Helpful Resources - Including Kids Autism Center

Helpful Resources

This is a list of providers that either parents have used or have been referred to us. Everyone has different experiences with their providers. Please do your own research on these providers to assure they meet your individual needs.

Autism & Special Needs Resources

Texas Autism Advocacy – One of the most comprehensive sites for parents looking for information on autism in the state of Texas.

FEAT Houston – Provides information on autism, ABA treatment, and support groups in the Houston and Texas area.

Autism Speaks – New York-based advocacy group recognized for raising autism awareness, research, legislation, and scientific grants.

APBA Consumer Guidelines – Consumer Guidelines for Identifying, Selecting and Evaluating Behavior Analysts Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Cerebral Palsy Group – Provides information about cerebral palsy, as well as resources for support, financial assistance and more.

Driving with Autism: How to Prepare for Your Driver’s Test – As a teen or young adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), your decision to drive is an important one and one that should not be taken lightly. Driving is a vital part of one’s development, giving you newfound independence with access to your community and the world beyond. 

Careers for people with disabilities: As a person with a disability, you may hesitate to look for work. You can be unsure whether or not to make a disability known when applying for employment. Opportunities can be found in all fields: nursing, business, media, technology, law, social sciences – you name it. There are people with disabilities working in almost all industries. Click on the title link to find everything you need to know about navigating the pathway to employment as an individual with a disability. 

Traveling with Autism – Traveling is a bit more complicated when you have a child on the autism spectrum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. With some advance planning and a good safety strategy, you can make transitions and time in transit a lot more manageable.

Digital Resources for Students with Autism

TEACH Website – Visit this website for a list that has information on assistive technology, digital teaching aids, technology in treatment and a lot more

Government Assistance

Social Security Administration – Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) Provides monthly financial assistance for children with disabilities. Children eligible for SSI automatically receive Medicaid.
Phone: 866.591.7734 | Toll Free: 1-800-772-1213

Department of Family and Protective Services – The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, regulation, and prevention programs. DFPS has four major programs that do this important work.
Phone: 713-940-5200

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD – Welcome to The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. Our work is centered around the individuals we serve. Our breadth and depth of services are designed to treat the whole person within a warm and caring environment. Providing the highest level of quality and integrated care, we work to successfully navigate the complexities of each individual, nurturing them along the way and, ultimately, transforming lives.
Phone: 713.970.7000 | County/Mental Health: 936.521.6400 | County Mental Disability: 936.521.6226

Tri-County Behavioral Health – Providing quality services to persons with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1983. Phone Routine Services: 1-800-550-8408 | 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-659-6994

Home and Community Based Services Program (HCS) of MHMR Harris County: 713.970.7799 | Tri-County MHMR: 936.521.6226

Medically Dependent Children’s Waiver Program (MDCP) – A Medicaid Waiver Program, child is eligible depending on income and assets. MDCP provides respite options such as nursing, attendant care, host families, out of home respite and home modifications for medically fragile children.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Service: 1-877-438-5658

Community Living Assistance and Support Services – A Medicaid Waiver Program, child is eligible depending on income and assets. CLASS provides home and community-based services to people who are developmentally disabled. Services include physical, occupational, speech therapy, nursing, respite, adaptive aides, orthopedic/communication devices, psychological counseling, and more.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Service: 1-877-438-5658

Community Based Alternative Program (CBA) – Provides home and community-based services to individuals 21+ with physical disabilities.
Harris County: 713-767-2000 | Tri-County: 936-521-6219

In-Home and Family Support Programs (IHFS) – May provide up to $2500 yearly for expenses related to disability. Payment is based on needs identified by family and approved by the agency.
Harris County: 713.970.7799 | Tri County: 396-521-6219