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December 2023 Newsletter

A look back at 2023

This year left people with disabilities in Texas reasons to be both optimistic and discouraged. The things we are celebrating with you include: 


But we’ve also seen what we believe to be an outright attack on disability rights in our state, such as: 

  • Numerous attempts to pass school voucher laws which can segregate students with disabilities and remove their federal legal rights in private schools. 
  • A bill with bi-partisan support surprisingly vetoed that would have provided accessible mail-in ballots for blind and low-vision voters. 
  • Nearly 2 million people, many who have disabilities, losing critical Medicaid health care coverage. 
  • School districts failing to provide timely special education evaluations for thousands of children with disabilities.
  • Continued failure to increase attendant pay to a living wage so people with disabilities can live independently in the community instead of locked up in institutions. 
  • Lack of accessible emergency and disaster services that leave people with disabilities in grave danger during hurricanes, power outages and other life-threating events.  


Unfortunately the list of challenges goes on. You can count on Disability Rights Texas to keep fighting for progress so that our state becomes a place where all people with disabilities can live and have access to the things in life that all people want and need.

We’ll keep providing individual case services, filing lawsuits and legal complaints, training you on your rights, and educating policymakers until Texas becomes a fully accessible and inclusive place to live.

We thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts. We could not succeed without you.

With your support, we're making an impact

With your support this year, we helped tens of thousands of Texans with disabilities know their rights, stay in their jobs, get the education and healthcare they need, move out of institutions, have their rights restored, and more. Below are highlights of what we were able to accomplish this past year because of you.

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6,215 requests for our services

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23,245 people trained on rights

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3,037 client cases opened

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77 lawsuits filed by DRTx 

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41,972 resources distributed

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250,300 accessed rights resources

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Mentioned in the news 700+ times

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205 million reached via news, social, and email

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Statewide Intake Line: 1.800.252.9108

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Disability Rights Texas 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.