DSACT Resources


Our Library

These books can be found in our office located at 3710 Cedar Street, Austin Texas
A Special Kind of Hero
Babies with DS (English and Spanish)
Choosing Naia
Classroom Language Skills for Children with DS
Creative Parenting
Delicate Threads – Friendships between children with and without special needs in inclusive settings
Differences in common – Straight Talk on Mental Retardation, down Syndrome, and Live
Down Syndrome – the first 18 months (VHS and DVD)
Early Communication Skills for Children with DS
Expecting Adam: A true story of birth, rebirth and everyday magic
Fine motor Skills in Children with DS
Friendship Building Strategies Workshop Kit
Gross motor skills in children with DS
I Can, Can You?
IEP toolkit (workbook and video)
Keys to Parenting A Child with Down Syndrome
Kids Like These
Making Plans
2008 National Down Syndrome Congress Conference DVD
Much Much More

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Books, Videos and Publications

Resources for Siblings

“We’ll Paint the Octopus Red” by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and Pam Devito (Hardcover – Aug 1998) Amazon  Barnes and Noble

“The Best Worst Brother” by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and Charlotte Fremauz (Hardcover – June 2005) Amazon  Barnes and Noble

“Our Brother Has Down’s Syndrome” by Shelley Cairo, Jasmine Cairo and Irene McNeil (Paperback 1988) Amazon Barnes and Noble

“Brothers & Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families” by Peggy Gallagher, Thomas H. Powell and Cheryl Rhodes
(Paperback Aug 2006)  Amazon  Barnes and Noble

“Views from Our Shoes: Growing up With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs” by Donald J. Meyer and Cary Pillo
(Paperback Mar 2005)  Amazon  Barnes and Noble

“The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister With Special Needs”  by Don Meyer and David
Gallagher (Paperback Mar 2005)  Amazon  Barnes and Noble

Down Syndrome: For New Parents Recommended Reading for Siblings

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Local Resources (Local resources may also be available statewide, see each web site for more information)

Early Childhood Intervention – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program for families with children, birth to 3 years of age, with disabilities or developmental delay. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. For more information see their web site: http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/indexshtml

Any Baby Can – Any Baby Can and Family Resource Center is dedicated to ensure that children reach their potential through education, therapy and family support services. They serve children from birth to 18 years of age. For more information see their web site: http://www.abcaus.org/

Easter Seals of Texas – Easter Seals of Central Texas creates solutions and changes lives of children and adults with disabilities and those who care for them. For more information see their web site: http://centraltx.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=TXCA_homepage

Rosedale School for AISD Families and Children with Disabilities – Rosedale is a helpful resource for information on funding and services, including waiting lists for special services. For more information, see their web site: http://www.austinschools.org/campus/rosedale/resources.html

Texas Parent to Parent – Texas Parent to Parent (TX p2p) Provides support and information to families of children with disabilities, chronic illness and other special heal care needs. For more information see their web site: http://www.txp2p.org

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Texas Resources

Texas Project First – Texas Project First is a natural extension of Family to Family’s mission, which is to help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support. For more information see their web site: http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/index.html

Texas Education Agency (TEA) – Special Education in Texas – This web page is to provide interested stakeholders (parents, school personnel, advocates, etc.) with timely guidance on the provision of special education services in Texas. Guidance may take the form of links to State Resources or short responses to commonly asked questions. See the web site at Special Education in Texas for more information

Down Home Ranch – Down Home Ranch is a country place for kids and adults with special needs. The mission of Down Home Ranch is to build a rural, self-reliant community for adults with mental retardation, offering training, housing, recreation, and dignified employment, as well as opportunities for growth in mind, body, and spirit. See the web site at http://www.downhomeranch.org/for more information

Marbridge – Marbridge provides a unique spectrum of residential care, education, and training for adults with various cognitive challenges. Our unique Abilities Centered Training program was designed and developed by Marbridge to serve our residents. The program helps residents set their own goals, make their own choices, and achieve their full potential. See the web site at http://www.marbridge.org/for more information

Partners Resource Network (PRN) – Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the statewide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI’s) in Texas. The PTI Projects are: PATH, PEN, and TEAM. The programs and services of PRN are based on the concept of parents helping parents. Our mission is to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals. For more information, see the web site at http://www.partnerstx.org/index.htm

Region XIII – Education Service Center (For Educators)- Region XIII Education Service Center is one of twenty service centers that serve the Texas educational needs. We are a non-regulatory agency; our relationship with school districts is collaborative and supportive. Our purpose is to aid teachers and administrators in their role as educators of our children. We serve as a liaison between the Texas Education Agency and the local schools districts and the schools they serve by disseminating information, conducting training and consultation for both federal and state programs. For more information see the web site at http://www5.esc13.net/about/index.html

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National Resources

Creating Solutions – A project of the Community Initiative Funds of The San Francisco Foundation- Creating Solutions manages a variety of projects, locally in Oregon, and those with a national and international scope such as Disability Solutions and The Down Syndrome Autism Information Center. http://www.disabilitysolutions.org/index.htm

Disability is Natural- The Disability is Natural web site is brought to you by BraveHeart Press, the family-owned business of Kathie Snow. The mission of this site is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included. For more information, see the web site at http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/index.htm

Community Options, Inc. “Helping to Empower People with Disabilities”- Community Options is committed to helping employers realize the true value of employing people with disabilities. For more information, see the web site at http://www.communityoptionsonline.org/resources/employers.htm#B2

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Worldwide Resources

Special Olympics – Providing year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 2.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 180 countries. For more information, see the web site at http://www.specialolympics.org/Special+Olympics+Public+Website/English/default.htm

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Residential Options:

Association for Independent Living (Dallas, TX)(214) 351-0798

Autism Treatment Center(Dallas (972) 644-2076 and San Antonio (210) 590-2107)

Breckenridge Village of Tyler (Tyler, TX (903) 596-8100)

Caleb, Inc. (Arlington, Lubbock, San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth Metroplex, (817) 633-8511)

Community Homes for Adults, Inc.(Dallas, TX (214) 373-8600)

Community Options, Inc. (Austin, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio (512) 844-2956)

Metrocare Services (Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, (214) 743-1200)

DayBreak (Burleson, TX (817) 447-2700 or 1-800-299-5161)

Down Home Ranch (Elgin, TX 1-888-926-2253)

ResCare(Louisville, KY 1-800-866-0860)

Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc.(Haughton, LA (318) 949-5500

LifePath Systems(McKinney, TX (972) 422-5939)

Marbridge: A Whole New Life(Manchaca, TX (512) 282-1144)

Mosiac: Opening Doors to Extraordinary Lives (Bryan, TX (979) 823-7622)

Sequoia, Inc. (Dallas, Denton, Johnson, and Tarrant counties, (214) 634-3431

United Cerebral Palsy of North Texas: Life without limits for people with disabilities (Dallas, TX and surrounding counties (214) 351-2500)

Volunteers of America(Fort Worth, TX (817) 529-7300)

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