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Texas Laws | Human Resource Code
HUMAN RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 7. REHABILITATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 775 (H.B. 2463), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015. (9072)

TITLE 8. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (9073)(Text)

CHAPTER 121. PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (9074)(Text)

Sec. 121.001. STATE POLICY. (9075)(Text)

The policy of the state is to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state, to achieve maximum personal independence, to become gainfully employed, and to otherwise fully enjoy and use all public facilities available within the state. (9076)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2425, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 649, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (9077)

Sec. 121.0014. VISION STATEMENT. (9078)(Text)

(a) The Health and Human Services Commission, each health and human services agency, and each state agency that administers a workforce development program shall adopt the following statement of vision: (9079)

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(b) In this section, "health and human services agency" means an agency listed by Section 531.001(4), Government Code. (9081)

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 655, Sec. 6.02(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1995. (9082)

Amended by: (9083)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.415, eff. April 2, 2015. (9084)

Sec. 121.002. DEFINITIONS. (9085)(Text)

In this chapter: (9086)

(1) "Assistance animal" and "service animal" mean a canine that is specially trained or equipped to help a person with a disability and that is used by a person with a disability. (9087)

(2) "Harass" means any conduct that: (9088)

(A) is directed at an assistance animal that impedes or interferes with, or is intended to impede or interfere with, the animal's performance of its duties; or (9089)

(B) places a person with a disability who is using an assistance animal, or a trainer who is training an assistance animal, in danger of injury. (9090)

(3) "Housing accommodations" means all or part of real property that is used or occupied or is intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied as the home, residence, or sleeping place of one or more human beings, except a single-family residence whose occupants rent, lease, or furnish for compensation only one room. (9091)

(4) "Person with a disability" means a person who has: (9092)

(A) a mental or physical disability; (9093)

(B) an intellectual or developmental disability; (9094)

(C) a hearing impairment; (9095)

(D) deafness; (9096)

(E) a speech impairment; (9097)

(F) a visual impairment; (9098)

(G) post-traumatic stress disorder; or (9099)

(H) any health impairment that requires special ambulatory devices or services. (9100)

(5) "Public facility" includes a street, highway, sidewalk, walkway, common carrier, airplane, motor vehicle, railroad train, motor bus, streetcar, boat, or any other public conveyance or mode of transportation; a hotel, motel, or other place of lodging; a public building maintained by any unit or subdivision of government; a retail business, commercial establishment, or office building to which the general public is invited; a college dormitory or other educational facility; a restaurant or other place where food is offered for sale to the public; and any other place of public accommodation, amusement, convenience, or resort to which the general public or any classification of persons from the general public is regularly, normally, or customarily invited. (9101)

(6) "White cane" means a cane or walking stick that is metallic or white in color, or white tipped with a contrasting color, and that is carried by a blind person to assist the blind person in traveling from place to place. (9102)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2425, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 3310, ch. 865, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1981; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 278, Sec. 1, eff. June 5, 1985; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 890, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 649, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (9103)

Amended by: (9104)

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 838 (H.B. 489), Sec. 2, eff. January 1, 2014. (9105)

Sec. 121.003. DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED. (9106)(Text)

(a) Persons with disabilities have the same right as persons without disabilities to the full use and enjoyment of any public facility in the state. (9107)

(b) No common carrier, airplane, railroad train, motor bus, streetcar, boat, or other public conveyance or mode of transportation operating within the state may refuse to accept as a passenger a person with a disability because of the person's disability, nor may a person with a disability be required to pay an additional fare because of his or her use of a service animal, wheelchair, crutches, or other device used to assist a person with a disability in travel. (9108)

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