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DOJ SSLC Monitoring Reports

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

Disability Rights Groups File Court Brief Supporting Lawsuit to Fight Ballot Drop Off Location Limit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 13, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2739, esurtees@drtx.org Armand Viscarri, ACLU of Texas, 346-299-6803, media@aclutx.org John Gerstein, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, 415-533-3741, jgersten@lchb.com Order Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Locations Discriminates Against Voters with Disabilities Disability Rights Groups File State Court Brief Supporting Lawsuit Challenge AUSTIN—After filing an amicus… Continue reading Disability Rights Groups File Court Brief Supporting Lawsuit to Fight Ballot Drop Off Location Limit

Court Brief Supports Challenge to Governor Order Regarding Ballot Drop Off

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 CONTACT: Armand Viscarri, ACLU of Texas, 346-299-6803, media@aclutx.org Lia S. Davis, Disability Rights Texas, 512-454-4816, ldavis@drtx.org John Gerstein, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, 415-533-3741, jgernsten@lchb.com Ivy Le, Texas Civil Rights Project, 706-254-3001, media@texascivilrightsproject.org Disability Rights Groups File Court Brief in Support of Challenge to Governor Abbott’s Order to… Continue reading Court Brief Supports Challenge to Governor Order Regarding Ballot Drop Off

More than 80 Texas Counties Named in DOJ Complaint for Inaccessible Election Websites

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas Communications Director 512-407-2739 esurtees@drtx.org Fall Election Amid Pandemic Leaves Some Voters in the Dark DOJ Complaint Alleges Texas Counties Fail to Provide Accessible Voting Websites AUSTIN— On September 4, Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) filed a systemic class complaint with the U.S. Department of… Continue reading More than 80 Texas Counties Named in DOJ Complaint for Inaccessible Election Websites

Paper Vote-By-Mail Ballots Keep Blind Texans from Voting, Lawsuit Alleges

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2020 CONTACT: Lia Davis, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2763 Laurel Goodroe, Communications Specialist, 832-681-8215 Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations, National Federation of the Blind, 410-262-1281 Suit Claims Secretary of State Prevents Counties from Implementing Easy Solutions AUSTIN—Texas’s reliance on exclusively paper vote-by-mail ballots keeps blind Texans and other… Continue reading Paper Vote-By-Mail Ballots Keep Blind Texans from Voting, Lawsuit Alleges

Federal Complaint Says North Texas Rationing of Care Guidelines Leave People with Disabilties at Grave Risk

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director, 512-407-2739, esurtees@drtx.org Laurel Goodroe, Communications Specialist, 832-681-8215, lgoodroe@drtx.org Advocacy Groups and Five Individuals File Discrimination Complaint Over COVID-19 Treatment Rationing Guidelines in North Central Texas Rationing Guidelines that Affect Almost 8 Million Texans Harm Adults and Children with Disabilities, Persons of Color,… Continue reading Federal Complaint Says North Texas Rationing of Care Guidelines Leave People with Disabilties at Grave Risk