State-run homes for Texans with developmental disabilities aren’t ready for coronavirus outbreaks, some workers warn

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“As nursing homes continue to emerge as hotbeds for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, officials and family members of residents at the state’s supported living centers are crying out for help, saying they also need more resources and staffing to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable people from spread. Officials say they’re… Continue reading State-run homes for Texans with developmental disabilities aren’t ready for coronavirus outbreaks, some workers warn

Legal troubles caused by COVID-19? These Texas lawyers are offering free help

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Those who are interested and qualify can call 800-504-7030 toll-free for help wherever they live in the state. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a cascade of issues beyond the disease itself. Many have found themselves affected by a weakened economy as many businesses close their doors and layoff or furlough workers. Whether you have a… Continue reading Legal troubles caused by COVID-19? These Texas lawyers are offering free help

Two State Residential Facilities For Adults With Disabilities Report COVID-19 Cases

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At one of the facilities, in Denton, 50 residents are sick, as well as 23 staff members. And the facility in Richmond, Texas, announced Monday that two of its residents also tested positive. Beth Mitchell is supervising attorney for Disability Rights Texas, an advocacy organization that monitors state supported living centers around the state. Mitchell says all of the state’s centers… Continue reading Two State Residential Facilities For Adults With Disabilities Report COVID-19 Cases

Two State Residential Facilities For Adults With Disabilities Report COVID-19 Cases

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Texas’ two largest state supported residential homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities now have positive cases of COVID-19. At one of the facilities, in Denton, 50 residents are sick, as well as 23 staff members. And the facility in Richmond, Texas, announced Monday that two of its residents also tested positive.  Beth Mitchell… Continue reading Two State Residential Facilities For Adults With Disabilities Report COVID-19 Cases

Denton County Adds 54 New Cases; 31 New Cases at State-Supported Living Center

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The facility is now the largest single cluster of cases in Texas. Denton County now has confirmed 137 total cases of COVID-19 in the county and 39 of those cases are at the DSSLC. Additionally, two staff at DSSLC have tested positive but one is not included in Denton County totals because they live in… Continue reading Denton County Adds 54 New Cases; 31 New Cases at State-Supported Living Center

Officials report 31 new coronavirus cases at the Denton County State Supported Living Center

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There are now 39 reported cases of COVID-19 at the center, which employs over 1,400 workers and is home to nearly 450 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “This is something we are both very concerned about but very proactive about,” Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday during an interview on KXAS-TV (NBC5). “We will stay… Continue reading Officials report 31 new coronavirus cases at the Denton County State Supported Living Center

Parents Concerned Over How Special Education Translates Over Online Learning

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While many parents may have questions over the possibility of classes going exclusively online for the rest of the school year, parents of students utilizing special education have anxiety when considering this idea. Lisa Flores has a son who utilizes special education in AISD. She says in physical classrooms, students like her son can get… Continue reading Parents Concerned Over How Special Education Translates Over Online Learning

Schools and students with disabilities likely to struggle with special ed at a distance

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As schools pivot to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and the illness it produces, COVID-19, education leaders are scrambling to figure out how to best serve their students with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, including English language learners. So far, it is proving a challenge. Read the… Continue reading Schools and students with disabilities likely to struggle with special ed at a distance

Class Time Instead of Hard Time

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More than 1,000 young people in Texas are getting the services they need to be successful in school, instead of being “mis-incarcerated.” Read more about the students we have been able to serve through a unique partnership with Harris County, and about similiar programs in other states in this special report from the National Disability Rights… Continue reading Class Time Instead of Hard Time