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Governor Abbott Urged to Endorse Activation and Application of Statewide Critical Care Guidelines

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2021 CONTACT: Edie Surtees Communications Director 720-220-3971 (mobile) 512-407-2739 (office) esurtees@drtx.org Governor Abbott Urged to Endorse Activation and Application of Statewide Critical Care Guidelines AUSTIN—Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) has joined with the Texas Medical Association, Texas Hospital Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities in urging… Continue reading Governor Abbott Urged to Endorse Activation and Application of Statewide Critical Care Guidelines

Lawsuit Says Austin ISD Violates Federal Law, Fails to Evaluate More Than 2,000 Students

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A lawsuit filed in federal court today alleges that Austin ISD is failing thousands of students with disabilities due to its refusal to address longstanding, systemic issues impacting its evaluation system. The failure has resulted in delayed evaluations of more than 2,000 students in the district. Continue reading Lawsuit Says Austin ISD Violates Federal Law, Fails to Evaluate More Than 2,000 Students

DRTx Statement on Continued Use of Masks

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2021 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director, Disability Rights Texas esurtees@DRTx.org 512-407-2739 DRTx Encourages Texans to Wear Masks in Public Spaces AUSTIN–Consistent with our obligations as the protection and advocacy organization for persons with disabilities in Texas, Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) encourages Texans to continue to wear masks in public spaces… Continue reading DRTx Statement on Continued Use of Masks

No Visitor Policy Denies Rights of Hospitalized Patients with Disabilities to Have Support Person

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Many people with disabilities, including older adults, are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing life-threatening complications from the virus, while many need hospitalization for other reasons. It is critical that such persons, regardless of their COVID-19 status, have access to support persons who can help to effectively communicate with medical personnel and have access to necessary care while in the hospital. Continue reading No Visitor Policy Denies Rights of Hospitalized Patients with Disabilities to Have Support Person

How People with Disabilities, Especially Those of Color, are Harmed by Over-Policing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director esurtees@drtx.org 512-407-2739  AUSTIN—As our nation continues to mourn the death of Texas-native George Floyd and others who have lost their lives before and after him due to excessive police force, Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) spent the past several months exploring the issues behind this… Continue reading How People with Disabilities, Especially Those of Color, are Harmed by Over-Policing

DRTx Appoints New Board Members

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN—Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), the legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas, has appointed four new members to its board of directors for fiscal year 2021. The Board is comprised of 16 members from across the state who… Continue reading DRTx Appoints New Board Members