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

We also want you to know that during this time we are still here to help. Though our physical offices are closed to the public, we are still taking applications for our legal services, working on cases, providing online resources on our website and social media, and offering as many of our other services as possible using telephone and video conferencing technology.

If you are having issues in any of the areas described in our resources below, or with other disability rights issues, please go to our Contact Us page for information on how to submit a request for our services.

Featured Resources

CDC Declaration Letter Form

The CDC issued an order that would temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. If you are facing an eviction or your landlord has already filed an eviction notice, you can inform your landlord and others about the CDC order. Continue reading CDC Declaration Letter Form

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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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Handouts

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

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created 11/6/2020 Publication Code: HC14 The links below will take you to resources on the Texas Health and Human Services website that you may find useful in keeping updated on Texas Medicaid waiver programs. Medicaid/CHIP Information/Waivers Facility Visitation Information Extension of Eligibility Class & DBMD HCS and TxHmL Extensions HCS Group… Continue reading Links to Information for Keeping Updated on Texas Medicaid Changes Due to COVID

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COVID-19, Disabilities, and Store Mask Policies

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 COVID-19, Disabilities, and Store Mask Policies

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COVID-19 and Mask Policies at Work

During the pandemic, employers have different policies about wearing masks. A lot of people with disabilities have a higher risk for serious illness if they get COVID-19. For them, requiring masks may be very important. For others, wearing a mask may be hard because of a disability. Continue reading COVID-19 and Mask Policies at Work

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Accessing Texas Vocational Rehab Services During the Pandemic

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 Accessing Texas Vocational Rehab Services During the Pandemic

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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 following issues, 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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Housing Rights as Texas Returns to School

In Texas, some students and school staff are returning to school. This handout has information about what you can do if your landlord, neighbors, or HOA have treated you differently because you work in a school or have kids that attend school. Continue reading Housing Rights as Texas Returns to School

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ASL Videos by the CDC on Coronavirus

The CDC published ASL videos with information about the Coronavirus. Topics covered include prevention tips, social distancing, and how to care for yourself and others. Continue reading ASL Videos by the CDC on Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Questions about Voting

This handout attempts to answer questions people with disabilities might have related to voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific topics covered include election dates, voting by mail, and early voting. Continue reading COVID-19 Pandemic and Questions about Voting

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Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

We have seen instances of medical professionals discriminated against because of what they do and where they work. The discrimination stems from being associated with people with disabilities, being thought to have a disability, or having a disability. In this handout we address several scenarios we know are playing out or that we anticipate could occur. Continue reading Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic

This handout covers how to qualify for protections under a new CDC order that pauses some evictions for non-payment of rent until December 31, 2020. Continue reading Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Disability Discrimination at Work Now That COVID-19 is Here

This handout answers questions designed to prevent people with disabilities from experiencing workplace discrimination during the 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 Now That COVID-19 is Here

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COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities in College

Disability Rights Texas addresses four situations that college students with disabilities may experience because of the Coronavirus or COVID-19. Continue reading COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities in College

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Coronavirus 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 Coronavirus Pandemic and Rights of Students with Disabilities

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Publications

Providing Students with Disabilities Accessible Educational Services During COVID-19 Emergency Circumstances

During this time of national emergency due to COVID-19, Disability Rights Texas understands that our state’s educators are working diligently to adapt to the fluid circumstances to continue to provide quality education to their students while also working together to slow the rate of infection. As an organization, DRTx reaches out to offer support while educational institutions… Continue reading Providing Students with Disabilities Accessible Educational Services During COVID-19 Emergency Circumstances

COVID-19 Disability Hospital Form

Date Created: May 21, 2020 Publication Code: HC12 Please answer the questions on this form to help physicians provide you with proper medical treatment in case you need to go to the hospital for COVID-19 related symptoms. Complete as many of the questions as possible. This form can be completed online and printed out, or… Continue reading COVID-19 Disability Hospital Form

Texas Medicaid Changes Because of COVID 19

Since mid-March, numerous changes to the Texas Medicaid program have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Many of these changes are temporary and may evolve as this public health crisis continues. The information below is accurate as of the time it was written, but may change on short notice. Contact Disability Rights Texas… Continue reading Texas Medicaid Changes Because of COVID 19

Nursing Homes and COVID 19

This Q&A guide discusses the many changes that impact nursing facility residents and their care and treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Texas has temporarily modified some of the rights of nursing facility (NF) residents. Please be aware that these changes are being updated daily as the COVID-19… Continue reading Nursing Homes and COVID 19

Videos

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 caused by the outbreak…. Continue reading COVID-19 and Special Education Rights of Students

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Know Your Housing Rights During COVID-19

Know your housing rights during the Coronavirus pandemic! Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, you have rights and options that offer additional support. Check out this informative message from Rachel Cohen-Miller, Supervising Attorney of the Housing, Transportation & Disaster Team at Disability Rights Texas. Also refer to our handouts on your housing rights and other… Continue reading Know Your Housing Rights During COVID-19

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College Disability Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

– Hi, my name is Angelica Sander and I’m an attorney for Disability Rights Texas. In this video, you will learn what to do if your education is disrupted by the coronavirus also known as COVID-19. We note that this is a difficult time, and unpredictable time for students, in college, graduate, professional, vocational or… Continue reading College Disability Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

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