Disaster Planning Often Leaves Disabled People Behind

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Disabled people, older adults, and parents of young children all have specific needs that aren’t always well addressed in disaster planning—sometimes with horrific results. Read the full article on disaster planning and people with disabilities. 

Advocacy Group Says If Texas Won’t Monitor Special Ed Alternative Schools, It Will

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The advocacy group Disability Rights Texas says it will keep a close eye on the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) alternative schools, since state officials maintain they can’t monitor them directly. “We are very concerned about the welfare of the students who are attending those campuses and their safety, and so we have decided to evaluate and look at

Students with disabilities misidentified as a threat at school

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Steve Aleman with Disability Rights Texas joins the In Focus set for Spectrum News to discuss concerns regarding school threat reporting processes as they relate to students with disabilities. Watch the video for the full story on students with disabilities and school safety and for an update on special education in Texas.

Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

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Steven Aleman, a staff lawyer with Disability Rights Texas — which under an earlier name, Advocacy Inc., argued the case before the Supreme Court — described the suit as “one of the landmark special education cases in this nation and an enormous precedent in providing access to public schools for students with disabilities.” Read the

Disability rights group sues Dallas Housing Authority

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A new federal discrimination lawsuit against the Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) alleges the governmental agency has violated federal rules in accommodating clients with disabilities. The case was brought by Disability Rights Texas and the law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax. Read the full article about the disability rights lawsuit against DHA.

Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services

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A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities. Read the full araticle about Texas foster care children being denied medical coverage.            

Arrests of Texas students have increased since Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, study says

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“We have seen an influx in cases where students with disabilities are being referred to law enforcement more frequently for things that are clearly connected to their disability,” said Shiloh Carter, an attorney for Disability Rights Texas. Carter said students with disabilities often have anger episodes or other instances that are irrational, impromptu and emotional

DRTx investigates Harris County Department of Education student abuse allegations

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Fox 26 TV Houston: DRTx education advocacy attorney Shiloh Carter is representing a student with autism and epilepsy who says he was abused by teachers and students. “No one, whether you have disabilities or not, should be treated the way he was treated…It was appalling and horrific to watch,” said Carter. There is overwhelming surveillance

Stop Managed Care Damage

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Letter to the Editor of the Dallas Morning News from DRTx Senior Attorney Peter Hofer: “By directly representing children who challenge arbitrary denials of their medically necessary care, we see the state’s Medicaid program as it really is — unfairly tilted in favor of profit over care. For the sake of these children, the system

Hurricane Harvey Claims Rejected by FEMA, DRTx Can Help with Appeal

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Fox 26 News Houston: It’s a number almost as staggering as the 33 trillion gallons of water Hurricane Harvey dumped from sky – that is, nearly half of those who’ve applied for disaster relief from FEMA have had their claims rejected. Kay Kaiser is among those who feel kicked to the curb. A disabled U.S.