San Marcos resident John Roppolo, who became an advocate for special needs children after his son was diagnosed with autism, has been named to the board of directors of the advocacy agency Disability Rights Texas.
John and Debbie Roppolo founded the Central Texas Autism Network in 2010 as a support group after years of learning firsthand the struggles of parents raising kids with special needs.
“As the father, husband, and son of family members with disabilities, I am also personally aware of these obstacles and want to be a strong advocate so people can understand and exercise their rights under the law,” Roppolo said in a statement announcing his appointment.
Currently the Hays County District Attorney chief investigator, Roppolo has been a DA investigator since 1992, a span during which three people have held the office. In that capacity, he has served on the Texas District and County Attorneys Association investigators’ board and the Capital Area Council of Governments’ Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
His volunteer work includes Kiwanis Club; Optimist Club; the Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Hays County Crime Stoppers; and, most recently, the Central Texas Autism Network, which he founded in 2010.
The Central Texas Autism Network is a support and information group for parents and caretakers of people with autism. It meets the last Tuesday of every month in the Community Classroom at Central Texas Medical Center’s Professional Office Building, 1301 Wonder World Drive.
Disability Rights Texas is the federal- and state- sanctioned agency charged with providing legal protection and public advocacy for Texas residents with developmental, mental and physical disabilities.