Against Their Will: Locked away in a mental hospital after voluntarily seeking help
Feb 26, 2018
Imagine walking into a mental health facility voluntarily because you want help. Then, the door locks behind you. You’re told you can’t leave. Stripped of your clothes, given a new bed. You have no idea when you’ll see your family again.
After lawsuit threat, Texas agency changes voter registration policy
Feb 26, 2018
Responding to a threatened lawsuit, the Texas Workforce Commission has agreed to offer voter registration help to Texans with disabilities who receive job-training help from the agency. Disability rights advocates had accused state officials of violating the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires state agencies that help people with disabilities to also offer help with registering to vote or updating voter registration information.
What Texas Lawmakers Did for Special Education and What They Missed
Jun 20, 2017
For years, the State of Texas went to great lengths to limit the number of kids provided special education services. Following a Houston Chronicle investigation, parents were outraged. So were state lawmakers, who vowed to take the issue on during the 2017 legislative session.
Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike
May 24, 2017
For inmates like Lampkin with intellectual disabilities and a mental illness, the average wait is more than three times as long, at 417 days. That's partly because the state only has one unit dedicated to the treatment of such inmates, said Beth Mitchell, the supervising attorney for the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas.
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