Ron Lucey

Manager, Policy Technical Assistance Unit and Accessibility Team
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Ron Lucey is the manager of the Accessibility and Web Support Unit for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. In this role, he establish the DARS accessibility team to provide accessibility testing, training, and consulting to the five Texas Health and Human Services agencies. His career has been in service to Texans with disabilities for more than 24 years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in government and communications. His perspective as a person with a visual disability has helped him effectively advocate for accessibility and the rights of Texans with disabilities. Lucey's efforts include serving as a city commissioner and past chair of the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, providing accessibility policy recommendations to the City Council and Austin's past five mayors.

From 1988 to 1994, Lucey worked as a vocational educator at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In 1994, he began his career at the Texas Commission for the Blind as the agency's consumer resources coordinator, where he established a statewide information resource system, providing employment assistance and access to assistive technology for agency consumers and staff members. In 1998, he was promoted to serve as the agency's medical services specialist, establishing the Blindness Education Screening and Treatment (BEST) program to deliver vision screenings and eye surgery to thousands of uninsured Texans. In 2005, Ron was hired as the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Accessibility Coordinator where he assisted in developing and implementing an electronic and information resources accessibility policy for the five Texas Health and Human Services agencies. In 2008, he was promoted to manage the DARS Policy Technical Assistance unit and develop the DARS Accessibility Team.

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