Section 6000, Resources Links

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Revision 19-4; Effective October 18, 2019

 

Resources Links

Resources for Individuals with Deafblindness

The Texas Deafblind Project is funded by a federal grant to provide information and training about deafblindness to families and the professionals who work with them. The Deafblind Outreach team provides technical assistance to families and schools involved with children with both a vision and hearing impairment. The Deafblind Outreach team also provides training directly to DBMD provider agencies. Additional information about the program can be found on the Texas Deafblind project website.

HHS Blind and Visually Impaired Services works with people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired to help them reach their independence goals.

The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation program helps people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and helps youths and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The program also helps businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program at its New York Center. Regional HKNC representatives can refer individuals to the national HKNC. They can also provide consultation and training to provider agencies. To contact the regional representative who serves the Texas area, call 972-490-9677.

The Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT) is an organization formed by parents and professionals to improve the quality of life for all Texans who are deafblind with multiple disabilities. Parents from around the state can find peer support, encouragement and advice. The DBMD case manager can refer parents to the organization by emailing president@dbmat-tx.org or calling 713-231-7508.

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness DB-LINK has services including an extensive library of webinars, materials and access to information specialists who are available to help answer questions.

National Center of Deaf-Blindness Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to intervention for students (ages 3 through 21) who are deaf-blind and being served in educational settings. En Español

Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) helps people who have a disability that interferes with their access to telephone networks purchase basic specialized assistive equipment or services.

STAP typically covers the cost of most phones included in our voucher categories.