News

January 12, 2017

When School Anxiety Becomes Disabling

Eric, a second-grade student, rarely lasts longer than an hour in his classroom before making the trek to the behavior lab, the designated refocusing tool by school officials. Unfortunately, for Eric, the lab has evolved into a place of daily isolation and discipline. 

October 26, 2016

DRT Presents Annual Freedom Awards

This year DRT honored Joey Hassell and Martie Lafferty as part of the 3rd Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon held on October 20, 2016. 

September 8, 2016

Report Released on Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness

Between 80,000 and 100,000 inmates are currently segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22-24 hours per day, for days, months, years, and in some cases decades at a time.  A new report outlines the advocacy efforts undertaken on behalf of inmates with mental illness in segregation by the P&A network, and calls for greater national prison reform measures. 

 

August 18, 2016

Limited Language, not Limited Engagement

Parents with limited English proficiency (LEP) experience unique barriers to accessing the resources and supports needed to be effective advocates for their child. What are schools required to do to include them as equal partners in their child’s education?

August 17, 2016

You Can Do It!

As a new semester approaches many postsecondary students are asking, how will I get the supports I need this year and where do I go for help? DRT Attorney Bianca Henry shares some of her personal and professional knowledge about reasonable accommodations in postsecondary settings.

August 15, 2016

Students with Disabilities: Hitting a Brick Wall with the School System

Part one of a two-part series discussing how families can navigate the complaints process when they hit a brick wall with their child’s school. 

July 28, 2016

Twice Exceptional

Twice-exceptional students face distinct challenges to receiving effective services. As parents and advocates, it’s important to know what to look out for, so we can best meet these children’s needs. DRT advocate Cathy Brooks shares her insights and experience. 

July 25, 2016

Lawsuit Challenges TN Department of Corrections HCV Protocol

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Disability Rights Tennessee and Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC today filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the Tennessee Department of Corrections’ systematic denial of treatment to inmates infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

July 18, 2016

Systemic Advocacy: Playing the Long Game

As an advocate there are times you can’t do everything you want for your client. What does an advocate do in this situation? How do you work for systems change that will prevent these issues for other children in the future?

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