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.
"Challenging Denials by the Regional Center" May 15 6:30-8pm in English & Spanish. 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills, CA.. To register you must be a regional center client and call (818)778-4406
"Alt's to C-ship for Stanislaus County Transition Committee", May 5 10:30am, Modesto VMRC, Closed training
"Emergency Preparedness" Self Advocates of Area 6
May 5 at 10am
Quail Lakes Baptist Church
RSVP to 209-594-1476
"Reaching for your Dreams" May 9, 4-8pm, Veteran’s Memorial Building,
4117 Overland Avenue
(Cross Street Culver Blvd.), Culver City, CA 90230, No Pre-Registration Needed Come to the Jam, Sign-in, and pay the $5.00 entry fee! Linda at (310) 258-4245 or Jolene at (310) 258-4284
"African-American Parent Support Group", May 14, 6-8pm, This meeting will serve as parent-to-parent support.
Please come prepared to impart circumstances specific to your
family that might help others experiencing similar situations.
Please call 310-258-4063 to RSVP and reserve space for childcare.
Area Board 10 presents a training on the Fair Hearing Process. Learn the ins and outs of a regional center fair hearing with Katie Hornberger, Director of OCRA, on Saturday, June 7th. More details to come.