DRTx Attorneys Wrap Up Class Action Trial

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“A month-long trial alleging the state illegally warehoused more than 3,600 intellectually or developmentally disabled Texans in nursing homes wrapped up Thursday, but a ruling is not expected until the first part of next year…Some of the disabled plaintiffs or their relatives also testified about how the disabled persons suffered setbacks — wearing diapers because… Continue reading DRTx Attorneys Wrap Up Class Action Trial

Appeals Court Agrees Texas Owes Federal Government Millions For Special Education

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“According to the Education Department, Texas owes the federal government $33.3 million because the state reduced its spending on special education in the 2011-2012 school year. Attorney Steven Aleman with the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas said his organization doesn’t want to see a loss of funding but believes it’s important for the state to… Continue reading Appeals Court Agrees Texas Owes Federal Government Millions For Special Education

Advocacy Group Says If Texas Won’t Monitor Special Ed Alternative Schools, It Will

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The advocacy group Disability Rights Texas says it will keep a close eye on the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) alternative schools, since state officials maintain they can’t monitor them directly. “We are very concerned about the welfare of the students who are attending those campuses and their safety, and so we have decided to evaluate and look at… Continue reading Advocacy Group Says If Texas Won’t Monitor Special Ed Alternative Schools, It Will

Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

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Steven Aleman, a staff lawyer with Disability Rights Texas — which under an earlier name, Advocacy Inc., argued the case before the Supreme Court — described the suit as “one of the landmark special education cases in this nation and an enormous precedent in providing access to public schools for students with disabilities.” Read the… Continue reading Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services

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A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities according to data provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Read the full article about Texas foster care children being denied medical coverage.  … Continue reading Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services