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.
Accessible Housing Austin! (AHA!) is the only housing non-profit in Austin led by members of the disability community and whose mission is to provide affordable, accessible, integrated housing for low-income people with disabilities. Our tenants represent a diverse range of Austinites with disabilities, including adults and children with severe mobility impairments and physical and emotional disabilities. AHA’s homes constitute a scattered site development in which the homes are fully and indistinguishably integrated into neighborhoods across Austin. In addition to expanding the inventory of accessible housing in the city, the scattered-site model allows tenants to feel like they are part of a neighborhood with access to shopping, public transportation, community college for the adults, and good schools for the children.
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 Dog Alliance improves the health and well being of individuals and families through programs incorporating the powerful connection between dogs and humans.
To achieve our mission we
* Promote the valuable role of pet therapy in our community
* Implement animal assisted programs in nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation centers
* Enhance student reading skills by utilizing Bow Wow Reading Dog pet therapy teams at schools and libraries
* Provide a variety of fun and educational programs designed to build self-esteem and teach children to love and respect dogs
* Provide programs for children and their families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special learning needs
* Provide professional and positive dog training classes
* Carefully place rescued dogs into forever homes
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.
CTX Ability Sports is the only organization in America that provides year round sports and activities to children with disabilities, siblings, and parents free of charge for total family inclusion. We will be holding the Historic first ever "Legends for Youth" baseball Clinic April 19th 2014 with the MLB Players Alumni Association catered to children with disabilities. Even MLB network will be here to Nationally cover this Historic event in Austin.
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 years and up are offered in several categories: Special Olympic sports, job training and placement, continuing education, after school care, holiday, Spring and Summer day camps, weekend respite, life skills, school-day-off field trips, overnight lock-ins, 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 empowers families of children with special needs with hands-on information, resources and support. We believe that all families deserve a unique opportunity to learn about their child’s needs and that providing them with medical brochures and online resources is not enough to prepare them for life with a child with special needs. Growing Roots provides weekly group learning opportunities for Spanish and English speaking parents of children in the special education system, parents of children with autism, and parents of premature babies. We also provide wraparound services through Supportive Case Management, Family Fun Days and Monthly Support Groups. All programming is free of cost to parents and includes specialized childcare. To date, Growing Roots is the only organization in the Austin area providing group learning experiences and support groups in both English and Spanish to participating families, 85% of whom are living under the federal poverty level.
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.
Therapy sessions follow the PATH. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) guidelines and standards. The activities that clients participate in are all individualized, with their capabilities and condition in mind. OMW provides a unique setting offering riding to take place in both arena and natural sensory trail where the therapy takes place. Clients participate in grooming, tacking, caring for the livestock and general knowledge about them. In addition to horses a petting zoo is also included which allows the therapy to include exposure to multi-sensory experiences and encourages siblings to also participate during the visit.
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 of the Capital Area, a non-profit organization, is committed to promoting independence and choice by providing individualized services to adults and children with developmental disabilities.
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.
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.