The Center for Pursuit is proud to be the largest non-profit provider of special needs vocational training in Houston, TX. Since 1950, we’ve been helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) obtain the community support and resources they need to take on meaningful work in the community that pays them a competitive wage.

Our IDD vocational training programs provide customized employment planning and assistance for our clients. No two clients’ programs will look the same because each of our clients has unique skills, interests and goals. We provide our clients with help on things like:

  • Pre-employment evaluation
  • Job placement assistance
  • Work incentive planning
  • Employment plans
  • Job coaching
  • Pre-employment training for transition youth

At The Center, we know that people with IDD face misconceptions that can prevent them from getting jobs for which they’re fully qualified. We’re dedicated to helping those with IDD realize their full potential and get employment they find meaningful. We’re also dedicated to fighting for more inclusive workplaces.

Our IDD vocational training programs focus on three elements to help our clients become all they can be and become active participants in the community:

  • Choice
  • Growth
  • Independence

Our team members help our clients envision what success is to them, and then to give them the tools they need to develop a plan to achieve their goals. We place great emphasis on independence and encouraging our clients to become as self-sufficient as they can be. For more than a half-century, The Center has been committed to helping people with IDD become all that they can be.

Programs Beyond Houston Vocational Training for Disabled Adults

In addition to our employment and vocational programs, we also offer:

  • Enrichment programs: Helping people with the activities of daily living
  • Professional counseling: Group and individual

·  Fitness programs at our wellness center

Community Impact

Adult Activity Center

Medical Appointments Facilitated

Adult Acitvity Center

Medical Appointments Facilitated

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The Center Is in the Process of Expanding

We are building a new campus in Houston’s historic East End, so that we can expand all of our programs and help even more IDD adults and their families throughout the area. The new campus is conveniently located next door to BakerRipley.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about our special needs vocational training in Houston, TX, you may use our The Center for Pursuit contact form or email us at Whether you’re calling on behalf of a loved one or would like to donate or volunteer, we welcome your interest.