DRTx partnership with Juvenile Probation Helps Students Succeed in School, Prevents Return to Justice System

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“Estimates for the percentage of disabled youth in juvenile justice systems nationally ranges from 9 percent to 77 percent, with most studies putting the number closer to about 33 percent…A partnership between Disability Rights Texas and the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department helps students succeed in school and keep from returning to the system.” Read

UT Health Professor Lex Frieden Worked Closely with President George H. W. Bush to Pass the ADA

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Fox News 26 Houston: The man who worked closely with President George H.W. Bush to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act is still doing amazing work here in Houston. The professor became good friends with the president. “I had the opportunity to know him very well,” says UTHealth BioMedical Informatics Professor Lex Frieden. He not only got

DRTx Attorneys Wrap Up Class Action Trial

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“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

Appeals Court Agrees Texas Owes Federal Government Millions For Special Education

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“According to the Education Department, Texas owes the federal government $33.3 million because the state reduced its spending on special education in the 2011-2012 school year. Attorney Steven Aleman with the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas said his organization doesn’t want to see a loss of funding but believes it’s important for the state to

Texas May Have Again Illegally Reduced Special Education Funding

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“The day after the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Texas for spending tens of millions of dollars less than it was supposed to on kids with disabilities in 2012, advocates have dug up documents appearing to show Texas did the same thing in 2017 — raising the prospect it could get hit

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