The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
In existence since September of 1950, the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) works toward a State where people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity and self-determination. The Governor appoints twelve members to serve on the Committee, seven of whom must be people with disabilities. Representatives from six State agencies serve as ex- officio or advisory members. The 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. The members and staff also provide technical assistance, information and referral services to citizens of Texas on issues affecting Texans with disabilities. Members of the Committee work on issues related to Access, Communications, Education, Emergency Management, Health, Housing, Recreation, Transportation, Veterans and Workforce. The Committee's enabling law is outlined in the Human Resources Code, Chapter 115.
The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities envisions a State where people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity and self-determination.
The Governor’s Committee recommends changes in disability policies and programs in the areas of accessibility, communication, education, emergency preparedness, health, housing, recreation, transportation, veterans and workforce. The Committee also supports a network of committees on people with disabilities, issues awards to promote greater awareness, and promotes compliance with disability related laws.
For more information on Disability History or Etiquette and a “Resource Guide on Disability Topics Important to Texans”, email us or call 512-463-5739.
Barbara Jordan Media Awards
Each spring, the Governor's Committee recognizes representatives from the field of journalism for increasing public understanding of the abilities and potential of people with disabilities.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
Each October, the Governor's Committee celebrates NDEAM through a poster art competition and other activities.
Lex Frieden Employment Awards
Each fall, the Governor's Committee recognizes the efforts of Texas employers to hire and retain employees with disabilities and recognizes best practices that positively affect employees with disabilities in the workplace.
APA/GCPD Accessibility Awards
Each winter, the Governor's Committee partners with the Accessiblity Professionals Association (APA) to recognize businesses and organizations that go significantly above and beyond the legal requirements of both physical and service accessibility for people with disabilities.
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