Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Meeting, 4/22/20 and 4/23/20 via Zoom

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Meeting, 4/22/20 and 4/23/20 via Zoom

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) will hold our quarterly business meeting on April 22, 2020 and April 23, 2020 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected] with the subject line “telephone comment” or leave a voicemail by 8:00 a.m. April 22, 2020 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

April 22, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Videoconference/Teleconference Meeting Access Information

Zoom Meeting link:

Phone number: 346-248-7799

Meeting ID: 996 703 668, Password: 78701

If you have trouble connecting call 512-463-5739

Link to Agenda:

  1. Call to Order / Roll Call / Brief Introductions – Aaron Bangor, Chair
  2. Approval of Committee Member Absences (Discussion/Possible Action)
  3. Approval of January 28-29, 2020 Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Possible Action)
  4. Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes per presentation)
  5. Presentation: Council of State Governments (CSG) State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) Report on Future of Workforce – Dina Klimkina, Program Manager, CSG and Robert Silverstein, Legislative Counsel, SEED (Discussion/Possible Action)
  6. Executive Director and Staff Reports – Ron Lucey (Discussion/Possible Action)
  7. Reports from Invited Exofficio Agency Representatives, includes follow up topics from previous meetings (Discussion/Possible Action)
    • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
    • Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, Architectural Barriers (TDLR)
    • Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
    • Texas Education Agency (TEA)
    • Texas State Independent Living Council (TxSILC)
    • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
  8. Presentation and Policy Recommendations on Accessibility of Transportation Network Companies in Texas – Nancy Crowther, Organizer, ADAPT of Texas (Discussion/Possible Action)
  9. Presentation on Support for Post-Secondary Education for Deaf Students and the Impact of Southwest College for the Deaf (SWCD) on Deaf Texans and their Future Employment, Education and Lives – Jeff Anderson, Associate Professor, Deaf Support Specialist/Career Technical Education Division Chair, SWCD (Discussion/Possible Action)
  10. Member Reports on Community Outreach (Discussion/Possible Action)
  11. Policy Development based on the Committee’s issue areas of Access, Communications, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Health, Housing, Recreation, Transportation, Veterans and Workforce (Discussion/Possible Action)
  12. Recess – Aaron Bangor, Chair


April 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – noon

  1. Reconvene Meeting – Aaron Bangor, Chair, Roll Call
  2. Continuation of Policy Development based on the Committee’s Issue Areas (Discussion/Possible Action)
  3. Future Meetings (Discussion/Possible Action)
  4. Adjournment – Aaron Bangor, Chair

Notice of Assistance at Public Meetings

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as American Sign Language interpreter, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) 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: [email protected]

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