Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Disability Rights Texas

03/29/2016 | Published by: Family to Family Network

Disability Rights Texas (DRTx)  protects the rights of, and advocates for, people with disabilities in Texas. They inform, educate, and provide legal help.

DRTx considers legal cases that fall under its service priorities and that will help more than one child or adult receive services. In other words, if your case will only help your child, they will not consider taking it. We know a family whose young adult was about to lose nursing hours that their Medicaid Waiver program could not provide because he turned 21. DRTx worked with the family and the Medicaid providers to make sure the young adult continued receiving enough nursing hours to keep him safe because this would affect more people than this young man.

Here are DRTx service priority areas. Details about advocacy and protections in each of these areas can be found by using the link to their website above and choosing the link to the area you are interested in. DRTx reviews its service priorities on a routine basis to ensure their focus remains on the most pressing needs of the disability community.

  • Accessibility – communication needs and access to public and private buildings
  • Community Living – choosing how and where to live and promoting services within the community
  • Education – use of inclusive classrooms and transition services
  • Employment – workplace discrimination and benefit protection
  • Health Care – quality, accessible, affordable health care
  • Housing – fair access to affordable housing
  • Protection and Civil Rights – advance and protect the civil rights of people with disabilities
  • Transportation – public and private services are accessible and meet legal requirements
  • Voting Rights – voter registration, polling access, and voting

DRTx cannot take every case that is presented to them, but if you or your child think your rights have been or may be violated, contact DRTx to see if they can help you.

For help, complete an online request or call the intake line at 1-800-252-9108. For other resources, check out the Find Services, Groups and Events on this website.


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