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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Volunteer Positions at The Arc of Houston



The Arc of Greater Houston has some great volunteer opportunities available for our social and leisure programs and for our Health Matters course. Contact Deshara Goss ( to learn more about social and leisure program volunteer opportunities. Contact Michelle Howard-Herbein ( for Health Matters.

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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

Tier 1 Recognition

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

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

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Estimadas familias de “The Arc Greater of Houston”

Nos complace invitarlos a nuestra anual conferencia en español los detalles están incluidos en estos documentos al igual la aplicación para registrarse. Recuerde completarla, envíela por correo o a través de un fax lo antes posible. Se ofrecerá cuido solamente para el niño con discapacidad, el espacio es limitado NO se permiten niños en el área de la conferencia.

Agradezco su apoyo y espero verles pronto.




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!.


The Arc of Greater Houston is pleased to announce our new and continuing board member roster for 2016. Members were officially elected at our open, annual Board Meeting on January 19, 2016. 

All of our hard work would not be possible without their significant contributions. A big thank to all of you!


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