Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), the legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas, has elected new officers and appointed new members to its board of directors for fiscal year 2019. New Board Officers include Tresi Weeks, Chair; Jessica Toste, Vice Chair; Drew Wilborn, Treasurer; Brook Roberts, Secretary; and Joseph Muniz, Immediate Past Chair. New to the Board are Brandon Duke of Houston, Mary Keller Alexander of Valley View (in North Texas), Karen Hale of Austin, and Amanda Lee Storer of Tyler. Board members continuing to serve are Richard Anderson of Austin, Michael Cichowicz of Tyler, Anna Gray of San Antonio, Bola Oyeleye of Houston, Christian Salas of El Paso, Todd Whitaker of Lubbock, and Stephania Williams of Killeen.
Members of the media interested in leveraging the extensive disability rights expertise of our attorneys, advocates, or policy specialists are encouraged to contact our Communications Director at (512) 407-2739 or commdir@DRTx.org.
Please take a few minutes to read about using People First Language when writing about disability issues. For instance, statements like “people with disabilities” and “uses a wheelchair” are preferred instead of “the disabled” or “wheelchair bound.”
The U.S. Department of Education decision that the TEA had short changed students with disabilities in state aid in the 2011-2012 school year is not an isolated violation of federal law. In a review of the state’s most recent application for a federal special education grant, Disability Rights Texas has uncovered that TEA budget officials acknowledge that under the U.S. Department of Education standard for state special education outlays, Texas did not spend at the appropriate rate on students with disabilities in the 2016-2017 school year.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2018 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739 firstname.lastname@example.org AUSTIN—Disability Rights Texas is proud to announce Tresi Moore Weeks of Plano, Texas, as the new Chair of its Board of Directors beginning October 1, 2018. She served the last two years as Vice Chair and has been on the Board for
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2018 CONTACT: Robin LeoGrande, President, Community for Permanent Supported Housing, 214-632-8115 Sara Pratt, Attorney, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 202-730-0317 Edie Surtees, Communications Director, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2739 DALLAS—Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC and Disability Rights Texas filed a lawsuit in federal district court today in Dallas against the Housing Authority of the City of Dallas,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2018 CONTACT: Edie Surtees Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN — A complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012 by Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) on behalf of a child with diabetes denied accommodations at the child care center The Learning Care Group has settled. DRTx investigated the claim that the childcare
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2018 CONTACT: Kelli Johnson, Texas Appleseed, 512-473-2800 x103, email@example.com Dustin Rynders, Disability Rights Texas, 832-971-8984, drynders@DRTx.org Morgan Owens, Earl Carl Institute, 646-570-4209, firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick Bresette, Children’s Defense Fund–Texas, (512) 925-8125, email@example.com AUSTIN — Students are being unnecessarily arrested and funneled into the juvenile justice system, causing lifelong damages to young people, while
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2018 CONTACT: Molly Broadway, Voting Rights Training Specialist 512-407-2725, mbroadway@DRTx.org Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739, esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN —Advocacy groups all across Texas are teaming up to bring state and national attention to the voting power of the disability community. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 10:00 AM, the Texas Secretary of
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2018 BRAZOS COUNTY, TEXAS—When a legal aid attorney learns of injustice, she responds by taking charge and working to remedy the harm. When a case is particularly egregious and the harm evident, a team of legal aid attorneys is often called for. In a case recently filed in federal court, the team
On April 3-5, 2018, representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program will visit Disability Rights Texas, the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System for the State of Texas, in Austin. SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director Disability Rights Texas (512) 407-2739 or esurtees@DRTx.org Three weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the storm’s impact rages on, especially for families who have children with disabilities. Families forced to relocate and enroll children in a new school face an array of challenges. These