News

Texas Lawmakers Send Ban On Special Ed Cap To Governor

May 15, 2017

Texas will no longer be allowed to limit the number of kids with disabilities enrolled in special education, thanks to a new measure unanimously passed by state lawmakers. For some, this new ban on Texas capping special education may seem symbolic. Federal law is supposed to protect children with disabilities. And the current Texas Education Commissioner has promised changes. But the state Legislature will hold him and all future commissioners to that promise.

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Advocates fear Medicaid cuts for children with disabilities

Jul 15, 2016

As providers scale back financially unsustainable operations some believe upwards of 60,000 Texas kids on Medicaid will lose access to therapy. It's anticipated suffering and developmental neglect that legal advocates like Disability Rights Texas will be watching closely.

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Supported Decision Making Law Passes in Texas

Oct 9, 2015

DRTx Legal Director interviewed about national groundbreaking state law enacted in Texas in September 2016. Many people think that guardianship is the best way to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities make important decisions. The truth is, guardianship is often not necessary. Learn more about the new guardianship reform laws passed in Texas that will give people with disabilities more independence.

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Schools Using Truancy to Push Out Students with Disabilities

May 29, 2015

Child and civil rights advocates accuse 13 Texas school districts, including the Conroe, Fort Bend and Houston ISDs, of using truancy courts to force students with disabilities out of their schools. The administrative complaint filed Wednesday with the Texas Education Agency argues that students with disabilities have been disproportionately referred to truancy courts, where they are then pushed into GED programs, alternative schools or mandatory homeschooling despite federal law that requires schools to develop education plans for students with disabilities.

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Programs

ADA 27th Anniversary

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Location: The United States of America

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Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

Date / Time: Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, 2017
Location: Alamo Drafthouse, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas

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DRTx Board of Directors Meetings 2017

Date / Time: 2017 Meeting Dates
Location: TBD

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