Unmasking Our Impact in 2020

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Though it was a challenging year, our staff did not let barriers resulting from the pandemic stop us in our commitment to advancing your disability rights. This year we: Received 6,400 requests for our services. Opened more than 3,500 new cases and provided information and referral services to 2,800 people. Clocked in more than 17,000… Continue reading Unmasking Our Impact in 2020

Federal Complaint says New Emergency Rule Illegally Denies Support for People with Disabilities in Hospitals

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Urgent Complaint filed by Disability Rights Texas and Others Requests Immediate Investigation Earlier this week, Disability Rights Texas and 14 other organizations and individuals filed a complaint with U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for a new emergency rule that removed protections for persons with disabilities… Continue reading Federal Complaint says New Emergency Rule Illegally Denies Support for People with Disabilities in Hospitals

Stop Texas Evictions Toolkit Helps Texans Who Can’t Afford Rent

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Are you worried that your landlord will evict you because you are behind on rent? You are not alone. Millions of people across Texas are threatened with eviction because they can’t afford to pay the rent. Stop TX Eviction is a new online toolkit created through a collaboration between the three main legal aid providers… Continue reading Stop Texas Evictions Toolkit Helps Texans Who Can’t Afford Rent

DRTx Statement on the Change to the Social Work Code of Ethics

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Disability Rights Texas joins countless other organizations across the country in expressing outrage at the recent actions of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. On October 12, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted to change the code of conduct regarding when a social worker can refuse to serve someone. The… Continue reading DRTx Statement on the Change to the Social Work Code of Ethics

DRTx Takes Legal Action in Fight to Ensure Disability Voting Access

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The DRTx voting rights team is working tirelessly to take legal action to ensure that the election process is accessible to people with disabilities. In July of this year, we released the results of a year-long investigation into the accessibility of Texas county election websites. We found most of them to be out of compliance… Continue reading DRTx Takes Legal Action in Fight to Ensure Disability Voting Access

World Mental Health Day 2020

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Today is World Mental Health Day. Protecting and advocating for the rights of people with mental health issues is always important, and it is now more than ever. As we continue to work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our new reality of social distancing, wearing masks, working and schooling from home, lost jobs and… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2020

Be Counted…By Text!

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by Kerri Carr, DRTx Outreach Director As the Outreach Manager it is my job to stay updated on many things including the census. I’m happy to report that as of June 12, 2020, over 90 million households have responded to the 2020 Census. Four out of every five households responded online. Because of the COVID-19… Continue reading Be Counted…By Text!