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Hiring People with Disabilities: It’s Good for Business

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October is National Disability Awareness Month. This year we have some exciting things planned, including a webinar and legal clinic on October 28, 2021 – “Asking for Workplace Accommodations: It Doesn’t Have to Be Spooky.” We’ll also be posting on social media helpful information such as employer toolkits, Know Your Disability Employment Rights resources for… Continue reading Hiring People with Disabilities: It’s Good for Business

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, which kicks off today and runs through October 15th, we wanted to share about some of the Hispanic disability advocates who are doing great things in the community for disability rights. Andrea Lausell Andrea was born with Spina Bifida lipomyelomeningocele, one of the least common forms of Spina… Continue reading National Hispanic Heritage Month

Texas Lawmakers Pass COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act

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by Steven Aleman, Attorney and Education Policy Specialist for DRTx State lawmakers met in 2021 and along with other public school issues, addressed the needs of students with disabilities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the passage of the COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act. This Act requires the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee for… Continue reading Texas Lawmakers Pass COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act

New State Law Regarding Behavioral Intervention Plans

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Written by Steven Aleman, Attorney and Education Policy Specialist for DRTx State lawmakers met in Austin for the 87th Legislature in 2021. Among other public school issues, they addressed the needs of students with disabilities who have, or should have, a behavioral intervention plan (BIP). Updates to the Texas Education Code now require public schools… Continue reading New State Law Regarding Behavioral Intervention Plans

School Matters

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Changing the Life Course of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Through Education Advocacy Youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system face hurdles in accessing education. Schools often refer students to the system without identifying their need for special education services or providing the right academic and behavior supports. Estimates indicate that anywhere from… Continue reading School Matters

DRTx Recommends Changes Regarding Police Reform for Houston ISD

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Across the state, students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to the criminal justice system. Over the past year, the Safe and Supportive Schools Collaborative provided recommendations to the HISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Lathan on ways to improve the district’s policing practices, which are harmful to students. Despite support from board trustees and… Continue reading DRTx Recommends Changes Regarding Police Reform for Houston ISD

EEOC Hearing: Workplace Civil Rights Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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On Wednesday, April 28th, DRTx Senior Attorney Brian East will be participating in a virtual Public Hearing hosted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Brian, along with several other experts, will be discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, the difficulties faced by employers in navigating potential employment discrimination issues raised by… Continue reading EEOC Hearing: Workplace Civil Rights Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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