For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime


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One of our primary goals is to provide families and professionals with information than can be easily accessed and used independently at any time. To help achieve this we have a resource webpage with links to local, state and national organizations serving the needs of people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities (Resource Guide and Information Links). 

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Social, Leisure & Respite Programs


These programs are for children and adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their peers. Programs range from regularly occuring, single day events to weekend respite, vacations and week-long Summer camps and vacations.

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Special Education Trainings & Assistance


Our special education trainings offer families and professionals the tools needed to help a child with special needs achieve the right services in school.
These include:
* Special Education 101
* Specific Special Education Topic Trainings

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Social Security - You're in the Driver's Seat: Training 7/30/16


The Arc of Greater Houston is offering a training to help our special needs community to understand SSI/SSDI (social security) benefits.
-SSI/SSDI - What's the Difference?
-Medicare/Medicaid - Do I Need Both?
-Keeping your Benefits (Representative Payee)
-Work Incentives for Self-Advocates

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The Arc was born more than 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs

Affecting positive change happens in your community. . . .NOT JUST IN AUSTIN! Advancing State Policy in Houston, TX

Join The Arc of Texas for an individualized and community-based advocacy training & work session.
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Our goal is bigger than passing legislation during the 85th Legislative session (2017). We need you to help build a movement of people who understand and care about our issues! Together we can engage communities and build relationships with policy makers. Learn effective advocacy skills and policy priorities affecting Texans with disabilities. 

• Help create an “advocacy action plan” for your community to:
• Build relationships with local decision makers,
• Build a coalition of business partners, and
• Develop a network of local media connections.
• The Arc of Texas will provide training materials, a toolkit and ongoing support to implement your advocacy action plan!

When: Thursday, August 18 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  
Where: Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074 (just north of Bissonnet on 59, south of Beltway 8) 
To register, visit:

Hosted by: The Arc of Texas, The Arc of Fort Bend and The Arc of Greater Houston

For questions, contact: Michelle at 713-957-1600 or email:

Openings in our Weekend Respite Program

The Arc of Greater Houston has openings in our weekend respite program! Offered 2 weekends per month from Friday evening to Sunday evening, we provide safe and comfortable out of home respite for people ages 21 and up with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Daytime activities include sporting and musical events, visits to restaurants, theme parks, shopping excursions, movies and other community wide events. For information about costs or to obtain an application form, please contact Deshara Goss at 713-957-1600.

Easy Way You Can Contribute

We are in need of gift cards to assist us with purchasing camp supplies for our residential and day camps this summer. Gift cards in any amount from Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, or any local grocery store would be greatly appreciated! Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to The Arc of Greater Houston PO Box 924168 Houston, TX 77292, or dropped off at our office: 
3737 Dacoma Suite E

Star Kids Toolkit

On November 1, 2016, children and young adults who either receive Social Security Income or participate in a waiver program will begin to receive their medical benefits from the STAR Kids managed care program. Managed care is no longer voluntary. The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities has prepared information so families in Texas have access to as much information as possible to ensure a smooth transition to STAR Kids.

STAR Kids Introductory Video:

STAR Kids Checklist:

STAR Kids Informational Facts::

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES at The Arc of Greater Houston

The Arc of Greater Houston has some great volunteer opportunities available for our social and leisure programs. Contact Deshara Goss ( to learn more about these volunteer positions or see our volunteer webpage.

CAMP CHAMPIONS 2016: July 24 - 29

Camp Champions is a six-day residential camp for individuals, ages 10-30, with intellectual disabilities. The camp is located in Burton, TX at the Camp For All site; activities include horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, paintball, archery, swimming, ropes course, arts/crafts. Please contact Deshara Goss for an application and further information. Applications are due by May 15!.


STAR+PLUS is a Texas Medicaid managed care program for people who have disabilities or are age 65 or older ( . People in STAR+PLUS get Medicaid health-care and long-term services and support through a medical plan that they choose. If you are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid (also known as “dual eligible”) and you join STAR+PLUS, you will keep getting regular health-care services through your Medicare doctor. STAR+PLUS does not change the way you get Medicare services. Star+Plus Expanded statewide on September 1, 2014 to include people over the age of 18 with intellectual and developmental disabilities who now receive their basic health services (acute care) through a STAR+PLUS health plan. Services provided through the Community Based Alternatives (CBA) program are now provided through the STAR+PLUS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). 

Initial enrollment into the Star+Plus Program is handled by;    Regional Manager:    Elva Caballero

Harris Service Area includes: Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, and Wharton counties 

Medical Plans available for Harris Service Area are:
Amerigroup, Molina Healthcare of Texas, United Healthcare Community Plan  

Online directory:
Service Coordination direct line: 1-866-696-0710 

Molina Healthcare:
Online directory:
Service Coordination direct line: 1-866-409-0039 

United Healthcare:
Online directory:
Service Coordination direct line: 1-800-349-0550