In the News

Nov 6 2014

The Justice Department announced today it has published a new technical assistance publication about federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act.  The publication, “

Jun 16 2014

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Ruling
in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

May 23 2014

RIPON, CA -- May 8, 2014 -- If the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, but you thought you'd never be able to enjoy it because you use a wheelchair, or just get around a little slower, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($6.99, C&C Creative Concepts) and prepare to visit one of America's most popular national parks.

Apr 25 2014

The North Central Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center is Expanding to 10 Additional Counties


Apr 10 2014

The Social Security Administration is pleased to announce the creation of
the new Center for Section 504 Compliance.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities,
and requires the federal government to provide individuals with meaningful
access to government facilities, programs, and services.

Jan 2 2013

Washington (CNN) -- The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to approve a Senate bill to avert a feared fiscal cliff.

The measure that sought to maintain tax cuts for most Americans but increase rates on the wealthy passed the Democratic-led Senate overwhelmingly early in the day.

Jan 2 2013



    Office of the Governor Rick Perry
    Committee on People with Disabilities


On December 6, 2012, the FCC announced that the four major wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile – have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.  

May 7 2012
FEMA Awards Personal Assistant Services Contract

ResCare has been awarded a national contract by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide personal and home health care to survivors of presidentially declared disasters in any of the states. ResCare would, in most cases, provide care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people who are elderly at FEMA-established shelters or in the individuals' homes. ResCare will offer personal assistance to people who ordinarily might receive the services from family members, friends, paid caregivers or volunteers who are not available at the shelter site.

Apr 16 2012
Secretary Sebelius announces new Administration on Community Living (ACL)

All Americans - including people with disabilities and seniors - should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions - rather than in nursing homes or other institutions.

The Obama administration and my department have long been committed to promoting community living and finding new mechanisms to help ensure that the supports people with disabilities and seniors need to live in the community are accessible.