Texas
This bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to maintain an inventory of postsecondary educational programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; post the inventory to the Board's website; and submit it for inclusion in the Texas Education Agency's transition and employment guide.
This bill requires school districts to provide students with disabilities and their parents with information on alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision-making.
This bill establishes a Pilot Program to Test Person-Centered Managed Care Strategies and Improvements, which is designed (in part) to promote customized, integrated and competitive employment for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Managed care organizations participating in the pilot must deliver employment assistance and supported employment, among other services.
This bill requires the Department of Family and Protective Services to make appropriate accommodations to allow youth with disabilities in the foster care system to meaningfully participate in the Preparation for Adult Living Program. The Program is a collaboration among the Department, the Texas Workforce Commission and local workforce development boards.
This bill creates an Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), which includes a parent or guardian of a person with IDD. If further requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in coordination with the Advisory Council, to periodically review the policies and practices that increase access to higher education opportunities for people with IDD and distribute educational outreach materials to increase awareness regarding postsecondary opportunities for people with IDD. This includes identifying, evaluating and developing recommendations to address barriers to accessing higher education for people with IDD who are or have been in the foster care system.
This bill requires the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to adopt and implement an Employment First policy stating that competitive integrated employment is the first and preferred outcome for individuals with disabilities. The policy must contain provisions to ensure that individuals with disabilities, particularly secondary and postsecondary students, are given the opportunity to explore options for further training, including graduate and postgraduate training, as a pathway to employment. The bill further establishes an interagency Employment First task force that will work to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to obtain competitive employment.
This bill directs the Health and Human Services Commission, in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission, to conduct a study regarding occupational training programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, in order to determine regions where training programs should be improved or expanded and develop strategies for placing trained individuals with intellectual disabilities into fulfilling jobs.
This bill requires the Texas Workforce Commission to prepare a report on occupational skills training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which includes potential funding sources for occupational skills training and specific occupations in high-demand industries for which a postsecondary certification, occupational license or other workforce credential is required and that may be appropriate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This bill requires the Texas Workforce Commission to: 1. Conduct a program to provide vocational rehabilitation services to eligible individuals with disabilities, which may entail cooperating with other agencies to study problems in providing vocational rehabilitation and developing necessary facilities and services; 2. Establish a specialized training program that covers supports for individuals with disabilities and require it for certain employees (including vocational rehabilitation transition specialists and transition counselors); and 3. Collaborate with the Texas Education Agency to develop a mechanism to identify the areas of the state with the greatest needs for transition services for students with disabilities.
This bill requires Department of Aging and Disability Services facilities and community centers to annually assess the feasibility of converting entry-level support positions into employment opportunities for individuals with mental illness or intellectual disabilities. It also requires facilities and community centers to ensure that designated staff are trained to assist clients in accessing and utilizing the Social Security Administration Work Incentive Provisions to finance training, services and supports needed to obtain career goals.
This bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to collect and study data on the participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at public institutions of higher education.
This bill requires the Health and Human Services Commission to develop a process to assess competitive integrated employment opportunities and related employment services available to individuals with disabilities receiving certain waiver services, and to identify strategies to increase the number of individuals receiving employment services through those wavier programs.
This bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to collect and study data on the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in workforce education programs. It further instructs the Board to work with junior college districts to develop and recommend minimum reporting language related to the amount of money expended on programs focused on the participation, retention and graduation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This bill requires: 1. A student's IEP to address the use and availability of appropriate services and supports to assist them in developing decision-making skills, independence and self-determination; 2. The Commissioner of Education to develop and post a list of services and benefits that may be appropriate for students with an IEP; 3. The Commissioner to regularly review and update the minimum training guidelines for employees serving as a school district’s designee on transition and employment services for special education students; and 4. School districts to provide students and their parents with information regarding guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and other supports that may enable a student to live independently.
This bill requires community rehabilitation programs to develop a plan to increase the wages paid to its workers with disabilities to the federal minimum wage, and to provide referrals to benefits counselors so that workers understand the impacts this may have on their eligibility for state and federal benefits.
This program helps individuals with mental illness find jobs that pay competitive wages in an integrated setting. Services are provided by local mental health and behavioral health authorities across the state.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides services to people with disabilities looking to obtain or retain employment. Employment services include counseling and guidance, on-the-job training, supported employment, and more.
Operating Entity: Texas Workforce Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Center for Disability Studies, The Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP)
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides students with autism and Asperger syndrome with training in socialization skills and academics. Through a mixture of didactic presentation, demonstration, role-play and discussion, students learn how to do the activities of daily living needed in order to be successful in school and to get a job.
Operating Entity: Tarrant County College
Entity Type: College / University
This program seeks to improve transition to adulthood outcomes and academic success for children with significant developmental disabilities and complex communication needs through interdisciplinary practice. The program trains Master’s level personnel from three related services (Speech Language Pathology, Social Work, and Applied Behavior Analysis) to provide services to children transitioning from the public schools to adulthood.
Operating Entity: The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Center for Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program secures jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves. It is offered in Dallas and Houston.
Operating Entity: Best Buddies in Texas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
BCVDDP provides a range of services to youth with vision impairments and their families, including confidence-building activities, caregiver support and training, training to increase a child's independence and ability to participate in vocational related activities, and more.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Texas Workforce Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Texas Workforce Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Camp Sign is a week-long summer program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of 8 and 17. The camp helps participants develop self-confidence and leadership skills and engage in social growth opportunities.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Texas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Children's Disabilities Information Coalition
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities training that emphasizes skills and knowledge required for a particular job function (such as customer service, janitorial or sorting clothes) or a trade (such as landscaping).
Operating Entity: Community HealthCore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including information and referral, assistive technology assistance, tuition waivers for post-secondary education, and more.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Employment Specialists help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find and maintain competitive integrated employment in the Austin community. Services include supported employment, job placement, work experience, job skills training, and more.
Operating Entity: The Arc - Capital Area
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps adults with disabilities find and keep jobs through one-on-one support. All services are provided free of charge.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Central Texas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This job readiness program utilizes technology in schools and community centers to provide training to students with disabilities ages 14 to 24 to prepare them for future employment. The program introduces students to job search engines and the online job application process, and offers hands-on experience with technology students might find in the workplace.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Central Texas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This faith-based, three-year program helps students with intellectual disabilities develop independence skills and receive specific vocational training leading to employment in a college-like environment. It includes hands-on training in one of the following areas: Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Horticulture.
Operating Entity: Green Oaks School
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers two types of employment services to individuals with disabilities. The first is Employment Assistance, which helps people find competitive, integrated employment. The second is Supported Employment which helps people maintain their current employment.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This two-semester training program provides instruction and support to help individuals with disabilities gain the necessary skills and experiences to successfully transition into competitive integrated employment in the horticulture industry. The program focuses on five core Pre-ETS areas: career exploration, work-based learning, job readiness, self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Texas A&M University, Center on Disability and Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Family to Family Network helps individuals with disabilities navigate life as a young person and find success in adulthood. The program also provides support to family members. Services include case management, referrals to community resources, support groups, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and more.
Operating Entity: Family to Family Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with disabilities, family members, and community members improve their self-advocacy and leadership skills and learn more about disability issues. Topics include Inclusive Education & Communities, Employment First, Self Determination and Self Advocacy, and Social Security & Work Incentives.
Operating Entity: Family to Family Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
LEAP is a summer program designed to help students with disabilities gain the confidence and skills for independent living and employment.
Operating Entity: Texas A&M University, Center on Disability and Development
Entity Type: College / University
The PACT Project serves Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26. Services include one-on-one consultation on disability rights, webinars on a variety of educational topics, online resources and publications, and more.
Operating Entity: Partners Resource Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides paid job training opportunities for people with disabilities through The Easterseals Lawn & Landscape company. Paid Job Trainees may also seek additional support from the Easterseals onsite Transitions Team, including mental health counseling services and referrals to community services.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Central Texas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The TxP2P Pathways to Adulthood program assists families in planning for life after high school for their children with disabilities, and provides support, information, and tools for carrying out this plan. Youth with disabilities and their parents/guardians can also call the program office and receive emotional support with issues like decision making around guardianship, applying for SSI, and managing school services.
Operating Entity: Texas Parent to Parent
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
PCEP is a two-day training for individuals with disabilities and their families that provides them the skills training and experiences necessary for a successful transition into postsecondary education and/or competitive integrated employment.
Operating Entity: Texas A&M University, Center on Disability and Development
Entity Type: College / University
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Texas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides in-house opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to earn a paycheck. Participants create fused glass products, and are guided by instructors and volunteers.
Operating Entity: Reach Unlimited
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides support to Parent Centers in a 12-state region, which includes Texas. Services include information dissemination, boot camps, one-on-one assistance, intensive technical assistance, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Texas Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Texas Deafblind Project provides information and training to families of deafblind children and professionals. The project's Transition Specialist assists with issues related to transitions for youth ages 14-25.
Operating Entity: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Entity Type: Other
This program provides individuals, families, and providers with resources to help build skills that will enhance the employability of individuals with disabilities. The project’s goal is to provide up-to-date access to free and for-fee resources to teach these skills.
Operating Entity: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps children and youth with serious mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties build confidence and self-advocacy skills. YES builds on family and community support and utilizes program services to help build each participant's family’s natural support network and connection in the community.
Operating Entity: Community HealthCore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This small group program trains young adults with autism in industry-standard skills necessary for employment. The program focuses on technical skills such as programming and soft skills such as leadership and teamwork. The program also aims to strengthen the networks of young adults with disabilities by creating cohorts of like-minded and supportive individuals.
Operating Entity: nonPareil Institute
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This webpage provides numerous instructional support resources. These resources include virtual post-secondary transition services, links to receive assistive technology, disability-specific information, and information regarding telehealth services.
Operating Entity: Texas Education Agency
This webpage contains a variety of resources for parents of students with disabilities while distance learning. The resources include items such as coping with changed routines and fun at home learning activities.
Operating Entity: Texas Education Agency
This FAQ document answers a variety of questions that students, parents, and schools may be wondering during distance learning, specifically focusing on the implementation of IEP programs throughout virtual learning.
Operating Entity: Texas Education Agency