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Early voting the next two days? Check out the responses of MJ Hegar and Royce West to the REV UP Texas survey and the Zoom interview with West.
REV UPers of Texas: (Pls Distribute)
There are two days left for early voting.
Early voting ends Friday, July 10th
Election day is Tuesday, July 14th
The US Senate Democratic Runoff candidates are MJ Hegar and State Senator Royce West.
Their responses to the REV UP Texas Survey and the Zoom interview with State Senator Royce West are on REV UP Texas website:
Click on the Blue Box that says
US Senator Candidate Surveys
We attempted to get an interview with MJ Hegar but she was not available.
We sent a survey to current US Senator John Cornyn and an invitation to do an interview, but we got no response.
VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT! BECAUSE IT DOES!
If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people w/o disabilities in 2016, there would’ve been 2.2 million more votes! Learn how you can REV UP the Disability Vote during National Disability Voter Registration Week July 13-17. Learn more at www.aapd.com/ndvrw and join our facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/559666351326292/
ADA will be celebrating it's 30th Anniversay on Sunday, July 26th.
Bobby Silverstein, a name many young advocates may not know, reveals some stories about the ADA that even old timers may not know.
enablingdevices.com The academic regression that occurs for some students during the months when they are out of school, this year, since schools closed, their concerns are magnified. Though most school systems provided online learning, statistics show that teachers and parents don’t feel especially satisfied with th...
School districts must offer daily on-campus instruction for all students who want it, but any parent may request that their child be offered virtual instruction, the TEA said.
kut.org Masks for students and teachers will be mandatory in counties with more than 20 reported COVID-19 cases when public schools resume in-person classes this
Tune in tomorrow July 8, for the first ADA 30: Moving Forward Webinar! Sharron Rush, Executive Director of the organization Knowbility, will discuss the legal aspects of digital accessibility with disability rights lawyer, author, and public speaker Lainey Feingold. Learn more and register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lMcArf-KQtioTwQymZNyag
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Something positive for your Tuesday.
Tallulah learned sign language so she could communicate with her postal man😭♥️♥️♥️♥️. Follow @Upworthy on Instagram for more beauty. https://bit.ly/2BoQx1y 📸: Amy Roberts
The White House is hosting a Summit Today (7/7) at 11:15 am CT on Safely Reopening America’s Schools focusing on reopening America’s schools in safe ways that respect the holistic health and learning needs of America’s students. https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/
whitehouse.gov Tune in for LIVE White House events with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other officials.
A look at men and the importance of their mental health. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/mens-mental-health-man-up-is-not-the-answer?utm_content=302e54bfe0771684b06f692da1eb52b5&utm_campaign=MHH%2012%2F14%2F19&utm_source=Robly.com&utm_medium=email
medicalnewstoday.com In this Special Feature, we look at why men are less likely than women to seek care for mental health and present some helpful approaches for policymakers.
On July 16th at 2:15 p.m., our TTAP director Angela Standridge will be sharing the Top Tips for Making MS Word Accessible at the Leading Through Digital Innovation-Virtual Conference. Register and sign up here.
escweb.net Region 4 serves a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 45 public charter schools, representing more than 1.1 million students, 87,000 educators, and 1,500 campuses.
Hurricane season is here (June-November) and it is important you stay informed. This week we are sharing our Disaster Toolkit Overview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPWsfVw48XE
Happy fourth of July, Texans! We hope you have a great weekend and are taking precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 🇺🇸✨ How do you plan on celebrating today?
The ADA 30th Anniversary is coming up and we are so excited! We've teamed up with some amazing organizations to create a series of webinars for you. Check out our events page on our website for more information and registration info- https://disabilitystudies.utexas.edu/events
In a recorded conversation, the attending physician told Mrs. Hickson that he didn’t think her husband had much quality of life and, against her wishes, Mr. Hickson would not be nourished, hydrated, or receive treatment for the pneumonia he had developed.
Last week and this week the U.S. Department of Education published new guidance specific to special education. Guidance about procedural safeguard rights and dispute resolution during the COVID-19 pandemic came out on June 22nd and June 30th.
sites.ed.gov Find information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and other Federal agencies.
Students should receive age-appropriate information about their bodies and how they work. They should also receive, as part of that instruction, what abuse is, what it looks like, and how to report it. They should also receive instruction on recognizing how abusers will try to isolate someone at a party (for example). What do you think?
texastribune.org A high-tension hearing is expected Monday as the Texas State Board of Education begins considering changes to its statewide policy for health education, including teaching middle schoolers about contraception.
With COVID-19 putting unprecedented stress on our already overburdened systems of support for older people, the need to provide for the mental and physical health of this population has reached a critical level.
hogg.utexas.edu On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by licensed clinical social worker Carly Bassett, who specializes in mental health care for older adults.
This year is the #ADA's 30th Anniversary! 🤘🎉 We are partnering with Texas Governor's Committee on People With Disabilities, Disability Rights Texas, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities - TCDD, and other state agencies to present a series of FREE virtual workshops starting July 7. Check out our events page or Disability Rights Texas page for more info!
Early voting has started in Texas! Make sure you have all of the information you need for a safe voting experience.
Disability Rights Texas
DRTx has learned about postings online offering cards stating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows exemptions from the use of face coverings/masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases these cards contain the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) seal. The “Freedom to Breathe Agency” is in some cases selling these inauthentic and inaccurate cards online.
These cards were NOT issued by and NOT endorsed by the DOJ. The statements on these cards do not accurately reflect existing ADA law.
DRTx urges the public NOT to rely on the information contained on these cards and to instead visit www.ADA.gov for the most accurate and up to date COVID-19 information issued by the DOJ. For information about the ADA, please call 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY).
If you have a question about whether your disability allows you an exemption from wearing a mask, please contact us at 1-800-252-9108 or on our sign language video line at 1-866-362-2851.
Hurricane season is here (June-November) and it is important you stay informed. This week we are sharing part 3 of our Disaster Myths series- check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRwb7LTn8H4
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced the launch of a pen pal program to help keep state-supported living center residents and state hospital patients connected with their communities during the pandemic. https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news/2020/06/state-hospitals-state-supported-living-centers-create-pen-pal-programs-during-covid-19-pandemic
hhs.texas.gov SSLCs and state hospitals across Texas are using pen pal programs to
On call now with the Texas Education Agency and we are relieved to hear a different tone today from TEA Commissioner Morath who stated:
"Any parent who wants it can receive at-home learning."
He laid out remote learning options for districts that will generate full state funding.
Of course, many parents will not have this option because their financial circumstances do not allow it. We must ensure full unemployment benefits for parents who must keep their kids home to keep family safe during this pandemic.
In addition, many kids lack internet connectivity. We must fully fund broad band access to all families. Access to knowledge should be a right not a privilege.
Finally, teachers and staff should not have to risk their health to keep their jobs. Districts should make provisions for all staff and teachers to teach within an environment that they feel safe in. That should include distance learning.
Texas education officials are planning a light-handed role in coronavirus prevention measures, mirroring Gov. Greg Abbott's general approach to reopening the state's economy. Masks and distancing are recommended, but not mandatory.
texastribune.org Texas education officials are planning a light-handed role in coronavirus prevention measures, mirroring Gov. Greg Abbott's general approach to reopening the state's economy. Masks and distancing are recommended, but not mandatory.
The US Dept of Education issued an FAQ on considerations for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act dispute resolution procedures for services for students aged 3-21.
Four out of 10 of the poorest U.S. students are accessing remote learning as little as once a week or less, according to a new survey from ParentsTogether, an advocacy group.
npr.org Parents from low-income homes are twice as likely to say remote learning is going poorly or very poorly, and 1 in 3 of all parents say they are "very concerned" about children falling behind.
Free Webinar alert! 🚨 Part 2 of the Disability & Election Virtual Summit is tomorrow and there is still time to register. You don't need to attend part 1 in order to attend part 2.
More than 35 million people with disabilities are eligible voters. Add families, advocates friends, and others who interact with people with disabilities and the number of disability rights voters increases to more than 62 million people. Join American Association of People with Disabilities today and tomorrow for its free POWER: The Disability Vote, a national, nonpartisan disability and election virtual summit from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. CT. Both days will have panels, presentations, and a national call-to-action to disability voters and allies. It's not too late to register!
Hurricane season is here (June-November) and it is important you stay informed. This week we are sharing part 2 of our Disaster Myths series- check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mDhVLTgjqk
disabilityscoop.com Three years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the rights of students with disabilities, a new analysis suggests the ruling hasn't changed things much.
Creating an accessible word document is easier than you may think! Check out this checklist to see how you can create more accessible documents. https://www.abrightclearweb.com/accessible-word-document-checklist/
abrightclearweb.com While I focus on websites in my work, thanks to Deque University I’ve been learning about applying accessibility principles to other types of content. Whil
Happy Juneteenth, everyone. We hope you have a fun, healthy, and safe weekend.
𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦. 𝐌𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞. 𝔼𝕕𝕦𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕖. 🖤
𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘐𝘚 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺. This quick guide leaves out a ton of information, but it’s a starting point for those who are trying to become better allies. ✨ @ Emancipation Park
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