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Click bait or the real deal? What’s really true about the COVID-19 vaccine

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Have you ever seen a news title that got your attention, so you read the article and realize the headline had little to do with the full story? Sometimes news and social media posts may contain partial truths, misleading headlines, or the limited experience of a few people. When it comes to making decisions about… Continue reading “Click bait or the real deal? What’s really true about the COVID-19 vaccine”

Statement on 5th Circuit Court decision on stay in mask mandate ban lawsuit

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USCA Order: Attorney General Paxton’s emergency motion is GRANTED, and the district court’s injunction prohibiting the enforcement of GA-38 in Texas public schools is hereby STAYED pending appeal. (lt) Response from Dustin Rynders, Supervising Attorney at Disability Rights Texas: “We are disappointed by the 5th Circuit’s decision allowing Texas to continue enforcing the ban on… Continue reading “Statement on 5th Circuit Court decision on stay in mask mandate ban lawsuit”

Hiring People with Disabilities: It’s Good for Business

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October is National Disability Awareness Month. This year we have some exciting things planned, including a webinar and legal clinic on October 28, 2021 – “Asking for Workplace Accommodations: It Doesn’t Have to Be Spooky.” We’ll also be posting on social media helpful information such as employer toolkits, Know Your Disability Employment Rights resources for… Continue reading “Hiring People with Disabilities: It’s Good for Business”

Texas Lawmakers Pass COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act

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by Steven Aleman, Attorney and Education Policy Specialist for DRTx State lawmakers met in 2021 and along with other public school issues, addressed the needs of students with disabilities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the passage of the COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act. This Act requires the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee for… Continue reading “Texas Lawmakers Pass COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act”

New State Law Regarding Behavioral Intervention Plans

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Written by Steven Aleman, Attorney and Education Policy Specialist for DRTx State lawmakers met in Austin for the 87th Legislature in 2021. Among other public school issues, they addressed the needs of students with disabilities who have, or should have, a behavioral intervention plan (BIP). Updates to the Texas Education Code now require public schools… Continue reading “New State Law Regarding Behavioral Intervention Plans”

School Matters

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Changing the Life Course of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Through Education Advocacy Youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system face hurdles in accessing education. Schools often refer students to the system without identifying their need for special education services or providing the right academic and behavior supports. Estimates indicate that anywhere from… Continue reading “School Matters”

Federal Complaint says New Emergency Rule Illegally Denies Support for People with Disabilities in Hospitals

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Urgent Complaint filed by Disability Rights Texas and Others Requests Immediate Investigation Earlier this week, Disability Rights Texas and 14 other organizations and individuals filed a complaint with U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for a new emergency rule that removed protections for persons with disabilities… Continue reading “Federal Complaint says New Emergency Rule Illegally Denies Support for People with Disabilities in Hospitals”