California’s protection & advocacy system
Toll Free 800.776.5746 / TTY 800.719.5798
The Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA is funded through a contract with the California Department of Developmental Services. OCRA has been providing advocacy services to regional center consumers, their families, and interested community members since 1999. OCRA provides legal services to consumers of all 21 regional centers throughout California. This is done by having a Clients' Rights Advocate (CRA) designated for each regional center catchment area. The CRA can help with legal problems, conduct trainings, and investigate denials of rights.
To contact your OCRA office, call one of OCRA's toll-free numbers:
Northern California 1-800-390-7032 (TTY 877-669-6023)
Southern California 1-866-833-6712 (TTY 877-669-6023)
Or you can call your advocate directly at the number listed below:
OCRA Stops Bullying by Other Students.
O.D. had recently transitioned from a special day class to a fully integrated high school program. She was experiencing daily bullying from students who did not understand some of O.D.’s autistic-like behaviors. OCRA agreed to represent O.D. at an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to develop ideas to stop the bullying.
During the IEP meeting, the team agreed that assigning a school aide to observe O.D. throughout the day might make O.D. feel safer and assist her with her school work. It was agreed that the school aide would not hover-over her because O.D., being a teenager, would not like that kind of attention. Instead, the aide would remain at a distance only to observe and be available should O.D. need help. OCRA is also assisting O.D. in obtaining social skills’ training in the community which she can apply school. Hannah Liddell, CRA, Ada Hamer, Associate CRA, Timothy Poe, Supervising CRA, Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center.
Introduction to Special Education Rights & Responsibilities, the IEP Process, with OCRA/DRC & Area Board 3, Friday Sept. 5th 9-11am, @ Area Board 3, RSVP 916-263-3085.
Regional Center Fair Hearings - Improving Your Chance of Successful Outcomes, with Katie Hornberger, Director, OCRA/DRC, Wednesday, Sept. 17th 9-11am. @ Area Board 3. RSVP 916-263-3085.
Understanding Special Education Due Process, with Bob Varma, Presiding Administrative Law Judge, Friday, September 26th 9-11:30am. Yolo County Office of Education, Woodland. RSVP 916-263-3085.
21st Annual Inclusion Celebration, Dessert Social, Wednesday, October 8th 7pm-9pm @ The Lion's Gate Hotel. $35 per person/early-bird $30 The Supported Life Institute.
28TH Annual Supported Life Conference - "Proactive...Productive...Progressive", October 9-11th The Lions Gate Hotel, Sacramento, CA. "Empowering All People with Developmental Disabilities to be Fully Included in the Community". To register The Supported Life Institute.
Understanding Special Education Due Process with Bob Varma, Presiding Administrative Law Judge, Monday, October 20th 9-11:30am @ More Rehab, Placerville. RSVP 916-263-3085.
"Respecting Choice, Creating Innovation, and Fulfilling Dreams" A Statewide Informational and Networking Conference on California's New Self-Determination Program, Friday & Saturday, November 7-8, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles - Westside, Culver City, California - Read more about this