Author Archives: Heather

Should we be giving our input to the Intellectual & Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDD SRAC)?

Background For 4 years, Texas government has had a committee working on redesigning the services for Texans with IDD… while proceeding down the path to Medicaid managed care. (Read the document creating the IDD-SRACommittee and setting their priorities.) Prior to … Continue reading

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SSI Threshold for Continued Medicaid benefits!

I can’t believe I am just learning about the Social Security SSI Threshold for Medicaid benefits! For the past 16 years, my understanding was that to get Medicaid through SSI, you needed to qualify for a monthly SSI payment. That … Continue reading

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Dentists for individuals with special needs

It’s often hard to find dentist who work well with children with special needs… please share your experiences here. Continue reading

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Summer House

YOUNG ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES are deserving of high quality programming that is client-centered enabling them to become valued, respected, contributing members of society. With this simple goal in mind, The Summerhouse team has built a creative, powerful program. Their … Continue reading

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Lifespan Respite

I just learned about a program called Lifespan Respite. This is a program that provides respite care for people who do not qualify for publically funded respite care from any other source. It serves persons of any age and any … Continue reading

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Challenged Athletes Foundation

Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life.

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Desperate for Respite

desperate for Respite provides support to caregivers caring for special needs children, dependent adults and their families in the northwest Houston area. Their services concentrates on raising the awareness of caring for caregivers, educating the community and developing relationships for … Continue reading

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Special needs trust & guardianship

Attorneys Lisa Wilson, Hayes & Wilson: 713-880-3939,

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Financial Planners

Steve Rhatigan, Stemark: 281-364-7211, Adam Blumberg, The K Corporation: 713-840-7300,

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H.E.A.R.T. Program

The H.E.A.R.T. Program was created by Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc. The program provides Occupational Skills Training to low-income developmentally disabled adults residing within the city limits of Houston, Texas. The purpose of the H.E.A.R.T. program is to prepare the … Continue reading

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