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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Major strides made on special ed in session, but much work remains ahead

May 21, 2017

...the Governor has signed a bill, SB 160, banning, once and for all, any limits on the number of students enrolled in special education.In the waning days of the legislative session, advocates for special ed also are pushing other key bills to ensure children who were refused services or who may need them in the future can get the help they need.

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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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