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Disabled people demand to meet Gov. Abbott over low wages for personal care attendants

Sitting in her wheelchair on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion, Nancy Crowther participates with other disabled people, their personal attendants and allies in a protest to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Sitting in her wheelchair on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion, Nancy Crowther participates with other disabled people, their personal attendants and allies in a protest to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
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Socorro Escarcega, a personal care attendant from El Paso, joins disabled people and their attendants at a protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Socorro Escarcega, a personal care attendant from El Paso, joins disabled people and their attendants at a protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Disabled rights advocate Thor Armbruster participates with disabled people, their personal attendants and allies in a protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Disabled rights advocate Thor Armbruster participates with disabled people, their personal attendants and allies in a protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Sitting in his wheelchair on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion, Ron Cranston gets sprayed with water to cool down during a protest with disabled people, their personal attendants and allies to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home. "Finding an attendant is nearly impossible,” Cranston said. “My attendant is overworked, underpaid and has no respite at this time.”
Sitting in his wheelchair on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion, Ron Cranston gets sprayed with water to cool down during a protest with disabled people, their personal attendants and allies to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home. "Finding an attendant is nearly impossible,” Cranston said. “My attendant is overworked, underpaid and has no respite at this time.”
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Sitting in her wheelchair on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion, Nancy Crowther participates with other disabled people, their personal attendants and allies in a protest to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Sitting in her wheelchair on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion, Nancy Crowther participates with other disabled people, their personal attendants and allies in a protest to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Lucy Torres, of El Paso, joins disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, at a protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Lucy Torres, of El Paso, joins disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, at a protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Disabled people, along with their personal attendants and allies, protest on Lavaca Street behind the governor’s mansion to demand a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott to discuss improving the wages and benefits for personal attendants Tuesday May 14, 2024. Members of the disability rights group Texas ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas say they aren’t leaving until they secure the meeting which they have been seeking since 2016. Low wages make it difficult for people with disabilities to find the caregivers they need to continue living at home.
Jay Janner / American-Statesman