Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, 1995-2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry:
An Inventory of Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Public Relations Materials at the Texas State Archives, 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014
|Scope and Contents
Creator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015: Perry)
Title: Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities public relations materials
Dates: bulk 2001-2014
Abstract: The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) strives to ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to live independently, productively, and with self-determination. Public relations materials are press releases promoting a specific event or award, achievements of an entity, disability access issues, and the selling of decals to benefit individuals with disabilities. Also present are speech scripts, award ceremony itineraries, and proclamations. Records date 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014. Subjects include efforts in promoting accessibility and awareness for persons with disabilities. All records are electronic.
Quantity: 8.61 MB (94 files)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
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Organization of the Records
These records are arranged alphabetically by award name, with other materials following.
See the inventory below for additional links to these records.
The primary function of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is to further opportunities for people with disabilities in the state of Texas. A complete explanation of the functions of this committee was set forth in Senate Bill 381, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session, and includes monitoring the state’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), providing information to the public regarding ADA, serving as liaison with other organizations assisting the disabled, promoting coordination of services for persons with disabilities, making recommendations to the governor on programs supporting persons with disabilities, monitoring the implementation of a long-range state plan for Texans with disabilities, and issuing awards and other recognition to persons and organizations making a difference for persons with disabilities.
The Governor’s Committee on Employment for the Handicapped was first created by Governor Dolph Briscoe in 1978 through Executive Order DB-40. Executive orders by Governors William P. Clements in 1981 (WPC-14A) and 1987 (WPC 87-16) and Mark White in 1983 (MW-10) continued the committee and also changed the name to Governor’s Committee for Disabled Persons. In 1991 the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities was created statutorily by Senate Bill 381, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session, in order to continue the functions of the Council on Disabilities, a separate entity, which was abolished on the recommendation of the Texas Sunset Commission.
As of 2015, GCDP consists of twelve members appointed by the governor. At least seven committee members must have a disability. Representatives from six state agencies serve as ex-officio or advisory members. These state agencies are Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with a representative from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation serving as an advisory member. Members serve staggered two-year terms. Together the committee makes recommendations to the legislature and the governor in regards to disability issues, promotes compliance with disability-related laws, encourages networked committees to do the same at the local level, recognizes employers for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities, and recognizes students and media efforts to positively depict persons with disabilities.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); Office of the Governor Workforce Summary; accessed on June 3, 2015; the Texas Governor’s Office website during Governor Perry’s term, accessed via the TRAIL Web Archive on June 29, 2015.)
Scope and Contents of the records
The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) strives to ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to live independently, productively, and with self-determination. As part of this mission, GCPD honors businesses, organizations, media, students, and other individuals who promote and assist with these opportunities. Public relations materials are press releases promoting a specific event or award, achievements of an entity, disability access issues, and the selling of decals to benefit individuals with disabilities. Also present are speech scripts for a specific event, award ceremonies itineraries, and proclamations for blindness awareness month. Records date 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014. All records in this series are electronic. Records that predate Perry’s tenure as governor may have been used for background information on an award for the GCPD. Researchers should also be aware that some awards are for achievements accomplished the previous year. Years in file names may refer to either the year of the achievement or the year of the award ceremony.
Correspondence for this division of the Governor’s Office may exist that is not represented in this finding aid. Beginning in 2009, most correspondence generated or received by the Governor’s Office is in electronic form only. In addition, all correspondence not already in electronic form has been scanned without attachments by the Governor’s Office. The original correspondence in paper form may no longer be present. A searchable electronic database of this correspondence is available. To access this database, please contact Archives staff.
Electronic records described in the finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to physical and electronic records.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt), PDFs, and web-ready images (.htm). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
|Texas State Archives
|Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing records, 1974-2004, 2 cubic ft.
|Texas Commission for the Blind records, 1932-2003, undated, 19.75 cubic ft.
|Texas Rehabilitation Commission records, 1954-2004, undated, 8.72 cubic ft. and 17 microfilm reels
|George W. Bush Presidental Library, Dallas
|Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities records, Texas Governor George W. Bush records, 1984-2001, undated, bulk 1995-2000, 6.46 cubic ft. housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
|Briscoe Center for American History
|Ann W. Richards papers, Governor’s Committee on People With Disabilities correspondence, 1980-1994, 2 ft.
|Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University, College Station
|Governor William P. Clements, Jr., Office of the Governor, Administrative Assistant for Handicapped Affairs, records, 1979-1983, 2.5 linear ft.
(Identify the item), Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities public relations materials, Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: E2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of Governor on January 29, 2015.
Processed by Anna M. Reznik, July 2015
Inventory of the Public relations materials
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|APA (Accessibility Professionals Association) accessibility awards, 2011-2014 [317 KB (10 files)]
|Barbara Jordan media awards, 1995-1996, 1998, 2002-2014 [6.48 MB (51 files)] (RESTRICTED)
|[Includes private information about individuals]
|Lex Frieden employment awards, 1998, 2001, 2003-2013 [804 KB (20 files)]
|General public relations materials, 1997, 1999-2004 [379 KB (12 files)]
|2011 annual report cover letter, 2011 [679 KB (1 file)]