Special Needs Help in the DFW Area

14 Oct

Autism Treatment Center

10503 Metric Dr.
Dallas, TX 75243


I consider ATC the gold standard in autism treatment and support in the Metroplex.  Help for children and adults with autism.

ARC of Dallas

12700 Hillcrest Rd. #200
Dallas, TX 75230-2063


ARC of Greater Tarrant County

1300 W Lancaster #104
Fort Worth, TX 76102


ARC of Northeast Tarrant County

PO Box 14455
Haltom City, TX 76117


ARC of Texas

8001 Centre Park Dr.
Austin, Texas 78754


ARC advocates on behalf of and in collaboration with people with developmental disabilities and their families to improve the quality of life and to expand opportunities to participate actively in the community. Services include information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, as well as support and education of the community, service providers and individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Through the Family Connections program, education and training regarding the rights of children with disabilities and their parents in schools is provided, as well as the Our Special Children support groups (a parent-to-parent program), which offer monthly informational presentations and support for parents with children with disabilities (in English and Spanish). Social/ recreational programs are provided for adults, teens, and families affected by developmental disabilities.

Autism Society of DFW Metroplex



Autism Society of Greater Tarrant County



Crystal Charity Ball Autism Project



Provides a wealth of services, from community resources to testing/evaluations to social support groups and parent training. In concert with professionals from UT Southwestern, UT Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the Crystal Charity Ball Autism Project connects families and professionals to a range of services for children of all ages who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or who may be showing signs of ASD. They also coordinate multidisciplinary programs for applied research and the diagnosis, treatment, and identification of possible causes and cures for autism spectrum disorders.

Easter Seals Dallas

4201 Brook Spring Dr. #A
Dallas, TX 75224-4968


Easter Seals North Texas

1424 Hemphill St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4703


Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT-NT)

4239 Road to the Mall
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180


FEAT-NT provides information and resources. FEAT-NT has online resources as well as a resource center. They also provide informational meetings/trainings and support groups.

Life Point, Inc.

580 Pleasant Ridge Dr.
Mansfield, TX 76063


Life Point is a non-profit organization established in 2002 to provide support to young adults with moderate to severe Autism. Through these programs individuals are provided lifelong educational support. The goal is to provide them with the opportunity to live and work in a safe and preferred environment while participating in the daily activities of the community in which they live. Clients served are ages 15 and up.

Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County

1300 Circle Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76119


Community Outreach is the point of contact for those seeking information about community resources and supports for individuals with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities and their families. Those seeking assistance should call (817) 569-4000. Program maintains a monthly calendar of events, opportunities and support groups. Inquiries may also be made through the agency web-site: www.mhmrtc.org.

Information about specific programs and waiting lists is also available for:
* Home and Community Based Services (HCS)
* Intermediate Care Facilities for Mental Retardation/Related Conditions (ICF-MR/RC)
* State Mental Retardation Facilities
* In-Home and Family Services (IHFS)
* State Funded Mental Retardation Services
* Service Coordination

The Clubhouse for Special Needs

800 Brown Trail, Suite C
Bedford, TX 76022


Provides a safe and fun place for teens & young adults who have mild or moderate, mental/physical challenges.

Government Agencies:

Department of Aging & Disability Services


Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)


Deaf/Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DB/MD)


Home and Community Services (HCS)


Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP)


Please note: This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources. Feel free to add any agencies or programs that were helpful to you in the comments section!


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