How to Skip Long Lines at the Polls

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by Molly Broadway, DRTx Voting Rights Training Specialist With a record 15.6 million registered to vote in Texas this year, early voting is a great way to save time and skip the lines for the upcoming highly anticipated mid-term elections. If you want to early vote but still have some lingering questions, here is some… Continue reading How to Skip Long Lines at the Polls

Blind Vision

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By Steven Aleman, DRTx Attorney and Policy Specialist On September 14, 2018, a committee of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) held a preliminary vote to remove Helen Keller from the elementary social studies curriculum. Helen Keller, born in 1880, is well-known for her achievements as a woman who was deaf and blind from… Continue reading Blind Vision

Make My School Safe Toolkit

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By Dustin Rynders, Supervising Attorney, Education Team DRTx is excited to announce the launch of our new “Make My School Safe” Toolkit, created with our partners at Texas Appleseed and the Earl Carl Institute. It’s designed to equip students, parents, caretakers, educators and advocates with resources so they can address school safety and school police… Continue reading Make My School Safe Toolkit

Welcome to our New Website

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By Mary Faithfull, Executive Director Our new DRTx website launched TODAY, August 22, 2018, and we’re thrilled to share its up-to-date accessibility features and content with our followers. DRTx worked with AccessibilityOz, an award-winning accessibility consultancy, to create the user interface, accessible navigation, and updated designs for our new website. DRTx staff has worked over… Continue reading Welcome to our New Website

Protecting the Rights of Hurricane Survivors with Disabilities

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by Mary Faithfull, Executive Director First and foremost, Disability Rights Texas wants you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The devastation caused throughout our state is overwhelming, and yet we are amazed by and thankful for the outpouring of assistance from the whole nation. We are… Continue reading Protecting the Rights of Hurricane Survivors with Disabilities

New Website Coming Soon

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director I am excited to announce that later this month we will be debuting our new accessible, mobile responsive website. More than a year ago we surveyed you, our supporters, and our staff and partners to find out how we can better serve you through our online presence. In response to that feedback,… Continue reading New Website Coming Soon

The Story Behind the “Denied” Story

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by Mary Faithfull, Executive Director Three years ago, DRTx started noticing that in the last decade, the percentage of students with disabilities receiving special education services in Texas was declining steadily. Our staff began digging deeper to find out why and eventually uncovered something buried deep within the Texas Education Agency (TEA) school performance manual. To… Continue reading The Story Behind the “Denied” Story

After 16 Years, Lawsuit Affecting Children Receiving Medicaid Concludes

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   In 1999, DRTx attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Tyler on behalf of eight children and other Medicaid beneficiaries under 21 years old who were denied medically necessary health services by Medicaid. Services. The Alberto N. case alleged violations of the Medicaid Act, the Americans with Disabilities… Continue reading After 16 Years, Lawsuit Affecting Children Receiving Medicaid Concludes

The ADA Turns 25: Decades of Progress and the Road Ahead

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Mary Faithfull, Executive Director   The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is one of our country’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. This equal opportunity law for people with disabilities was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. During the ceremony in which President… Continue reading The ADA Turns 25: Decades of Progress and the Road Ahead