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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

County Voting Websites Leave Voters with Disabilities in the Dark

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas Communications Director 512-407-2739 esurtees@drtx.org SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT – Web Failures: How County Voting Websites Leave Voters with Disabilities in the Dark AUSTIN—Today, Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) released a special report detailing how county voting websites are failing to comply with federal… Continue reading County Voting Websites Leave Voters with Disabilities in the Dark

Lack of State Guidance Puts People with Disabilites at Risk During COVID-19 Outbreak

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees Communications Director 720-220-3971 (mobile) 512-407-2739 (office) esurtees@drtx.org State Lack of Guidance Means People with Disabilities At Risk of Being Denied Lifesaving Care Texas Officials Urged to Ensure Compliance with Federal Disability Law During COVID-19 Outbreak AUSTIN—Today, Disability Rights Texas again urges Governor Abbott and… Continue reading Lack of State Guidance Puts People with Disabilites at Risk During COVID-19 Outbreak

Federal Civil Rights Resolution Makes Clear Hospital Visitor Policies Must Accommodate Patients with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE June 9, 2020 MEDIA CONTACTS: Alison Barkoff, Center for Public Representation 202-854-1270 abarkoff@cpr-us.org Tauna Szymanski, CommunicationFIRST 202-556-0573 tszymanski@communicationfirst.org Shira Wakschlag, The Arc of the United States 202-534-3708 wakschlag@thearc.org Cathy Cushman, Disability Rights Connecticut 860-469-4461 catherine.cushman@disrightsct.org   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in response to the first federal complaint challenging discriminatory hospital “no-visitor” policies,… Continue reading Federal Civil Rights Resolution Makes Clear Hospital Visitor Policies Must Accommodate Patients with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Labor Complaint Claims Texas-run Facilities Exploit Residents with Disabilities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2020 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@drtx.org Labor Complaint Claims Texas-run Facilities Exploit Residents with Disabilities SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Your work is up to par with your co-workers. You produce just as much in just as much time as they do.  But because you have a disability and live in… Continue reading Labor Complaint Claims Texas-run Facilities Exploit Residents with Disabilities