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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.”

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Important Notice to Texas Medicaid Beneficiaries

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director (512) 407-2739 esurtees@DRTx.org Notice to Medicaid Beneficiaries appealing reductions or denials of Medicaid-funded health services or Medicaid eligibility and who missed or will miss their Medicaid fair hearing (or need more time to prepare for their hearing) due to Harvey. According to Texas Medicaid’s Appeals Division,

35 Million Voters Strong, People With Disabilities Have Something to Say

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2017 CONTACT: Molly Broadway Voting Rights Training Specialist 512-407-2725, mbroadway@DRTx.org Edie Surtees Communications Director 512.407.2739, esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN— Robert Simmons is a 65-year-old, homeless veteran with disabilities that prevent him from being able to stand in a line or read a ballot. He thought his disabilities and his homeless status made him

Texas House Passes Bill Removing Special Ed Cap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director (512) 407-2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN—Late yesterday the Texas Legislature sent a clear message that students with disabilities in Texas public schools cannot be denied access to full educational opportunity by arbitrary agency action. The passage of SB 160 keeps the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from ever imposing

Advocates Announce Response from TEA Commissioner Regarding Demand to End 8.5 Percent Special Ed Cap in Texas

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PRESS CONFERENCE MEDIA ADVISORY – UPDATED 3/3/2017, 4:00 PM CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director esurtees@DRTx.org, 512-407-2739 (direct), 720-220-3971 (mobile) WHEN: Monday, March 6, 2017 – 11:00 am WHERE: Room 2W.6 (House Press Room), Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX WHO: Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Disability Rights Texas, Winston & Strawn LLP WHY:

Civil Rights Group Appoints New Advisory Council Members

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN—Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) welcomes seven new members to its Protection and Advocacy for Individual with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council: Maria Anna Esparza of Spring Branch (near San Antonio), Anna Gray of San Antonio, Melissa Morphis of Amarillo, Jim Navarro of McAllen, Regina (Gina)

Disability Advocacy Agency Selects New Board Members from Austin, Fort Hood, Garland, and Lubbock

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512.407.2739 esurtees@DRTx.org AUSTIN – Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), the legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas, recently selected five new members to join its board of directors – Richard “Dick” Anderson (Austin), Brook Roberts (Lubbock). Deborah Rose (Garland), Dr. Jessica R. Toste

Texas Nonprofit Agency Receives National Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas 512-407-2739, esurtees@DRTx.org Emily McGee, WorldatWork 202-315-5514, emily.mcgee@worldatwork.org AUSTIN— WorldatWork, a nonprofit HR association and compensation authority, is proud to announce that Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) has earned WorldatWork’s Seal of Distinction for 2017. The seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizational

State Agency Broke Law by Ending Critical Children’s Therapy in East Texas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2017 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director (512) 407-2739 esurtees@DRTx.org TYLER, TEXAS—Last October, Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), a nonprofit legal advocacy agency, and its pro bono co-counsel, Baker McKenzie, filed a complaint against the Texas Health and Humans Services Commission (HHSC) accompanied by a request for a due process hearing on behalf of 2-year-old Haylee.

State Health Officials Sued for Failing to Provide Medically Necessary Autism Treatment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2016 CONTACT: Nancy Nusser Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Communications Director 512 374-2764 (o); 410 934 9588 (m) nnusser@trla.org SAN ANTONIO—Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA) and Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) filed suit today on behalf of five-year-old Bexar County twins and a teenager with autism, asserting their rights to Medicaid coverage

East Texas Parents Seek Restitution for Young Daughter Due to Lapse in Critical Early Childhood Therapy Services

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2016 CONTACT: Julia Longoria, Attorney 210-424-9652 JLongoria@DRTx.org TYLER, TEXAS—Two-year old Haylee is a loving little girl challenged by significant developmental disabilities. Thanks to a dedicated team of therapists and the devotion and attention of her parents, she has made significant progress in overcoming those challenges. That progress is now at risk. The