Letter from William P. Clements, Jr. to John Kavanagh, March 26, 1980
Letter from William P. Clements, Jr. to John Kavanagh, March 26, 1980. The letter is regarding providing services for children who are deaf.
Clements, William P., 1917-2011
Kavanagh, John J.
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 1st Term, 1979-1983"
GH Assistant for Handicapped Affairs | 1st term(*)
Texas State library and archives commission
Clements Texas Papers
March 26, 1980 John J. Kavanagh, M.D. Commissioner Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation 909 West 45th Street Austin, Texas Dear Dr. Kavanagh: The enhancement of opportunities for disabled Texans to participate fully in the rights and responsibilities of citizens of this State has been a significant concern of my administration and is one that I know you share. I am writing you now to reiterate that concern and my commitment to help- ing disabled citizens experience those benefits and services to which they, as well as nondisabled citizens, are entitled by law. The situation faced by Jai. Lindsey and several other deaf children at the Children bg Psychiatric Unit of the Austin State Hospital has been brought to my attention. I urge you to bring to bear the necessary resources to resolve the problems identified by the parents and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as expeditiously as possible. The satisfactory reso- lution of this problem, which has been pending for an extended period of time, would be a benefit to all parties concerned. Please advise me at the earliest possible date of the steps the Department will be taking to offer deaf patients the special services they need in order to benefit from the excellent services available at the Children's Psychiatric Unit. WPCJr:lmr Sincerely, William P. Clements, Jr. Governor of Texas