All People Have Dignity and Worth

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act that created protection and advocacy organizations puts forth the following values:

  • Disability is a natural part of the human experience
  • Disability does not diminish the right to live independently or to exert control and choice in your life
  • Because people with disabilities are at a greater risk for abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violation of legal and human rights, protection and advocacy organizations like Disability Rights Texas are needed

At Disability Rights Texas, we have a vision of a society where all people have worth and dignity. People with disabilities have basic human needs that are no different from those of all people. They have a right to freedom from neglect, exploitation, discrimination and isolation, and a right to be included in all aspects of their communities.

In this society, people with disabilities:

  • Speak and act for themselves, are self-determined, represent their own interests, make decisions, and take risks based on their own goals and values
  • Have access to health and human services that meet basic needs and have equal access to employment, independent living, and economic and social self-sufficiency
  • Live free of abuse, neglect, financial and sexual exploitation, and violation of their legal and human rights
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If you are a person with a disability who believes your rights may have been violated, call our intake line M-F, 9a - 4p at 1-800-252-9108. Or CLICK HERE to complete online request.

(Some people are currently experiencing problems using our online intake. We are working on the issue. If you are having problems, please submit your request by calling us. Thank you.)

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An Overview of Disability Rights Texas

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