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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Candy Cane Ball

The Arc's Candy Cane Ball was a huge success! 950 attendees and 55 volunteers! BIG thanks to our sponsors United Healthcare, Triple S Steel, First Service Credit Union, Law Office of Marissa Garcia and The Harris Center. More pics will be posted soon....


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

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Greg Groogan at Legislative Listening Forum

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.

Seeking Volunteer Counselors

The Arc of Greater Houston is seeking volunteer counselors for our Fall Camp Out. Looking for individuals who are 16years/up, have a clean background, and are willing to work hard and have fun! Let's give our campers an experience to remember for years to come!
Please contact Deshara Goss or 713-957-1600x116 for an application and further information.

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.


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