North Texas Schools Using Jail-Like Isolation Rooms

Nov 14, 2014

An "NBC 5 Investigates" two-part report reveals Mansfield ISD and at least 5 other school districts in the North Texas area are using jail-like isolation rooms without informing parents. Many of the students are in special education. DRTx Supervising Attorney Constance Wannamaker said, "These types of rooms should never be used, ever, not by a school." Watch the full story and find out if your child's school has one.

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Veteran Refused Housing Because of Service Dog

Oct 30, 2014

HOUSTON - A veteran refused to give up, fighting to keep his service dog when a realty agency tried to ban his special companion...Sgt. Derek Kolb is fighting for rights of all veterans who have service dogs...

He said having a service dog was and still is crucial to his PTSD treatment and that Hank is much more than a part of the family, he is also constantly at work to make sure Kolb is safe. “I can sit here and look just like a normal functioning person in society, but have immense things I have to work through on a daily basis, and Hank helps me with those things," Kolb said.

He also said the rejection sent him into a downward spiral. “It affected me, it affected me significantly,” Kolb said. “It brought me to a very low point, where considering suicide was a very open option.”

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State Supported Living Centers Still Troubled

May 8, 2014

A state-run living center for the disabled in Austin spent a little over $1 million for a private firm to come in and resolve the many issues and infractions detailed in a report by state regulators. A year later the firm is gone and the center has the same amount of infractions...But the story on living centers for disabled Texans and the issues facing those institutions is far longer. Five years ago the federal government ordered that Texas' 13 state-supported living facilities be monitored. As the feds mandated oversight comes to a close many are saying very little has improved.

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New Video Explains Rights of People with Disabilities and the Use of Service Animals

Feb 24, 2014

A new informational video from the State Bar of Texas explains Texas House Bill 489, “Bootz’s Law,” relating to the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities, including the use of service animals.

The video, “Veterans and Bootz’s Law: Service Animals and Persons with Disabilities in Texas,” is a 19-minute panel discussion produced by the State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee and Disability Rights Texas. An interpreter was on hand to sign for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Panel participants included Brian East, Disability Rights Texas; Michelle Pelletier, service dog coordinator/trainer, Wag That; Denette Vaughn, Disability Rights Texas; Adan Gallegos, Army veteran; and Bootz, the service dog.

Watch the video by clicking on the "Read More" link below...

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DRTx Fall 2015 Board Meeting

Date / Time: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Location: Austin

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DRTx Winter 2016 Board Meeting

Date / Time: Saturday, January 23, 2016 (tent - could be changed to January 30)
Location: Austin

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