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

A look at Pre-Employment Transition Services (ETS) and New Statewide Initiatives for Individuals with Disabilities

March 26, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (CST)
Intended audience: 

  • Parents and advocate of transition age students with disabilities age 14-21 
  • High School Transition Counselors
  • High School Vocational Adjustment Coordinators

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. 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, Pathway to Careers Initiatives, including the Summer Earn and Learn, Explore STEM, Charting the Course, Pre-ETS Tools for Students: OnCourse and other available work experience services. 

Presented by Zenaida Olivas, State Office Transition Program Specialist for Texas Workforce Commission.

Register online for Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar

Making Employment a Reality

April 20, 2019 at 10 AM
Does employment for your child seem more like a distant dream than a realistic, achievable goal? Is the thought of preparing them for a career overwhelming? Being successful in employment requires many different types of skills, which venture beyond basic vocational skills. Lori will discuss the crucial skills your child or young adult needs to obtain gainful employment and to maintain a job successfully.

Presented by Lori Doucet, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Including Kids in Humble, Texas. She is the Site Director of the Center for Community Inclusion.

Register online for Making Employment a Reality Webinar

Previous Webinars

Top Tips for Tip Top Transition

Presented on March 9, 2019
This is the session for you if:

  • your child is in elementary or middle school and you want to know more about transition planning in the IEP; 
  • you’re in the midst of transition and feel overwhelmed; or 
  • you’re a seasoned veteran and looking for more resources to help your family or your friends as they move toward graduation and adult life!

Elizabeth Danner will review the key elements of transition planning, help families and students understand what they can expect, and share resources that can help you move with confidence to the Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) meeting where transition will be discussed, and to the Good Life that awaits beyond graduation!

Everything You Need to Know About Developmental Disabilities in Texas

Presented on March 5, 2019
In recognition of Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) will cover everything you need to know about DD – from the principles outlined in the DD Act originally passed in 1963 to the work being done today to build community capacity and change systems in Texas. In the webinar, you’ll find out about TCDD’s cutting-edge projects, strategic public policy efforts, and innovative public awareness campaigns. Participate in the webinar to learn how you can get involved and replicate TCDD initiatives in your community.

IEP - Present Levels to Measurable Annual Goals

Presented on February 16, 2019
Learn quality Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) components along with measurable standards-based goals and objectives. Shemica will discuss why the PLAAFP is the cornerstone for creating a high-quality IEP. You will be able to use the tools learned to help advocate for appropriate IEP goals and services. Presented by Shemica Allen, the CEO of Personalized Learning Solutions, LLC.

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.