for more information or click here

City of Harker Heights Superhero Adaptive Sports – provides recreational opportunities for youth and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Click here or call 254-953-5657 for more information.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Texas – click here for information about events and recreational activities.

Special Olympics Texas  – click here for more information.

Texas Angels Pageant – Texas Angels Pageant gives Angels with special needs the opportunity to strut their stuff and show their true beauty on stage.  This is an opportunity for the Angel’s personal growth, as well as the growth of the numerous volunteers to help support this great organization. Click here for more information.

FC Belton Special Needs Soccer – click here for more information.

Extreme Cheer & Tumble – click here for more information about Extreme’s Special Needs Cheer & Tumble Program.

No Limitations Athletics – click here to learn more about this program that offers the special needs community in Central Texas the chance to play sports.

Challenger League Waco – click here to learn more about The Challenger Division of Little League that  provides children with cognitive and physical challenges the opportunity to play Little League.

 

Funding Assistance

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Texas  – click here for more information about funding assistance.

Texas Elks State Association – click here for more information.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation – click here for more information about financial help for medical needs.

 

Childcare for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Sammy’s House –  2415 Twin Oaks Dr., Austin, TX  –  512-453-5258

Education Connection – 2207 Florence Road, Killeen, TX  – 254-526-9299

Central Texas Children’s Center – 2000 Marlandwood Road, Temple, TX – 254-778-6785

Living Word Christian Academy & Daycare – 1005 Dunbar St., Waco, TX 254-799-3796

You may also search the Texas Department of Family and Protective services website for facilities that take children with special health care needs.

Transition Information

Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Council – click here for more information.

Additional Resources

Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Special Needs – information from the Texas Department of State Health Services

SPEDTex – Texas Special Education Information Center

Parent Companion  – A guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.

Texas Guardianship Association

Austin Area Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs

Texas Parent to Parent Resource Directory

Baylor Center for Autism

Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

Exceptional Georgetown Alliance

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

Partners Resource Network – A parent training and information center that provides one-on-one ARD support and trainings.

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program

Heart of Texas Region MHMR – The Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center is made up of caring professionals who are dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, developmental delays, and emotional conflict.

Central Counties Center MHMR

Camps for Children with Special Needs

Texas Lions Camp

Camp Summit

Camp Bluebonnet

CAMP

Exceptional Georgetown Alliance

Texas Elks Camp

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