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 contact us as follows:

Intake Phone Line:

  1. Call 1-800-252-9108, then press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish.
  2. After language is selected, listen for these 2 options
    Press 1 if you are calling from a psychiatric hospital, state living center, or a jail or have questions or concerns about mental health services.
    Press 2 for all other services.
  3. After you have selected one of the above, listen for the following options:
    Press 1 if you are calling from an institution.
    Press 2 for special education.
    Press 3 for Medicaid, healthcare, community services, or guardianship alternatives.
    Press 4 for employment, transportation, housing, or education after high school.
    Press 5 for vocational rehabilitation (CAP), or social security benefits (PABSS).
    Press 6 for all other issues not mentioned.

Sign Language Phone Lines:

  1. 1-866-362-2851 (Sign Language Video Phone)
  2. 512-271-9391 (Purple 2 Video Phone)

Online:

To apply for services online 24/7, go to intake.DRTx.org

Handouts

ASL Videos by the CDC on Coronavirus

COVID-19 Prevention Tips What is my Risk for COVID-19 What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Social Distancing (added 4/1/2020) Do Your Part to Slow the Spread (added 4/1/2020) Managing Stress and Anxiety (added 4/1/2020) Parents Supporting Children (added 4/1/2020) Caring for Someone at Home Who May Have COVID-19 (added 4/1/2020) When to Get… Continue reading ASL Videos by the CDC on Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Questions about Voting

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created: 4/22/2020 Updated 6/26/2020 Publication Code: HA29 COVID-19 Pandemic and Questions about Voting This handout can be made available in Braille or audio file upon request. Disability Rights Texas has created this handout to help clarify answers to questions about voting arising during the COVID-19 pandemic. Have elections been postponed?  When… Continue reading COVID-19 Pandemic and Questions about Voting

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

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created 3/26/2020 Publication Code: HS7 A Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic This handout can be made available in Braille or audio file upon request. We have seen instances of medical professionals discriminated against because of what they do and where they work. The discrimination stems from… Continue reading Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Questions From A Renter During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created 3/26/2020 Updated: 4/15/2020 Publication Code: HS6 Questions From A Renter During the COVID-19 Pandemic This handout can be made available in Braille or audio file upon request. I got COVID-19 and need help taking care of myself while I recover. Can I end my lease early without paying any penalties?… Continue reading Questions From A Renter During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic

Disability Rights Texas Handout Date Created: March 24, 2020 Updated: April 15, 2020 Publication Code: HS4 Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic This handout is available in Braille and/or by audio file upon request. I heard that Landlords weren’t allowed to evict people in Texas right now. Is this true?  Yes and No. A landlord… Continue reading Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Disability Discrimination at Work Now That COVID-19 is Here

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created 3/20/2020 Publication Code: EM12 Disability Discrimination at Work Now That COVID-19 is Here This handout can be made available in Braille or audio file upon request. Which employers are covered by the laws against disability discrimination? The laws cover private employers with 15 or more employees. The laws also cover most… 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

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created: March 12, 2020 Publication Code: ED24 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools This handout can be made available in Braille and/or by audio file upon request. The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation in Texas. State and local officials,… 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

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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 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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