Services

Achievement Center of Texas offers Life Skills lessons, Arts Exploration, Day Care services, Day Habilitation services and more.

Needs

You can rest easy knowing that your child will be in a center that hosts a number of people with needs just like theirs.

Events

At ACT, we have a number of special events during the year to celebrate the artistic achievements of our students here.

Blog

Our blog offers arts and crafts How-Tos, stress relieving tips for students and parents, news in the special needs community and more.

Making a difference, one student at a time.

Life is full of surprises - but that not all those surprises are bad. Beverly realized this when her daughter, Shannon, gained the confidence and the ability to read out loud. For parents like you, like Beverly and many others, Achievement Center of Texas is definitely a good surprise.

 

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Our History

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1977

October 12th, Garland Association of Retarded Children opens its doors as a home-based day care center and after-school and summer program for children with special needs. The Reverend Michael Haynes, father of a child with disabilities, offered this group the use of the Sunday School building of the St. Paul United Methodist Church.

1987

Marilynne Serie became the Executive Director on January 19th.

1990

The program at the center moved from part-time to full-time services

1992

The center was named “Best of Texas” by the Corporate Child Development Fund in Austin.

1993

The Mayor of the City of Garland, Bob Smith, offered the Achievement Center space at Granger Recreation Center where the center held classes for nine years. Due to the very different disabilities of the students and the fact that not all the students were children, the Executive Director, Marilynne Serie, changed the name of the center to The Achievement Center of Texas.

1994

The ACT student enrollment doubles.

2003

Achievement Center of Texas moved into its current location at 2950 North Shiloh Road in Garland on February 3rd.

2012

The Therapy Room was transformed into another classroom to accommodate our growing population, and the Sensory Motor Training Lab was designed and built in its place.

2014

Milo, a two-foot tall robot that assists people with Autism, made the center his home.

2016

The center altered its name another time, dropping the “The” in its title and becoming simply Achievement Center of Texas (ACT).

2017

Executive Director Marilynne Serie passed the baton over to Andrew Mlcak, who now serves as Executive Director. ACT will celebrate its 40th anniversary on October 12th.

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