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October 2023 Newsletter

How Inclusive Workplaces Help Businesses Thrive

Applying for a job is not for the faint of heart. It’s a lot of work searching different job sites, customizing your resume, writing a compelling cover letter, and filling out long online forms. And if you get an interview, you then have to prepare for all the questions you may have to answer.

Now imagine you have the right experience plus a disability that makes any part of the process difficult or inaccessible to you. This is still the case for the majority of people with disabilities who want to work but face insurmountable barriers in the application process or on the job.

That’s why “Advancing Access and Equity” is the rightful theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. It’s a time for businesses to recognize the value that people with disabilities bring and take action to create inclusive workplaces every day of the year.

When businesses hire people with disabilities, they experience:

  • Access to a larger pool of qualified applicants
  • Increased innovation in problem-solving
  • Greater employee engagement and retention
  • Better overall company performance in the marketplace

Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) works to create inclusive workplaces in Texas by: 

  • Representing clients in employment discrimination legal matters.
  • Advocating for those using state vocational rehab services through our Client Assistance Program.
  • Providing information through our PABSS program on how people can work without losing their disability benefits.

We also have many resources on our website to help people advocate for their rights at work: 

Visit our Employment and VR web page for other resources to help you. 

To apply for legal assistance for an employment issue, contact us at: 1-800-252-9108 or

Imagine a Fully Accessible Texas

Remember our awesome Imagine t-shirts that we sold this summer? Though our limited time sale ended, you may have another chance to get yours. 

Our Imagine Year-End Giving Campaign kicks off on November 1. The first 4 people who raise $300 for us on Facebook and the first 4 people who personally give $200 or more from November 1 to December 31, 2023, will receive a free Imagine t-shirt.

Stay tuned for more information about our Imagine Year-End Giving Campaign!

Three photos of past DRTx clients. Support Texans with Disabilities all year long. Lone Star Champions of Access.

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Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. 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 for more information.