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 The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, or DARS, administers programs that ensure Texas is a state where people with disabilities, and children who have developmental delays, enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to live independent and productive lives.

DARS has four divisions, each with its own programs:

Learn more about the Vocational Rehabilitation Program or check out the VR Guide for Applicants (pdf).

DARS administers programs that help Texans with disabilities find jobs through vocational rehabilitation, ensure that Texans with disabilities live independently in their communities, and assist families in helping their children under age 3 with disabilities and delays in development to reach their full potential.

DARS also offers resources and suggestions for finding a personal attendant

Other resources for Personal Attendants:

Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities

Advisory body to the city council and city manager regarding problems affecting persons with disabilities in the Austin area. Established to encourage, assist and enable persons with disabilities to participate in the social and economic life of the City, achieve maximum personal independence, become gainfully employed, and use and enjoy fully and use all public and private facilities available within the community.

Capitol Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro)

At Capital Metro, we strive to make taking transit easy for everyone. Whether you need special services for yourself, a family member or friend, you’ll find access on all MetroBus and MetroRail vehicles. Our staff is ready to assist you, so let us know how we can help.

Contact us at (512) 474-1200 or or check out CapMetro’s Accessibility on our website.

Off Campus Housing Resources (PDF)

Provided by International Student and Scholar Services

Learning  Ally

At Learning Ally, a national non-profit since 1948, our mission is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions.

Seton Brain and Spine Institute – Paralympic Sport Austin

The Seton Brain and Spine Institute Adapted Sports Program is designed to provide physically challenged individuals with the opportunity to participate in various sports and fitness programs. The primary focus of the Seton Adapted Sports Program is to improve the participant’s functional fitness level.  Additionally, the program provides opportunities to enhance total quality of life by providing psychological and health-related benefits. Self-esteem and a sense of value are significantly enhanced through the simple inclusion in these programs.  Participation in the activities also provides a healthy support system of people with common interests, goals and desires.

VSA Texas—The State Organization on Arts and Disability

VSA Texas, the state organization on arts and disability, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that works to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Our mission is to promote the creative power in people with disabilities by working with all community members to facilitate full access to the cultural and educational arts. VSA Texas is a member of the international network of VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

National Resources is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.