pART HISTORY

Rix Rutland, president of the Parents Association of the Retarded of Texas, a 3,000-member group that supports the state school system. Their son, Rix, Jr. was a resident of The San Antonio State Supported Living Center. Alta was always active in organizations supporting the mentally retarded, serving in various capacities in both local and state levels. Both Alta and Rix were founding members of the Parents Association for the Retarded of Texas. Rix served for many years on PARTS’s legal committee and a term as state president. Alta served numerous times as PART’s secretary and treasurer. 

Nancy Ward, current president of FWSS’s parents’ association, would like to see the co-existence of ample small group homes and well-staffed state schools. 

 

My Passion

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PART NEWSLETTER - 1976

Parent Association for the Retarded of Texas (PART) Newsletter, Vol. 1, 4th Edition, July, 1976. Included resources for parents of children with cognitive disabilities at the time as well as updated news about new legislation that may affect their children. 

Nancy Ward-1989

Speaking at the Capitol against the consolidation of the State Schools.  A settlement was reached in 1991. Under the agreement, Ft Worth State School and Travis State School were closed in 1998. 600 individuals were placed in community living arrangements. 

KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.). [News Clip: State schul], video, March 15, 1989; Fort Worth, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc983064/: accessed October 15, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.

Work With Me

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Texas Public Radio

Host David Martin Davies produced a three-part series on the SSLCs for Texas Public Radio in 2014 .

As the state considered whether or not to close six facilities, the public is and was divided, even among parents of the mentally disabled, on the future of these institutions. 

Guests:

Susan Payne, president of Parent Association for the Retarded of Texas
Joe Tate, policy specialist for Community NOW!

PART DAY at the State Capitol on March 15, 2017

Paul Workman  was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 47. Workman assumed office in 2011. He sat on the House Business & Industry and Natural Resources committees and the Subcommittee on Special Water Districts. Representative Paul Workman is a pro-life champion and is a friend of the SSLCs. He made House Resolution 856 that declared March 15, 2017, Parent Association Day at the State Capitol.  We continue to be grateful for his kindness. Workman left office on January 8, 2019.