Disability rights advocates gathered at Gov. Rick Perry's campaign headquarters today to demand a meeting with the governor to discuss improving care and living conditions for disabled Texans.Full Story
Texas' state-supported living centers are institutional residential facilities for people with disabilities. The 13 facilities scattered across Texas have been the subject of federal oversight and much legislative debate -- between advocates who want to close them in favor of community living, and families who want to keep them open.
The state-supported living centers have been rife with abuse and neglect ...
Advocates for shuttering Texas’ institutions for the disabled thought they had the numbers on their side: a budget crisis so severe that lawmakers would have to close some state-supported living centers. With less than a month left in the session, their hopes are largely dashed.Full Story
The way Texas is currently providing care for people with disabilities — keeping all its state institutions in operation, despite increasing demand for community-based care — is not cost effective, and should be changed, according to an analysis released by the Legislative Budget Board on Wednesday.Full Story
With each day that passes, David Nicholson fears that the man who killed his profoundly disabled brother will join the ranks of state school workers who are never convicted for their heinous acts.Full Story