Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.
AIDS Services of Austin responds to the HIV needs of the Austin area by providing services that enhance the health and well being of individuals and the community in the face of an evolving epidemic. ASA is a leading provider of prevention and social services for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
The mission of All Blind Children of Texas is to be a resource for the optimal physical, mental, emotional, and social development of all blind children of Texas. ABCTX encourages Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI’s) to create opportunities for their students so that they may experience events and activities that will deepen their knowledge of the world. These programs follow the Expanded Core Curriculum of skills that provide hands-on instruction in specific areas for visually impaired children. ABCTX has funded social and recreational activities, fine arts programs, summer enrichment and camps, cooking and travel programs, parent support and a wide variety of sports activities. ABCTX has awarded nine college scholarships to visually impaired graduating high school seniors. 90% of donated funds support the vision of ABCTX that all blind children in Texas will have a quality life, rich with opportunities that will maximize their potential.
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of research, public health programs, and advocacy on behalf of the 50 million Americans with arthritis. Along with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis (JA) is a core concern. JA affects 300,000 children causing significant pain, swelling, fevers, and fatigue and bone erosion. Some types damage eyes and internal organs and change growth patterns. Every major advance in arthritis has been funded at some point by the Foundation. We believe the heavy burden of arthritis – the excessive pain, disability, cost, and impact on children and adults and their families – must be taken seriously. The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis. Our efforts center on research, public policy, public health and services to help people stay active and be healthy.
Austin Speech Labs mission is to improve quality of life for underserved and uninsured stroke survivors by reengaging them in their social and professional lives. We provide intensive speech, language and cognitive therapy for young and older adult stroke survivors. Our services are offered as boot camp sessions, eight week long. Each client attends three days of the week for three hours. We also offer enrichment programs like book clubs, debate and discussion groups to enhance their communication skills.
The Autism Society's mission is straightforward: "improve the lives of all affected by autism." In Central Texas, the Autism Society of Greater Austin strives to achieve this goal in several ways: --Advocating for the education and training of parents and professionals involved in the educating and caring for persons with autism; --Helping develop a better understanding of the challenges of persons with autism and their families by serving as a clearinghouse for information about autism; --Supporting families and professionals through monthly meetings, workshops, on-line vehicles, and printed material. We also sponsor events that are just for fun--come join us!
"Join us as we help improve the lives of those with autism, their families, and our community. Your contribution will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of individuals and families who face the challenges of autism."
The mission of the CORE Foundation is to advocate for individuals with disabilities through creation of public works and awareness projects that work to remove biases in our society. The vision is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to interact with the general public on equal terms and free of stereotypes. For people with disabilities, economical, physical and attitudinal barriers often stand in the way of participation in society. The Foundation strives to help eliminate these discriminatory barriers. We are working to raise funds to build an all inclusive, universally accessible playground in Austin. We have just funded an ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier on Lady Bird Lake. These projects will allow the community to participate in activities which can strengthen the family unit as well as promote an active lifestyle.
Our mission is to provide education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals, and the community, while building public awareness and acceptance of the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. We envision a world in which all member, including those with Down syndrome, are accepted, valued for their uniqueness, respected for their contributions, and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.
We offer year-round classes to children and adults, including swimming, yoga, cooking and martial arts, creating a safe and nurturing place to learn and make new friends. We teach early reading and math skills and show parents how to best teach their children. We encourage and support new parents and offer training for parents, teachers and medical professionals. And, we work with schools, churches and community leaders to create greater awareness and meaningful inclusion of people with Down syndrome in all areas of our community.
Dream of Hopes Ranch, Inc "A Special Place for Special People" has two locations - Austin and Buda. Day programs for intellectually disabled and autistic children and adults ages 8 yrs and up are offered in several categories...Special Olympic sports,
job training and placement, continuing education, after school care, Holiday, Spring and Summer day camp, weekend respite, life skills, school day off field trips, overnight lockins, dances, animal care and more. Our goal is for each
athlete/rancher to reach their individual peak potential, and to improve their quality of life in a dignified manner.
Growing Roots is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that educates and empowers Spanish and English-speaking families who have children with special needs. We believe all families deserve a unique opportunity to learn about their child’s needs. Providing them with medical brochures and online resources is simply not enough to prepare them for life with a child with special needs. Through interactive classes and by using material that considers linguistic, cultural and/or socioeconomic diversity, Growing Roots provides families with the necessary knowledge, resources,
and support to become experts regarding their children’s needs. Our programs provide education and support to parents with children in the special education system, parents of children with Autism, and parents of premature babies. We are a 100% volunteer organization.
Healing with Horses Ranch provides safe, affordable Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges to promote healing and independence. The individuals served by Healing with Horses Ranch may face any number of challenges, including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, paralysis, ADHD, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury or amputation --all benefiting from the healing benefits of the horse, including increasing strength and flexibility, improving motor skills, promoting speech and cognitive reasoning, and building relationships and social skills. Life Skills classes and At Risk Youth in the Manor, Del Valle and neighboring school districts, other Educational Centers that serve the Special Needs Audience of Central Texas, foster and adopted youth , residential centers as well as private pay clients with special needs will be targeted.
PLAN of Central Texas is an Austin grassroots organization founded by family members to serve adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and their families. PLANCTX provides support services to address immediate needs and to plan for the future, including care management assistance with public benefits, housing, employment, medication education, life skills training, as well as individual and group therapy, and peer assistance from certified peer specialists.
The Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin (SRLC) focuses on the evaluation and treatment of Central Texas children with dyslexia. SRLC offers a two-year academic language therapy program to children with dyslexia without charge to the families. In addition, SRLC maintains a nationally accredited dyslexia therapist training program, and offers evaluations for children ages 5-21.
The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics sports are transformative experiences that bring out pride, courage and joy in athletes–while inviting families and entire communities to join in the celebration. The Special Olympics sports experience has always been rooted in the notion: That every person has the capacity to be an Olympian, and that human greatness is defined more by the spirit than the body.
Consider the bowling ball. Left alone on a shelf, it is just a ball. Now put the bowling ball in the hands of a Special Olympics athlete. What happens next is much more than bowling. She rolls the bowling ball down the lane and feels joy. Her family cheers with pride. Spectators without intellectual disability start to see her a little differently, perhaps re-considering how they view people with intellectual disabilities. Little by little, the world changes… The sport is the medium, but the real power lies within the Special Olympics experience and all the people it touches.
The Arc promotes independence and choice by providing individualized services to adults and children with developmental disabilities. We offer family support, guardianship, juvenile justice services, case management, art classes, academic coaching, social opportunities, training, parent support coops and information and referral.
The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 patriotic movement that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct programs -- Jobs, Housing, Family Support, Urgent Assistance and Wellness-- that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.
Our mission is to ensure the provision of accessible, efficient and effective services that support the dignity and independence of those we serve - adults with serious mental illness; children and adolescents with serious mental illness or emotional disorders, autism or pervasive developmental disorders; persons with intellectual disabilities and infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
The mission of Capitol school of Austin is to provide an enriched learning environment where children with language based learning disabilities can reach their full potential. Classes range from preschool (age 3) through 3rd grade. All classes have a low student to teacher ratio and are taught by speech pathologists.
Easter Seals Central Texas provides exceptional services so people with disabilities and their families can fully participate in their communities. Our five main programs include: Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation, Community and Housing Services, Early Childhood Intervention, Employment Services and Paid Job Training.
We take donations of used mobility equipment and redistribute the refurbished products to populations who need them.
The Center is a non-profit therapeutic riding program. The mission of HELP is to give children with disabilities the therapeutic freedom of being on a horse.
Knowbility's mission is to ensure barrier-free I.T. — supporting the independence of people with disabilities by promoting the use and improving the availability of accessible information technology. Our programs raise awareness of need for technology access; train in accessible technology design practices; consult on IT access mandates, and employ technology workers with disabilities.
The mission of this organization is to improve the quality of life of children with special needs, including physical, mental and emotional disabilities; provide a safe and structured riding program; and encourage each child to expand their personal achievement, self-confidence and awareness of their personal capabilities.
RFB&D digital AudioPlus® books give struggling readers a way to learn through listening. Students with print disabilities who attend member schools receive the AudioPlus books and players for free. Our Library contains 130,000+ titles in every subject area and grade level, including 95% of the textbooks adopted by the TEA.
Texas Technology Empowerment Resources and Advocacy, Inc., Texas (TERA) is a non-profit organization in Austin that enables people with disabilities or limitations to achieve and maintain an independent and active lifestyle through a central location with information, tools and training.
The purpose of VCFS Texas, Inc. is to provide support and resources to individuals with Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome (VCFS), their families, professionals, and the community in Texas. We achieve this by: Increasing public awareness and educating the community.