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Disability Resources
2010 Coastal Bend Aging and Resource Guide
Coastal Bend Aging and Disability Resource Directory
This publication is brought to you by the Aging and Disability Resource Directory Committee. Committee members represent the Mayor's Council on Aging, City of Corpus Christi Committee for Persons with Disabilities, Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend, Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

AccessibleTech.org
http://www.accesibletech.org/index.php
Accessible Technology for All: Our mission is to promote full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology that is universally accessible. Great resources for job seekers and employers.

WorkInTexas.com
http://www.workintexas.com
WorkInTexas.com is the most comprehensive on-line job resource. At Work In Texas you can find a job, find an employee, and find another reason to love Texas

Ticket to Work
http://www.yourtickettowork.com
The Ticket to Work is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.

Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
http://www.dars.state.tx.us (Homepage)
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml (For Job Seekers with Disabilities)
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/services/servicesforbusiness.shtml (For Business)
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.

Disability.gov
http://www.disability.gov
Provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (Department of Labor)
http://www.dol.gov/odep/categories/workforce
A comprehensive strategy of public education, outreach, and evidence-based policy research and demonstrations to reach employers, business, and the disability community concerning the most effective ways to tap the underutilized talents of workers with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act - U.S. Department of Justice
http://www.ada.gov
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, going to the movies, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the health club, or having the car serviced at a local garage.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
http://askjan.org
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

JAN's trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN's services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living
http://cbcil.org/
The Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living (CBCIL) is a 501(c)(3) organization. CBCIL is a consumer-controlled, non-residential, non-profit and cross-disability oriented service organization that provides core services of information and referral, advocacy, peer counseling, and independent living skills training. CBCIL is designed specifically to assist people with cross disabilities successfully establish independent lives.

DBTAC Southwest ADA Center
http://www.dlrp.org/
The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest's leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is one of the DBTAC National Network of Centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education. The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center serves a wide range of audiences who are interested in or impacted by these laws, including employers, businesses, government agencies, schools and people with disabilities. Expert staff members are available to provide training and publications and to respond to your inquiries via the toll free hotline 800-949-4232.

The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
http://www.cotwd.org/about_us.html
Through governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting, The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities ensures that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.

ADVOCACY, INC.
http://www.advocacyinc.org/index.cfm
Advocates for people with disabilities to protect and advance the legal, human and service rights of people with disabilities and to inform all individuals of the rights of people with disabilities and to inform and refer individuals to programs and services.

Social Security Benefits Counseling - Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project
http://www.valleyassociation.org
By working with a WIPA, SSA beneficiaries will be better equipped to make informed choices about work. Each WIPA is staffed with Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) to:

  • provide work incentives planning and assistance
  • help beneficiaries and their families determine eligibility for Federal or State work incentives programs
  • refer beneficiaries with disabilities to appropriate Employment Networks or State VR agencies based on individual needs and impairment types
  • provide general information about potential employer-based or federally subsidized health benefits coverage available to beneficiaries once they enter the workforce
  • inform beneficiaries with disabilities of further protection and advocacy services available to them

WIPAs are authorized to serve all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities, including transition-to-work aged youth, providing benefits planning and assistance services on request and as resources permit.

2-1-1 Texas
https://www.211texas.org/211/
Links to State Agencies and Non-Profit Organizations that offer various disability services/programs within the State of Texas.

B-Line Para-Transit – Corpus Christi
http://www.ccrta.org/bline06.html
B-Line Para-Transit service is shared ride public transportation for people whose disabilities prevent them from using regular accessible fixed-route service. B-Line is a curb-to-curb transportation service provided to riders who have been determined eligible using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. People with disabilities who are not prevented from using fixed route bus service by their disability would not qualify for B-Line service.

Transportation Coordination Network of the Coastal Bend
http://www.tcncb.org/
Connecting you to the ride you need. Provides a list of transportation providers and their services throughout the Coastal Bend.

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center
http://www.deaf-hh.org/
The Mission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center of Corpus Christi is to provide a vital link of resources, services, and advocacy to persons of all ages experiencing hearing loss in a hearing world.
"A world of silence does not mean a silent community."

South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind
http://www.stlb.net/index.html
South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind has been changing the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired since 1964. Since its humble beginning at a small warehouse on North Mesquite Street in Corpus Christi, the Lighthouse has grown from only three to nearly 200 employees, from a small building to a 70,000 square foot facility on over seven acres, and from providing brooms and mops to providing a series of office products, military supplies, services to government agencies and training opportunities to members of the community who are blind or visually impaired.

MHMR of Nueces County
http://www.ncmhmr.org/
MHMR of Nueces County is a provider of services and supports to individuals with mental illness, mental retardation, developmental disabilities and their families. Our Center also serves as the Mental Health Authority and the Mental Retardation Authority for Nueces County. The Administration Office Building is located at 1630 S. Brownlee Street (at Six Points) in Corpus Christi, Texas 78404. Our business hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities
P.O. Box 12428
Austin TX 78711
(512) 463-5742
(512) 463-5746 (TTY)
711 (Relay Service)
aenglish@governor.state.tx.us
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/disabilities

Office of Disability Employment Policy
http://www.dol.gov/odep/
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

Del Mar College - Services for Students with Disabilities
http://www.delmar.edu/specserv/disability.html
Del Mar College is an "open door college" to students with disabilities who have a high school diploma or General Education Development Certificate. Students with documented disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Special Services Office on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes.

Texas A & M University - Disability Services
http://disabilityservices.tamucc.edu/
Disability Services is committed to providing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student’s with disabilities equal access and opportunity to discover, communicate, and apply knowledge and abilities. We foster a philosophy that encourages independence and assist students in realizing their academic potential. We facilitate the elimination of physical and attitudinal barriers that may encumber the academic success of a student with a disability. Our continued goal is to maintain an accessible community where students are challenged and diversity is celebrated.

Goodwill South Texas
http://www.goodwillsouthtexas.com/
Goodwill programs seek to improve the quality of life for individuals such as the homeless, abused, forgotten, and physically and mentally challenged through the power of work.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Relay Texas: 1-800-735-2989 (TDD) and 1-800-735-2988 or 7-1-1 (Voice).
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