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Accommodations for People With Disabilities at Sunset Commission Meetings

For the Sunset process to reach its full potential, each Texan must be able to fully and equally participate in every phase of the Sunset review. Individuals with a disability or other special need have the right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to a reasonable accommodation in order to facilitate participation in the Sunset process.  The Sunset Advisory Commission fully supports and encourages such participation.  Persons who wish to request an ADA accommodation should contact the Sunset ADA Coordinator at sunset@sunset.texas.gov or call (512) 463-1300. Individuals using TTY, VCO, or HCO assistive devices may contact Relay Texas at 7-1-1 and have the communication assistant who answers dial (512) 463-1300.  The Sunset Advisory Commission will work with anyone making a request to provide reasonable accommodations.

The Sunset Commission office is located at 1501 North Congress Avenue, 6th Floor, Robert E. Johnson Building. Information about accessible parking, wheelchair access routes, locations of elevators, a cafeteria, meeting rooms, restrooms, telephones, and TDD phones is available from the Sunset ADA Coordinator.

Sunset Commission meetings are held in rooms equipped with a limited number of assistive listening devices. If you require an assistive listening device, please contact the Sunset ADA Coordinator when you decide to attend a Sunset meeting so that the necessary equipment can be reserved. The Sunset Commission will try to provide interpreter services when needed for Commission meetings or meetings in the Sunset office. Sufficient prior notification, preferably 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting, is required to allow staff to arrange for interpreter services.

Meeting rooms in the Capitol Extension are wheelchair accessible; however, rooms may become very crowded during hearings. With prior notification, the Sunset ADA coordinator can advise a person with a disability of the most accessible routes to the meetings and reserve an area that will provide an unrestricted view of the Commission’s activities. A person with a disability who may require special accommodations to present testimony to the Commission should contact the Sunset ADA coordinator prior to the Commission meeting to ensure that appropriate accommodations are available.  Please be aware, accommodations to attend or participate in meetings at the Capitol Building or complex may also be subject to approval by the State Preservation Board.

The Capitol Building is managed by the State Preservation Board. If you have questions regarding accessibility of the Capitol complex, please contact the Preservation Board at 512-463-5495.