Disability Rights Texas

We protect and advance the legal civil rights of people with disabilities, ensuring they receive the dignity and respect that all people deserve. To subscribe to our e-newletter, sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/DRTxSubscribe

Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas. To submit a request for our services, call 1-800-252-9108 or complete a request online at intake.DRTx.org - it will take 10 BUSINESS days to review your request and receive a determination. Our areas of focus include: • Accessibility • Community Living • Education • Employment • Health Care • Housing • Protection and Civil Rights • Transportation • Voting Rights Our attorneys and advocates fulfill our mission in the following ways: • Provide direct legal assistance to people with disabilities whose rights are threatened or violated • Protect the rights of individuals and groups of people with disabilities through the courts and justice system • Advocate for laws and public policies that protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities • Inform people with disabilities and family members about their rights; make referrals to programs and services

We have offices in several cities across Texas with headquarters in Austin. FOR ASSISTANCE, CALL 1-800-252-9108. Disability Rights Texas protects and advances the legal, human and service rights of Texans with a broad range of disabilities, including: • Developmental disabilities • Physical disabilities • Mental illnesses • Emotional impairments • Learning disabilities • Traumatic brain injuries • Intellectual disabilities • Sensory disabilities, such as blindness or deafness • Autism • Adult onset disabilities and chronic health conditions

Mission: Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.

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Under federal law, students denied special education could be entitled to makeup services. But many in Texas aren’t getting it.

BREAKING NEWS: More than 2 years after the U.S. Department of Ed demanded Texas education officials provide extra help for thousands of students denied special ed, the state has failed to provide clear guidance to school districts, leaving struggling children to flounder, records show.

houstonchronicle.com Under federal law, students denied special education could be entitled to makeup services. But many in Texas aren't getting it.

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Know Your Rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic Series - NDRN

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every community in the nation. Shuttering schools and workplaces, slowing public transportation, and delaying community-based services. The National Disability Rights Network created a series of videos explaining your rights and what you can do if you believe your rights are being violated. Topics include:
* Transportation Rights
* Housing Rights
* Healthcare Rights: The Effects of COVID-19 on the African American Community
* Education Rights as a College Student

If you need legal assistance with any of these issues, please call Disability Rights Texas at 1-800-252-9108.

ndrn.org In this series of videos, NDRN explains what your rights are and what you can do if you believe your rights are being violated.

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Remember our letter to the Governor regarding a person with a disability being allowed to have a support person in the hospital with them? We received a response.

Read our latest staff blog by our legal director who explains what the state had to say and encourages people with disabilities to create Supported Decision Making Agreements during this time: www.DRTx.org/en/2020/05/05/response-to-hosp-spt-ltr/

Most people face a hospital visit for COVID-19 alone due to guidance on preventing spread. But what about a person with a disability who needs support and assistance with communication? Read about how Disability Rights Texas is taking action to make sure the legal rights of people with disabilities to have a supporter are guaranteed.

If you have a passion for standing up for the rights of people with mental illness, consider applying to be on our PAIMI Council. PAIMI stands for Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness. The Council works closely with our Board and staff to advise on policies and priorities to be carried out in protecting and advocating for the rights of mentally ill individuals. Learn more at: www.DRTx.org/TexasPAIMI/

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Thank you, nurses!!!

In celebration of #NationalNursesDay, we want to recognize and honor all the nurses working at the frontlines at our #COVID19 testing sites and those working everyday to serve the community!
#ThankYouNurses for all that you do!
#HappyNursesWeek #HappyNursesDay #heroes #sheroes

Events | Texas Workforce Commission

Vocational Rehabilitation Customers, Caregivers and Service
The Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS) will host a Virtual Town Hall Webinar Series on May 7 and 19, 2020. They want to hear from you about your experiences and how their services
may better fit your rehabilitation and employment needs. Your input from the Town Hall Meetings will help shape the future of vocational rehabilitation services provided by the State of Texas.
Webinar sessions will be held through Zoom Video Webinar Services. To register for a free Zoom account, go to https://zoom.us/freesignup/.

For the RCT Town Hall questions please visit twc.texas.gov/events#rehabilitationCouncilOfTexas
For any other questions, please email [email protected].

twc.texas.gov Learn more about Texas Workforce Commission events, TWC Commission Meetings, Commission and Human Rights Meetings, and upcoming conferences.

Vote for Access: Episode 2 - Information

#Election2020 How to register. Ways to vote. Where to vote, What and who to vote for. We ALL need access to this information to be able to exercise our right to vote. And to vote according to our values.

For the disabled community, getting access to this info can be a long, uphill battle. But the stakes are high every election including the upcoming one.

Have you had trouble getting the info you need? What would make it better? In Episode 2 of our Vote for Access streaming series, Imani Barbarin explores the challenges as well as solutions.

For more information about voting in Texas including your rights, go to: www.DRTx.org/VotingRights

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Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This list from the National Low Income Housing Coalition will help you find assistance in your state and city: https://tinyurl.com/RentAssistCOVID19

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Do you have friends or family who need COVID-19 information in a different language? CDC's COVID-19 website has options in Spanish, simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Look for links to other languages at the top of the page on your computer or the bottom of the page on your mobile device. http://ow.ly/uCH030qC7vz

How will voting change in a COVID-19 world? While expanded access to mail-in ballots is important, DRTx also urges the Governor to protect ADA-compliant, in-person voting procedures. Read more about our recommendations to the state of Texas: https://tinyurl.com/ybwjtyem

Though youth with disabilities are legally entitled to early childhood and special education services, many are seeing these services delayed or suspended while schools use distance learning because of COVID-19.

As Texas leaders decide on how to use federal emergency education funding, DRTx and other organizations are urging Governor Abbott to consider the needs of children vulnerable to losing these services. Read our latest blog post about our letter to the Governor Abbott on this critical funding: https://tinyurl.com/yco4gdrw

Vote for Access: Episode 1 - Attitudes

Vote for Access premieres TODAY! In Episode 1, we talk about ATTITUDES...Voters with disabilities matter because policies affect them. Yet many voters with disabilities are turned away at the polls because of the harmful idea that they can’t understand what’s happening. Our host Imani Barbarin talks to folks from across the country and breaks down the issues.

For more inforation about your voting rights in Texas, visit https://tinyurl.com/DRTXvoting

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As Texas plans its reopening, DRTx remains concerned for the safety of those in ALL facilities where people with disabiliites live. Read our latest staff blog to find out what we have to say to Governor Greg Abbott about it: https://tinyurl.com/LtrToGovCMS

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DeVos Finds 'No Reason' To Waive Key Provisions Of IDEA

Remember our previous action alert request? Here's some good news! “I am pleasantly surprised that it appears that the secretary did not succumb to pressure and chose the high road to leave the important provisions of both (IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act) untouched,” said Denise Stile Marshall, CEO of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, or COPAA, a nonprofit that represents special education attorneys.

disabilityscoop.com U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will not seek changes to the central tenets of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Texans get permission to use SNAP for online grocery shopping

Good news for SNAP recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can now use your benefits for online grocery orders!

kwtx.com Residents here and around the state may now use SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online.

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Texas COVID Stories

How has COVID-19 impacted you as a person with a disability? The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities wants to know. Please take a few minutes to let them know your story of how the pandemic is affecting you by completing this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TxCOVIDStories

surveymonkey.com Share your story about how you and your family have been impacted by COVID-19.

Vote For Access Trailer

So we're thinking many of you may have some pretty strong opinions about the fall 2020 election, right? The DISABILITY VOTE is also strong - growing in numbers every year - if they get their fair chance to cast a ballot. Unfortunately accessible voting is STILL a problem in many parts of the country. Voter registration obstacles, getting to the polls, finding accessible parking once you are there, being able to even get in the door, AND THE LIST GOES ON.

In the new binge-worthy video series, "Vote for Access" we’ll tackle these issues and offer solutions. Hosted by Imani Barbarin of Crutches and Spice, and sponsored by Disability Rights Texas and other protection and advocacy agencies from across the U.S. Watch the trailer now, and be on the look out for Episode 1 premiering on April 29!

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SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; IRS asks for help in the "Plus $500 Push" | Internal Revenue Service

URGENT MESSAGE: SSA and RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by WEDNESDAY to receive additional $500 payment - please read more on IRS website link below.

irs.gov IR-2020-76, April 20, 2020 — The IRS today issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment...

Check out these two ASL playlists on our YouTube channel:
1) Texas Governor Executive Orders in ASL: https://tinyurl.com/TxExecOrdASL
2) Other ASL videos from Texas Gov re: COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/TxGovCovidASL

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SNAP Food Benefits | How to Get Help

Visite https://bit.ly/2V51mgN. Para:
Solicitar beneficios de alimento bajo el programa SNAP
Aprenda cómo ahorrar dinero al hacer sus compras
Conozca ricas, saludables y fáciles recetas de comida
Si necesita asistencia adicional para solicitar SNAP, llame al 2-1-1.

yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov SNAP What it offers Helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits. SNAP food benefits are put on to the Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP. SNAP can’t be used to: Buy tobacco. Buy alcoholi...

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SNAP Food Benefits | How to Get Help

Visit https://bit.ly/2V51mgN. You can:
Apply for SNAP Food Benefits
Learn how to save money at the grocery store
Get tasty recipes that are healthy and easy
If you need additional assistance applying for SNAP, please call 2-1-1.
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#Coronavirus #COVID19

yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov SNAP What it offers Helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits. SNAP food benefits are put on to the Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP. SNAP can’t be used to: Buy tobacco. Buy alcoholi...

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El Centro Harris para la Salud Mental e IDD, por sus siglas en inglés, ofrece una variedad de recursos para la salud mental, discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo. Para más información, visite www.theharrisenter.org.

NO ESTA SOLO.
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#Coronavirus #COVID19

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The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD offers a variety of resources for mental health and intellectual & development disabilities. To learn more, please visit www.theharriscenter.org.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
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#Coronavirus #COVID19

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People Hospitalized for COVID-19 Face It Alone - But What About People with Disabilities? - Disability Rights Texas

Most people face a hospital visit for COVID-19 alone due to guidance on preventing spread. But what about a person with a disability who needs support and assistance with communication? Read about how Disability Rights Texas is taking action to make sure the legal rights of people with disabilities to have a supporter are guaranteed.

disabilityrightstx.org Most people must face a hospital visit for COVID-19 without support from a family member or friend due to state guidance to hospitals on preventing spread. But what about a person with a disability who requires support and assistance with communication while hospitalized because of the nature of her...

Sent to the "back of the line" for medical care because of your disability? Seems like something out of the dark ages. But shockingly some states have issued guidelines that prevent people with intellectual disabilities and brain injuries from getting lifesaving care like anyone else. That's why DRTx joined with 12 other organizations to send an urgent plea to Governor Abbott to issue immediate guidance to Texas healthcare providers that disallows discrimination and upholds the ADA and federal law. Read our news announcement and the letter: https://tinyurl.com/HCequality

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WWP to Award $10M in COVID-19 Relief Grants to Warriors

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is committing $10 million to help meet the immediate needs of warriors who are in urgent and significant financial crisis due to the loss of household income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/covid-relief

woundedwarriorproject.org Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is committing $10 million to help meet the immediate needs of warriors who are in urgent and significant financial crisis due to the loss of household income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We are asking able companies and foundations to join the effort to support...

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NDRN Launches Know Your Housing Rights During COVID-19 Video - NDRN

Know your housing rights during the Coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, you have rights and options that offer additional support. Presented by Rachel Cohen-Miller, Supervising Attorney of the Housing, Transportation & Disaster Team at Disability Rights Texas.

To access the links she refers to in the video, go to: https://www.ndrn.org/resource/ndrn-launches-know-your-housing-rights-during-covid-19-video/

ndrn.org Check out this informative message from Rachel Cohen-Miller, Supervising Attorney of the Housing, Transportation & Disaster Team at Disability Rights Texas.

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Right now, many of us are worried about COVID-19. In times like these, our mental health can suffer. We don’t always know it’s happening. You might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

(Thank you to our friends at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for this resource.)

afsp.org If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

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Done with Tiger King and looking for your next streaming binge? Here's one you won't want to miss - Vote For Access!

This 5-part documentary series highlights the hottest voting issues facing one of the largest minority groups in our country - people with disabilities. Imani Barbarin of Crutches and Spice is our host, and she takes us to communities across the U.S.to talk face-to-face with disabled people about their experiences and challenges participatiing in the election process. Be watching for Vote for Access coming soon to a Facebook news feed near you.

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Economic Impact Payment Information Center | Internal Revenue Service

Who will receive a stimulus check automatically without taking additional steps? Most eligible U.S. taxpayers including:
* Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits:
* Individuals who filed a federal income tax for 2018 or 2019
* Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement benefits

Visit the IRS website to learn about when to expect your stimulus check, how you will receive it, and more.

irs.gov All U.S. residents who are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible social security number, will receive the Economic Impact Payment with adjusted gross income

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Economic Impact Payment Information Center | Internal Revenue Service

Those much-needed stimulus checks start coming this week! Are you getting one? If so, how much $$$ will you receive? Will it come in the mail by check? How do you make sure no one scams you regarding your check? If you get social security, will you still get a check?

Get all the official details on the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center

irs.gov All U.S. residents who are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible social security number, will receive the Economic Impact Payment with adjusted gross income

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