The following are resources in the Central Texas area that are not affiliated with the Children’s Special Needs Network but may be a great way for you to connect with the special needs community.

Support Groups

Caregivers Ladder

Cerebral Palsy Group

Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas

Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS) – in the Bryan/College Station area

Heart of Texas Autism Network

Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network

His Kids Support Group – meets the 3rd Saturday of each month (10am – 12pm) at Temple Bible Church. Contact Susie Marek at or call 254-933-7487 for more information.

Recreational Activities

Buddy Sports – recreational program with First Baptist Belton for children and young adults with special needs. Call (254) 939-0705 for more information.

Dancers with Possibilities for Children with Special Needs – Call (254) 778-4344 for more information.

City of Harker Heights Superhero Adaptive Sports – provides recreational opportunities for youth and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Call 254-953-5657 for more information.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Texas – events and recreational activities.

Special Olympics Texas

Texas Angels Pageant – gives Angels with special needs the opportunity to strut their stuff and show their true beauty on stage.  This is an opportunity for the Angel’s personal growth, as well as the growth of the numerous volunteers to help support this great organization.

FC Belton Special Needs Soccer

Extreme Cheer & Tumble Special Needs Program

No Limitations Athletics – offers the special needs community in Central Texas the chance to play sports.

Challenger League Waco – provides children with cognitive and physical challenges the opportunity to play Little League.

Funding Assistance

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Texas

Texas Elks State Association

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation

Childcare for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Sammy’s House –  2415 Twin Oaks Dr., Austin, TX  –  512-453-5258

Education Connection – 2207 Florence Road, Killeen, TX  – 254-526-9299

Central Texas Children’s Center – 2000 Marlandwood Road, Temple, TX – 254-778-6785

Living Word Christian Academy & Daycare – 1005 Dunbar St., Waco, TX 254-799-3796

You may also search the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website for facilities that take children with special health care needs.

Transition Information

Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Council

Camps for Children with Special Needs

Texas Lions Camp

Camp Summit

Camp Bluebonnet


Exceptional Georgetown Alliance

Texas Elks Camp

Additional Resources

Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Special Needs – information from the Texas Department of State Health Services

SPEDTex – Texas Special Education Information Center

Parent Companion  – A guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.

Texas Guardianship Association

Austin Area Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs

Texas Parent to Parent Resource Directory

Baylor Center for Autism

Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

Exceptional Georgetown Alliance

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

Partners Resource Network – A parent training and information center that provides one-on-one ARD support and trainings.

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program

Heart of Texas Region MHMR – The Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center is made up of caring professionals who are dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, developmental delays, and emotional conflict.

Central Counties Center MHMR