INCLUDE is an initiative to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and the involvement of law students in the disability rights movement. The project includes supported decision making (SDM) pro bono clinics for students with disabilities in transition to adulthood. Additional work includes a study of the implementation of SDM in Texas, which was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2015 and is the first statute of its kind in the United States. INCLUDE is supported, in part, with generous funding from the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas in Austin.
A report on adult guardianship in Texas, which contrasts Texas’ current adult guardianship requirements with reforms and changes made in a number of states that have recently modified their guardianship procedures. The report identifies a series of best practices that have emerged in recent years across the U.S., and concludes by highlighting opportunities to further strengthen Texas’ adult guardianship system.
The Justice Center, together with the UT Center for Disability Studies, worked with the Texas state housing finance and Medicaid agencies to develop innovative ways to support persons with disabilities in integrated housing opportunities through a new federal rental subsidy program. The initiative focused on persons with disabilities residing in Texas institutions who have extremely low incomes.