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Full Show: Political Roundup, and the Portrayal of Disabilities in the Media (Oct. 10, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn about Texans helping Florida prepare for Hurricane Michael. Then, we discuss local efforts to reduce climate change. Plus, our experts break down the latest political news. We discuss how disabilities are depicted in the media. And we learn about a new prequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Full Show: Law Professors Oppose Kavanaugh, and Remembering Dr. Red Duke (Oct. 4, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: Local law professors take a stand against Brett Kavanaugh. We discuss how young people with disabilities or chronic illnesses make the transition to adulthood. A local doctor calls for stricter standards in diagnosing gestational diabetes. And a new biography remembers Dr. Red Duke.

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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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New Leader in City of Houston’s Office for Disabilities, and Writer Lindy West: Tuesday’s Show (March 28, 2017)

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

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Disability Advocates Weigh in on Special Education Enrollment

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently examined special education enrollment in the state of Texas and found that over the last decade-plus, non-elected state officials have set an arbitrary limit to what percentage of students should be given special education services in each school district. The investigation says that limit – 8.5 percent – along with strict […]

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Fighting Sexual Exploitation, and Houston’s Musical History: Thursday’s Show (September 29, 2016)

Posted on · Beginning Thursday (Sept. 29, 2016), the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is holding a three-day summit in Houston covering efforts to combat sexual exploitation in several forms: pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, child abuse and objectification. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the summit – and efforts to combat sexual exploitation in […]

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Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs Kids

Posted on · Eddie Goldsberry is a CPA and Beth Owens works with personal trusts at Bank of Texas. What do they both have in common? Well, they’ve tailored their practices to help families with special-needs children. They aim to help families find the right products, services and legal help to facilitate long-term financial planning– something they say not […]

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School Rankings, and Affordable Housing: Monday’s Show (June 6, 2016)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding, and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2016 report is […]

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Teaching Students with Disabilities to Advocate for Themselves

Posted on · Michael Yudin is the acting assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. He was in town last week for two educational conferences, including a keynote speech for the Inclusion Works Conference presented by The ARC of Texas. Before he headed back to Washington, Yudin spoke […]

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They Don’t Care if You’re Inspired: Adaptive Athletes are Playing for Something More

Posted on · When we hear stories of people with disabilities overcoming their situations to compete at high levels in sports – like wheelchair rugby or track and field – it’s easy to use the word “inspiring” to describe what they’ve accomplished. But one professor at the University of Houston takes issue with that word. Dr. Michael Cottingham […]

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Helping Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities Lead Their Own Lives

Posted on · All parents wonder what their children will do when they’re grown — where they’ll live and what kind of life they’ll lead. That includes parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Will they live at home the rest of their lives? Will they work? How independent will they be? We learn about services available […]