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Arc of Texas
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Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in civil, social, educational, health and employment activities in the communities in which they reside, with the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential in every way. Oldest and largest nonprofit, volunteer organization in the state committed to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other developmental disabilities to be included in their communities. Supports families, advances public policies, provides training programs, and builds a statewide network of advocates.

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program
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A program of the Texas Department of State Health Services, CSHCN provides services to children with extraordinary medical needs, disabilities, and chronic health conditions. The CSHCN Services Program's health care benefits include payments for medical care, family support services, and related services not covered by Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, or other "third party payors." The program also contracts with agencies

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
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CTD is a social and economic impact organization representing people of all disabilities of all ages. Through governmental advocacy public awareness activities, and professional consulting, CTD ensures that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.

Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities
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Provides resources and information on disabilities including committee members and law, publications, ADA, key laws, goals and recommendations, disability history, disability policy, statistics and information on local committees around the state.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
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The Council works to improve people's understanding of disability issues and ensure that the service delivery system provides comprehensive services and supports that meet people's needs, is easy to access and cost effective. Council members include individuals with developmental disabilities, parents and guardians, as appointed by the governor, as well as representatives from each major state agency that serves people with developmental disabilities. The Council also has representatives from the state's protection and advocacy system, Texas Center for Disability Studies and local organizations.

Texas Council of Community Centers
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The Council is the organization through which community MHMR centers can work together as a public system serving Texans with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and chemical dependency. Through this work, centers can expand and improve services needed by their local communities and deliver these quality services to their local consumers. They can also provide accountability to their sponsoring governmental entities, their other funding sources, and the state governance for its investments in services.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
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This is the home site for services provided by the state for senior citizens. They work to provide a comprehensive array of aging and disability services, supports, and opportunities that are easily accessed in local communities.

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
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Administers programs that ensure Texas is a state where people with disabilities, and children who have developmental delays, enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to live independent and productive lives.

Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD)
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TOPDD coordinates activity among the many state and private agencies that work to prevent developmental disabilities. Its mission is to minimize the economic and human losses in Texas caused by preventable disabilities.

 
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