GCPD Reports

Policy Recommendations

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) in accordance with its enabling statute, Title 7 Chapter 131, Sec. 115.009.(3), respectfully submits this report to the Governor and to the 85th Texas Legislature on recommended changes in state laws relating to persons with disabilities.  GCPD recommends changes in disability policies and programs in the areas of accessibility, communication, education, emergency preparedness, health, housing, recreation, transportation, veterans and workforce.

The full document is available in an accessible Word version and as a PDF:

Policy Recommendations for 2018-2019 and 85th Legislative Session in Word Format

Policy Recommendations for 2018-2019 and 85th Legislative Session in PDF Format

Interim Study

During the 83rd Legislative Session, HB 1545 was passed which required the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) to conduct an interim study regarding the use of certain public transportation services by people with disabilities. Specifically, the Committee was tasked with the responsibility to identify:

  • The feasibility of standardizing the process of certifying an individual’s eligibility for services in the state; and
  • Whether the current 21-day provision of services by a provider is adequate to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities to locations served by the provider.

Data Collection

The Committee conducted two web-based surveys (one for paratransit providers, and one for Texans with disabilities), and held an accessible public hearing at the State Capitol on the charges of the interim study. The online surveys, in English and Spanish, were sent out through various virtual channels including emails lists and a GovDelivery format. There were 568 Texans who self-identified as a person with a disability who provided input for the Paratransit Rider survey. In addition, we received input from 266 Texans who indicated they do not have a disability but were familiar with paratransit services. A number of these responses came from family members, disability advocates, or professionals in the field of disability issues. The Committee heard from 13 people at the public hearing in July of 2014. The subsequent data analysis and report was submitted on January 1, 2015 as required by HB 1545.

The interim report is available in an accessible Word version and as a PDF:

Interim Report: A Study Regarding the Use of Certain Public Transportation Services by Persons with Disabilities in Word Format

Interim Report: A Study Regarding the Use of Certain Public Transportation Services by Persons with Disabilities in PDF Format


Legislative Tracking


A Report on Support Service Providers (SSPs)

View the Report as a PDF or in Word format

The Helen Keller National Center has identified an estimated 2,486 DeafBlind Texans. DeafBlindness is a disability in which a person not only has deafness, with their hearing impaired severely enough so that most speech cannot be understood with amplification, but who also has legal blindness. DeafBlindness not only affects a person’s ability to communicate or access information, but significant and unique adaptations may be required for the individual to maintain their independence. The use of a Support Service Provider (SSPs) is critical to help DeafBlind Texans lead more independent lives.

SSPs are specially trained professionals who communicate with American Sign Language and enable people who are DeafBlind to access their environments and make informed decisions. They can provide individuals who are DeafBlind with visual and environmental information and communication accessibility. Common tasks performed by an SSP include helping a person who is DeafBlind go shopping at the grocery store, read their mail, or help them participate in a public meeting. In Texas, SSPs are usually volunteers as the state does not have funding or a strategy to pay for SSP services.

The GCPD published “A Report on Support Service Providers (SSP)” that proposes the establishment of a State SSP Program to meet the critical needs of Texans who are DeafBlind.


A Review of Accessible Parking for Persons with Disabilities in Texas

Interim Report Prepared for Members of 85th Texas Legislature:  

Read A Review of Accessible Parking for Persons with Disabilities in Microsoft Word format

Read A Review of Accessible Parking for Persons with Disabilities in PDF format