• Independent Living
    and Community Participation

    211 Texas


    A program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in each community.  Dial 211 from your phone or search for help on the 211 website.

    Disabled Travelers.com


    A resource dedicated to accessible travel information that provides information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel.

    International Paralympic Committee (IPC)


    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sports opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level.

    Social Security Administration


    Official website of the US Social Security Administration.  Provides information on disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), retirement and Medicare.

    Special Olympics Texas

    The official site for information about Special Olympics in Texas.  Provides information about programs, events, competitions, and other opportunities to support Special Olympics.   

    Texas Centers for Independent Living

    A list of centers for independent living in Texas that provide advocacy services, information and referral services, independent living skills training, and peer counseling for individuals with disabilities. 

    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)


    DADS administers long-term services and supports for people who are aging as well as for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. DADS also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the state's Guardianship program. The website is a portal to a comprehensive array of aging and disability services, supports and opportunities that are easily accessed in local communities. 

    Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS)


    The DFPS is charged with protecting children, adults who are elderly or have disabilities living at home or in state facilities, and licensing group day-care homes, day-care centers, and registered family homes.  The agency is also charged with managing community-based programs that prevent delinquency, abuse, neglect and exploitation of Texas children, elderly and disabled adults.

    Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)


    The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is responsible for vehicle registration and titling, including issuance of license plates and placards for drivers that are handicapped or are permanently disabled.

    Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)


    This mission of DSHS is to improve the health and well-being in Texas.  Information available online includes health services, disease prevention, mental health and substance abuse, birth, death, marriage, and divorce records, and state health licensing.  

    Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


    The TxDOT website provides resources and information for drivers and travelers in Texas including driving license registration, vehicle registration, travel safety, and other travel information such as maps, traffic cameras, airport directories and public transit information.  

    Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)


    HHSC administers programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, food stamps, family violence services, refugee services, and disaster relief.   HHSC oversees the Texas health and human services system, which is composed of five agencies:  

    Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

    Transition Planning Guide for Foster Care Students Receiving Special Education


    Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

    Texas Statewide Independent Living Council  (TXSILC)


    The purpose of the Council is to develop, in cooperation with the DARS and the Network of CILs, the State Plan for Independent Living, a detailed three-year plan that sets the parameters and establishes the goals for the provision of independent living services in Texas.  The website provides information about the State Plan for Independent Living and links to the independent living centers in Texas as well as other resources.  

    The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities


    The Committee's mission is to further opportunities for persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity, and self-determination. The Committee serves as a central source of information and education on the abilities, rights, problems, and needs of persons with disabilities.

    TSA Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions


    This website provides information about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids, and devices.

    TWU Project INSPIRE


    The Texas Women’s University Project INSPIRE website provides an enormous amount of information related to individuals with disabilities. Some of the information include: instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and even a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community.

    US Benefits.gov


    Benefits.gov is a partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision of providing improved, personalized access to government assistance programs.  Topics addressed include education and training, employment, independent living, personal health and wellness, and financial assistance. 

    US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.  The HUD website provides information about national and state programs, services, and resources to assist individuals with finding affordable housing.

    US Disability.gov


    Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security to employment to affordable and accessible housing.



    A website for teenagers to help them begin to think about their future.