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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Helpful Resources

Resource Guide for Special Needs (pdf) - February 2015 REVISION
This is a local, state and national resource guide created by the Houston chapter of The Arc. Families and professionals will find a wide range of links to information about specific disabilities, health and human services, respite programs, employment opportunities, advocacy organizations and many other reference needs.

Guardianship Information Packet (pdf) - This packet provides specific information on alternatives to guardianship and guardianship options for families seeking to ensure that their loved ones with special needs are provided with all possible rights and protections afforded to them on becoming an adult in the state of Texas.
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Right to Learn Newsletter - This newsletter has been created with it's first volume, first numbered edtion in the summer of 2012. Individual articlea are accessible from the newsletter page.

Update: New Changes to Texas Guardianship Law in 84th Legislative Session

With the 84 legislative session several significant changes were made to Texas Guardianship law. Specifically, HB 39, Senate Bill 1881 and Senate Bill 1882 all took effect on September 1, 2015. To hear about these important changes, listen to the webinar presentation by Megan Morgan, the developmental disabilities policy fellow of The Arc of Texas.

Resources from Past Conferences and Trainings from The Arc: Greater Houston

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 created access to several past presentations given at The Arc: Greater Houston Chapter. Please click on the link below to view these presentations.

Downloadable Presentations from past trainings and conferences of The Arc: Greater Houston Chapter and the greater Houston community Downloadable Presentations from past trainings and conferences of The Arc: Greater Houston Chapter and the greater Houston community

Quick Access Links for Helpful Websites

Another goal at The Arc is to provide easy access to disability related information and resources for families, individuals with special needs and professionals in our community.

Other Arc Links

The Arc of Texas
The Arc of Dallas
The Arc of Fort Bend County
The Arc of Katy
The Arc of Midland
The Arc of the Capital Area
The Arc of the United States

Statewide Disability Advocacy Organizations
Advocacy, Inc.
Brain Injury Association of Texas
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Disability Policy Consortium
Texas Appleseed
Texas University Affiliated Program

Other Houston Intellectual and Related Disability Links

Down Syndrome Association Houston
Houston Area Fetal Alcohol Support Group
Friends and Families of Asians with Special Needs
IDD Needs Council
Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority Harris County

Education/Special Education
IDEAS That Work
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Center on Educational Outcomes
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (The PACER Center)
Special Ed Advocate
Special Education Home Page
Texas Education Agency
U.S. Department of Education

Health and Human Services Agencies
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Texas Department of Aging and Disability (Mental Retardation Services)
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Other Government Agencies
National Council on Disability
National Institutes of Health
Social Security Administration
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Legal Resources
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Partners in Policymaking
People First
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Texas Advocates

Sites Relating to Specific Disabilities

Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger's Syndrome Support Network
OASIS (Online Asperger's Syndrome Information & Support)

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Autism-PDD Resources Network
Autism Society of America

Brain Injury
Brain Injury Association of Texas

Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy

Down Syndrome
Association for Children with Down Syndrome
National Association for Down Syndrome
National Down Syndrome Society

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Houston Area Fetal Alcohol Support Group
FAS Family Resource Institute
FAS Community Resource Center
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Center for Disease Control FASD
WineClubOrg Resource on effects of drinking during pregnancy

Fragile X Syndrome
National Fragile X Foundation

Prader-Willi Syndrome
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)

Williams Syndrome
The Williams Syndrome Association
The Williams Syndrome Home Page

Medical Equipment & Supplies
Horizon Medical Equipment (Houston)

Miscellaneous Disability Resources
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Disability Resources on the Internet
Family Village
National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Texas Assistive Technology Partnership
Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers
Texas Children's Health Insurance/Medicaid
Texas Special Olympics

Tier 1 Recognition

The Arc: Greater Houston Chapter has been recognized by the Standards of Excellence Institure as having met all the requirements for the Standards for Excellence® Tier One. (for more information on tier levels, partner organizations and the institute)

Who We Are

The Arc is a non-profit organization formed nationally in 1950 to advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in all aspects of society and is established at the national, state, and local levels. 

A small group of parents and other family members, friends of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and professionals who work with them organized The Arc of Greater Houston in 1984. We are now the largest Arc chapter in the State of Texas, with a membership base of 2000 and growing. We are an affiliate of The Arc: United States Chapter and The Arc: Texas Chapter. 

Our representatives serve on the Board of Directors of the state and national Arc organizations as well as on a number of state committees that address disability issues. 

The Arc works in collaboration with other agencies and organizations to facilitate the development of a wide array of options available to individuals and their families in our community. 

We are a member-based organization that relies on membership and program fees, contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals, and contracts to implement and expand our programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

The Arc has been instrumental in the creation of virtually every program service, right and benefit available to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in the Metropolitan Houston area.