2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Ted Evans

Ted Evans

Name of Host Organization: Disability Rights Texas
City, State: Houston, Texas
Issue area: Disability Rights
Sponsors: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; The Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Provide legal advocacy and community outreach to people with disabilties isolated in work shelters earning pennies an hour in poor work conditions, and shut down the school-to-work shelter pipeline.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Several people with disabilities are paid only pennies an hour, well below the federal minimum wage, and are trapped in sheltered workshops isolated from the broader community of people without disabilities. Isolating individuals into workshops cuts off this major source of community interaction. Ted’s project will work to help people access options outside sheltered workshops and earn a fair living wage.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Ted is the right person for the project because:
• He is committed to ending the segregation and exploitation of people with disabilities warehoused into work shelters
• Having worked with people with disabilities as a law clerk, Ted is attuned to the legal and social challenges people with disabilities face
• He has grown up around people with various disabilities and his unique perspective will allow him to build relationships of trust with his clients

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