News

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

May 24, 2017

For inmates like Lampkin with intellectual disabilities and a mental illness, the average wait is more than three times as long, at 417 days. That's partly because the state only has one unit dedicated to the treatment of such inmates, said Beth Mitchell, the supervising attorney for the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas.

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Major strides made on special ed in session, but much work remains ahead

May 21, 2017

...the Governor has signed a bill, SB 160, banning, once and for all, any limits on the number of students enrolled in special education.In the waning days of the legislative session, advocates for special ed also are pushing other key bills to ensure children who were refused services or who may need them in the future can get the help they need.

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Texas Lawmakers Send Ban On Special Ed Cap To Governor

May 15, 2017

Texas will no longer be allowed to limit the number of kids with disabilities enrolled in special education, thanks to a new measure unanimously passed by state lawmakers. For some, this new ban on Texas capping special education may seem symbolic. Federal law is supposed to protect children with disabilities. And the current Texas Education Commissioner has promised changes. But the state Legislature will hold him and all future commissioners to that promise.

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Advocates fear Medicaid cuts for children with disabilities

Jul 15, 2016

As providers scale back financially unsustainable operations some believe upwards of 60,000 Texas kids on Medicaid will lose access to therapy. It's anticipated suffering and developmental neglect that legal advocates like Disability Rights Texas will be watching closely.

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Programs

ADA 27th Anniversary

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Location: The United States of America

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Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

Date / Time: Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, 2017
Location: Alamo Drafthouse, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas

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DRTx Board of Directors Meetings 2017

Date / Time: 2017 Meeting Dates
Location: TBD

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