Announcing the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities Quarterly Meeting, October 22nd and 23rd via Zoom

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Office of the Texas Governor, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities

Quarterly Meeting Notice

The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) will hold our quarterly business meeting on October 22nd and 23rd via Zoom. GCPD welcomes public comments pertaining to topics of importance for Texans with disabilities. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by giving public comment during the designated time at the meeting or providing written testimony to GCPD in advance by emailing If you connect via Zoom and intend to give public comment, use the chat feature to provide your name and state "I wish to provide public comment." If you connect via telephone and wish to give public comment, please email with the subject line "telephone comment" or leave a voicemail by 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 21st with your name and phone number. 

In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the GCPD meeting agenda is posted on the Secretary of State’s website and has been placed below for your convenience.



Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
October 22nd, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 23rd, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Videoconference/Teleconference Meeting Access Information via ZOOM
Registration is required
Register at:
If you have trouble registering, call 512-463-5739
Meeting Materials Available October 16th at:

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Abbott has suspended various provisions that require a quorum or a presiding officer to be physically present at a specified meeting location. It is the intent of the Committee to have its members join from separate locations. Members of the public will have access to a live audiovisual stream of the meeting. The Committee will record the video and audio of the meeting and make the recording available upon request. For questions, contact (512) 463-5739 or email

                                                                            Day 1
                                                                  October 22nd, 2020

1. Call to Order / Roll Call / Brief Introductions - Aaron Bangor, PhD, Chair

2. Approval of Committee Member Absences (Discussion/Possible Action)

3. Approval of Summary Minutes from Past Committee Meetings (Discussion/Possible Action)
a) April 22-23, 2020
b) June 11, 2020 Work Session
c) July 30-31, 2020

4. Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes per presentation)

5. Special Education Allotment Advisory Committee - Steven Aleman, Disability Rights Texas and Kristin Mcguire, Texas Council on Administrators of Special Education (Discussion/Possible Action)

6. Coalition of Texans with Disabilities' Policy Recommendations to the 87th Texas Legislature, Jolene Sanders (Discussion/Possible Action)


7. Veterans Policy Recommendations, Eric Lindsey, Paralyzed Veterans of America Texas Chapter and Leo Pritchard, Commander Lone Star Chapter Disabled American Veterans (Discussion/Possible Action)

8. TAD Legislative Priorities for the 87th Texas Legislature, Mike Swaboda, Texas Association of the Deaf (Discussion/Possible Action)

9. Transportation Network Companies Report and Recommendations, Nancy Crowther and Monica Villarreal (Discussion/Possible Action)


10. Reports from Invited Exofficio Agency Representatives, includes follow up topics from previous meetings (Discussion/Possible Action)
• Texas State Independent Living Council (TxSILC)
• Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
• Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
• Texas Dept. of Licensing & Regulation, Architectural Barriers (TDLR)
• Texas Education Agency (TEA)
• Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

11. Supported Employment Pilot in the Gulf Coast area - Bobi Cook, Project Manager, Workforce Solutions of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board (Discussion/Possible Action)


12. Policy Development based on the Committee's Issue Areas (Discussion/Possible Action)

Draft Policy Proposals available on the GCPD's website at:


                                                                        DAY 2
                                                              October 23, 2020


13. Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes per presentation)

14. Executive Director's and Staff Reports - Ron Lucey

15. Continuation of Policy Development based on the Committee's Issue Areas (Discussion/Possible Action)

16. Member Reports on Community Outreach (Discussion/Possible Action)

17. Future Meetings (Discussion/Possible Action)

18. Adjournment - Chair Aaron Bangor, PhD, Chair

Notice of Assistance at Public Meetings
Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as American Sign Language interpreter or materials in an alternate format, contact the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities at least seven (7) working days prior to the meeting. 512-463-5739. Use the Relay Option of Your Choice. E-mail:


Quarterly Meeting Registration