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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

Asking Your Landlord to Stay In Housing Until Rent Relief Is Received

If you’re behind on your rent and you’ve applied—or are planning to apply—for rent relief, our accommodation request letter may help you avoid eviction and stay in your housing until rent relief is received. Continue reading “Asking Your Landlord to Stay In Housing Until Rent Relief Is Received”

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”

Avoid Eviction with a Rent Accommodation Letter

If you have unpaid rent, past due rent, or late rent after losing a job because of COVID-19, this easy-to-use tool will make a letter to send to your landlord to help you avoid eviction. Continue reading “Avoid Eviction with a Rent Accommodation Letter”

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”

Handouts

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”

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”

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”

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”

Sample Letter to School Requesting Compensatory Education Services

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

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”

Stop Debt Collector Harassment with Accommodation Request Letter

This easy-to-use tool will make a letter to send to your landlord to stop debt collector harassment. Continue reading “Stop Debt Collector Harassment with Accommodation Request Letter”

Letter to Landlord to Request Early Lease Termination

Do you need to request a reasonable accommodation to terminate your lease early? This easy-to-use tool will make a letter to send to your landlord requesting to end your lease early without any fines or penalties. Continue reading “Letter to Landlord to Request Early Lease Termination”

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”

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”

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”

Housing Rights: Disability, Race, National Origin and Language

Learn what you can do if you have been targeted by your neighbors, landlords, or others because of your disability and your race, national origin, or language. Continue reading “Housing Rights: Disability, Race, National Origin and Language”

On or Off-Campus College Housing and COVID-19

Learn how to ask your landlord 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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Videos

You Have a Right to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s your right to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In most cases, if you want to get the vaccine, you can. No one can keep you from getting it just because you have a disability or need extra help. Watch the video “You Have a Right to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine”

Update: Special Education Services in Texas During COVID-19

In this video, a DRTx attorney explains what you need to know to ensure your child receives special education services in Texas during COVID-19. Watch the video “Update: Special Education Services in Texas During COVID-19”

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. Watch the video “During the Pandemic, Accessible Communication is Critical”

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