New Video Explains Rights of People with Disabilities and the Use of Service Animals

Feb 24, 2014

A new informational video from the State Bar of Texas explains Texas House Bill 489, “Bootz’s Law,” relating to the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities, including the use of service animals.

The video, “Veterans and Bootz’s Law: Service Animals and Persons with Disabilities in Texas,” is a 19-minute panel discussion produced by the State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee and Disability Rights Texas. An interpreter was on hand to sign for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Panel participants included Brian East, Disability Rights Texas; Michelle Pelletier, service dog coordinator/trainer, Wag That; Denette Vaughn, Disability Rights Texas; Adan Gallegos, Army veteran; and Bootz, the service dog.

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DRTx receives Hogg Foundation Grant

Dec 18, 2013

Disability Rights Texas is the recipient of a Hogg Foundation grant that will enable the organization to plan for the provision of legal services and self-advocacy skills training for transition-age youth with mental health conditions and their families.

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DRTx agreement is victory for Texans with disabilities confined to nursing homes

Aug 20, 2013

“Both the ADA and Texas law mandate that the state provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The filing of the interim agreement with the court represents a positive step to meeting these requirements. It represents progress towards achieving a final, comprehensive agreement that puts Texas on the right path towards properly serving thousands of institutionalized individuals in their own communities.”

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San Antonio State Supported Living Center fails to meet DOJ compliance

Aug 12, 2013

News story on KENS TV in San Antonio: The newest monitoring report from the DOJ indicates this facility remains out of compliance in 117 of 171 areas that could be critical to the more than 250 disabled clients inside.

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DRTx Board of Directors Meeting

Date / Time: Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Hilton Austin Airport

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