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Local Residential Options
Kenmar Residential Services: Kenmar Residential Services, Inc. was founded by William K Gray, Ph.D and Mary S Gray in 1986. Their daughter, Sabrina, helped start the company and has stayed with it for more than 25 years. In 1991 Ken Gray II joined the family business, followed by his wife, Denise, in 2006.
Abiding Choice: We are a small company with exceptional experience who will strive to treat everyone
with respect and dignity. We are not a large corporation, franchise or member of a national chain. When you call we will answer the phone, you won’t have to leave a message and wait to be called back. We have been in the field for a combined 21 years.
Consumer Directed Services
Consumer Directed Services allows people who receive services from Texas Health and Human Services Commission to hire and manage the people who provide their services.
Intentional Communities Across America
Together for Choice: Our organization members collectively serve over 26,000 individuals with I/DD. We come together for trips to Washington DC to meet with Congressmen, our National Conference, and at local events. Together for Choice is 3,300 members strong located across the country and advocating for choice at local, regional, and national levels.
Crystal Herrington, Financial Representative: I'm committed to helping you get closer to your dreams. When you partner with me, you can expect a judgment-free, pressure-free environment with conversations that will be jargon-free. I strive to provide you the best experience possible.
Consolidated Planning Group: A holistic financial planning firm that provides advice, analysis, education, and financial planning services for families and small businesses. We are proud to serve the Special Needs community.
PLAN: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network: Works with families to create a good life for people with disabilities, through a a network of caring relationships, a sound financial plan, supported decision-making, and a place to call home. Also see their sister organization, Plan Institute for Caring Citizenship which provides training, consultation and research related to leadership development, personal network facilitation, and caring citizenship.
Post-Secondary Education Programs: Colleges and Vocational
Texas A&M PATHS Program: This two-year certificate program prepares graduates for employment in a career serving people with disabilities or working with children.
Think College: Think College is a national initiative dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving research and practice in inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability. It is based at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston.
E4Texas: E4Texas is a post-secondary opportunity for people with or without a disability, who are over the age of 18, who have a high school diploma, and are employment-focused.
UT Best Buddies: Best Buddies is a registered service organization that matches UT students with adults in the Austin community with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Through one-to-one friendships, fun events, leadership development, and self-advocacy workshops, we strive to empower individuals with IDD to become fully included members of our society.
Boy Scouts of America: The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is that all youth want to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the unit. While there are, by necessity, units exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every Scout is part of a regular unit.
Kiwanis Aktion Club: Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 10,000 members worldwide. Club members become competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.
The Expedition School: The school believes in transformative experiences. Connecting with nature can provide meaningful moments of personal joy and connections with our planet, our family and friends, and our broader community.
Texas Rowing For All: To provide programs that build self-esteem, confidence, fitness and lasting friendships for people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities through inclusive rowing and paddling.
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center: Since 1976, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided adaptive sports programs to individuals from all 50 states and 10 countries around the world. Our offerings included adaptive winter ski and snowboard programs at Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain Ski Resorts, and summer programs on local rivers, lakes, bike paths and our very own adaptive ropes course.
Special Olympics Texas: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Trips, Inc.: Provider of all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal is to give the best life experience to our consumers by promoting independence and inclusion through travel. From theme parks to national parks, Alaska to Hawaii, cruises and international destinations-our excursions take you all over the world!
Texas Health and Human Services (HHS): provides a range of these services to Texans with disabilities to help ensure their well-being, dignity and choices. Programs also are in place to support family members who care for them.
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services: Our Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Services provide intervention, therapies and supports throughout a lifetime allowing persons to reach their greatest potential – including eligibility determination, early intervention for babies and toddlers, autism services, enrichment centers, respite, companion care, community supports, employment assistance and service coordination.
Integral Care: Children and adults living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may receive services from Integral Care to make sure they have the tools they need to thrive. We create opportunities for people to form healthy relationships, live in the community and lead meaningful lives. Services are available regardless of ability to pay and can be provided in many languages.
Support groups and advocacy
These organizations offer publications, education, conferences, networking forums, and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their parents, families, and extended circle of caregivers.
- International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association
- National Association for Down Syndrome
- National Down Syndrome Congress
- National Down Syndrome Society
- American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
- The Arc of the United States (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens)
Professional Journals, Articles, & Books
- Etmanski, Al. (2004) Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, Vancouver, BC, Canada, A Good Life for You and Your Relative with a Disability.
- Chicoine, Brian, MD and Dennis McGuire, Ph.D. (2010), Woodbine House (Bethesda, MD), The Guide to Good Health for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome.
- McGuire, Dennis, Ph.D. and Brian Chicoine, MD (2006), Woodbine House (Bethesda, MD), Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges.
- Medlen, Joan E. Buthrie, R.D, L.D. (2002) , Woodbine House (Bethesda, MD), The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook: A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles