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Texas Advocacy Groups Partner to Increase Awareness and Voter Turnout of Disability Community

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2018 CONTACT: Molly Broadway, Voting Rights Training Specialist 512-407-2725, mbroadway@DRTx.org Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739, esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN —Advocacy groups all across Texas are teaming up to bring state and national attention to the voting power of the disability community. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 10:00 AM, the Texas Secretary of… Continue reading Texas Advocacy Groups Partner to Increase Awareness and Voter Turnout of Disability Community

Discrimination by Local Transit Systems Triggers Triple Legal Aid Collaboration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2018 BRAZOS COUNTY, TEXAS—When a legal aid attorney learns of injustice, she responds by taking charge and working to remedy the harm. When a case is particularly egregious and the harm evident, a team of legal aid attorneys is often called for. In a case recently filed in federal court, the team… Continue reading Discrimination by Local Transit Systems Triggers Triple Legal Aid Collaboration

Public Forum Notice: We Want to Hear from You!

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On April 3-5, 2018, representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program will visit Disability Rights Texas, the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System for the State of Texas, in Austin. SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send… Continue reading Public Forum Notice: We Want to Hear from You!

New Texas Mental Illness Advocacy Council Members Selected for 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2017 CONTACT Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN—Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) welcomes the following new members to its Protection and Advocacy for Individual with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council: Bennett Brier of Austin, Meredith Jones of Hutto, John King of Austin, Rob Novick of Plano, and Jon Vandiver of Carollton,… Continue reading New Texas Mental Illness Advocacy Council Members Selected for 2018

Group of School Children Faces Unique Obstacles After Hurricane Harvey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director Disability Rights Texas (512) 407-2739 or esurtees@DRTx.org Three weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the storm’s impact rages on, especially for families who have children with disabilities. Families forced to relocate and enroll children in a new school face an array of challenges. These… Continue reading Group of School Children Faces Unique Obstacles After Hurricane Harvey

Important Notice to Texas Medicaid Beneficiaries

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director (512) 407-2739 esurtees@DRTx.org Notice to Medicaid Beneficiaries appealing reductions or denials of Medicaid-funded health services or Medicaid eligibility and who missed or will miss their Medicaid fair hearing (or need more time to prepare for their hearing) due to Harvey. According to Texas Medicaid’s Appeals Division,… Continue reading Important Notice to Texas Medicaid Beneficiaries

35 Million Voters Strong, People With Disabilities Have Something to Say

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2017 CONTACT: Molly Broadway Voting Rights Training Specialist 512-407-2725, mbroadway@DRTx.org Edie Surtees Communications Director 512.407.2739, esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN— Robert Simmons is a 65-year-old, homeless veteran with disabilities that prevent him from being able to stand in a line or read a ballot. He thought his disabilities and his homeless status made him… Continue reading 35 Million Voters Strong, People With Disabilities Have Something to Say

Texas House Passes Bill Removing Special Ed Cap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director (512) 407-2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN—Late yesterday the Texas Legislature sent a clear message that students with disabilities in Texas public schools cannot be denied access to full educational opportunity by arbitrary agency action. The passage of SB 160 keeps the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from ever imposing… Continue reading Texas House Passes Bill Removing Special Ed Cap

Advocates Announce Response from TEA Commissioner Regarding Demand to End 8.5 Percent Special Ed Cap in Texas

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PRESS CONFERENCE MEDIA ADVISORY – UPDATED 3/3/2017, 4:00 PM CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director esurtees@DRTx.org, 512-407-2739 (direct), 720-220-3971 (mobile) WHEN: Monday, March 6, 2017 – 11:00 am WHERE: Room 2W.6 (House Press Room), Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX WHO: Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Disability Rights Texas, Winston & Strawn LLP WHY:… Continue reading Advocates Announce Response from TEA Commissioner Regarding Demand to End 8.5 Percent Special Ed Cap in Texas

Civil Rights Group Appoints New Advisory Council Members

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN—Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) welcomes seven new members to its Protection and Advocacy for Individual with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council: Maria Anna Esparza of Spring Branch (near San Antonio), Anna Gray of San Antonio, Melissa Morphis of Amarillo, Jim Navarro of McAllen, Regina (Gina)… Continue reading Civil Rights Group Appoints New Advisory Council Members