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Take a few minutes to learn about reporting on and writing about disability issues. For instance, statements like “people with disabilities” and “uses a wheelchair” are preferred instead of “the disabled” or “wheelchair bound.” For more information, see Communicating About People with Disabilities from the National Disability Rights Network and How to Report with Care On Disability from the New York Times.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Bexar County for Accessible Mail-in Ballots

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2022 CONTACT: Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations, National Federation of the Blind, 410-262-1281 Lia Sifuentes Davis, Senior Litigation Attorney, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2763 Edie Surtees, Communications Director, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2739 Bexar County Residents with Disabilities Sue for Accessible Mail-In Ballots San Antonio – Larry Johnson is a resident of San… Continue reading “Lawsuit Filed Against Bexar County for Accessible Mail-in Ballots”

Disability Rights Texas Announces New Executive Director

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2022 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512-407-2739 esurtees@DRTx.org Sean A. Jackson, J.D., named new Executive Director of Disability Rights Texas AUSTIN ─ Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) is pleased to announce the selection of Sean A. Jackson, J.D. as the new Executive Director for the agency. He is an accomplished public… Continue reading “Disability Rights Texas Announces New Executive Director”

Disability Rights Texas Responds to Governor Directive Regarding Transgender Youth

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2022 Agency Cites Importance of Gender Affirming Care for Transgender Youth with Disabilities  AUSTIN─On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services directing the agency to investigate gender affirming care as abuse. Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) responded in a… Continue reading “Disability Rights Texas Responds to Governor Directive Regarding Transgender Youth”

Increased Arrests of School Staff for Violent Restraint of Texas Students

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2022 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2739 Jolene Sanders, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, 512-478-3366 x 312 Increase in Arrest of School Staff for Violence Against Students Heightens Concern, Call for Action AUSTIN—As students returned to school after the holidays last week, the spread of a new COVID variant… Continue reading “Increased Arrests of School Staff for Violent Restraint of Texas Students”

Federal judge says AISD’s alleged systematic violations of IDEA act not cured

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2021 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512-407-2739 esurtees@drtx.org Judge Rules Complaint Against Austin ISD Has Standing, Will Proceed Lawsuit Says District Has History of Delayed Evaluations, Violating Federal Law AUSTIN—A federal district court judge has denied a motion to drop a case against Austin Independent School District (AISD) that claims… Continue reading “Federal judge says AISD’s alleged systematic violations of IDEA act not cured”