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Advocacy and Support

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UT Specific Groups

The disABILITY Advocacy Student Coalition

The Disability Advocacy Student Coalition (DASC) is a student organization with the purpose of promoting awareness, advocacy and education about disability on the UT campus.

Texans with Autoimmune Disorders (TWAID)

This is an organization for students at The University of Texas at Austin with any autoimmune disease(s). TWAID primarily functions as a support group, but also includes educational opportunities and social events.

Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group (CCSG)

This group provides a space for UT students living with IBD to connect and share experiences and provide support.


A private Facebook group for UT students with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia) to provide support, advice and encouragement. Please email if you would like to be invited to join this group.

Sleepy Longhorns

A private Facebook group for UT students with narcolepsy/sleep disorders to provide support, advice and encouragement. Please email if you would like to be invited to join this group.

Students on the Spectrum

A support group for UT students with Asperger’s Syndrome and other autism-spectrum diagnoses. Contact SSD at or 512-471-6259 to find out meeting times/locations.


Student Self Advocacy

Colorado State University has created self-advocacy modules as part of the Access to Postsecondary Education through Universal Design Learning. Self-Advocacy (SA) skills are key to students’ college and life success. Through self-advocacy skill development, students learn life‑long strategies to help them take charge of their lives and maximize their strengths.

Virginia Tech’s Self-Advocacy Video

Virginia Tech’s Services for Students with Disabilities office has created a great 15 minute video to improve students’ self-advocacy skills and provide information about succeeding in college as a student with a disability . Although the information is directed toward students attending Virginia Tech, most of the information applies to any college or university, including the University of Texas at Austin.

We Connect Now

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts.

Active Minds

Active Minds is a national 501(c)3 organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

NAMI on Campus

NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students living with mental health conditions and to empower them to take action on their campuses. This site also includes materials to help colleges in improving the academic and social experience of their students by addressing the mental health needs of all students.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. Our mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead better lives. We are an international non-profit organization, founded twenty years ago by adult ADHD support group leaders to share information, resources and provide support for one another. Our goal is to generate hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of AD/HD. ADDA brings together scientific perspectives and the human experience. The information and resources provided to individuals and families affected by AD/HD and professionals who serve them focuses on the diagnosis, treatments, strategies and techniques for helping adults with AD/HD lead better lives.

Invisible Disabilities Association

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

National Federation of the Blind of Texas

The National Federation of the Blind of Texas provides encouragement and a network of support and promotes an understanding of the real problems of blindness… the attitudes and misconceptions which we and the general public have about blindness. Through our affiliation with the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind persons in the country, we have cultivated an effective voice in determining the direction of laws and programs which affect blind and visually impaired persons in Texas and across the nation.

National Association of the Deaf

The NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Texas Association of the Deaf

To promote leadership, growth and equality among the D/deaf and hard of hearing Texans

American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights



Counseling and Mental Health Center Groups and Classes

All groups are free and confidential.


CMHC 24/7 Crisis Line at 512-471-CALL (2255)
Student Services Building – 5th Floor

For many emotional and relationship issues that college students face, group counseling is the best treatment choice. It provides students with the unique opportunity of utilizing peer interaction to work toward improving themselves. At CMHC, we offer a wide array of groups to address the needs of our students. Although many students are initially hesitant to join a group, participants consistently find group therapy to be a very beneficial and positive experience.

Voices Against Violence

Part of CMHC (see above) VAV provides services for Survivors and Allies of Relationship Violence including:

  • Individual counseling
  • Anonymous telephone counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Connection to resources in the community
  • Advocacy services which may include legal, medical, academic, and/or housing support

Strength of Us

An online community inspiring and connecting young adults impacted by mental health issues

Half of Us

The Half of Us campaign ( was launched in 2006 by The Jed Foundation and mtvU, MTV’s 24 hour college television network, to improve emotional health and prevent suicide among college students.  Since then,  The Peabody Award-winning campaign has developed powerful Public Service Announcements (PSAs), as well as candid celebrity, student and expert interviews to help de-stigmatize mental health, encourage young people to seek out ways to improve their state of mind, and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.


ULifeline is your online resource for college mental health.

Depression and BiPolar Support Alliance

DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.

Best Guide to Mental Health Problems Facing College Students

This guide helps to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students and where and when to seek help. Left untreated, these issues can become debilitating for students, so whether you feel you are experiencing these issues or find yourself concerned for a friend or peer, it is important to take action now.


OCD Texas

OCD TEXAS is a nonprofit support and advocacy organization for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. We are dedicated to bringing together OCD sufferers, their families and friends, researchers and treating professionals across Texas, in order to:

  • educate the public and professionals about OCD and related disorders in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided;
  • improve access to resources for sufferers and their families so that individuals afflicted with OCD and related disorders can better identify, seek, and gain access to appropriate support and affordable treatment;
  • support research toward better understanding of and more effective treatments for OCD and related disorders;
  • advocate for the OCD community.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. The mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Campus Connection

American Diabetes Association

Support Groups near Austin     Online Message Boards    Austin Events and News

The College Diabetes Network

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDN is a resource whose sole focus is to help students as they navigate through the wonderful chaos of college. We connect you with your peers, so that you can share real experiences and find what works best for you!

Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.

Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.

Epilepsy Foundation Central and South Texas

 Support Groups Near Austin

Amputee Coalition

The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association

National Spinal Cord Injury Association, the membership division of United Spinal, was founded in 1948 to improve the lives of all paralyzed Americans. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease. We provide active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life.

The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation

NOAH’s Albinism On-line Community — a place where people and families affected by albinism and others interested in learning more about the condition can ask questions and share experiences.

Student Organization

The Disability Advocacy Student Coalition  (DASC) is a student organization with the purpose of promoting awareness, advocacy and education about disability on the UT campus. DASC meetings are open to any student who is interested in promoting the goals of DASC and members with and without disabilities are encouraged to get involved.

For more information about resources and organizations for specific disability categories, please visit our About Disabilities page