VAIL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help people with disabilities live independently. We want to do all we can to help you, as a person with a disability, understand and use the resources available to you to accomplish this purpose. Explore our site and discover the ways we may be able to assist you!
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The year 2015 is a landmark year for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law July 26, 1990 by President H. W. Bush. Follow the link below to read public interest articles from the Austin Statesman titled:
Learn more about voting rights of people with disabilities. Watch the Video at YouTube from Disability Rights of Texas by following the link below:
There are certain requirements all citizens must meet before they can vote in Texas. Follow the link below to see how to meet these requirements.
Teresa Stern, VAIL Staff Member, had this to say about her first voting experience: “Voting can be very scary when it’s your first time and if you also have a disability. The first time I voted, I didn’t know what to do. My father told me who to vote for. He told me not to discuss with anyone who I am voting for. That was many votes ago, and after that first time, I always planned ahead so I would feel confident voting. Since that first time, I have always decided for myself who I want to vote for. I am a registered Voter; I listen to the candidates and vote for the one who most represents the things I believe in; and I always check with my voting place to see if anything has changed to be sure they will have the accommodations I will need to vote. Then I am ready to vote!”