Each year, hundreds of Texas families turn to Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) for information and support for their children who are blind or visually impaired. A blind children's specialist from the Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP) works with each child and family to create a service plan tailored to the child's needs and circumstances. It’s a flexible document that will develop along with the child.
How Do I know if my Child is Eligible?
Children between the ages of birth and 22 years who live in Texas and have vision impairment may be eligible for services. See the information below to apply for services.
What Services Can my Child Receive?
The program offers services tailored to each child and family's needs and circumstances. BCVDDP can:
- Help children develop the confidence and competence needed to be an active part of their community
- Provide support and training to parents and caretakers so they understand their rights and responsibilities throughout the educational process
- Assist children and their families in the vocational discovery and development process
- Provide training to increase children independence and ability to participate in vocational related activities
- Provide information about additional resources
By working with the entire family, HHS can help children develop the concepts and skills needed to realize their full potential.
What Services can my Child Who is Deafblind Receive?
If your child has both vision and hearing loss, your child and your family may get:
- Technical assistance and consultation services
- Resources on educational intervener trainings
- Information on deafblindness, including effective strategies to support children with combined hearing and vision loss
- Information and support in finding local, state and national resources
Where Can I Apply for Services?
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.
You also can contact a local office to learn more.
4601 South First, Suite M
Abilene, TX 79605-1463
P.O. Box 521
Abilene, TX 79604-0521
28 Western Plaza Drive
Amarillo, TX 79109
7701 Metropolis Drive
Building 12, Ste. 100
Austin TX 78744
3105 Executive Blvd.
Beaumont, TX 77708
Bryan College Station
3000 East Villa Maria Road
Bryan, TX 77803
4410 Dillon Lane
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
1545 W Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
440 S. Nursery Road
Irving, TX 75060
401 E. Franklin Ave., Ste. #240
El Paso, TX 79901
4733 E. Lancaster Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76103
3625 W. Business 83
Harlingen, TX 78552
1459 E 45th St.
Houston, TX 77022
1500 N. Arkansas
Laredo, TX 78043
6302 Iola St.
Lubbock, TX 79424
4501 West Business 83
McAllen, TX 78501
3016 Kermit Highway
Odessa, TX 79764-7307
622 South Oakes, Ste. D
San Angelo, TX 76903-7013
San Antonio, TX 78217
Houston, TX 77089-1337
3303 Mineola Highway
Tyler, TX 75702
2306 Leary Lane
Victoria, TX 77901
801 Austin Ave., #710
Waco, TX 76701-1937
1328 Oakhurst Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
What Are My Child’s Rights?
Texas Health and Human Services is committed to providing services to our applicants and clients in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner. This obligation to comply with federal and state laws and regulations extends to service contractors, as well as any other agency, institution, or organization participating in a health and human services program by contract or other arrangements.
The Civil Rights Office has the responsibility to:
- Investigate claims of discrimination
- Conduct new, periodic, and special compliance reviews of offices, programs, and contractors
- Provide training and guidance
- Take other appropriate steps to ensure that programs and services do not discriminate.
For more information, visit the Civil Rights Office website.