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Community Agencies

Workforce Solutions Lower Rio (Serving Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr County)

Workforce Solutions has ongoing orientations on services available to help you go to school and obtain a job. Call or stop by to sign up for an orientation at the center nearest to you: https://www.wfsolutions.org/connect/locations.html

Target and Demand Occupations

In this section of the Workforce Solutions page, you will be able to find the Target and Demand Occupations for Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy County. These lists identify the region’s fastest growing regional occupations and the associated training available through Workforce Solutions.

Workforce Solutions Cameron (Serving Cameron County)

Workforce Solutions has ongoing orientations on services available to help you go to school and obtain a job. Call or stop by to sign up for an orientation at the center nearest to you: https://www.wfscameron.org/workforce-centers/

Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS) formally known as DARS

TWS-VRS offers vocational counseling and guidance services to individuals with disabilities wanting to go to school and get a job. To apply for services, call or stop by the McAllen office: TWS-VRS Address: 801 W Nolana Ave, McAllen, TX 78504 Office: 956-661-5480

The Valley Association for Independent Living (VAIL)

VAIL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-residential, consumer-controlled, community-based cross-disability organization providing independent living services to individuals with disabilities since 1987. To learn more, visit their website: http://vailrgv.org/?page_id=15

Community Council of the Rio Grande Valley

The Community Council of the Rio Grande Valley offers the Health And Human Services Directory Blue Book which includes information on major non-profit and governmental agencies that provide services to the Rio Grande Valley residents and surrounding areas. To order a blue book visit: https://www.ccrgv.org/Directory%20of%20Health%2019-20.pdf

McAllen Metro

Metro McAllen currently operates seven (7) intracity bus routes and a paratransit bus service for eligible patrons. The bus system hubs out of the downtown terminal facility where passengers can connect to an array of international, national, regional and intracity destinations. The bus service hours of operation are from Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Download the free app to follow where the buses: Ride Systems

Valley Metro LRGVDC

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council provides public transportation in urbanized and non-urbanized areas of the lower Rio Grande Valley through its transit department, Valley Metro. INFORMATION LINE: 1-800-574-8322; Phone: (956) 969-5761; FAX: (956) 969-8176

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health

Services available to assist individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities and Substance Use Disorder. Other services include: Adult Mental Health; Child & Youth Mental Health; and Integrated Primary Care.

Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities

Learn about the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs available to provide assistance to people with disabilities. To find your local office and request benefits counseling, visit: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

Easter Seals RGV

Easterseals helps people with all types of abilities get the care that is right for them. Resources include everything from where to find in-home assistance and addressing aging challenges to build a relationship with your doctor. The Easterseals RGV’s Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program provides therapy services for infants and toddlers ages birth to 3 who have delays in development.

 

Online Resources

Skills to Pay the Bills

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Download a copy here: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/

Texas Parent to Parent

Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral, and education.

Navigate Life Texas

Resources for families of kids with disabilities & special healthcare needs

OlmsteadRights

Texas Disability Resources and Advocacy Organizations

State Medicaid Agency

Learn about and apply for Medicaid services in Texas.

 

Support Groups and Community Organizations

Team Mario

Team Mario provides community outreach and education through involvement in community-based events and provide families with resources to help those affected with ASD.

Capable Kids

Capable Kids Foundations hopes to enrich the lives of families living with disabilities and facing a variety of challenges by providing stimulating activities and social events throughout the community

RGV Down Syndrome Association

The RGV Down Syndrome Association is a non profit organization that was founded in 2012 by a small group of parents of children with Down syndrome. These dedicated parents wanted to provide support to other families and to promote the well being of individuals with Down syndrome within the community

CAMP University

This faith-based program offers post secondary assistance and activities for high school graduates that have received special education services. Day activities, social events, recreation, and possible job placement opportunities are available.

Bebo’s Angels

Bebo’s Angels is a non profit organization created to provide education and support to families with loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The organization strives to make a constant difference in the minds of individuals autistically inclined at some level.

Texas Partners in Policy Making

Texas Partners in Policymaking offers innovative and intensive advocate training for Families with children with developmental disabilities and Self-Advocates with developmental disabilities.

Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

This committee works toward a state in which people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity and self-determination.