Celebrate 28 Years of ADA, 30 Years of VAIL!

It has been 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, and 30 years since VAIL began serving the public as a Center for Independent Living! Come celebrate with us at:

Alamo Community Resource Center
1429 South Tower Road
Alamo, Texas

Thursday, July 26, 2018
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn about other community resources Valley-wide.
The event is free and open to the public!

Food     Games     Raffles     FUN!

ADA 2018 Flyer

Emergency Hurricane Preparation

Are you ready for Hurricane Season?

Do you need emergency transportation during a hurricane evacuation? If your answer is yes, you need to register with STEAR. VAIL can help you do that.

Do you have a Cell Phone?

You can download mobile apps for FREE! Included are:

  • KURV Weather
  • The Weather Channel
  • Weather Bug
  • Hurricane by American Red Cross
  • Action 4 News & Valley Center
  • Telemundo Noticias
VAIL Deaf Service will keep in contact:

with Deaf and Hard of hearing people during Hurricane Season. Learn about:

  • Evacuation Routes
  • Shelter Locations
  • Food Service Locations
  • Weather Watches
  • Sandbag Locations
  • Food Service Locations

The Hurricane Season Begins
June 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018



Glad You Dropped In!

VAIL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help people with disabilities live independently. We want to do all we can to help you understand and use the resources available to you to accomplish this purpose.

We are managed by people many of whom have disabilities themselves. We originate from the community in which we live, serving people with a variety of needs. We are a nonresidential, private agency dedicated to find and share ways people with disabilities can be successful and productive.

(Notice you can view our website in Spanish if you so desire, using the little dropdown powered by Google Translate at the upper right corner.)

VAIL-Laredo Office

VAIL has a satellite office in Laredo under the umbrella of the McAllen office, which offers the same basic services that McAllen does. To learn more about it, follow the link titled “VAIL-Laredo” on the sidebar.

VAIL Deaf Services

VAIL also has a well-developed independent living program designed to assist consumers who are deaf. Deaf staffers fluent in ASL and gesture sign language are available to counsel and serve you. Be sure to check out the link on the sidebar titled “VAIL Deaf Services”.

Follow the tabs, explore our site and discover
the many ways we may be able to assist you!

VAIL Services are Free!

VAIL Public Videophones

VAIL has public videophones in the front lobby.

They may be used
Monday  through Friday
8:30am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:00pm

You must sign in on VAIL VP log before using VP

Worship Locations for the Deaf

Baptist Temple Church: 2001 Trenton Road, McAllen. 956-686-5296

The Lighthouse Baptist Church for the Deaf: Mile 12 3/4 and FM 88, Weslaco. 956-287-0319

Iglesia Bautista La Puerta Abierta: Open Door Baptist Church, 535 N Milanos Road, Weslaco. 956-373-8460

BCF Worship Center: 2414 Central Blvd, Brownsville. 956-544-4248

Holy Family Church: 2308 E Tyler St, Brownsville. 956-546-4685

Divine Life Church: 303 E University Dr, Edinburg. 956-386-0636

St Paul Catholic Church: 1119 Francisco, Mission. 956-585-2701

Our Lady of Sorrow Church: 1108 W Hackberry Ave, McAllen. 956-686-0251

Queen of Peace: 1509 New Combes Hwy, Harlingen. 956-423-6341

Palm Valley Church, 1720 E Griffin Pkwy, Mission. 956-585-3203

Service Animals: Rights and Responsibilities

The use of Service Animals to serve people with disabilities is becoming more and more common. It is important for both service animal handlers and local public access area representatives to understand the rights and responsibilities regarding the use of these animals.

A “service animal” or “assistance animal” in Texas refers to a canine trained or equipped to help someone with a disability. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guarantees the right of people who are blind, or have other disabilities, including PTSD to be accompanied by a trained service animal in public places.

The link below provides answers to most of the questions a service animal handler or a representative of a public access area need to know.

Service Animals: Questions and Answers

You may want to explore some of the ways these animals are trained. Many interesting videos on on this subject can be found online. Below are links to some of them:


Service animals can be a huge help in allowing a person with a disability to live independently. You will probably be seeing them more frequently than in the past.

Mobi-Chair in Action

Almost everybody loves to go to the beach. Did you know there is a wonderful invention called the Mobi-Chair, which enables a person with a mobility disability to go into the water and enjoy the waves? Not only that, but did you know that you don’t have to buy one, but that you can rent one to enjoy at South Padre Island here in the Valley? Follow the link below to see how a person with a disability can enjoy the beach in a creative way with a Mobi-Chair!

Enjoying the Waves

For more information concerning the Mobi-Chair use at South Padre Island, use the following link:

Mobi-Chair at the Beach

To secure a Mobi-Chair at South Padre Island, Texas, call the South Padre Island Fire Department at 956-761-3040.

For more information about accessibility at South Padre Island, follow the link below:

Beach Accessibility