This document outlines the policies for linking to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) website and information about DADS linking to your site.
Linking to the DADS website
Both organizations and individuals are encouraged to link to DADS information. You do not need to get advance permission before linking. You should make your links using the appropriate base URL of http://www.dads.state.tx.us. Because we may change subpages at any time without notice, you should also routinely verify links to our subpages.
What site owners may not do in linking to the DADS website
When linking to the DADS website, you may not:
- capture our pages within your frames;
- present our website content as your own;
- otherwise misrepresent the content of the our pages; or
- misinform users about the origin or ownership of the content of the our website.
Any link to a DADS site should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to the DADS site unencumbered. The BACK button should return the visitor to your site if the visitor wishes to back out.
Although the content of our website is available to the public, certain information may be trademarked, service marked or otherwise protected as our intellectual property. All content created by DADS is protected by federal copyright laws. You must use protected intellectual property according to federal and state law and must reflect our ownership of the copyright, trademark, service mark or other intellectual property.
You should not link to graphics or tables within our pages, especially in an effort to place the downloading burden on our servers. Such an action may be considered a misuse of state resources.
Anyone wishing to use the photographs or other graphics on this website must contact the DADS Webmaster.
Owners of sites linked to DADS pages shall use reasonable efforts to ensure that persons with disabilities may access these sites.
Copying and use of information by website owners linking to DADS sites
DADS asserts its copyright on all content it creates. Unless otherwise noted on an individual document, file, web page or other website, DADS grants permission to copy and distribute information on its website for noncommercial and nonprofit use, as long as all the following conditions are met:
- The content remains unaltered.
- The information is not presented in a misleading way.
- The information does not imply that either it, as it is presented on your website, or you are endorsed by the state.
- The information is accompanied by a statement that neither it, as it is presented on your website, or you are endorsed by the State of Texas or any state agency.
- The information identifies DADS as its source and gives the DADS web address and the date the information was copied from the DADS website.
DADS may not charge a fee to access, use or reproduce information on its website or to link to information on its website. To protect our intellectual property rights, copied information must reflect our copyright, trademark, service mark or other intellectual property rights.
Links from the DADS website
DADS provides links to the websites of other organizations through its website. These links are provided for additional information only. When choosing external sites to which we link, we consider the external site's appropriateness and the relevance of the subject matter to our functions. We do not endorse the content, products, services or viewpoints of these external sites or of any external sites that may provide links to our website. Furthermore, we do not guarantee that the information on websites linked to or from our website is accurate, complete or current. We do not independently verify nor exert editorial control over information on pages outside of the "www.dads.state.tx.us" domain. You are responsible for checking the information presented on websites linked to or from the DADS website.
The DADS website does not enter into reciprocal link agreements. We provide links to sites that are appropriate to our mission.
Our creation of a link to your site does not obligate you to provide a link back to the DADS site, but you are, of course, welcome to do so in compliance with this linking policy. We always appreciate a note telling us of new links to our site. Send link information to the DADS webmaster.
Updated: December 31, 2012