Texas COVID Stories

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) continues to monitor how people with disabilities and their families are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, we conducted two surveys to learn about the effects of the initial shutdown, school and workplace changes, social distancing, and disruption of daily life. Now, as COVID-19 has been part of our lives for over one year, we are conducting a third survey to learn how you and your family are dealing with the ongoing situation.

We are conducting this short survey to collect stories and information from self-advocates, family members of people with disabilities, and others from across Texas. Has your access to services and basic needs improved, worsened, or remained the same? Do you have what you need to stay safe and healthy? And finally, what are your top concerns now, and how do you plan to adjust as our communities continue to reopen and vaccines become available?

Your answers will help us inform legislators, state agency administrators, and other leaders so that they understand how their decisions could impact you. Your responses may also be used to raise awareness about how Texans with disabilities are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is also available in Spanish.

Please take a few minutes to share your Texas COVID Story. If you need help completing the survey or need the survey in an alternate format, please contact Mary Rochford at mary.rochford@tcdd.texas.gov or 512-437-5435.




3 Months After Initial State Shutdowns

In spring 2020, Texans were asked if COVID-19 had disrupted their access to services, if they had been able to stay safe during the pandemic, and whom they called if they needed help. Nearly 90 people participated in the first round of Texas COVID Stories. Almost a third of respondents were self-advocates. You can read some of the stories submitted by people from across Texas.




6 Months After Initial State Shutdowns

A second survey was conducted in summer 2020 to learn how Texans with disabilities and their families were navigating the pandemic six months after initial state shutdowns. Participants were asked if access to needs such as therapies and health care had gotten worse, gotten better, or stayed the same. They were also asked about their level of concern around COVID-related topics such as virtual learning and safety in the workplace. In total, 114 Texans completed the survey. Read selected stories to learn more about their experiences.





To access our COVID-19 Information and Resources, click the links below.

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