Texas Law

  • Provides that metropolitan mass transit authorities shall establish programs that are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Requires that cities must appoint one member to a transit board that represents the interest of the "transportation disadvantaged," a group that can include people with disabilities.
  • Provides that the driver of a vehicle must use caution when approaching an intersection or crosswalk where a pedestrian is using an assistance animal or white cane for mobility.
  • Provides that individuals who use motorized wheelchairs or other motorized mobility devices are considered to be pedestrians.
  • Provides that a pedestrian may use a public roadway instead of a sidewalk in instances where the sidewalk is inaccessible.
  • Authorizes operation of an electric personal assistive mobility device on a sidewalk in a bike lane or on a road with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or less where there is no sidewalk.
  • Provides penalties for serious bodily injury to Texans who are blind or disabled. 

Texas Statutes



  • Air Carrier Access Act
    The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 prohibits discrimination by air carriers on the basis of disability. It includes provisions on physical facilities and services to be provided to passengers with disabilities. This law is enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation. For further information, contact:
    Aviation Consumer Protection Division
    800-778-4838 (voice) 800-455-9880 (TTY)
  • Airport Security and Passenger Screening Procedures
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched a new helpline number for passengers with disabilities and medical conditions. You can call TSA Cares toll-free at 855-787-2227 before you travel for answers to questions about screening policies, procedures, and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA recommends that passengers call about 72 hours before traveling, so that when needed, TSA Cares can coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager at the airport.  You can also reach TSA by emailing 
  • Traveling by Air with Service Animals
    U.S. Department of Transportation Issued a Final Rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals (12/02/20). For details, visit the Resources section on Assistance Animals.