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Disability Rights and COVID-19

COVID-19 and the governmental responses to this pandemic can present particular risks and issues for many people with disabilities. This page contains resources from Disability Rights Texas and other agencies. Disability Rights Texas has developed resources addressing disability discrimination at work, the rights of college students with disabilities and Texas renter rights, and more. Read more about their services and dedicated COVID-19 materials here. 



  • The law requires landlords to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities. Having COVID-19, getting exposed to COVID-19, or even showing symptoms that might be confused with COVID-19 could be considered disabilities that require your landlord to work with you. Read this article by the The National Housing Law Project for more information.
    • Rent payment plan as a reasonable accommodation: The National Housing Law Project article includes a sample letter for attorneys who want to work out a rent payment plan for their client as a reasonable accommodation.                                                                                                                                   


  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid developed a FAQ on Special Education Rights during COVID. Read it here.                                                                                                     
  • With Texas schools being closed or moving to online learning, Disability Rights Texas has developed resources for parents of students with disabilities whose special education services are being affected in order to make sure caregivers are aware that their children still have rights and protections despite any disruptions caused by the outbreak. More information can be found here and a video (with captions) can be viewed below. Click here for a version of the presentation in Spanish.




Disability Rights Texas has created this FAQ on Guidance About COVID-19 for Students with Disabilities in College, Graduate or Professional School, or Technical or Vocational Training Programs. Watch a video on this subject below. More information can be found here.





  • For information on reasonable accomodations in the workplace, read Reasonable Accomodations at Work Due to COVID-19.                                                                                

  • Disability Rights Texas has developed a publication on Disability Discrimination at Work Now That COVID-19 is Here.                                                                                  

  • This resource was created in colloboration with Equal Justice Center, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Workers Defense project. Though some of the information pertains only to people with disabilities, a majority of it applies to all people. It includes explanations of current leave and new leave options resulting from recent federal legislation and new unemployment benefits due to the pandemic. Read the information here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • The American Diabetes Association has prepared and collected the following information and resources to assist people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • For information on healthcare access and public benefits during COVID-19, see Health Care and Public Benefits During COVID-19.                                                       
  • The law requires landlords to reasonably accommodate tenants who have disabilities and protects such tenants from discrimination. For additional information, read Rights for Tenants with Health Issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Information on acessibility issues at drive-thru medical sites can be found here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Disability Rights Texas has created this publication on COVID-19 Pandemic and Questions about Voting.


Mask Policies in Stores and Other Private Businesses

During the pandemic, many businesses require people to wear masks. Many perosns with disabilities have a higher risk for serious illness if they get COVID-19. Disability Rights has created this publication answering some of the questions we receive about disability laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).