Community Resources

Listed below there is a short list containing some of the resources available for assistance in the Austin, TX area. For more resource options be sure to check out our Brain Injury Resource and Information Guide.

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Advocacy

Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities:   512-974-3256

A volunteer advisory committee to the Austin City Council and City Manager, regarding any issues or concerns affecting persons with disabilities.  It was established to enable persons with disabilities to participate in the full social and economic life of the city, achieve independence, become gainfully employed, and access all public and private facilities.

Texas Civil Rights Project:   512-474-5073

Attorneys who specialize in discrimination law and other ADA related issues.

DisabilityRights Texas:  512-454-4816

Formerly named Advocacy, Inc., this agency provides services that include specific case investigation, mediation, negotiation, and legal counsel and representation. This agency also offers training for people with disabilities on their individual rights, how to self advocate, and accessing services from state agencies.  

 

Brain Injury Resources (Specialized)

Brain Injury Association of Austin Support Group

ImproveAbility:    512-522-1705

Mary Lee Foundation Rehabilitation Center:   512-443-1360

Mentis Neuro Health:   512-894-0901

ResCare Premier:   512-396-1200

RehabWithoutWalls: 888-299-3998

Small Victories Foundation:  512-799-5609 (Derrick Wright)

YOGA: Love Your Brain:  512-380-9800

A free 6-week yoga and meditation program for brain injury survivors and their caregivers.  Classes begin in January, April, July & October and are limited to 13 students. Located at Yoga Yoga, 2167 W Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757.

Additional Brain Injury Resources

BrainHQ

BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that represents the culmination of 30 years of research in neurological science and related medicine. It was designed by an international team of neuroscientists, led by Michael Merzenich.

Brain Injury Association of America:   1-800-444-6443

Provides nationwide resource information, holds national conferences and educational seminars, and advocates for congressional public policy change.

Hope after brain injury:   817-983-1807 (Deana Adams, Ph.D.)  

A faith based organization that offers online and personal support for brain injury survivors and their families.

How to Help Someone Who Has a Brain Injury (Mayo Clinic)

More Than Survivors:  512-444-1141 (Phyllis King)  

MTS is a monthly Christian support letter for the brain injury community.  The monthly publication allows others to share notes, letters, articles, artwork, and poetry with the brain injury community.  One can also request a Pen Pal.

Office of Acquired Brain Injury (HHSC):

The Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) 512-706-7191 is Texas’ premier resource for providing education, awareness, prevention, and service referral and coordination in regards to brain injury.  The office has a wide array of materials available to help to understand brain injury, raise awareness, and to find the resources you need.

Texas Brain Injury Alliance:  512-910-7108

Formerly the Brain Injury Association of Texas, this organization provides statewide resource information, holds conferences, and advocates for public policy for the benefit of survivors of brain injury, their families, and caregivers.

Texas Pilot District

Pilot International adopted brain-related disorders as its service focus. BrainMinders and traumatic brain injury camps are the signature projects for their organization with  the support of 43 Chapters in Texas. Pilot supports three weekend camps and one day camp for adult traumatic brain injury survivors. Texas Pilot has created the TBI Camp Foundation to help support these camps.

 

General Resources

AGE – Austin Group for the Elderly:   512-451-4611

A nonprofit agency that empowers caregivers and their families through education and support. The mission is accomplished through their programs below. Address: 3710 Cedar Street, Box 2, Austin TX 78705.  Program offers an Adult Day Care, a Computer Learning Center , an equipment lending program and caregiver Resource Center.

Austin Resource Center for Independent Living (ARCIL):   512-832-6349

Provides assistance to adults and children with disabilities to achieve independent living goals.  Provides information and referrals for housing, education, attendant services, and assistance in completing Social Security forms and appeal process if denied.

Austin Somatics:  512-348-6014       email: Anagha@AustinSomatcs.com

Somatic movement therapy retrains the nervous system to improve coordinated movement, balance and pain reduction.

Austin Trouble Shooter:   512-786-3561

Program provides an array of competent and affordable case management services. Call Jim Parr for information.

Brain Injury Association of America:   1-800-444-6443

Provides nationwide resource information, holds national conferences and educational seminars, and advocates for congressional public policy change.

Caregiving: A Family Guide

Obtain this 237 page paperback book by writing to: Gray Panthers of Austin, 3719 Cedar Street, Box 15, Austin TX 78705-1449 (a small donation to defray publication is not mandated, but graciously accepted)

Center for Music Therapy:  512-472-5016

Center is dedicated to making music therapy and other sensory-based interventions more accessible to consumers by providing traditional and non-traditional therapies, treatment services, programs, and classes in Austin.

McBeth Recreational Center and Stroke Aphasia Club:   512-974-9011

Classes and recreation are provided for people with disabilities throughout the year. Stroke Aphasia meetings are held every Thursday from 10:30 am – 12 noon at the McBeth Recreation Center in Zilker Park.

SafePlace-Disability Services:   512-267-7233

ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) provides education to people with disabilities to increase awareness about sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence and abuse by personal care providers, personal safety planning, healthy relationships, and sexuality. Presentations and training are also available to professionals and families.

Counseling Services are available for individuals with disabilities who have experienced sexual or domestic violence or abuse by a partner, spouse, family member, or personal care provider.  Counseling is designed to promote healing, reduce the risk of future abuse, and information and resources for exploring safety options.

 

Government Resources

Austin Services

Website provides a list of pertinent and helpful information regarding each City Department in Austin.   

Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS)

TWS (by Texas Workforce Commission) has programs that help people with disabilities secure employment.

State Office:   800-628-5115

Austin Regional Office:  512-451-9579

 

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