Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

A Division of the Department of Neighborhoods

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) was created in 1993 by city ordinance, three years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

October 2015 Disability Awareness Month Events

Event: Houston VisionWalk 2015
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Host: Foundation Fighting Blindness
Location: Discovery Green Park
Where: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX
Cost: FREE
Deadlines: Register by going to
Contact: Carley Colton
Phone: 409-659-4148

Event: The Center’s Job Fair
Date: Tuesday, October 13th,  2015
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: United way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh drive, River Oaks area 
Who should come: People interested in becoming employed who may be disadvantaged, disabled or rehabilitated workers 
Cost: FREE
Contact: Anne Marie Blacketer
Phone: 713 525 8431

Mental health and Dignity Events

Event: Annual Illuminating Ceremony for Mental health Awareness, done in Lime Green
When: Thursday October 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: City hall, 901 Bagby, Reflecting Pool Side
Cost: FREE
Register online by visiting: .

Event: Positive Public Dialog Luncheon
Date: Friday, 10-9-15
Location: Ripley House - 4410 Navigation Blvd. Houston, TX 77011
Cost: $30.00
Starts: 11:30AM
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, Peace of Mind

Event: Houston Walk 5K Walk & Mental Health EXPO
Date: Saturday, 10-10-15
Location: Stude Park
Cost: $25.00 ages 12 & up.
Day of Registration is $30.00.
Opens at 6:30AM
Walk to start at 8:00AM
Dogs are Most Welcome (On leash/pick-up after)
Emcee: Rita Garcia from Fox 26 News
Guest Appearance: Esmeralda Friedman, Mrs. Conroe Texas America 2016

Event: Walk Run and Roll!  
When: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Where: Delmar -Dyer Stadium located on 2020 Mangum Rd Houston Texas 77092  
Time: 7 am-12 pm.
Cost: We are asking all participants to bring canned goods and an un-wrapped toy for children ages 0-12. We are partnering with Houston Food bank.
Host: Barbara Jordan Endeavors ambassadors
Registration: required for attendees, volunteers, venders and sponsors

Event: Houston’s White Cane Safety Day
Date: October 15, 2015
Time: 9:00AM
Where: City Hall, 901 Bagby, Reflecting Pool Side
Event includes: Downtown march, 40+ exhibitors, technology demonstrations, non-visual activities, Proclamation and entertainment.
Phone: (832) 819-4343
Twitter:  @HoustonWCSD
Google Plus:  White Cane Safety Day
Hosted By: Texas RehabACTion Network in partnership with Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Houston Council of the Blind, iOS Blind Users Group (iBug), Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Mayor’s Office of Special Events, and National Federation of the Blind.

Event: ADA Awareness Day
When: Thursday October 22, 2015
Where: Houston Community College Spring Branch Campus | 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. | Houston, TX 77043
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Cost: Free
Contact: Lisa Parkinson | 713.718.5667 |

Event: VAST Academy Ability Day
When: Tuesday October 27, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Where: Houston Community College 1301 Alabama Learning Hub Glass building, room 100 
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Brigid Wilson 713 718 5165

MOPD Mission
The mission of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is to serve as the primary advocate for the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities. The Office also serves as a liaison between the mayor, city council, city departments and other public and private entities on matters pertaining to people with disabilities in Houston. MOPD's vision is a city where everyone understands the importance of equal participation and full inclusion of all citizens, including citizens with disabilities. MOPD is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods.

We accomplish this mission by providing and participating in programs and services which address the needs and rights of citizens with disabilities, including:

  • Facilitating delivery of services - including city services
  • Acting as liaison to Houston Commission on Disabilities (HCoD),City Council and other City Departments
  • Making recommendations to public and private entities regarding the development of policy and legislation
  • Establishing fundamental local, state and national partnerships to promote community awareness
  • Administering, developing new, and participating in programs and services according to our mission

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Free Visual Fire Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Register for a free visual fire alarm now. Free visual fire alarms are made possible through the City of Houston Fire Department, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Free Legal Service for People with Disabilities

South Texas College of Law Legal Clinic (STCL)  - First Come, First Served! The (STCL) to provide free legal assistance to anyone in need. STCL will conduct intakes and screenings for new cases at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Info  – Registration is required, please.  Volunteer attorneys from LyondellBasell will provide free, individual legal advice (15-20) minutes per person in several areas.