Arrests of Texas students have increased since Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, study says
Jul 17, 2018
“We have seen an influx in cases where students with disabilities are being referred to law enforcement more frequently for things that are clearly connected to their disability,” said Shiloh Carter, an attorney for Disability Rights Texas. Carter said students with disabilities often have anger episodes or other instances that are irrational, impromptu and emotional and say things they don’t mean. “Now we’re seeing a zero-tolerance policy and very young children who are facing felony charges,” Carter said. “There needs to be a step-by-step process and evidence-based system for addressing the seriousness of a threat and how to respond more appropriately.”
DRTx investigates Harris County Department of Education student abuse allegations
Jun 28, 2018
Fox 26 TV Houston: DRTx education advocacy attorney Shiloh Carter is representing a student with autism and epilepsy who says he was abused by teachers and students. "No one, whether you have disabilities or not, should be treated the way he was treated...It was appalling and horrific to watch," said Carter. There is overwhelming surveillance video evidence from November 17, 2017, backing her client's claim.
Stop Managed Care Damage
Jun 26, 2018
Letter to the Editor of the Dallas Morning News from DRTx Senior Attorney Peter Hofer: "By directly representing children who challenge arbitrary denials of their medically necessary care, we see the state's Medicaid program as it really is — unfairly tilted in favor of profit over care. For the sake of these children, the system and the agency that runs it will have to change, or more children will be harmed."
Hurricane Harvey Claims Rejected by FEMA, DRTx Can Help with Appeal
Jun 21, 2018
Fox 26 News Houston: It's a number almost as staggering as the 33 trillion gallons of water Hurricane Harvey dumped from sky - that is, nearly half of those who've applied for disaster relief from FEMA have had their claims rejected. Kay Kaiser is among those who feel kicked to the curb. A disabled U.S. Army veteran battling life threatening Lupus, her apartment near Highway 45 and 1960 took on water from the storm and not long after spawned potentially toxic mold.FEMA denied all her claims for relief.
A comprehensive special education strategy for Texas
Apr 27, 2018
Valley Morning Star: A federal investigation found the state failed to educate thousands of students by not identifying disabilities. A 42-page draft plan suggests ways to improve the identification process and add a monitoring system that would focus on student improvement, rather than meeting minimum expectations. But it lacks a way to pay for all this, something that several speakers brought up on April 12 during the Edinburg hearing.
In plan to fix special education, Texas Education Agency will spend $212 million
Apr 24, 2018
Houston Chronicle: Steven Aleman, a policy specialist with Disability Rights Texas, said the funding for the corrective action plan is “only a down payment” for meeting the needs of special education students. He also said the state needs to work with colleges and universities to ensure there are enough qualified special education teachers.