Accessibility and Disability Policy Webinar Series

The Accessibility and Disability Policy Webinar Series (ADPWS) is free and real time captioning is provided for all sessions. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics regarding people with disabilities in ten issue areas, accessibility, communication, education, emergency preparedness, health, housing, recreation, transportation, veterans and workforce. Topics of interest can benefit employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.

ADPWS is coordinated and hosted by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD). The GCPD Committee makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on disability issues; promotes compliance with disability-related laws; promotes a network of local committees doing similar work; recognizes employers for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities; and recognizes media professionals and students for positively depicting Texans with disabilities.

Upcoming Webinars

There are no webinars scheduled at this time. Please check back soon. 

Previous Webinars

Career Readiness and Hiring Programs for Texas Veterans

Presented on November 6, 2018
Learn from a Texas veteran how different state programs can help transitioning veterans. Webinar featuring Bob Gear Jr., Director of Texas Veterans Leadership Program with the Texas Workforce Commission. 

You will learn:

  • The value of employing Texas veterans
  • Tools to help translate military skills to civilian skills
  • Skills training grant opportunities for employers
  • Value of collaboration with local, regional and state partners
  • Importance of integration with Military Transition Centers

Business Partnerships for Disability Inclusion

Presented on October 30, 2018
Join us for a webinar to learn from other Texas businesses about how disability inclusion is helping their bottom line. You will learn why businesses want to hire people with disabilities; how technology changes are creating new opportunities and barriers for employees with disabilities; how to develop an inclusive supply chain; and identifying qualified applicants and how to retain employees with disabilities.

Disaster Preparedness and Family Members with Disabilities

Presented on September 29, 2018 
When planning ahead for a potential disaster, it is important for families to take into consideration the specific needs of all the members of your family. This session will give attendees strategies and techniques to plan more effectively for their unique family needs.

Preparing for the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities

Presented on September 27, 2018
This session will highlight the importance of being proactive with preparing and the specific steps to take to ensure that you are ready for the unexpected. The presenter will provide preparedness tips surrounding specific disabilities, such as blind/low vision, deaf/hard of hearing, cognitive disabilities, etc. There will be opportunities for questions during the webinar and at the end of the session.

Tax Advantage Savings Program for People on SSI, SSDI and Medicaid

Presented on August 22, 2018
Join us for a presentation of the new Texas ABLE® Program - established by the Texas Legislature, signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, implemented by Comptroller Glenn Hegar - that allows certain persons with disabilities to open tax-advantaged savings accounts for qualified disability expenses. Individuals can save up to $100,000 while still maintaining eligibility for SSI, SSDI and Medicaid.

People with Disabilities: Know Your Voter Rights

Presented on July 17, 2018
In recognition of National Disability Voter Registration Week, the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is hosting a webinar that will cover voter registration and education. Disability Rights Texas and ADAPT of Texas, both non-partisan groups, will share information related to voter registration and community engagement. This dialogue will help ensure equal opportunity and full participation in the voting process for people with disabilities.

Texas Parks and Wildlife: Accessible Outdoor Programs and Education

Presented on May 31, 2018
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) provides, hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. This webinar explores TPWD’s accessible programming in their education programs and parks. Presenters will discuss TPWD grants available to support adaptive programming in your community. The presentation will feature success stories from past grant recipients. 

Texas Students with Disabilities: Pre-Employment Transition Services

Presented on April  14, 2018
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a primary funding source for public vocational rehabilitation (VR) services. WIOA requires that states provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities age 14-21. Recently Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services added new opportunities for Pre-ETS. This session will focus on what you need to know about the TWC, VR initiatives, including the Summer Earn and Learn program, a paid internship program for transition age youth with disabilities and other work-based learning programs available across the state. 

The Transition ARD

Presented on April 10, 2018
This session covers an overview of the special education process and requirements for the Transition ARD, vocational rehabilitation services for transition age students, and options for making educational and other decisions after the age of 18. 

Accessible Parking: Enforcement

Presented on March 20, 2018
Enforcement is a critical component of disabled parking abuse prevention. Texas law grants enforcement authorization to establish citizen volunteer enforcement programs. Constable 5 was the first in Travis County government to start such a program. Now entering its 23rd year, Disabled Parking Enforcement continues its commitment to provide equal access to citizens with disabilities. Join Constable 5 staff as they present an overview of disabled parking laws and describe how their volunteer program works.

In addition, Mack Marsh with Access Empowerment will join the session. Mack will share information about Parking Mobility, an education and enforcement program, designed to efficiently address accessible parking abuse in your community. Innovative technology, citizen engagement and effective education has proven to reduce accessible parking abuse and recidivism.