Uncertain Future at Institutions for Disabled Texans

The debate over the future of Texas' institutions for the disabled is a perennial one; advocates for community living want them closed, while families of their residents fight to keep them open. 

But a groundbreaking recommendation from the state's Sunset Advisory Commission to shutter six of Texas' 13 state-supported living centers has reopened a giant divide in the disability community that had seemed to narrow in recent years. 

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, staffers at the Sunset Commission, which is charged with highlighting inefficiencies at state agencies, have called for closing the Austin State-Supported Living Center and forming ...

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