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The Rights Times
Spring 2015 Edition

DRTx Regains Child's Critical Medical Services

photo of Kristen and Jennifer Fifteen-year-old Kristen needs help 24 hours a day because of multiple disabilities. But after 7 years of receiving services through the Texas Medicaid Medically Dependent Children's Program (MDCP), she was suddenly and unexplainably found ineligible.


Kristen's mom, Jennifer, was quick to contact every state and regional agency she knew to find a solution. She even contacted her state senator and representative. Though people wanted to help, they couldn't.


Jennifer would not give up. One day she decided to search the internet to see what other options might be available. She found a link to the DRTx website and called our Intake Department.  Click here to read the rest of the story...

Make Mom Smile While You Give

Thinking about what to get your Mom for her special day in May? Buy just what you need at great prices at AmazonSmile and designate amazon smile box and logoDisability Rights Texas as your charity of choice. We'll receive a portion of the proceeds of the sale, and that will make you, your mom, and DRTx smile!


It's an easy way to give and help protect the rights of thousands of Texans with disabilities each year. Click here to start shopping now!

Chase Bank Attorneys Help Keep Children Out of Institutions

Cases in which medically fragile children are being wrongly terminated from eligibility for the Texas Medicaid Medically Dependent Children's Program (MDCP) are becoming all too common (see story about Kristen).
With the continued rising demand for DRTx to provide legal assistance to these families, we are grateful to the JP Morgan Chase Legal Department for their continued commitment to our Children's Medicaid Pro-Bono Project and for the successful outcomes they have achieved.
One case involved the assistance of Chase attorneys Julie Jared and Tina Tuccelli. MDCP eligibility was terminated for a child with significant disabilities requiring nursing home level of care home-health services if he was to continue living in his family home. Click here to read the rest of the story...
No Single Cause, No Two Kids Alike
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April is Autism Awareness Month. According to the Autism Society of America, "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person's ability to communicate and interact with others."


"ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a 'spectrum condition' that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis and intervention and access to appropriate services and supports lead to significantly improved outcomes."


Take some time this month to become more aware of autism. Here are a few links to help you learn more:

7 Things Kids with Autism Wish You Knew

10 Things Moms of Kids with Autism Want You to Know

Autism Fact Sheet

Need Help?

If you are a Texan with a disability who believes your rights have been violated, call 1.800.252.9108 or our Sign Language Video Line at 1.866.362.2851. Intake Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Online Intake, Available 24/7 

Can't call during our regular intake hours or can't get through due to high call volume? Click here to use our online intake form available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!


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