Protecting and advocating for the rights of Texans with disabilities - because all people have dignity and worth. 
The Rights Times
Spring 2016 Newsletter
In this edition:
  • New Supported Decision-Making Law in Texas
  • Sixteen-Year Children's Healthcare Lawsuit Concludes
  • DRTx Gets Social with #SideBySideTX Campaign
  • More Than 100,000 Served
Supported Decision-Making in Texas: What You Need to Know
With new legislation that took effect September 1, 2015, Texas is now the first state where supported decision-making is a legally recognized alternative to guardianship for adults with disabilities.

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Sixteen-Year Lawsuit Concludes
DRTx filed a lawsuit in 1999 on behalf of eight children who were denied medically necessary health services by Medicaid. In December 2015, the 16-year-long struggle to improve Medicaid services for children ended.

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Getting Social Side-By-Side 
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Texans with and without disabilities make contributions to their communities, participate in employment, and have fun together - side-by-side. So DRTx joined the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities and other groups for the #SideBySideTX social media campaign.

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DRTx Year in Review
Direct case services in just one of the many ways we help protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2015, our work benefited more than 100,000 Texans. 

Need Help?
If you are a Texan with a disability who believes your rights have been violated, please call our Intake Line at 1.800.252.9108 or our Sign Language Video Intake Line at 1.888.362.2851. Intake hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Disability Rights Texas (previously named Advocacy Inc.) is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Its mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society. Visit for more information.