State law requires that purchases be made from WorkQuest (formerly Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped) when the good or service provided meets needs.
WorkQuest is the central nonprofit agency that links community rehabilitation centers and the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities in support of the Texas State Use Program.
The Texas Purchasing from People with Disabilities program is dedicated to further the state's policy of encouraging and assisting persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence by engaging in useful, productive employment activities. A far-reaching range of Texans with disabilities are employed through the State Use Program, including those with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, chemical disorders, learning disabilities, visual impairments, physical impairments, hearing impairments and brain injury, among others.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the State Use Law?
State Use Law assists Texans with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence by engaging in useful and productive employment. Texans with disabilities earn employee wages for work performed at nonprofit community rehabilitation programs.
What benefits does the program offer citizens and taxpayers?
Economic studies have shown that for each dollar of products or services purchased, 10 to 35 cents are saved in government support. Your purchases contribute to the economic health and vocational productivity of Texans with disabilities and save tax dollars.
Do I have to buy State Use products or services?
The purchasing legislation is mandatory for state agencies; however, every effort is made to market the program and its products and services so as to promote a willing, cooperative and pleased governmental customer. Feedback is welcomed.