Texans with disabilities face legislative obstacles that many of us could never imagine. The ability to live, work, and play in your own community should be a right that all Texans enjoy, and I will fight to ensure that Texans with disabilities have those rights that many of us take for granted. But we must go further.

Texans with disabilities are institutionalized at alarming rates in crumbling, understaffed, and often inhumane facilities with wait lists of over 15 years. They face rates of sexual violence at much higher rates than the average Texan, and in our schools, students with special needs are separated from their peers and consistently underserved and underfunded.

This is Texas. We can do better. It’s time we treat Texans with disabilities with the respect they deserve, and not as second class citizens.