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DRTx Files Brief Involving Suicide of Inmate with Mental Illness

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DRTx, joined by several other organizations, filed a friend-of-the-court Brief in the United States Supreme Court in a case where jailors placed a man they knew to be suicidal in a cell with a 30-inch telephone cord that the inmate proceeded to use to die by suicide. The Brief discusses the well-known and well-documented risks… Continue reading “DRTx Files Brief Involving Suicide of Inmate with Mental Illness”

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, which kicks off today and runs through October 15th, we wanted to share about some of the Hispanic disability advocates who are doing great things in the community for disability rights. Andrea Lausell Andrea was born with Spina Bifida lipomyelomeningocele, one of the least common forms of Spina… Continue reading “National Hispanic Heritage Month”

DRTx Recommends Changes Regarding Police Reform for Houston ISD

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Across the state, students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to the criminal justice system. Over the past year, the Safe and Supportive Schools Collaborative provided recommendations to the HISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Lathan on ways to improve the district’s policing practices, which are harmful to students. Despite support from board trustees and… Continue reading “DRTx Recommends Changes Regarding Police Reform for Houston ISD”

EEOC Hearing: Workplace Civil Rights Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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On Wednesday, April 28th, DRTx Senior Attorney Brian East will be participating in a virtual Public Hearing hosted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Brian, along with several other experts, will be discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, the difficulties faced by employers in navigating potential employment discrimination issues raised by… Continue reading “EEOC Hearing: Workplace Civil Rights Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Unmasking Our Impact in 2020

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Though it was a challenging year, our staff did not let barriers resulting from the pandemic stop us in our commitment to advancing your disability rights. This year we: Received 6,400 requests for our services. Opened more than 3,500 new cases and provided information and referral services to 2,800 people. Clocked in more than 17,000… Continue reading “Unmasking Our Impact in 2020”

DRTx Statement on the Change to the Social Work Code of Ethics

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Disability Rights Texas joins countless other organizations across the country in expressing outrage at the recent actions of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. On October 12, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted to change the code of conduct regarding when a social worker can refuse to serve someone. The… Continue reading “DRTx Statement on the Change to the Social Work Code of Ethics”

World Mental Health Day 2020

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Today is World Mental Health Day. Protecting and advocating for the rights of people with mental health issues is always important, and it is now more than ever. As we continue to work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our new reality of social distancing, wearing masks, working and schooling from home, lost jobs and… Continue reading “World Mental Health Day 2020”