Local Disability Committees
The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities builds community partnerships through its support of a network of local mayor and county committees. The Committee is able to disperse information throughout the State and reach a range of people and organizations. Many of the local committees have been effective at addressing disability related issues at the local level. Through grass-roots efforts, the local committees raise awareness of the needs and abilities of persons with disabilities and work to address those needs specifically identified in their community.
Local committees address a wide range of areas, including housing, transportation, employment, education and access. They also bring a wide range of entities together including individuals, local public agencies and officials, non-profit organizations and private businesses.
Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day
Each year, the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities celebrates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Awareness Day on July 26th. Download or print this year's ADA Awareness Day Proclamation by Governor Abbott below.
The text of the proclamation is:
STATE OF TEXAS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings: Know ye that this official recognition is presented in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In Texas, we understand that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their American Dream. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in many areas, including employment, public accommodations, transportation and education. The ADA is critical to ensuring accessibility and full inclusion for men and women with disabilities. Through continued commitment to fairness and equality of opportunity, we can ensure a bright future for all residents of the Lone Star State.
As you gather to celebrate the anniversary of this historic legislation, First Lady Cecilia Abbott joins me in sending best wishes.
In testimony whereof, I have signed my name and caused the Seal of the State of Texas to be affixed at the City of Austin, this the 26th day of February, 2015.
GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
List of Communities with Local Committees
This is a list of cities and counties that have or are developing local committees. These committees work with the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities on pertinent disability issues. If no formal Local Committee exists in your community and you are interested in helping to form one, read our Local Committee Formation Overview for tips and suggestions on getting started.
- Alamo Area
- Aransas Pass
- Bell County
- Bryan/College Station
- Corpus Christi
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- Grand Prairie
- Harlingen/Brownsville/Cameron Counties
- Houston Mayor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities
- Houston Mayor's Office on People with Disabilities
- La Porte
- Port Arthur
- Round Rock
- San Angelo
- San Antonio - Disability Access Office
- San Antonio - DisabilitySA
- Wichita Falls