Resources

General Resources for Persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

(Not all inclusive and not in any particular order)

1.            Emergence Health Network:  EHN is a community-based mental health/intellectual disabilities center serving persons with IDD and mental health issues.  It is the Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for El Paso.  For a person with IDD, this should be your first stop.  EHN will provide information on all services offered through EHN, including Medicaid waivers for long term services & supports, as well as other available resources in El Paso County.

Emergence Health Network
8730 Boeing
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 772-4446 or 599-6645
http://emergencehealthnetwork.org/intellectual-disabilities/

2.            Volar Center for Independent Living:  Volar CIL is a private non-profit corporation controlled by people with disabilities as staff, board members, and as consumers.  It is one of 20+ CILs in Texas.  Volar CIL provides information & referral services, independent living skills trainings, peer counseling, advocacy, children’s advocacy & transition services, Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP), transportations services, and more.

Volar Center for Independent Living
1220 Golden Key Circle
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 591-0800
www.volarcil.org

3.            Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services:  DARS provides a vast array of vocational rehabilitation services to persons with IDD as well as other disabilities.  Services include employment counseling & guidance, training to learn job skills, job placement assistance, training in work-related skills and more.

East Field Office
1155 Westmoreland Drive, Ste 135
El Paso, TX  79925
Phone (915) 782-7150

Downtown Office

State Building
410 E. Franklin, Ste. 240
El Paso, TX  79901
Phone (915) 834-7004
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml

4.            Supplemental Security Income (SSI):  SSI is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes).
It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income and assets. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

Social Security Administration Office
600 Texas
El Paso, TX 79901
(866) 964-6229
http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/

5.            The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS): DADS was created to administer 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 Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) state office headquarters is located at:

701 W. 51st St.
Austin, Texas 78751
Phone: 512-438-3011
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/

6.            Region 19 Education Service Center:  The ESC exists to educate the community in order to create opportunities for an improved quality of life.  A variety of programs and workshops are offered.

Address: 6611 Boeing Drive
El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 780-1919
http://www.esc19.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esc19

7.            Miracle League of El Paso: The Miracle League is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league.  New programs include flag football and basketball.

Miracle League of El Paso
PO Box 972508
El Paso, Texas 79997
Director: Sandie Sparks Olivar
(915) 779-4770
Office hours: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miracle-League-of-El-Paso/447579905441

8.            St. Pius X Special Needs Group:  This is a support group for individuals with special needs with the mission to improve quality of life.  Activities include monthly dances, quarterly events, entertainment, spiritual activities, and sports.

Richard Couder (915) 778-2748
www.stpiusxspecialneedsgroup.com

9.            St. Luke’s Heroes: This is a recreational group devoted to giving individuals with special needs opportunities to socialize and participate in a variety of activities to the best of their abilities.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stlukesheros
Email: stlukesheroes@gmail.com

10.          Angeles de Mazapan: Support group for families with children with any type of special needs and any age.  Meetings are held the second Friday of every month at 7028 Alameda Avenue, El Paso, Texas, 79915.

Paty Cervin (915) 202-1282
Silvia Martinez (915) 383-1196

11.          Autism Society of El Paso:  This is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autism.  Services include parent meetings the second Tuesday of every month, an annual walk and an annual conference.

1340 Murchison Dr
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 772-9100
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocietyEP

12.          Down Syndrome Association of El Paso: Non-profit organization supporting families and friends of people with Down Syndrome.  This group offers monthly meetings and other activities.

Amie Martinez (915) 637-1834
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Down-Syndrome-Association-of-El-Paso/120255031328225

13.          Businesses United for Leadership, Inclusion and Diversity (BUILD):  BUILD is a nonprofit organization committed to change, creating equal opportunity for all.  BUILD aims to create change in business and in the lives of people with disabilities by working to create awareness and educating the community on ability rather than disability.  Recent activities include a job fair.

President: Mary Castillo
Epbuild2014@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/UBID2013/info

14. Ministry for Families and Individuals with Disabilities:  This is an organized group dedicated to providing social activities such as outings at the zoo, pool parties, golfing, bowling, annual Christmas party and other fun activities.
For more information contact Gloria Lopez at 592-7567.

15.  Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center:   PDN serves children with disabilities under the age of 18.  They offer services such as an inclusive child development center, early childhood intervention (ECI) program for infants through 3 years of age, community resources to include information & referral services, as well as other health care related services.

Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center
1101 E. Schuster Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79902
(V) 915-544-8484
(F) 915-496-0751
http://www.pdnchildrens.org/

16.  Children’s Disability Information Coalition:  CDIC provides a comprehensive Helpline Directory to help those who live and work in the El Paso area to find agencies that assist children and adults with disabilities.  They also offer educational training, information and support to parents of children with any disability ages 0-25; one on one help with preparing for an ARD meeting, understanding your child’s records, communicating with school personnel, etc., and, an annual symposium

Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition
Community Parent Resource Center
1101 E. Schuster Ave.
EL Paso, TX. 79902
Telephone: (915) 217-2747
Fax: (915) 496-0751
www.cdicelpaso.org

17. The Arc of Texas: When all else fails contact The Arc of Texas.  They have been serving
Texans with IDD since 1960.  Their staff is extremely
knowledgeable.  Contact them at:

512-454-6694
8001 Centre Park Drive, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78754
www.thearcoftexas.org