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May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1 - May 31

Protecting the rights of people with mental illness is a priority for Disability Rights Texas. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this month as we talk about the work we do in this area and dispel common myths associated with mental illness.

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June 2019

Olmstead Anniversary

June 22

Olmstead v. LC, is the name of an important civil rights decision for people with disabilities in our country’s history. This 1999 United States Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Supreme Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to receive state funded supports and services in the community rather than institutions when the following three part test is met: the person’s treatment professionals determine that community supports are appropriate; the…

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July 2019

National Disability Voter Registration Week

July 16 - July 20

There are approximately 57 million Americans with disabilities representing 15% of the total voting population. However, in the 2012 election: 57.2% of people with disabilities DID NOT VOTE! 30% of people with disabilities said they wanted to vote but were unable to, for various reasons. 72% of polling places WERE NOT ACCESSIBLE! Voter registration drives are a great way to promote community involvement and civic participation across the country. There are many issues that American are passionate about ie- education,…

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Kick Off Event/Registrar Training for National Disability Voters Registration Week

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This press conference and public event on July 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the DRTx Austin offices is our official kickoff to National Disability Voters Registration Week (July 16-19). It's a time when the country focuses on the importance of people with disabilities registering to vote so they can participate in important upcoming federal, state, and local elections. Now more than any other time in memory: Elected leaders and political candidates are recognizing more than 4 MILLION Texans with disabilities—from…

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ADA 29th Anniversary

July 26

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to…

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DRTx Board Meeting – Summer 2019

July 27

Our board of directors meets quarterly to review financial reports, agency performance, PAIMI program updates, appeals, public comments, and other overarching issues impacting the agency. This meeting is a 90-minute session by teleconference.

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