“A month-long trial alleging the state illegally warehoused more than 3,600 intellectually or developmentally disabled Texans in nursing homes wrapped up Thursday, but a ruling is not expected until the first part of next year…Some of the disabled plaintiffs or their relatives also testified about how the disabled persons suffered setbacks — wearing diapers because
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When managed-care companies refuse to pay for treatments or equipment,patients are supposed to be able to appeal through a “fair hearing.” But inTexas, the convoluted system is anything but fair.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 according to data provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Read the full article about Texas foster care children being denied medical coverage.
“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
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