Disability Rights Texas, like many nonprofit and legal service organizations, has a big job to do with limited funds and staff positions. To be successful and achieve our mission, we must use every dollar and position in the most effective way we can.

Toward that end, every four years, the DRTx Board of Directors decides which strategic priorities will direct our work. We start by asking people in the disability community about what’s important to them. We go to great lengths to get as much feedback from as many people and groups as we can. We learn from paper and electronic surveys, focus groups, listening sessions, and public forums from across the state.

In setting priorities, the Board weighs the significant problems identified by the disability community along with the activities that are most related to our mission. Federal law and our funders’ requirements play a role in our priorities, too.

We are required to serve a wide range of disability populations and offer many types of services. The priorities reported here reflect many hours of serious thinking and hard work to find ways to offer the most effective services possible to the largest number of people with disabilities we can—with the funding and staff we have.