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Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) created this page to provide resources for people with disabilities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains information from DRTx as well as links to resources from trusted organizations.

Vaccines: Having trouble getting the COVID-19 vaccine? We can help! Call our new vaccine hotline at 1-800-880-8401 or send an email to vaccine@drtx.org. This number is only for vaccine assistance.

FEMA Funeral Expense Assistance: FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Visit their website to learn how to start your application by phone.

Get help: If you are having issues in any of the areas described in our resources below, or with other disability rights issues, learn How to Apply for Services from DRTx.

Featured Resources

How to Stop Your Landlord From Entering Your Home During COVID-19

Learn what you can do to stop your landlord from entering your home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading How to Stop Your Landlord From Entering Your Home During COVID-19

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COVID-19 Vaccines and Employment

This handout answers 25 questions related to issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and employment for people with disabilities. Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccines and Employment

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources in Plain Language

Various plain language resources are available to help you learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Resources in Plain Language

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for People with Disabilities in Texas

Resources to help people with disabilities in Texas learn more about the vaccine and how to get it. Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for People with Disabilities in Texas

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Sample TEA Complaint Letter About Compensatory Services

If your child lost progress due to the pandemic and the school did not respond to your request for compensatory services, you should send a complaint letter to TEA. Continue reading Sample TEA Complaint Letter About Compensatory Services

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Sample Letter to School Requesting Compensatory Education Services

Because there is a one-year deadline to file complaints with the Texas Education Agency to get compensatory services, parents who believe their child needs these services due to school closures last year because of the pandemic should first send a request letter immediately to your child’s school. Continue reading Sample Letter to School Requesting Compensatory Education Services

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Disability Rights Texas provides answers to frequently asked questions for people with disabiliites in Texas about the covid-19 vaccine: who can get it, where to get it, and more. Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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Stop Debt Collector Harassment with Accommodation Request Letter

Please answer the questions below to generate a letter to your landlord. After you answer the questions and click submit, you will be redirected to a new webpage where you can download the letter. Please download the letter. Then send the letter to your landlord. This accommodation generator will NOT send the request to your… Continue reading Stop Debt Collector Harassment with Accommodation Request Letter

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Avoid Eviction with a Rent Accommodation Letter

If you have unpaid rent, past due rent, or late rent, you can use our interactive Unpaid Rent Accommodation Request Generator below to ask for more time to pay rent, delay an eviction, or even forgive past rent if you or someone in the house has lost a job because of COVID-19, lost income because of COVID-19 or if losing a job or income is making someone in the household’s mental health worse. This tool lets people use the protections of federal civil rights laws to ask for more time. Continue reading Avoid Eviction with a Rent Accommodation Letter

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Links to Information for Keeping Updated on Texas Medicaid Changes Due to COVID

As COVID-19 continues to impact services in Texas, the resources featured in this handout can help you stay up-to-date with the Texas Medicaid waiver programs. Continue reading Links to Information for Keeping Updated on Texas Medicaid Changes Due to COVID

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Letter to Landlord to Request Early Lease Termination

Do you need to request a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act to terminate your lease early? Use our form to generate a letter that you can give to your landlord. Continue reading Letter to Landlord to Request Early Lease Termination

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Mask Policies in Stores and Other Private Businesses

During the pandemic, many businesses require people to wear masks. A lot of people with disabilities have a higher risk for serious illness if they get COVID-19. For them, requiring masks is very important. For others, wearing a mask may be hard because of a disability. Continue reading Mask Policies in Stores and Other Private Businesses

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Mask Policies at Work During COVID-19

During the pandemic, employers have different policies about wearing masks. This handout answers key questions about how disability laws apply to mask policies in the workplace. Continue reading Mask Policies at Work During COVID-19

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Texas Vocational Rehab Services During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some agencies have temporarily adjusted the way they provide Vocational Rehabilitation services. Learn more about how TWS-VR, OIB, and ILCs are providing VR services. Continue reading Texas Vocational Rehab Services During COVID-19

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Housing Rights: Disability, Race, National Origin and Language

Neighbors, Homeowners Associations (HOA), Landlords, and Realtors often target people with disabilities for things they ignore when anyone else does them. We consistently see people with disabilities targeted because of their disability and their race, national origin, or the language they speak. Continue reading Housing Rights: Disability, Race, National Origin and Language

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On or Off-Campus College Housing and COVID-19

If you are experiencing any of the issues described in this handout, you can ask your landlord to change their policy to accommodate your needs to allow you out of your lease early without paying penalties, fines, or fees. Continue reading On or Off-Campus College Housing and COVID-19

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Housing Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This handout covers many housing-related issues that could arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the issues include ending a lease early, how to deal with people entering your home, what to do if you can’t make rent, and more. Continue reading Housing Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Texas Medicaid Changes Because of COVID-19

Numerous changes to the Texas Medicaid program have been implemented in response to COVID-19. Many of these changes are temporary and may evolve as this public health crisis continues. Learn about how programs and services have been affected. Continue reading Texas Medicaid Changes Because of COVID-19

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Nursing Facilities and COVID-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Texas has temporarily modified some of the rights of nursing facility residents. This Q&A guide discusses many of the changes, including the care and treatment of residents. Continue reading Nursing Facilities and COVID-19

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COVID-19 Videos in ASL

There are many videos available in ASL about COVID-19. Many topics are covered, including staying safe, vaccines, service animals, and more. Continue reading COVID-19 Videos in ASL

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Evictions in Texas During the COVID-19 Pandemic

People with disabilities in Texas may face eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the options available to help you stay in your home. Continue reading Evictions in Texas During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Disability Discrimination at Work During COVID-19

This handout answers many questions related to discrimination people with disabilities may face at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include how employers are changing operations, how to handle possible COVID-19 cases, and getting accommodations. Continue reading Disability Discrimination at Work During COVID-19

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Rights of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities whose special education services are affected by COVID-19 still have rights and protections despite any disruptions caused by the pandemic. This resource highlights information that could help you ensure that your child continues to receive a free and appropriate public education. Continue reading COVID-19 Pandemic and Rights of Students with Disabilities

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Publications

COVID-19 Disability Hospital Form

If you need to go to the hospital for COVID-19 related symptoms, this form can help physicians provide you with proper medical treatment. The form can be completed online and printed out, or you can print it out and write in your answers. Continue reading COVID-19 Disability Hospital Form

Videos

During the Pandemic, Accessible Communication is Critical

Learn why accessible communication is so important and how your organization can ensure your online information is accessible. Continue reading During the Pandemic, Accessible Communication is Critical

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COVID-19 Changes for Texas Medicaid Waivers

This video covers changes to Texas Medicaid waivers and CHIP that are a result of COVID-19. The video addresses Medicaid eligibility, plan extensions, visits with service coordinators, and more. Continue reading COVID-19 Changes for Texas Medicaid Waivers

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COVID-19 and Special Education Rights of Students

Parents of students with disabilities whose special education services are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic should know that their children still have rights and protections despite any disruptions. Continue reading COVID-19 and Special Education Rights of Students

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