Upcoming Events

Mar 22 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Brain Health/ Body Health

Wednesday, March 22nd
10:00 - 12:00 pm
REACH of Plano Office
Must RSVP 972/398-1111with Julie Espinoza

Learn how to reduce brain fog.

Learn creative ways to exercise. 

Take steps to improve your mental and physical well being.

Mar 17 2017 -
10:30am to 1:30pm


Peer Mentor Training 
Friday, March 17th
9:30 - 12:30 PM
REACH of Plano Office
MUST RSVP 972/398-1111 with Julie Espinoza

Want to learn how to support others with disabilities?

Use your experiences to give guidance? Learn basic counseling skills to become a Peer Mentor!

Mar 16 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm


REACH of Plano is excited to let you know about events that will help you plan for a better life for yourself and others with disabilities. Please join in! Must RSVP and if any Accommodations are needed give at least one week notice!

photo of two women advocating for fair attendant wages
The REACH of Plano Resource Center on Independent Living and the Texas Attendant Project will host a press conference on Thursday, March 16th at the REACH of Plano office addressing the critically low wages of in-home community attendants that assist people with disabilities.  The current $8 an hour wage is forcing a collapse in community services in Texas which has the third highest number of residents who are have disabilities and/or are elderly. The press conference will address concerns and solutions.
Press Conference
Thursday, March 16th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
REACH of Plano Office
720 E. Park Blvd., Suite 104, Plano, TX 75074
You are welcome to come and speak on how this issue affects Attendants, people with disabilities and families in Texas. The attached press release provides more info and you can rsvp by emailing or call ing Julie Espinoza 972/398-1111 mailto:jespinoza@reachcils.org


Mar 24 2017 - 1:00am

APH InSights Art — 26th Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition for Artists Who Are Visually Impaired and Blind

Make Waves! Make Art…
Enter APH InSights 2017!

thematic artwork


The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Katsushika Hokusai, 1830-1833

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites visually impaired and blind artists of all ages to submit artwork to APH InSights 2017! This art competition and exhibition is exclusively for blind and visually impaired artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the world. Please review the art competition rules (below) to find out how you or your students can participate!

Deadlines for Entry

For Student Artists from preschool through high school, original artwork must be received at APH by Friday, March 24, 2017.

For Adult Artists, original artwork or a digital image must be received at APH by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Entry Form

Competition Rules

Contact Us

Email: insights@aph.org
Toll-free Phone: 1-800-223-1839, ext. 242
Direct: 502-899-2242

Collage of juried art from years past

Mar 6 2017 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm

Health Coverage for All Texans: Advocacy

UPDATE: Find the latest information about Advocacy day with our Cover Texas Now Facebook event.

UPDATE: The Advocacy Day Agenda is Now Online! Click here. Printable Flyer also available here.

UPDATE: If you can't make it to Austin on March 6, but you'd still like to make an impact, please consider a $5 or $10 donation today.

In an unprecedented move, the Texas Senate's budget proposal would under-fund Medicaid by $1.9 billion. It would also make across-the-board cuts to health care and other critical services. We cannot let the Legislature cut health care for poor kids, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and seniors who rely on these services to stay healthy and to pull themselves out of poverty!

Join health care supporters from across the state on March 6th at 11:00 am at the Texas Capitol to protest these harmful cuts, and to visit legislative offices. We have to tell our elected leaders to:

  • Defend the progress we've made under the Affordable Care Act;
  • Protect Medicaid for low-income children, seniors, pregnant women, and Texans with disabilities; and
  • Insist on expanding health coverage to the uninsured

If you can't make it to Austin on March 6, but you'd still like to make an impact, please consider a $5 or $10 donation today. Most of the folks coming to the Capitol are already sacrificing a lot to get to Austin. We are relying on people of generous spirit to help pay for the buses and meals to get them here. Any contribution is appreciated.

Register now!

Print the Advocacy Day Flyer


Mar 8 2017 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Advocate holding ADAPT Flag

It Is Time To Make Changes!

Today - take some simple actions that can add up to BIG differences!

Texas Attendant Project (TAP) RALLY at the State Capital in Austin Texas! Attendants, People with Disabilities & Disability Advocates - Come ALL!  March, Rally & Speak to our Texas Representatives about the unacceptable State wage for in home attendants - $8/hr! This pay rate ensures that we will be placed needlessly in nursing homes due to the shortage of attendants willing to work for so little! 

$$$$ Stipends available for travel & meals to and from Austin. 

There will be a Respect and More Community Attendant Rally and briefing:
Wednesday, March 8th at 11 AM at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, Great Hall (2nd floor), 

1300 Lavaca (NW corner of 13th and Lavaca), Austin TX 78701 for Lunch and the Legislative Briefing from 11 AM to 12:30 PM with a 1pm March. 

This is a joint project of REACH of Plano & ADAPT of Texas. Call Julie Espinoza for more info 972/398-1111.

Can't make the trip? There's plenty you can do right here:
3. making local visits - Call Julie Espinoza for help setting up - 972/398-1111
4. making contributions to Rally costs
5. signing online petitions
6. calling your Representatives office Find out who that is
7. Volunteer with REACH of Plano's TAP Press Conference!  MARCH 16th.  Call Julie Espinoza 972/398-1111 or email

VOTERS! Disability Rights of Texas needs your voter experience input! Take a few seconds to share your experiences with their online survey! Click here

REACH of Plano logo


Feb 22 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
REACH logog with healthy heart

Health Workshop

How to Select a Diet!

Wed. 2/22 10:00 - 12:00 pm

The new year is a time for reflection, resolutions, and turning over a new leaf. At REACH of Plano, we want people with disabilities to empower their everyday health choices to promote independence, happiness and success!
stack of health diet books
How to Select a Health Diet!
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd
10:00 - 12:00 pm

It is very confusing to select a diet with so many options available all stating that they can give you the results you want. How do you know if the choice you make is the right one for you, healthy, or a gimmick? Join us for this look at what is a fad and what really works!
Location: REACH of Plano office
720 E. Park Blvd., suite 104, Plano TX 75074
Must rsvp to attend and must rsvp at least one week in advance to request any needed accommodations.
Call Julie Espinoza 972/398-1111 or email jespinoza@reachcils.org


Repeats every week every Wednesday and every Thursday 3 times.
Feb 13 2017 - 12:00pm, Feb 15 2017 - 12:00pm, Feb 16 2017 - 12:00pm
Proposed Denton Connect Bus Service Changes
RideDCTA.net • 940.243.0077 • HopOnBoardBlog.com 
Everyone is welcome to attend the public meetings.
Persons with hearing or sight interpretive service needs are asked to contact DCTA at least five (5) business days in advance of the specific meeting at 940.243.0077 or via email at dctainfo@dcta.net so that DCTA can accommodate requests.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 • 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 • 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 • 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.



An informational video and an online comment form will be available.

Jan 24 2017 - 3:45pm

Sat. March 11th Main Event Bowling from 1-5 PM

Mon. March 27th Emergency Preparedness 1-2 PM (at REACH of Dallas)

Sat. April 1st Dallas World Aquarium 1-4 PM

Mon. April 10th IL Skills Training 11:00 2:30 PM (TBA) (at REACH of Dallas)

Sat. April 22nd Grocery Shopping at Tom Thumb  1-4 PM (7117 Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75209)

Mon. April 24th North Texas Food demonstration 12-1 PM (at REACH of Dallas)

Sat. May 13th Perot Museum 10 AM – 2 PM

Mon. May 15th IL Skills Training  11 AM – 2:30 PM (at REACH of Dallas)

Sat. May 20th Employment Training 1-3 PM (at REACH of Dallas)

For more details contact Pamel Momon at REACH of Dallas 214-630-4796 pmomon@reachcils.org

Jan 31 2017 -
11:30am to 1:30pm

REACH of Plano Legislative Agenda Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, January 31st

10:30 - 12:30

RSVP to come to this roundtable discussion to learn, plan and take action on legislative issues important to people with disabilities. Please reserve a spot - Julie - 972/398-1111.


Location: Plano