From the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott - Making All Televised Information Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities

Publication Date: 
Sep 18 2018

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Making All Televised Emergency Info Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities

09/05/2018

Making All Televised Emergency Information Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities

 

Texas Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Management Division Resources

 

  • Effective Communications Toolkit:

https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/documents/EffectiveCommunicationsToolkit.pdf

 

  • Emergency Management Planners Toolkit:

https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Preparedness/plannerstoolkit.htm

 

  • Public Information and Education:

https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/PublicInfo.htm

 

 

FCC Issues Reminder

On August 30, 2018, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice to remind video programming distributors, including broadcasters, cable operators, satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make televised emergency information accessible to persons who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, in order to comply with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules. Under the rules, if the emergency information is shown on television, critical information about the emergency must be made accessible.

 

This Public Notice also provides information for consumers on how they can obtain more information about the rules, file complaints, and contact the FCC about compliance with the rules.

 

Links to Public Notice:

URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/accessible-televised-emergency-information-obligations

Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-902A1.docx

PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-902A1.pdf

Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-902A1.pdf

 

For more information about the FCC’s notice, please contact Debra Patkin, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 870-5226 (voice or videophone) or debra.patkin@fcc.gov. TTY users may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.

 

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Deadline Extended to Receive Nominations for Lex Frieden Employment Awards (9/14/18)

09/05/2018

Call for 2018 Lex Frieden Employment Awards Nominations - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Do you know an employer, entrepreneur, volunteer, or local committee or organization that has gone above and beyond the legal requirements to ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in your community and in the workplace? If so, please help us acknowledge them with your awards nominations for the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) annual Lex Frieden Employment Awards. The EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions is September 14, 2018.

We are seeking nominations to recognize employers who have consistently exceeded requirements to ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. You can read Submission Guidelines and find entry forms on the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities website. Awards categories include:

 

  • Employer Awards (Small, Medium or Large or Non-Profit Employer) recognize employers in Texas who have fostered a diverse and accessible workplace.
  • The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a living entrepreneur with a disability with a drive to create and sustain a successful business.
  • The Martha Arbuckle Award recognizes the most innovative local committee project.
  • The Governor's Trophy is the highest honor to an individual for lifetime achievement in support of Texans with disabilities 

There is NO FEE for submissions. Self-nominations by employers are encouraged. For information or questions contact the GCPD staff by email at:  gcpd@gov.texas.gov or by phone at: (512) 463-5739.

Please help us with our outreach efforts by sharing this call for nominations with contacts in your network so that we may ensure that exemplary efforts in Texas are acknowledged.

 

Mark Your Calendar

The 2018 Lex Frieden Employment Awards ceremony will be hosted by the City of Plano in partnership with the GCPD on Wednesday evening, October 24, 2018 at the Plano Event Center located at 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074.

About the Awards

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities annual employment awards are named after disability rights champion and independent living movement leader Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Frieden is the UT Chancellor's Health Fellow on Disability, a professor of biomedical informatics and rehabilitation at the UT Health Science Center at Houston and director of the Independent Living Research Utilization Program (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as chair of the National Council on Disability in 2002 and served an eight-year term on the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Standard Rules for Disability. He has received two Presidential Citations for his work in the field of disability and was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by the National University of Ireland in 2004.

Since 1979, the Governor's Committee has worked to highlight the efforts of employers to hire and retain employees with disabilities and to recognize best practices that positively affect employees with disabilities within the workplace. Employers whose philosophy is to support employment opportunities for all Texans, including people with disabilities, benefits the local community as well as the entire state. The attitude of working as a partner in the community is considered a strength to be highlighted and encouraged by the presentation of our annual Employment Awards. The active and enthusiastic promotion of business opportunities for people with disabilities is also an important element in the consideration of the award.

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing The Governor’s Committee To Support the Military

09/05/2018

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing The Governor’s Committee To Support the Military

09/05/2018 12:58 PM CDT

 

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing The Governor’s Committee To Support the Military

WHEREAS, Texas has 15 military installations which contributed $101.6 billion in output, $62.33 billion in GDP, and $39.8 billion in disposable personal income to the state’s economy in 2017; and

WHEREAS, the State of Texas strongly supports the mission of the U.S. military and actively looks for ways to maintain and enhance military value at installations within the state; and

WHEREAS, past rounds of Base Realignment and Closure Commissions have led to the closure and realignment of bases in Texas; and

WHEREAS, Texas is home to many retired and recently separated veterans from military installations located in the state with unique knowledge of opportunities to add military value and to maintain current installations; and

WHEREAS, the State of Texas seeks to utilize the experience and knowledge of its veterans to employ strategies to enhance military value and to maintain installations located in Texas;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following:

Creation and duties.  The Governor’s Committee to Support the Military, hereafter referred to as the Committee, is hereby created to:

  • study and make recommendations on how best to maintain and enhance military value at existing military installations in Texas;
  • study and make recommendations on how best to make Texas a more attractive destination for additional military missions;
  • collaborate with local governments and chambers of commerce to explore surrounding civilian infrastructure and identify competing and complementary needs between private development, the rights of private landowners, and military necessities;
  • examine the 2005 criteria used by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and identify strategies to avoid future base closures; and
  • coordinate with the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and Texas Military Values Task Force. 

Composition and Terms.  The Committee will consist of no more than 22 members appointed by the Governor, and shall include Texas-resident veterans, community leaders, and business leaders.  Members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.  The Governor shall designate a chair and vice-chair from the membership who shall hold such designations at the pleasure of the Governor.  The Governor may fill any vacancy that may occur and may appoint other members as needed.  Any state or local government employees appointed to serve on the Committee do so in addition to the regular duties of their respective office or position.

Report.  The Committee shall make a written report of its findings, activities, and recommendations, including legislative recommendations, to the Governor and the Legislature.  The first report is due by December 1, 2018, and should contain, in part, any additional recommendations for legislative action during the 2019 legislative session.  The Committee may issue other regular reports as it deems necessary.

Meetings.  The Committee shall meet at times and locations at the call of the Governor or the chair.  The Committee may meet by telephone or videoconference.  A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting the business of the Committee.

Auxiliary Military Spouse Task Force.  The Auxiliary Military Spouse Task Force is hereby created to study and report to the Committee on how best to enhance quality of life for military families in Texas.  The Task Force shall consist of no more than seven (7) military spouses, each appointed by the chair of the Committee, with the approval of the Office of the Governor.  The chair of the Committee shall designate the chair of the Task Force.  The Task Force shall meet at the call of the Committee chair, and such meetings shall comply with requirements applicable to Committee meetings.

Administrative Support.  All agencies of state and local government are hereby directed to cooperate with and assist the Committee in the performance of its duties.  

Other Provisions.  The Committee and Task Force shall adhere to guidelines and procedures prescribed by the Office of the Governor.  Members of the Committee and the Task Force shall serve without salary or compensatory per diem.  With prior written authorization of the Office of the Governor, members of the Committee or Task Force may be reimbursed for transportation and lodging expenses associated with attending Committee or Task Force meetings, as prescribed in Article IX, Section 5.07(a)(2) of the General Appropriations Act.

This Executive Order supersedes all previous orders in conflict or inconsistent with its terms and shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding governor.

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

 

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