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Texans with developmental disabilities in state homes still don’t have visitors. Their parents worry they don’t know why.

Across Texas, families with loved ones in state supported living centers are desperate for in-person visits after months have ticked by with coronavirus restrictions in place.

Stephanie Kirby holds a photo of her son, Petre Kirby, outside of the Denton State Supported Living Center, where her son is a resident. Stephanie hasn't seen her son since March due to COVID-19.
Stephanie Kirby holds over a hundred letters she wrote to Gov. Greg Abbott, asking to receive help to see her son who is currently a resident at the Denton State Supported Living Center.
The Denton State Supported Living Center.
Mary Nichols, founder of Texas Caregivers for Compromise and organizer for the event, reads names of people who have lost their lives to COVID-19 at a caregiver's rally on Aug. 8, 2020 in Austin. Nichols wants the governor and Texas HHSC to approve a plan so that caregivers have access to family in long-term care facilities. Their petition has received over 14,000 signatures.
Angela Biggs speaks at a Texas Caregivers for Compromise rally in Austin on Aug. 8, 2020. Biggs' daughter, Amber Reynolds, 29, is at Denton State Supported Living Center. Her daughter has been diagnosed with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability, becoming dependent on others and high-risk. Biggs is afraid her relationship with her daughter would be hurt as a result of the lack of visitation and communication.

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