The Arc of El Paso is excited to be able to provide this resource search tool on our website. Findhelp is a great organization that catalogs community resources around the country, and they resources they catalog goes well beyond resources specific to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
General Resources for Persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
(Not all inclusive and not in any particular order)
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI): If you reside in Texas, and live in El Paso or Hudspeth County and have concerns about your baby or toddler’s development, or the development of your grandchild who is a baby or toddler–you can make a referral online or by calling our 24 hour referral line at (915) 534-4324. Early intervention makes a positive difference in the lives of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 772-4446 or 599-6645
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
Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitative Services: VR 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
8825 North Loop, Suite 123
El Paso, TX 79907
Phone (915) 887-2600
410 E. Franklin, Ste. 240
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone (915) 834-7004
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
El Paso, TX 79901
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
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030
Education Service Center Region 19: 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
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
Office hours: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm.
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
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.
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
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.
750 Sunland Park Drive, Suite P06
El Paso, TX 79935
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
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
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.
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
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
1200 Golden Key Circle, Suite 310
EL Paso, TX. 79925
Telephone: (915) 217-2747
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:
8001 Centre Park Drive, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78754