Children who are blind or visually impaired have brighter futures today than at any time in history! No longer isolated from their peers and the rest of society, children who are blind or visually impaired are fully involved in the world around them. Advances in technology make it possible for them to live, learn and play alongside their peers. Powerful laws protect their rights to education, access to their communities and other important civil rights. There have never been more excellent resources to help children who are blind and visually impaired achieve their fullest potential.

If your child is blind or visually impaired, the Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP) may be able to help you, your child, and your entire family. Every year, hundreds of Texas families turn to the Children's Program for information and support to help their children grow and thrive. A Blind Children's Specialist—an expert in providing services to children with visual impairments—works with each child and family to create a Family Service Plan. The plan—tailored to the child's unique needs and circumstances—is a flexible document that will develop along with the child.

Who is eligible?

Children between the ages of birth and 22 years who live in Texas and have vision impairment may be eligible for services.

What services are available from the Children's Program?

BCVDDP offers a wide range of services that are tailored to each child and family's needs and circumstances. We can:

  • Assist your child in developing the confidence and competence needed to be an active part of their community.
  • Provide support and training to you in understanding your rights and responsibilities throughout the educational process.
  • Assist you and your child in the vocational discovery and development process.
  • Provide training to increase your child’s independence and ability to participate in vocational related activities.
  • Supply information to families about additional resources.

By working directly with your entire family, this program can help your child develop the concepts and skills needed to realize their full potential.

Where can I apply for services or get more information?

To find the nearest office, call the HHS Office of the Ombudsman at 1-877-787-8999, select a language, and then select Option 3. You can also submit your request online.

Office Locations

Abilene
325-795-5840
4601 South First, Suite M
Abilene, TX 79605-1463
P.O. Box 521
Abilene, TX 79604-0521 MC: 6846

Amarillo
817-792-3482
28 Western Plaza Drive
Amarillo, TX 79109 MC: 6878

Austin
512-416-0022
7701 Metropolis Dr, Blg 12, Ste 100
Austin TX 78744 MC: 0172

Beaumont
409-730-1098
3105 Executive Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77708 MC: 0291

Bryan College Station
979-776-7492
3000 East Villa Maria Rd
Bryan, TX 77803 MC: 7331

Corpus Christi
361-857-4758
4410 Dillon Lane
Corpus Christi, TX 78415 MC: 0734

Dallas
214-638-7575
1545 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235 MC: 0889

Irving
972-721-6580
440 S Nursery Rd
Irving, TX 75060 MC: 1469

El Paso
915-834-7047
401 E. Franklin #240
El Paso, TX 79901 MC: 6900

Fort Worth
817-536-3353
4733 E. Lancaster Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76103 MC: 1469

Harlingen
956-428-8201
3525 W. Business 83
Harlingen, TX 78552 MC: 1606

Houston
713-696-3669
1459 E 45th Street
Houston, TX 77022 MC: 1737

Laredo
956-725-5195
1500 N. Arkansas
Laredo, TX 78043 MC: 2031

Lubbock
806-797-8870
6302 Iola Street
Lubbock, TX 79424 MC:

Lufkin
936-632-1108
1210 S. Chestnut St.
Lufkin, TX 75901 MC: 2201

McAllen
956-630-9441
4501 West Business 83
McAllen, TX 78501 MC: 2222

Odessa
432-334-5654
3016 Kermit Highway, Suite A
Odessa, TX 79764-7307 MC: 6934

San Angelo
325-655-0576
622 South Oakes, Suite D
San Angelo, TX 76903-7013 MC: 6979

San Antonio
210-655-8760
11307 Roszell
San Antonio, TX 78217 MC: 9057

Southeast Houston
713-948-7965
10060 Fuqua
Houston, TX 77089-1337 MC: 6925

Texarkana
903-791-6400
3316 S. Lake Drive
Texarkana, TX 75501 MC: 3111

Tyler
903-595-4841
3303 Mineola Highway
Tyler, TX 75702

Victoria
361-574-7341
2306 Leary Lane
Victoria, TX 77901 MC: 3192

Waco
254-750-9623
801 Austin Avenue #710
Waco, TX 76701-1937 MC: 6820

Wichita Falls
940-767-1720
1328 Oakhurst Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76302 MC:3323