After 16 Years, Lawsuit Affecting Children Receiving Medicaid Concludes

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   In 1999, DRTx attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Tyler on behalf of eight children and other Medicaid beneficiaries under 21 years old who were denied medically necessary health services by Medicaid. Services. The Alberto N. case alleged violations of the Medicaid Act, the Americans with Disabilities

The ADA Turns 25: Decades of Progress and the Road Ahead

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is one of our country’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. This equal opportunity law for people with disabilities was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. During the ceremony in which President

Veterans, Concerts, Breathing, Independence

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   This past February marked my 26th year with Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), with 13 years as executive director. And as we approach the end of another 12 months, I am no less amazed now as I have been each year at the continuing successful efforts of our staff as they work

We Asked and You Answered

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   1131 surveys. 41 focus groups 36 listening sessions. 36 social media posts. 12 individual interviews with disability leaders. 7 public forums. All over the course of six months (October 2013 to March 2014) across the state of Texas. The reason for all of this activity? Because we wanted to learn what matters

Spreading Our Wings and Tightening Our Belts

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   If you are still looking for us on Shoal Creek Blvd., we suggest you head a few more miles north on Mopac to 2222 West Braker Ln., because after 23 years, we have moved! You can just imagine the effort it took to sort through more than two decades’ worth of

Ending Texas’ System of Institutionalized Care

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   As advocates who fight daily to protect the rights of people with disabilities in our state, we are disheartened by the continuing sentiment that people with disabilities are better off segregated in large state-run institutions. Our collective experience has taught us that most people with disabilities live safer, healthier, happier lives

At-Risk Youth in Our Communities

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   Welcome to the last Disability Rights Texas Director’s Update of 2011. As we enter the final month of the year and look forward to holiday celebrations and the new year ahead, I find myself reflecting more and more on the at-risk youth in our communities who desperately need our support and attention. The

An Overview of the 82nd Legislative Session

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   Greetings! Welcome to the first edition of Director’s Update, a quarterly overview of select agency activities and events. The first half of the year proved to be a time of great transition. In addition to changing our name from Advocacy Inc. to Disability Rights Texas in March, we restructured our regional work