Report Card

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Our community – you are more than numbers to us. But we wanted you to see how hard we were working for you in fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018) to provide resources, training, case services, and more so that your disability rights are protected. People applying for case services: 6,400

How You Can Get Involved in DD Awareness Month

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by Edie Surtees, Communications Director March is Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month. Though we’ve come along way in breaking down barriers for people with DD to live and work and play in the community, we still have more to do. Here are some things you can do to encourage inclusion: Employ people with disabilities and

One Year Ago, Feds Reported Unprecented Findings Against Texas Public Schools

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by Steven Aleman,  Attorney and Policy Specialist Today Disability Rights Texas marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) report on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal report on TEA contained unprecedented findings against a state for major violations of special education law.

Lawsuit Eight Years in the Making Goes to Trial

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Why would a 22-year-old man end up living in a nursing home for 13 years? Richard Krause, now 38, lived in one from 2001 to 2014. While there, he mostly stayed in bed and could not use the bathroom on his own. He is one of about 3,600 Texans that disability rights advocates say the

Kindness Calendar, Double Down on Donations

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We have some exciting news about donating to Disability Rights Texas on Giving Tuesday, November 27. On that day ONLY (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday) when you give to us through our Facebook page, your donation will be matched by Facebook and PayPal. That means your $40 gift will turn into

DRTx Advocate Receives Inaugural Leadership Award

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Disability Rights Texas is proud to announce that our own Susan Murphree, Senior Policy Specialist, is the first recipient of the Arc of Texas Virginia Eernisse Legacy Award. The late Ms. Eernisse, who passed away in early 2018, worked throughout her lifetime to compassionately support individuals and communities. She spearheaded the establishment of Special Olympics, The

The ID You Need to Vote in Texas

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By Molly Broadway, Voting Rights Training Specialist Photo ID Options for Voting The first week of mid-term election early voting proved to be busy in several locations throughout the nation. Longer lines don’t seem to be detering most folks, but nobody wants to stand in line only to find out they didn’t bring the right

Kick Your Vote to the Curb

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Curbside Voting and Other Options for People with Disabilities Who Can’t Stand in Line by Molly Broadway, DRTx Voting Rights Training Specialist Nearly half a million people in Texas have already cast their ballot in the first two days of early voting. This record-breaking turnout can mean longer wait times. For some Texans with disabilities,

How to Skip Long Lines at the Polls

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by Molly Broadway, DRTx Voting Rights Training Specialist With a record 15.6 million registered to vote in Texas this year, early voting is a great way to save time and skip the lines for the upcoming highly anticipated mid-term elections. If you want to early vote but still have some lingering questions, here is some

Blind Vision

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By Steven Aleman, DRTx Attorney and Policy Specialist On September 14, 2018, a committee of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) held a preliminary vote to remove Helen Keller from the elementary social studies curriculum. Helen Keller, born in 1880, is well-known for her achievements as a woman who was deaf and blind from