Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas, PACT is having its 5th Annual Attendant Appreciation Awards and BBQ on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 4PM to 6PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1206 East 9th Street, Austin, TX 78702.  PACT needs you to nominate a deserving attendant for our 2015 Attendant of the Year Award.  PACT will be selecting up to six exemplary attendants for this award and nominations are due by October 2, 2015.  For more information, please contact Cathy Cranston at 512-442-0252.  Click here for the nomination form.  

PACT is a project of ADAPT, and is a grassroots coalition of attendants who work in home and community-based services programs and their supporters. PACT provides a voice for the 275,000 statewide attendants to strengthen salaries, benefits, dignity, position in the community and independence of aging Texans and persons with disabilities.

ADAPT/PACT is located at 1640-A East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78702.

Texas Legislature Supports Segregation and Oppression

On May 20th ADAPT of Texas and Desert ADAPT made a “Hail Mary” pass to get the $10 base wage for community attendants, and took over the Governor’s office trying to get him to come out and publicly support the $10 base wage.  The Governor chose to ignore this effort and 15 ADAPT members were arrested.  The next day the Conference Committee on the budget voted a 14 cent raise; that will bring the base wage up to a whopping $8 an hour.  The only one to vote against this travesty?  Rep. Sylvester Turner

The last vote on the budget has not been taken yet so the fight continues, but the condescension of the legislators can be summed up in the comment Senator Jane Nelson made to the San Antonio Express News that community attendants got a raise the last 2 sessions (bringing the base wage up to a super generous $7.86 per hour.)  Echos from Oliver Twist (“more?  YOU WANT MORE?”)  DD providers were given an unrequested rate hike in the meantime.

Meanwhile leaders of our state are gutting efforts to end unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities.  The Paul Workman amendment directed a study of alternative uses for the Austin State Supported Living Center (SSLC) and delayed the closure of Austin SSLC to 2019.  This study looks to:

  • Determine the feasibility of collocating the Austin SSLC and the Austin State Hospital on the same grounds. [A mega-institution, what a concept!]
  • Consider partnership opportunities for governmental or healthcare organizations to purchase or lease portions of the Austin SSLC.
  • Have people from the community come to the Austin SSLC for services. [Austin SSLC is so bad the feds are threatening to take their Medicaid funding, so naturally we want to send more people with disabilities there.]

Susan King proposed many amendments to SB 204 that would fundamentally change the bill including:

  • Carve out the closure of Austin SSLC altogether.
  • Allows all chronically deficient SSLCs to provide services to people in the community.

For more details on all the “innovations” of the State’s plans for people with disabilities check out Community Now!

The bottom line however seems to be, we won’t help community services, we just want to waste more money locking people up and paying for studies to repeat what we already studied.  In case you thought Texas considered you an equal citizen, you might want to rethink that.

Here are the folks who brought you to this place:

Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.; Ashby; Aycock; Bell; Bernal; Blanco; Bohac; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burns; Burrows; Button; Canales; Capriglione; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cook; Craddick; Crownover; Cyrier; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Elkins; Faircloth; Farias; Farney; Farrar; Fletcher; Flynn; Frullo; Galindo; Geren; Giddings; Goldman; González; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Harless; Hernandez; Herrero; Howard; Huberty; Hughes; Hunter; Isaac; Israel; Johnson; Keffer; Keough; King, K.; King, P.; King, S.; King, T.; Koop; Krause; Kuempel; Landgraf; Larson; Laubenberg; Leach; Longoria; Lozano; Márquez(C); Martinez; Martinez Fischer; McClendon; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller, D.; Miller, R.; Minjarez; Moody; Muñoz; Murphy; Murr; Naishtat; Nevárez; Oliveira; Otto; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett; Raney; Riddle; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Rose; Sanford; Schaefer; Schofield; Sheets; Sheffield; Simmons; Simpson; Smith; Springer; Stephenson; Thompson, E.; Thompson, S.; Tinderholt; Turner, C.; Turner, E.S.; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; White, J.; White, M.; Workman; Wray; Wu; Zedler; Zerwas

Maybe you thought some of these folks were our friends?  Might want to rethink that as well.

The only ones to vote against these crappy changes?

  • Burkett; Dutton; Fallon; Gonzales; Klick; Raymond; Rinaldi; Shaheen; Spitzer; Stickland

ADA25 Celebration a Big Success

The bus, with a picture of a woman marching with a sign saying "Separate is never EQUAL", hands handcuffed behind a wheelchair, and Road to Freedom" written above Keeping the Promise of the ADA,  and

The ADA25 Road to Freedom bus will be traveling across the USA all this year to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo by Jonathan Tilove


The ADA Celebration was a great success with over 400 attendees, despite the lousy weather.  There was dance, an educational panel, recognition of Texas Trailblazers for the ADA, a talk and short films from Lex Frieden – one of the folks who shepherded development and passage of the ADA, a beautiful photo exhibit of scenes from the struggle for the ADA, and a march to the Capitol behind the ADA bus.

In the days before the Celebration itself, the bus visited several local schools, Disability Rights Texas’ Fun Fest, a new accessible Capitol Metro transit stop, the CTX Ability Sports Complex in Hutto and 2 San Antonio sites with Eva’s Heroes.


A cake with the ADA25 logo set in it's white frosting. A small piece is removed from the front as if someone could not quite wait.

The ADA Celebration at the Bullock Texas History Museum was capped off with cake

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Austin City Council elections have finally finished and we have our first slate of district representatives and new Mayor.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Mayor: Steve Adler

District 1 Council Member: Ora Houston

District 2 Council Member:  Delia Garza

District 3 Council Member: Sabino Pio Renteria

District 4 Council Member: Greg Casar

District 5 Council Member: Ann Ktichen

District 6 Council Member: Don Zimmerman

District 7 Council Member: Leslie Pool

District 8 Council Member: Ellen Troxclair

District 9 Council Member: Kathie Tovo

District 10 Council Member: Sheri Gallo

Where do the winners stand on disability issues?  ADAPT’s DVAP (Disability Voting Access Project) sent all the run off candidates a survey on some disability issues.  Some answered, some did not.  Check out who said what and who didn’t say anything.  To see the survey answers go to the DVAP site.

This is the beginning of a new era for the Council and we wish them good luck and good disability policy as they begin their terms in the new year.


Anti-Discrimination based on Source of Income (Vouchers) PASSES!

Austin became the first city in Texas, but just one of a growing number of cities around the nation, to pass a Source of Income Ordinance on Dec. 11th.

The ordinance will forbid landlords from refusing to accept Vouchers (like Section 8/Housing Choice, Veterans, Tenant Based Rental Assistance/TBRA, etc.) as rental payment.

This will be a great benefit to folks with vouchers who have had a terrible time up to now finding places that will accept the vouchers.  In a survey done by the Austin Tenant’s Council this summer over 90% of apartment owners and managers whose rents are in the Section 8 price range, refused to take a voucher.The Apartment Association is up in arms against this ordinance, and has vowed to go to the Texas Legislature when it meets in January to get this kind of ordinance outlawed across the state, including in Austin.  We have also heard the Homebuilders have similar plans for Visitability requirements.  We will keep you posted as things develop, but we are counting on your support to support these important victories in Austin and in Texas.    



The Austin ADAPT tradition continues again this year, as the wheelchair Santa Clones set up shop by the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road.

The Armadillo Bazaar is open 11 am to 11 pm December 16 – 24th!.

This year ADAPT’s petition is in support of better wages for community attendants, so be sure and stop by to sign and show your support.

Handcrafted Art, Live Music, food and liquid refreshment abound.  There is even a post office inside the Bazaar (from 11am to 4pm).  Visit the Armadillo website for a schedule of performers and list of the MANY artists who are part of this event.

Did you miss the ADAPT-A-LEGISLATOR training? Fear NOT!

Texas 84th Legislative Session

begins Tuesday, January 13, 2015




ADAPT of Texas will be there and we hope you can join us, at least part of the time.  We will meet in the Capitol Cafeteria Tues. & Thurs. at 10 am and head out, so don’t be late.  

 If you missed the training we do OJT (On the Job Training) as well. 


                  WHERE: State Capitol Extension Cafeteria on Level E-1 

                    WHY: Funding for Community Services

                                  Increase Wages/Benefits for Attendants

                                  Accessible, Affordable, Integrated Housing

                                  25th Anniversary of the ADA         

                                  and more, as the need arises.  




 REGISTER TODAY!!!  512-442-0252

   Please RSVP by December 5, 2014  or


The 2,500 households who “won” the lottery for the Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers will be announced around Dec. 13th.  HACA is processing the pre-applications now.

HACA doesn’t call the people picked so you have to check.  You can find out by visiting the HACA Section 8/HCV website


You can check from a computer, your smart phone, or you can come to the ADAPT office or other locations around town.   You will need your confirmation number or your Social Security number AND your date of birth.

The 19,174 pre-applications submitted represent families with about 40,000 people.  Nearly 10,000 were submitted within the first 24 hours of the waiting list opening.  Most were done using a smart phone.

Among the total number of households who applied, approximately:

6,000 families have the head of household or co-head with a disability

10,000 households included minor children,

1,700 included heads of household 62 years of age or older,

and more than 2,600 applicants are homeless.

Good luck to one and all that applied, and hopefully Austin will see just how much we need more affordable, integrated, accessible housing.


Please join the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas (PACT) to recognize your work with persons with disabilities in our community.

Community Attendants  Equal Independence   Nominate someone today!

click here to go to nomination form

WHAT:  BBQ, Music by “Who‘s Your Daddy?”   Attendants of the Year Awards!    

WHEN:    Saturday October 18, 2014  4-6pm

WHERE:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1206 E. 9th  (Metro Bus Route 2 )

 *IMPORTANT*:     RSVP to Nancy or Cathy At ADAPT/PACT: 512-442-0252 to register for this free event.


Únase a la Coalición de Asistentes Personales de Texas – PACT – para reconocer su trabajo con personas en nuestra comunidad.

haga clic aquí para ir al formulario de nominación

QUÉ:         BBQ, Música de ”Whose Your Daddy?”,  Premios de Asistentes Personales del año!

CUÁNDO:   sábado, 20 de octobre  4-6pm

DÓNDE:    Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 1206 E. 9th Street

Rutas de Autobús:    #2

IMPORTANTE:  RSVP antes de 15 de octobre a Nancy o Cathy En ADAPT / PACT: 512-442-0252  para registrarse. Gratis!