FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 9, 2021
Edie Surtees, Communications Director,
Disability Rights Texas
DRTx Encourages Texans to Wear Masks in Public Spaces
AUSTIN–Consistent with our obligations as the protection and advocacy organization for persons with disabilities in Texas, Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) encourages Texans to continue to wear masks in public spaces based on peer-reviewed research from around the world, the CDC’s guidelines, and at the request of numerous persons with disabilities in Texas to ensure that they can continue to engage in daily life activities.
DRTx also reaffirms its position that individuals with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask have alternatives that will not put others at imminent risk of severe disease or death as a result of getting COVID-19.
Read more about your rights regarding wearing a mask in our resources about Mask Policies at Work and Mask Policies in Stores and Other Private Businesses.
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Disability Rights Texas (previously named Advocacy Inc.) is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas established in 1977. Its mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society. Visit www.DRTx.org for more information.