DRTx helps with COVID-19 disability rights issues, State Bar with other legal problems

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If you are facing disability discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic, you already know Disability Rights Texas is your place to go for legal help. But what about other issues not related to your disability? As the coronavirus pandemic shakes the lives of Texans, causing uncertainty about their healthcare and economic futures, the state’s legal service… Continue reading DRTx helps with COVID-19 disability rights issues, State Bar with other legal problems

Census delayed, not cancelled, because of cororanvirus

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Many people are wondering if the 2020 census is being cancelled because of COVID-19. The answer is a clear NO! Though the public interaction through field census staff is suspended for now, households can still respond by mail, phone or online. The Census is still important to complete because data collected is crucial for emergency preparedness… Continue reading Census delayed, not cancelled, because of cororanvirus

In Austin: Free Wheelchair Accessible Rides to the Polls by Lyft

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Update from Molly Broadway, DRTx Voting Rights Training Specialist: In partnership with Lone Star Transportation, Lyft is providing free Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) rides to the polls in Austin, Texas, on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 7 am to 7 pm Central Standard Time. Please call Lone Star Transportation at 512-323-0160 to schedule or… Continue reading In Austin: Free Wheelchair Accessible Rides to the Polls by Lyft

New School Year, New Laws, News Rights

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This past spring, the Texas legislature passed several laws related to special education, student mental health, school funding, student safety, and more. For a complete overview, see our 2019 Texas Education Legislative Summary. If you don’t quite have time right now to read our 22-page extremely thorough legislative summary, you can watch our video series… Continue reading New School Year, New Laws, News Rights

How Two Women Changed Thousands of Lives

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of a very important legal decision regarding the rights of people with disabilities. On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in “Olmstead v. L.C.” that Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits the unnecessary institutionalization of persons with disabilities. The case involved Lois Curtis and… Continue reading How Two Women Changed Thousands of Lives

Agency 2018 Report Card

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Each one of you is more than a number to us. We feel privileged to have assisted you in some way last year to ensure you have equal access and opportunities in our community. But we did want to show you these numbers so you can see how hard we were working for you in… Continue reading Agency 2018 Report Card

One Year Ago, Feds Reported Unprecedented Findings Against Texas Public Schools

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Steven Aleman, Attorney and Policy Specialist Today Disability Rights Texas marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) report on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal report on TEA contained unprecedented findings against a state for major violations of special education law. TEA… Continue reading One Year Ago, Feds Reported Unprecedented Findings Against Texas Public Schools