Community Inclusion

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What is Community Inclusion?

Title V supports activities that increase the number of children and youth with special health care needs and their families who receive the supports and services they need to be fully included, participating members of their communities.  

Learn more from the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  

Community Inclusion Brochures

Our Community Inclusion brochures for families and providers describe what makes an environment inclusive. They also include resources for providers to learn more about inclusion and resources to help families find inclusive programs. To order brochures, please use our online order form.

Communicating with and about People with Disabilities Handout

The way you speak to and about people with disabilities matters. This one-page handout provides guidelines that are accurate and respectful. To order this handout, please use our online order form.

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Community-Based Organizations

Title V contracts with community-based organizations throughout the state. For a list of organizations by region visit the CSHCN Contractors page.

Find other resources, services and events for children with disabilities in your community using the searchable lists of local programs and groups on the Navigate Life Texas website.  

Parent Support

Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral, and education.  

Learn more about Texas Parent to Parent  


Respite means having someone else care for your child or loved one while you take a short break. Respite can take place either in your home (or that of a family member or friend) or at a location in your community.  

Respite can be provided by a variety of people. Sometimes a family member or friend can step in when you need a break. Other times, you may need to hire someone. What’s most important is having a plan that is right for your family so you can access respite to refresh and renew.  

Some government programs may provide free or low-cost respite care. To find out if your child may qualify for federal or state services that provide respite care, call 1-855-937-2372 to talk to a trained professional about your options.  

Visit Take Time Texas to learn more about respite and search for respite providers in your community.  

Learn more about choosing a respite provider from the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center.    

People First Language

People with disabilities are, first and foremost, people.  

People First Language is an objective and respectful way to speak about people with disabilities by emphasizing the person first, rather than the disability. In 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1481, adding the Person First Respectful Language Initiative to the Texas Government Code. The legislature found that language used in reference to people with disabilities shapes and reflects society’s attitudes toward people with disabilities. Certain terms are demeaning and create an invisible barrier to inclusion. Using People First Language highlights a person’s value, individuality and capabilities and can eliminate stereotypes, negative assumptions and generalizations.    

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health provides examples and terms to avoid in the publication Language Matters in Mental Health.  

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities has published a bilingual handout that includes examples of People First Language.  

Summer Camps

Use the links below to search for summer camps for children with special health care needs:

Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds

The accessible playground directory and learning lab helps families find a place where all of their children will be able to play. View the accessible playground directory for Texas  

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreational Programs

CSHCN SDG has compiled a directory of adaptive and inclusive recreational programs that serve CYSHCN in Texas. This document is provided for informational purposes only and does not indicate an endorsement or approval of any organization listed. Not all programs in Texas are included in this list. Click the link to download the directory.  

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services.  For more information about Children with Special Health Care Needs, Title V Maternal and Child Health, or information regarding maternal and child health in Texas, please email or call (512) 776-7373.

Use the links below to search of inclusive programs near you.

Last updated September 14, 2021