Resources for Able's Front Porch Clients

There are more local, regional, and national resources for special needs individuals than can ever possibly be completely listed in any one place. And they are constantly changing, but we have listed here some of the resources that may be of interest to you and many of them may have further resources available.

MHMR of Tarrant County

(817) 569-4300

Serving 24 counties in North Texas

3840 Hulen Street, North Tower, Fort Worth, TX 76107

MHMR provides information and referral services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families. We explain options and benefits, determine if people meet criteria for services and provide direct services.

2-1-1 Texas Online search and texting service


Connecting people and services (food, health, housing, and more throughout the US by phone, text, and web provided by United Way. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can help you find services and resources locally).

The Arc of Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall Counties

(214) 634-9810

Provides information and referral, continuing education, social & leadership activities, parent & professional education, and more! Also publishes a resource guide for Dallas & vicinity.

The Arc of Greater Tarrant County

(817) 877-1474

Provides advocacy assistance, special education assistance, parent support groups, information and referral, and more. Reading, Money-management and Computer classes for Adults with IDD. Social and recreational activities throughout the month for adult self-advocates including a dance on the 3rd Friday of each month for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Texas

(800) 252-9729

The Arc of Texas is affiliated with the Arc of the United States and has 48 chapters in Texas working to provide additional supports and services to families throughout the State.

Special Olympics Texas

(Area 11 - Greater Fort Worth)

6707 Brentwood Stair Road, Suite 218

Fort Worth, TX 76112 Phone: 817.332.3433 Fax: 817.446.3420

[email protected]

(Area 10 - Greater Dallas)

400 South Zang, #926

Dallas, TX 75208 Phone: 214.943.9981 Fax: 214.943.3774

There are 19 area offices throughout the state, which focus on providing services and delivering programs to Special Olympics athletes in Texas. Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Texas offers 20 sports including aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, skating, golf, gymnastics, sailing, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and more.

The Resource Connection of Tarrant County

1100 Circle Drive, Suite 100

Fort Worth, Texas 76119

campus administration at 817-531-7600

The Resource Connection is a client-centered one-stop center for health, education, employment and human services. It is located on a nearly 300-acre campus in the southeastern part of Fort Worth, with regular bus services and an intra-campus shuttle service. A comprehensive service delivery system provides more than 39 different programs and services for hundreds of clients daily.

DARS programs (and services have transferred to new agencies).

As of September 1, 2016, programs and services previously administered or delivered by the former Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) have been transferred by the Texas Legislature to the Texas Workforce Commission or the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Transferred to Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC)

Phone: 877-787-8999

HHS provides a range of services to Texans with disabilities that help ensure their well-being, dignity, and choice. Programs also are in place to support family members who care for them.

Federal Programs for People with Disabilities

Eligible people with disabilities may qualify for federal and state programs that pay benefits, pay health care costs or provide food. If you are not already signed up for one of these programs, visit the sites below to find out if you might be eligible or to apply for benefits.

Medicaid ( provides health coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people who are older or who have disabilities. Each state has its own rules about who’s eligible, and what Medicaid covers. Some people qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. To find out if you might be eligible for Medicaid in Texas, visit the Your Texas Benefits website (

Medicare ( is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. People younger than age 65 with certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure can also qualify for Medicare. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it doesn’t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ( or allows millions of Americans to buy nutritious food at their local grocery stores. It is available for both single people and families who have low-income. To find out if you might be eligible for SNAP, visit the Your Texas Benefits website (

Social Security ( pays a monthly benefit to older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. When you retire, your Social Security payment is based on your average earnings over your working career. If you are determined to be disabled, your benefit is based on the amount of income on which you’ve paid Social Security taxes.

Supplemental Security Income ( (SSI) pays monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Some of your income and your resources are not counted when deciding whether you’re eligible for SSI. Your house and your car, for example, usually don’t count as resources.

  SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

  Phone: (800) 772-1213 Fax: (800) 325-0778 TTY

  Monthly payment and/or Medicaid - dependent on family income.

Other Resouces

10 Special Needs Organizations You Should Know About From Friendship Circle

Ten must-see organizations that offer services to all individuals with disabilities and special needs are listed on this website. If you haven't checked them out already, they are worth looking at. Note that most of the listed organizations are National but some do have local chapters and are even mentioned above. 

Friendship Circle is listed in the article and offers a number of online special needs resources including a blog with over 1,000 articles on special needs parenting, products, therapy, and more.


Another Great Website is . They have Products and Sevices for a large range of needs for both the physically handicapped and the mentally and physically handicapped at all ages.  They have legal resources as well and a Resource Directory that has more resources that we could possibly list without just copying theirs. So Check Them Out.