Press Room

Members of the media interested in leveraging the extensive disability rights expertise of our attorneys, advocates, or policy specialists are encouraged to contact the Disability Rights Texas Communications Director at (512) 407-2739 or commdir@DRTx.org.

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Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) is a private, nonprofit agency that protects and advocates for the legal rights of Texans with a broad range of disabilities. We are designated by the federal government as the protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for the state of Texas.

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Reporting and Writing About People With Disabilities

Please note our media guidelines:

  • All media inquiries must first be made through the DRTx Communications Director.
  • Please take a few minutes to read about using People First Language when writing about disability issues. For instance, statements like “people with disabilities” and “uses a wheelchair” are preferred instead of “the disabled” or “wheelchair bound.”
  • Reporters calling in response to a recently distributed DRTx press release can typically expect a same day response time when calling prior to 1 pm CST.
  • Because our staff experts are providing direct client services that include court appearances and filing deadlines, it is not always possible for DRTx to fulfill last minute or same day requests from reporters.
  • A minimum of 48 hours lead time on new inquiries from the media to speak to one of our staff experts is preferable.
  • Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest breaking news on disability rights issues, or see our press releases below. 

News Making Headlines

Some Texas workers are making as little as pennies per hour while their bosses are making six figure salaries. And it’s legal... July 15, 2016 INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: Living on a Dime and Left Behind: How a Depression-Era Labor Law Cheats Texas Workers with Disabilities July 13, 2016 July 7 press conference and deputy registrar training kicks off National Disability Voter Registration Week June 27, 2016 Advocates call upon governor to do more to protect those in state supported living centers from lead in water May 24, 2016 View All News Making Headlines

DRTx Responds to DOJ Monitoring Reports

After four years of efforts to improve, the Denton SSLC has reached ZERO compliance in ten of 20 provision sections. December 02, 2013 As compliance deadline passes, San Angelo facility has reached zero percent compliance in ten of 20 major provision sections. November 12, 2013 After four years of efforts to improve, the Lubbock SSLC has reached zero percent compliance in eleven of 20 provisions. November 12, 2013 Lufkin SSLC out of compliance in 116 out of 171 areas October 15, 2013 View All DRTx Responses to DOJ Monitoring Reports DOJ Monitoring Reports

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