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Young Adult ASD Resource Center

We feel passionate about connecting the community and our young adults together in various ways, including sharing resources and providing free lecture series. Please help us to post the most up-to-date local and national resources on our website so other families can share in all the supports available. We appreciate your time and information greatly!

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How to apply for SSI if you or your child is age 18 or older (from Navigate Life Texas)

1. Gather the documents and proof listed below.

2. Apply for SSI online or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (or 1-800-325-0778 if you are deaf or hard of hearing) and make an appointment for an interview in your local office.

Government Health Benefits + Insurance Program

You can call the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for help and advice at 800-252-3439 or 512-463-6515 in Austin. 

You can also visit TDI’s website to ask questions or file a complaint against your insurance program.

Webinars + Navigation

Consolidated Planning Group’s dedication to serving families with special needs loved ones through holistic and independent financial planning is commendable. Their focus on providing tailored advice, analysis, education, and planning services is crucial for addressing the unique financial challenges and opportunities these families face.

Legal + Financial + Benefit Services

These lawyers may provide the following assistance in:

  • Wills, trusts and probates for estate planning
  • Guardianship
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Able Accounts
  • Nonprofits
  • Government / Disability program eligibility/ application / initial determination – Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Disabled Adult Child Benefits, Disabled Widow / Widower benefits, social security benefits and Medicaid attorney
  • Request for reconsideration (appealing a negative decision by stated disability determination services) ; appeals
  • Income and resource eligibility rules for disability programs such as SSI and Medicaid
  • Medicare and Medicaid programs available for disability recipients 
  • Legal options for conserving excess income and resources while maintaining eligibility for disability programs such as SSI and Medicaid
  • Applying to become representative payee for Social Security benefits and rules concerning responsibilities and duties of a representative payee
  • Work programs for the disabled 
  • Gift Planning
  • Disability Planning 
  • Financial / Medical Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates – career center


Tresi Weeks 

Rick O’Connor  214-691-3400

Macy A. Melton

Karen Johnson 

Stephen E. Dubner

Sarah Oliai

Michael B. Cohen & Associates – also medicaid planning 

Lisabeth Mims

John B. Henry III 

Darryl Pratt – also medicaid planning 

Adriane Grace – also social security and videos on How to… and Free Social Security Disability eBook

Special Needs Wills and Trusts:

Tresi Weeks

Kathryn Craven

Life Planning for Families

Livens & Reed  – also medicaid planning 

Macy A. Melton 

Rick O’Connor 214-691-3400

ABLE Account

Brandon Collier at Regional Leader, Primerica