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Maria Town: Her Vision for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner recently announced that Maria Town will head the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Town previously served as the disability community liaison for the Obama Administration’s Office of Public Engagement. Maggie Martin talks with her about her previous national experience and what she hopes to accomplish here in Houston.

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Harris County and Justice Department Battle Over Claims of ADA Non-Compliance at Polling Places

Posted on · Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department sued Harris County, alleging the county hasn’t taken enough steps to make polling places more accessible to voters with disabilities, citing — among other things — architectural barriers at some locations. The suit seeks a court order to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the […]

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Pensions and ADA Compliant Voting: Tuesday’s Show (August 16, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (August 9, 2016), Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting the current financial state of Houston’s pensions. The report lays out why the city’s unfunded liabilities are growing, and offers options for reform (though it does not make any recommendations about those options). On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Was the City of Beaumont Intentionally Trying to Restrict People with Disabilities from Living There?

Posted on · Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department announced that the City of Beaumont agreed to pay $475,000 and change its zoning and land use practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who sought to live in small group homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods. The settlement stems from […]

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Fair Housing and Making a Murderer: Tuesday’s Show (May 17, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department announced that the City of Beaumont agreed to pay $475,000 and change its zoning and land use practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who sought to live in small group homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods. The settlement stems from […]

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Lex Frieden on the ADA and the Past, Present, and Future of Disability Rights

Posted on · This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The landmark legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunities for disabled Americans in “employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.” On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with one […]

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Lex Frieden on Crafting the ADA: Friday’s show (July 24, 2015)

Posted on · This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The landmark legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunities for disabled Americans in “employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.” On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with one […]

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How Accessible is Houston for the Visually Impaired?

Posted on · It can be a challenge for anyone, at times, to get around in Houston. It’s all the more daunting for the blind or vision-impaired. Today on Houston Matters, we explore some of the challenges and accommodations made for the vision-impaired in Greater Houston, with Donnie Gatlin from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Carolyn […]

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Fake Service Dogs: How Some People are Skirting the Law

Posted on · Last September, a new law went into effect that makes it easier for someone with a disability to bring a service dog into a restaurant or business. It also gives more authority to local police officers to enforce that law and establishes significant penalties for those who violate it. But some issues surrounding service dogs […]

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How Accessible is Houston for the Disabled?

Posted on · How accessible is Houston for the disabled? What services or processes are in place to ensure disabled Houstonians can get around? Is all of Houston up to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act? And how do Houstonians without disabilities tend to treat those who are disabled? We’ll hear from two disabled men who are also advocates […]