National & State Scan: Texas

  • The lead agency in with oversight of policy and services for children and youth with an ASD is the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services; the other state agency contributing to the work and services is the Education Agency Special Education Department.
  • State-level commission or workgroup pertaining to ASDs: the Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders was established by legislation in 1987 with the mission to advise and make recommendations to state agencies and the state legislature to ensure that the needs of persons of all ages with autism and their families are addressed, and that state resources are coordinated to meet those needs
  • Notable state-level transition-related activities specific to students with disabilities include: Texas Secondary Transition/Post-School Results Network is formed in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency. It is comprised of representatives from each of the 20 Education Service Centers in Texas and co-sponsors a Transition Conference with Texas A&M University Center on Disabilities and Development
  • Unique programming within the state for individuals with an ASD includes: the Statewide Leadership for Autism Training, that has developed a network of 20 regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) around the state in conjunction with the state Education Agency. Through these centers, training, technical assistance, support and resource for educators who work with students with an ASD is provided
  • The percentage of youth with special health care needs who received the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence, as reported in 2009/10 for TX, 35.4% (n= 292)