Accessibility and Disability Policy Webinars

The Accessibility and Disability Policy Webinars are free and real-time captioning is provided for all sessions.  Webinar sessions are coordinated and hosted by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities on a monthly basis. Webinars cover a variety of topics regarding people with disabilities in ten issue areas, access, communication, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, recreation, transportation, and veterans. Topics of interest can benefit employers, governmental entities, service providers, and individuals with disabilities.

Find past webinars, organized by topic, on the Webinar Archive page.

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Recent Webinars

20+ Years of Standards and Best Practice - Is the Web Accessible Yet? 

In May 1999, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 were published by the World Wide Web Consortium W3C - the standards maker for the world wide web. Countries, states, and municipalities have adopted and adapted standards as the internet evolved.

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will host a webinar on May 19 at 10 AM. Ms. Sharron Rush, Executive Director for Knowbility, will explore where we started, what we've learned, and how we move forward to ensure equal access to the world wide wed for all.

Emergency Solutions for Powering Durable Medical Equipment and Assistive Technology

Presented on April 27, 2022
This session will provide planning resources for back up power during emergencies for up to 72 hours to support durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT) needs for people with disabilities and those who are aging. Presenters include Ron Lucey, Executive Director, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities and Angela Mercurio-Standridge, Director of the Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) at the Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS), University of Texas at Austin.

Understanding the Texas Accessibility Standards

Presented on March 23, 2022
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has been responsible for monitoring compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards since 1970. This is a state regulation standard that is similar to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. This webinar will identify the differences between application of federal requirements versus state requirements. In addition, the webinar will go over the TDLR complaint process, as well as the steps being taken to update the standards.

Texas Brain Injury Programs: An Integrated Approach to Supports

Presented on March 22, 2022
In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness month, the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities brings you this session. The Brain Injury Programs, under the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), aim to provide resource facilitation and access to rehabilitation services and supports for persons in various stages of recovery as well as awareness, education, and prevention throughout the state of Texas. This presentation will give an overview of the specialized services and supports that each program offers. This includes support to those with an injury, their families, and the community. The Presenters will also discuss program eligibility, access to services, and the integration of a person-centered, wraparound approach to comprehensive services.

Paratransit Transportation Solutions for Texans with Disabilities

Presented on December 15, 2021
Paratransit has been a key part of public transportation since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. For people with disabilities, this service enables them to access their community when they are unable to use fixed-route transportation services. If you are new to paratransit or wondering if you qualify, join the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities as we partner with several transit providers for a webinar that delves into what makes paratransit distinct from traditional fixed route systems. In addition, the panel will cover who qualifies for paratransit services, discuss how eligibility is measured and how paratransit services can work in rural parts of the state.

Update to Veterans Programs and Services

Presented on November 10, 2021
Join the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) the day before Veterans Day for a conversation on services for Texas Veterans and updates on changes in state law as a result of the 87th Texas Legislature. Participants include the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), the Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Paralyzed Veterans of America – Texas Chapter (PVA). Topics will include changes to Disabled Veteran License Plate privileges, employment programs and updates on the Veterans Administration, and more.

Before, During and After Disasters: Key Considerations for People with Disabilities

Presented on September 15, 2021
September is National Preparedness Month. As many Texas communities have experienced over the last couple of years, it is imperative for individuals and families to be prepared for a variety of manmade and national emergencies. It is important for individuals with disabilities to consider individual circumstances and needs to effectively prepare for emergencies and disasters. Join us for an overview of key considerations that individuals with disabilities should consider before, during, and after a disaster. The presentation will also provide a synopsis of how FEMA supports individuals with disabilities that are impacted by a disaster. Presenters included Tammy Goodwin, FEMA Disability Integration Advisor for Texas.

Overcoming Barriers to Vaccination for Persons with Disabilities

Presented on September 23, 2021
Disability Rights Texas has spearheaded a partnership with stakeholders and disability advocates to form a statewide coalition called Texas Partners for Inclusive Access (TPIA). The primary goal of TPIA is to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines for people with disabilities and older adults. The session will be a discussion of the TPIA- Vaccine Access Initiative.

Accommodations in College: Successfully Navigating the Transition

Presented on August 18, 2021
The transition to college is a big adjustment for most students. Along with the transitions that all students face, students with disabilities must also learn how to access accommodations and develop the support systems that they need to set themselves up for success. The presenters will explain the differences between accommodations in high school and college, how to access accommodations, and students’ rights and responsibilities in regards to those accommodations.

Presenters include Kristie Orr, PhD., Director of Disability Resources at Texas A&M University, and Alicia Guevara, Director of Accessibility Services and Resources at Lone Star College. 

Find past webinars, organized by topic, on the Webinar Archive page.