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Web page iconSan Antonio Community College District (ACCD)

The Alamo Colleges District serves the Bexar County community through its programs and services that help students succeed in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed in today's world. Students are taught by highly qualified faculty with Master's and doctorate degrees dedicated to creating a learning centered environment. Student services include counseling, computer labs, tutoring, financial services, services for the disabled, developmental instruction, veteran's services, and job placement.

Office of Disability Supports

Web page iconNorthwest Vista College

Disability Support Services  

Web page iconPalo Alto College

Disability Support Services 

Web page iconSt. Philip's College 

Disability Support Service 

Web page iconSan Antonio College

Disability Support Service 

Web page iconNortheast Lakeview 

Disability Support Service 

Higher Education Office of Disability Supports 

Web page iconUniversity of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)-210-458-4157

Web page iconTexas A&M San Antonio-210-784-1340

Web page iconUniversity of Incarnate Word-210-829-3997

Web page iconST. Mary's University-210-436-6706

Web page iconPalo Alto-Project ACCESS

Project ACCESS began in  2016, at  Palo Alto College.  Offering unique post-secondary educational access to individuals with intellectual disabilities, and it's the first program of its kind in San Antonio. Project Access, enables students with intellectual disabilities take college-level courses to eventually earn their General Office Level 1 Certificate and acquire necessary skills for gainful employment.  For more information contact Cindy Morgan at 210-486-3027 or

Web page iconThink College 

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Web page iconAssociation of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

AUCD is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.

Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services serves youth and students with disabilities to help prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities.  Services are eligibility and need based.

Web page iconThe Unicorn Center

The Unicorn Center is a community based, church sponsored agency with a call form God to minister to persons with Intellectual developmental disabilities by developing job and life skills and integrating individual into supported employment by creating natural community supports.  

Web page iconSan Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired

The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Texas. The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired provides rehabilitation services as well as employment for the blind and vision impaired in its light manufacturing assembly plan.

Web page iconTexas Foundation of Hope

We strive to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the highest quality of services that address employment skills, education, socialization and athletic participation.

Web page iconTranscen

A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the education and employment success of youth and young adults with disabilities. 

Web page iconDO*IT-Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.

Web page iconPacer Center 

PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others

Web page iconWhat can YOU do?

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the CDE is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that is working to change attitudes about disability and employment. 

Transfer of Rights:

At age 17 the school district, shall provide information to the student and parent(s), in writing regarding the transfer of rights.  Transfer of rights information, needs to contain  information and resources regarding guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, including a supported decision-making agreement under Chapter 1357, Estates Code, and other supports and services that may enable the student to live independently.

At age 18, the school district shall provide information to the student and parent(s), in writing that, when a child with a disability reaches the age of majority (18) under State law (except for a child with a disability who has been determined to be incompetent under State law), all rights transfer to the adult student.

What this means is that at age 18, a student is considered an adult and all rights are transferred to that student.  When a student reaches the age of majority (18), they are regarded as being able to make their own choices.   This would include making choices about their education. 

For more information visit the Web page iconLegal Framework 

Alternatives to Guardianship resources visit Web page iconTexas Project First

Web page iconNavigate Life Texas 

The Navigate Life Texas (NLT) website, a project supported by the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS), It was created to inform and empower parents of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Healthcare, education, insurance, medical diagnoses, transition to adulthood and how to connect with other parents are among the many topics found on NLT. Here, parents share their perspectives on challenges and rewards they have faced revealing their valuable first-hand experience.

Navigate Life Texas was developed by parents, for parents. Most of the content is written by parents of children and adults with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

Web page iconHousing choices for young adults with disabilities 

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) was created to administer long-term services and supports for people who are aging as well as for people with intellectual and physical disabilities

Texas Department of State Health Services

To improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.


  • Lead with a vision.
  • Driven by science and data.
  • Partner with a purpose.
  • Engage and connect as a team.


  • Improve health outcomes through public and population health strategies, including prevention and intervention.
  • Optimize public health response to disasters, disease threats, and outbreaks.
  • Improve and optimize business functions and processes to support delivery of public health services in communities.
  • Enhance operational structures to support public health functions of the state.
  • Improve recognition and support for a highly skilled and dedicated workforce.
  • Foster effective partnership and collaboration to achieve public health goals.
  • Promote the use of science and data to drive decision-making and best practices.
Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services serves youth and students with disabilities to help prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities.  Services are eligibility and need based.
The Arc of San Antonio was founded in 1954 by parents who wanted to create a network of support and services for their children with special needs.  The Arc offers one of the largest continuum of services for children and adults with a broad range of developmental abilities.


Arc Family Support Services provides a a Web page iconFree Community Resource Guide with over 100 community agencies in the Bexar County area

Web page iconI'm Determined

The I’m Determined project, a state-directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.

Web page iconDown Syndrome Association of South Texas 

Mission: Become a sustainable organization that is known in San Antonio & South Texas as the primary source of support for making the lives of children & adults with Down syndrome and their families better through information, education, programs, and friendship.

The DSASTX provides opportunities for families to foster friendships and offer mutual support through Parent Information Meetings, community-based social activities, special events, and educational programs.

The ultimate goal is to promote awareness and inclusion in the community

Web page iconLife After IEPs
If you’re a parent or mentor of a young person with disabilities, Life After IEPs is for you. Whether your child is an elementary student or a high school graduate, you’ll find information, resources, and support you’ll need along the way.

Web page iconAny Baby Can

 Any Baby Can has been a safety net for families in need. Providing direction and guidance for families of children and youth with special needs is at the heart of this organization.  The impact the birth of a child with special needs has on the family is immense.  Instantly, the family’s dreams are altered and their lives are changed forever. The stress has the potential to tear even the strongest families apart

Web page iconTexas ABLE

The Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (“Texas ABLE®”) Program was established to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities and their families in saving funds to pay for many disability-related expenses critical to maintaining the individuals’ health, independence, and quality of life. The Texas ABLE Program is established and maintained by the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board with assistance from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Sam Gonzalez
(210) 370-5467

Texas Transition and Employment Guide-Revised July 2018

Legal Framework-Compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format includes frameworks, publications, and resources helpful in the special education process. There is a glossary of terms and acronyms, links to laws, rules and guidance; and a search feature. District's transition designee are also listed

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