CTD in the News


WFAA Investigates failures of Texas system to protect disabled
November 4, 2021. WFAA.

Letters to the editor: More needs to be done to help caregivers
October 30, 2021. Austin American-Statesman.

Spears case spotlights state efforts to rein in conservators
October 1, 2021. Spectrum News.

Interview: William Greer, director, Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival, Lost Reel Short Film Showcase 2021
September 9, 2021. Light Camera Austin, KOOP Radio.

Controversial Texas Voting Laws Overshadowed By Quorum Break Set To Take Effect Next Week
August 27, 2021. Houston Public Media.

Let’s work together to make voting accessible, secure for all
August 23, 2021. Texas Tribune paid post.

Texans with disabilities fear voting bill will add more barriers to the ballot box
August 14, 2021. Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Texas GOP hits new roadblocks in push for voting restrictions
August 13, 2021. Washington Post.

Texas Senate Outlasts 15-Hour Filibuster By Sen. Carol Alvarado To Pass GOP Voting Restrictions Bill
August 11, 2021. Texas Tribune.

This story also appeared on KUT News.

GOP-backed elections bill gets initial approval in Texas Senate as Democrats still fight to kill it
August 9, 2021. KXAN.

Looking back at more than 30 years of the American Disabilities Act
July 26, 2021. Fox 7 Austin.

Texans testifying on GOP voting bill faced a 17 hour-wait to be heard by lawmakers in the dead of night
July 11, 2021. Texas Tribune.

Texans with disabilities fear voting will get harder for them as special session on GOP restrictions nears
July 5, 2021. Texas Tribune.
Versions of this story also appeared on July 5 on KRIS News 6 Corpis Christie, ABC 13 Houston, and KHOU 11

Some Texas students with disabilities thrived on remote learning, but have few options this fall
June 29, 2021. Texas Tribune.

Versions of this story also appeared on June 29 on KRIS News 6 Corpus Christie and July 5 in San Antonio Express-News.

Despite Lawmaker Fears Of A Revenue Shortfall, Texas’ $250 Billion Budget Avoided Major Cuts
June 16, 2021. Houston Public Media.

A version of this story also appeared on June 17 in the Texas Standard.

Mentally Ill and Sentenced to Death
June 16, 2021. Texas Observer.

Travis County leaders shelve plan for women's jail amid public opposition, calls for more services
June 15, 2021. Austin American-Statesman.

G.O.P. Bills Rattle Disabled Voters: ‘We Don’t Have a Voice Anymore’
June 14, 2021. New York Times.

Letters to the editor: Want fair voting? Listen to these communities.
June 6, 2021. Austin American-Statesman.

Raises for state employees in new budget? Only for select law enforcement and correctional officers
June 3, 2021. Dallas Morning News.

Amid a pandemic with unequal impact, a proposal for a new Office of Health Equity died in the Texas Senate
May 28, 2021. Texas Tribune.

A version of this story also appeared on May 28 in the Weatherford Democrat.

There is no "election integrity: without accessibility
May 20, 2021. Texas Tribune.

Texans cannot tolerate resurgence of voter suppression
May 10, 2021. The Battalion, Texas A&M.

Texas House Passes Bill To Expand Medical Marijuana Access
April 28, 2021. CBS DFW.

"Election Integrity" or Voter Intimidation?
April 19, 2021. Texas Observer.

Medical cannabis advocates push for more access in Texas
April 16, 2021. Spectrum News.

Medical Marijuana Access For Veterans And Others Suffering From PTSD Advances Out of Committee
April 13, 2021. Reform Austin News.

Texas elections bill approved by House committee, stoking concerns from disability advocates
April 8, 2021. KXAN.

Texas House committee passes bill to expand medical marijuana program
April 7, 2021. Dallas Morning News.

Texas House considers another expansion of state’s medical marijuana program
April 7, 2021. KGBT-TV.

Borel: Cuts to Medicare could affect access to health care for people with disabilities
April 1, 2021. San Antonio Report
A version of this op ed also appeared on April 1 in the Austin Business Journal and print editions of Princeton Herald, The Post (Texas City), Wylie News, Farmersville Times, Waller County Express, Sachse News, and Murphy Monitor.

Borel: Support People with Disabilities by Supporting Medicare Advantage
March 23, 2021. Rio Grande Guardian.


For nearly 3 million disabled Texans, voting this year is even harder
October 30, 2020. Texas Tribune. Voting.

Letter to the Editor: Reinstate protections for disabled, LGBTQ clients
October 25, 2020. Austin American-Statesman.

Lawmakers, advocates decry social worker code of ethics change at press conference
October 23, 2020. Dallas Voice.

Texas draws fire for striking protections for LGBTQ and disabled people from social work code of conduct
October 17, 2020. Dallas Morning News.

Texas Dems Declare ‘Big War’ on Gov Over Mail-In Vote Restriction
October 1, 2020. The Daily Best. Voting.

Trump executive order undermines vaccine innovation
September 28, 2020. Galveston County Daily News.

Legislature sidelined as three Texas GOP leaders steer $1B in budget cuts
August 27, 2020. San Antonio Express-News. ECI.

City hiring more volunteers to help enforce accessible parking violations
August 19, 2020. KXAN. Accessible Parking.

Blind voters, disability rights groups sue Texas over inaccessible mail-in ballot system
July 27, 2020. Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Voting.

Disabilities advocates: Texas mail ballot system disenfranchises people with disabilities
July 24, 2020. Dallas Morning News. Voting.

Letter to the Editor: Don't Target Vulnerable Texans with Budget Cuts
July 14, 2020. Austin American-Statesman. State Budget.

Borel & Langer: A policy decision haunting Texas during coronavirus pandemic
March 28, 2020. Rio Grande Guardian. Community Attendants
This op ed also appeared in the Gilmer Mirror, March 27 and the Corpus Christi Caller Times, March 31.

They make $10.50 an hour to care for the Texans most susceptible to infection
March 23, 2020. Houston Chronicle. Community Attendants.

This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, April 6.

San Antonio woman’s CBD use leads to firing, lawsuit
March 8, 2020. San Antonio Express-News.

Letter to the Editor: Potential Disaster Would Compound Yet Another
February 28, 2020. Austin American-Statesman. Medicaid, coronavirus.
Dennis' LtE also appeared in the Dallas Morning News, March 1

Guest Column: Dennis Borel: Keeping disabled citizens in mind in 2020
February 22, 2020. Waco Tribune-Herald. Medicare.

A version of Dennis' column also appeared in Texas Insider February 25.

Op-Ed, Chase Bearden: What is the value of a life? Can you put a price tag on one?
January 24, 2020. El Paso Times.


Transportation department to address new scooter plans, concerns of disabilities committee
December 13, 2019. KXAN. Shared Micro-Mobility.

As Texas leads charge against Obamacare, state leaders work on backup plans
June 28, 2019. San Antonio Express-News.

Medical cannabis access expanding in Texas
June 17, 2019. Fox 7 Austin. Medical Cannabis.

Texans with Disabilities are Struggling to Find Health Care Attendants. Lawmakers Didn’t Do Much to Help.
May 28, 2019. Texas Observer. Community Attendants.

Everyone wants a piece of the Texas budget. It's hard to succeed when most of the money is accounted for.
March 26, 2019. Texas Tribune. Community Attendants.

Texas lawmakers should act to protect stable patients like me
March 19, 2019. TribTalk. Consumer Protections.

Walmart is getting rid of greeters. Here’s why the disabled community is outraged
February 27, 2019. Star Telegram. Employment.

Rockwall Resident Advocates At Texas Capitol For Expansion of Compassionate Use of Marijuana
February 18, 2019. Front Porch News. Medical Cannabis.

Thousands of Texans can't access front door of State Capitol
January 16, 2019. News 4 San Antonio.

Letter to the Editor: Legislature must act on wage crisis
January 5, 2019. Austin American-Statesman. Community Attendants.


Disability community reflects on H.W. Bush signing the ADA
December 3, 2018. KXAN.

Trial wraps up in lawsuit against the state by developmentally disabled Texans
November 15, 2018. San Antonio Express.

Seeing in the Dark: The rise of D Lit in publishing
November 15, 2018. Bay Area Reporter. Pen 2 Paper.

No More Cartoon Villains: Dismantling stereotypes with the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival
October 18, 2018. Austin Chronicle. CTD Film Festival.

Trial starts accusing state of disabled-service violations
October 16, 2018. San Antonio Express.

Interview with Cinema Touching Disability
October 4, 2018. Lights Camera Austin on KOOP Radio. CTD Film Festival.

Parking, recklessness among scooter concerns for city’s disability committee
September 21, 2018. Austin Monitor.

The real reason Texans are grappling with high drug costs
August 12, 2018. San Antonio Express. Access to Medicines.

Electronic Visit Verification: a Threat to Independence for Disabled People
July 13, 2018. Rooted in Rights Blog. EVV.

Opinion: Texas Legislature cries foul over Medicaid tragedies but fails to admit its own role
June 12, 2018. Dallas Morning News. Medicaid Managed Care.

The promise of new rides for Texans with disabilities
May 17, 2018. TribTalk. Accessible Transportation

Expansion Of Texas Medical Marijuana Laws Gaining Traction Among Lawmakers
April 19, 2018. Texas Public Radio. Medical Marijuana.

State Advisory Council To Explore Expansion Of Texas Medical Marijuana Law
April 3, 2018. Texas Public Radio. Medical Marijuana.

StoryCorps: Paralyzed Adventurer On Crazy Ideas, Mount Everest And Living On The Edge
March 12, 2018. KUT.

State acts to ensure disabled Texans are able to vote
February 23, 2018. San Antonio Express News. Voting.

After lawsuit threat, Texas agency changes voter registration policy
February 22, 2018. Austin American-Statesman. Voting.

After being threatened with lawsuit, Texas agency will help disabled people register to vote
February 22, 2018. Dallas Morning News. Voting.

Disability rights group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration
February 15, 2015. Houston Chronicle. Voting.

Disabled Job-Seekers No Longer Receive Voter Registration Assistance, Rights Group Says
February 13, 2018. Texas Standard. Voting.

Disability group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration policy
February 12, 2018. Austin American-Statesman. Voting.

Federal investigation confirms thousands of Texas students were denied special education services
January 11, 2018. Fox 7. Special Education.


Fire victims wait for Houston to act on regulating lodging facilities
December 28, 2017. Houston Chronicle. Board Homes.

Texas education agency faces mounting questions over canceled special education contract
December 20, 2017. Texas Tribune. Special Education.

After $269M in reforms, a glint of hope at Texas homes for disabled
November 16, 2017. Austin American-Statesman. SSLCs.

Opinion: How bureaucrats are limiting Texas’ access to health care
November 5, 2017. Austin American-Statesman. Medicare.

UTA students with disabilities story is told through exhibit
October 16, 2017. The Daily Texan.

Interview with William Greer, Film Festival Director, Cinema Touching Disability 
October 5, 2017. KOOP, Lights Camera Austin. CTD Film Festival.

Lawsuit challenging Texas' futile care law goes before judge Friday
September 21, 2017. Houston Chronicle.

State Plans to Restore Services after Advocates in Wheelchairs Surprise Officials
September 21, 2017. Texas Observer. Community Attendants.

Disabled Texans say bathroom bill could further complicate their lives
July 28, 2017. Texas Tribune.

Texans With Disabilities Physically Barred From Policymakers
July 27, 2017. Austin Chronicle.

Old, sick and scrambling to find a new home: ‘We are all nervous wrecks’
July 21, 2017. Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Medicaid.

With GOP healthcare bill in limbo, some Texans urge Senators to vote “no”
June 28, 2017. KXAN. Medicaid.

Fears, frustrations in Texas over GOP health care bill
June 24, 2017. Spectrum News. Medicaid.

Local concerns persist over looming GOP health care bill
June 6, 2017. KXAN. Medicaid.

Texas may expand ballot access for elderly and voters with disabilities
June 2, 12017. Texas Tribune. Voting.

Lawmakers pass budget that offers clenched fist, aiding few at-risk Texans other than abused kids
May 27, 2017. Dallas Morning News. State Budget.

The promise of new rides for Texans with disabilities
May 17, 2017. TribTalk. Accessible Transportation.

Texans with disabilities worry about repeal and replace Medicaid cuts
May 5, 2017. KXAN.

Dangerous dwellings
May 5, 2017. Houston Chronicle. Board Homes.

Abuse of disabled parking placards sparks bill to improve enforcement
April 19, 2017. CBS News. Accessible Parking.

Insurance-driven “fail first” policy hurts patients, undermines doctors
March 17, 2017. Trib Talk.

Can Texas Public Schools Give Special Education Students The Help They Need?
March 15, 2017. The Source, Texas Public Radio. Special Education.

Senate panel considers bills that would draw Uber and Lyft back to Austin
March 14, 2017. Texas Tribune. Ride Sharing.

TEA to put end to enrollment 'cap' for special needs kids
March 6, 2017. KVUE. Special Education.

Disability community’s top priorities impact all Texans
February 26, 2017. Trib Talk.

Abbott freezes state hiring, begins jockeying with Texas lawmakers over budget
January 31, 2017. Dallas Morning News. Community Attendants.

Demand Letter Sent To TEA To Eliminate Special Education Cap
January 31, 2017. CBS DFW. Special Education.

Advocates, Attorneys Press Texas Education Agency For Special Ed Reform
January 30, 2017. Houston Public Media. Special Education.

Disability advocates threaten to sue Texas over special education cap
January 30, 2017. Houston Chronicle. Special Education.

There's a huge imbalance in how Texas provides for its old people
January 27, 2017. Houston Chronicle. Community Attendants.

Austin Ride-sharing Companies Required to Accommodate Disabled Community
January 25, 2017. Spectrum News. TNCs.

Legally blind runner finishes his 15th marathon with a PR by 'adjusting to the challenges'
January 9, 2017. Sports Day, Dallas Morning News.


Texas Speaker Backtracks on Cutting Therapy Funds
November 30, 2016. El Paso Proud.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival Kicks Off Today
November 4, 2016. KUT News. CTD Film Festival.

Interview with Film Festival Director William Greer
October 20, 2016. Lights Camera Austin! CTD Film Festival.

Patient Access for a Healthy Texas Coalition Announced
October 5, 2016. Digital Journal.

Disability advocates call on community for change
September 30, 2016. The Shorthorn.

Parents Urge Lawmakers Not To Increase Medicaid Costs For Children With Disabilities
September 15, 2016. Texas Public Radio.

Importance of keeping Austin ADA compliant
September 14, 2016. KVUE.

Local Disability Awareness Groups Warn of Attorney's 'Questionable' Lawsuits
September 12, 2016. KVUE.

Disability Advocacy Groups Weigh in on Hundreds of ADA Lawsuits
September 9, 2016. KXAN.

Harris County Sued over Disabled Voting Access
August 4, 2016. Texas Tribune. Voting.

Lead in Water Not Only Issue at State Supported Living Centers
July 29, 2016. Texas Standard. SSLCs.

Accessible Austin (video)
July 18, 2016. KLRU.

First 529A savings accounts for disabled opening this month
June 24, 2016. Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Texas ABLE.

Op Ed: Efforts to Protect Drug Research Important 
May 30, 2016. MySanAntonio.com. Access to medications.

Flint-level Lead in Water at Texas State Living Centers
May 17, 2016. Texas Standard. SSLCs.

Disabled Texans in three state homes have been drinking water with Flint-level amounts of lead
May 13, 2016. Dallas Morning News Trailblazers Blog. SSLCs.

DPS boosts training on how to deal with drivers with autism
April 25, 2016. Houston Chronicle.

The true barrier to independence for people with disabilities
March 30, 2016. Trib Talk. Independent Living.

Blind marathon runner completes 30 mile ultra marathon
March 19, 2016. KEYE.

Texas Lawmakers Look for the Cure to Fewer Doctors Taking Medicaid Patients
March 9, 2016. KUT. Medicaid Managed Care.

OpEd: Open carry in state hospitals fails to protect vulnerable
co-authored with Karen Ranus of NAMI Austin and Greg Hansch of NAMI Texas
January 26, 2016. Austin American-Statesman.


Austin man runs 12th marathon and advocates for the blind
December 2, 2015. KEYE.

The Waiting Game: How Texans with Intellectual Disabilities End Up Homeless
November 10, 2015. Texas Observer. I/DD, Community Services.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival
November 6, 2015. Fox 7. CTD Film Festival.

Cinema Touching Disabilities fights misconceptions
November 5, 2015. Austin Chronicle. CTD Film Festival.

School helps with with special needs learn martial arts
October 25, 2015. Austin American-Statesman. CTD Film Festival.

Travis Co. cracks down on handicapped parking violators with new app
October 7, 2015. KEYE. Parking.

New ABLE savings accounts will help disabled Texans
September 4, 2015. Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Texas ABLE Act.

Uber adds rides for people with disabilities after criticism
July 29, 2015. KXAN.

OpEd: Why All Baby Boomers Should be Tested for Hepatitis C
July 17, 2015. Austin American-Statesman.

Commissioner to Leave HHSC as Deputy Takes Over
June 5, 2015. Texas Tribune.

Liberal groups warn Texas tax cuts, boost for roads will blow 2011-style hole in next budget
June 1, 2015. Dallas Morning News. Budget, $10 Campaign.

OpEd: How Do We Stop Prescription Medicine Misuse?
May 10, 2015. Austin American Statesman. Prescription Drug Abuse.

Letter to the Editor: SSLC piece based on flawed reasoning
April 24, 2015. Austin American Statesman. SSLCs.

Survivor of Brain Injury Tells his Story of Hope
April 23, 2015. My Fox Austin.

Health Care Attendants Rally for Better Pay
April 1, 2015. TWC News Austin. $10 Campaign.

Overhaul of Texas Health and Human Services Draws Ire at Senate Panel
March 23, 2015. Austin American-Statesman. SSLCs.

Tax Cuts Proposals Meet Opposition
March 17, 2015. KEYE. State Budget.

Perry Files Legislation For The Disability Community Texas Able Savings Account Plan
March 13, 2015. EverythingLubbock.com. ABLE Act.

Disability Advocates Keep Close Watch on New Texas Governor
March 12, 2015. ABC News. ADA.

Disabling the Perception of Disabilities
March 11, 2015. Mason County News. Advocacy Corps.

Conservatives Join Push to Pay Care Workers More
March 3, 2015. Texas Tribune. Community Attendants.

Texas Disability Advocate Helped Mold the ADA
February 28, 2015. Texas Tribune. ADA.

OpEd: Keeping an Open Mind about Mental Health Care in Texas
February 19, 2015. Waco Tribune. State contracts.

Hospitals Hope Texas Lawmakers Go after Obamacare Money
February 8, 2015. San Angelo Standard-Times. Medicaid.

Austin Student Raises $80,000 for Access
January 6, 2015. Houston Chronicle. ADA.


Opinion: Overlooked for years, public health program faces collapse
December 30, 2014. Austin American-Statesman. Community Attendants.

Medicaid Eligibility Changes Have Texas Parents Scrambling to Regain Coverage
December 23, 2014. KUT News. Medicaid.

Historic Governor's Mansion to be Tweaked for Abbott
December 5, 2014. Texas Tribune. Capitol Accessibility.

Opinion: Transportation amendment symptom of crisis in state funding
on behalf of the Texas Forward coalition
November 19, 2014. Austin American-Statesman. State Budget.

Opinion: Put 340B Drug Discount Program Back on Track
November 19, 2014. Friendswood Journal. Access to Medication.

Disability Group Plans Meeting with Governor-Elect Abbott
November 7, 2014. TWC News Austin. Governors' Race.

Abbott fiercely independent, low-key
October 25, 2014. San Antonio Express, Houston Chronicle. Governors' Race.

Friday's Pick: Cinema Touching Disability
October 17, 2014. Austin 360. CTD Film Fest.

Weekend Festival Focuses on Life with Disabilities
October 17, 2014. KXAN. CTD Film Fest.

Cinema Touching Disability on Lights Camera Austin
October 16, 2014. KOOP Radio. CTD Film Fest.

Disability Film Festival
October 15, 2014. KEYE, We Are Austin. CTD Film Fest.

Attend the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival on Arts Eclectic
October 13, 2014. KUT. CTD Film Fest.

Op-ed: Look Beyond the Wheelchairs
October 13, 2014. TribTalk. Governors' Race.

Pundits Decry Wendy Davis' Wheelchair campaign ad. But what do Texans with disabilities think?
October 13, 2014. Christian Science Monitor. Governors' Race.

Cinema Touching Disability on Good Day Austin
October 13, 2014. My Fox Austin. CTD Film Fest.

Cinema Touching Disability on Inside Austin
October 12, 2014. Inside Austin (KAMX Mix 94.7, KKMJ Majic 95.5, Talk 96.3FM, & Talk 1370AM). CTD Film Fest.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival Coming Oct. 17 and 18
October 9, 2014. Austin American-Statesman. CTD Film Fest.

State Supported Living Center Closing
September 29, 2014. My Fox Austin. SSLCs.

Disability groups hope turnover leads to reform
September 25, 2014. Texas Tribune. TDIF, Governors' Race.

Top Texas Democratic candidates address disabled voters
September 24, 2014. Austin American-Statesman. TDIF.

Davis aims to find common ground with disabled voters
September 24, 2014. Houston Chronicle. TDIF.

Houston, disability advocates slam Paxton for Forum no-show
September 24, 2014. Houston Chronicle. TDIF.

Disabled voters organize candidate forum, GOP hopefuls decline 
September 18, 2014. Austin American-Statesman. TDIF.

Disability advocates organize to grab candidates' attention
September 17, 2014. TWC News Austin. TDIF.

Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott split on disability issue
September 16, 2014. San Antonio Express. ADA, TDIF.

For advocates, Abbott's policy more important than his disability
September 14, 2014. Houston Chronicle. Governors Race.

Sun to Set on Severely Disabled Patients
August 15, 2014. Austin Chronicle. SSLCs.

Sun to Set on Severely Disabled Patients
August 11, 2014, Austin Chronicle. SSLCs.

Austin Community Applauds Nordstrom for Featuring People with Disabilities
July 16, 2014, KEYE TV. Employment.

Center's Future Not Secure
June 14, 2014, Denton Record-Chronicle. SSLCs.

Parkland psych ER is again scene of patient abuse
June 14, 2014, Dallas Morning News. Mental Health Care.

Uncertain Future at Institutions for Disabled Texans
June 3, 2014, Texas Tribune. SSLCs.

Report calls for closing some centers
May 31, 2014, Denton Record-Chronicle. SSLCs.

Commission reopens debate over supported living center closures
May 29, 2014, Houston Chronicle. SSLCs.

‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide
April 21, 2014, Here & Now. Boston Marathon, adaptive sports.

Disability Rights Advocates Get Speaker
April 8, 2013, KEYE TV. Civil Rights.

The R-Word: As Cruel and Offensive as Any Slur
March 5, 2014, Public News Service. I/DD

"Gap" in coverage leaves some without health insurance
February 17, 2014, Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Medicaid

Greg Abbott pushes to block disabled Texans' lawsuits against state
February 15, 2014, Dallas Morning News. ADA