Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

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Contact local DARS office, unless otherwise specified.

Service Title Service Description Client Group
Independent Living Services (ILS) and Centers Services provided in the ILS program may include:
  • counseling and guidance;
  • training and tutorial services;
  • adult basic education;
  • rehabilitation facility training;
  • telecommunications, sensory and other technological aids for people who are deaf;
  • vehicle modification;
  • assistive devices such as artificial limbs, braces, wheelchairs and hearing aids to stabilize or improve function; and
  • other services as needed to achieve independent living objectives, such as transportation, interpreter services and maintenance.
To be eligible for the ILS program, a person must be certified by a DARS counselor:
  • to have a significant disability that results in a substantial impediment to the person's ability to function independently in the family and/or in the community, and
  • that a reasonable expectation exists that ILS assistance will result in the ability to function more independently.
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Service Helps persons with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries receive intensive therapies to increase independence. Individuals who have recently sustained a traumatic brain injury and/or spinal cord injury that results in a substantial impediment to functioning independently. There must also be a reasonable expectation that the individual's ability to function within the family and/or community will improve with the provision of services.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), 512-458-7673 Provides screening and evaluation, physical and speech therapy, development of cognitive and social skills, training in developing self-help skills, training for parents, parent support groups, counseling and purchase of services listed above when services are not available locally. Children under age three who are disabled or developmentally delayed or at risk of developmental delay.
Hard of Hearing Services The DARS Division for Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), works in partnership with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to eliminate societal and communication barriers to improve access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Regional specialists help consumers receive services through service provider units of state and local governments, service organizations and private entities. They also advocate to make provider services accessible and available. The program addresses attitudinal and cultural barriers that may hinder successful service delivery; provides information and referral services; and may provide training to help consumers acquire a better understanding of the laws that support and protect them.

Individuals who are hearing impaired
Vocational Rehabilitation Program,
There are a variety of services available to the VR consumer, including:
  • assessments;
  • rehabilitation teaching;
  • counseling, guidance, referral;
  • services for deaf-blind individuals;
  • orientation and mobility services;
  • physical and mental restoration;
  • reader services;
  • transportation;
  • technological aids and devices;
  • vocational training; and
  • employment assistance.
Individuals with vision problems that prevent them from getting a job or that may cause them to lose a job.
Business Enterprises of Texas Program,
Federally-sponsored, state-administered program that provides food management opportunities for Texans who are blind. Texans who are blind.
Independent Living Rehabilitation Program,
Depending on the individual need, services may include:
  • eye examinations (getting information about your vision);
  • information and referral (making connections with community resources and programs);
  • orientation and mobility training (how to determine where you are and safely get where you're going);
  • counseling (addressing adjustment to vision loss);
  • recreation and socialization (how to stay active and develop confidence in social settings); and
  • independent living skills training (specific everyday skills essential to stay in your home, such as meal preparation, managing money, identifying medications, telling time, etc.).
Individuals who have a vision problem that makes everyday tasks more difficult or seemingly impossible.
Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP),
BCVDDP offers a wide range of services that are tailored to each child's and family's needs and circumstances. The program can:
  • assist your child in developing the confidence and competence needed to be an active part of the community;
  • provide support and training to help you understand your rights and responsibilities throughout the educational process;
  • assist you and your child in the vocational discovery and development process;
  • provide training in areas like food preparation, money management, recreational activities and grooming; and
  • supply information to families about additional resources.
Children between the ages of birth and 22 years who live in Texas and have vision impairment are eligible for services.
Transition Program,
Assists young people who are blind or visually impaired to make an effective transition from secondary school to adult life and the world of work. Young people 10 – 24 years old.
Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment (BEST) Program,
Program assists with the payment for urgently needed eye medical treatment. The intent of the BEST Program is to prevent blindness, and the program serves qualified individuals with:
  • diabetic retinopathy,
  • glaucoma,
  • detached retina, or
  • any other eye disease determined to be an urgent medical necessity by the applicant's eye doctor and the DARS Division for Blind Services state medical consultant.
Uninsured adult Texas residents.
Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC),
Comprehensive vocational rehabilitation training facility working in partnership with consumers to empower them to achieve their employment and independent living goals. Serving as a residential adult training facility in Austin, CCRC offers comprehensive training in core skills such as orientation and mobility (O&M), Braille, communication skills, kitchen adaptive skills, technology, Adjustment to Blindness Seminar and career guidance. Individuals who are blind.

Shared Appendix 06-B

This appendix appears in the following handbooks:

Case Manager Community Based Alternatives Handbook (CM-CBA-HB): Appendix V-B
Case Manager Community Care for the Aged and Disabled Handbook (CM-CCAD): Appendix XV-B
Case Manager In-Home and Family Support Program Handbook (CM-IHFSP): Appendix III-B
Community Based Alternatives Provider Manual (CBA): Appendix IX-B
Medically Dependent Children Program Provider Manual (MDCP-PM): Appendix V-B