California’s protection & advocacy system
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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:
E.C. attended a special education pre-kindergarten program at a school close to his home. For kindergarten, the school district proposed to place him in a different school because they said he needed to be in the autism program at the new school. E.C.’s mother visited the proposed new school and did not agree to place him there because it was not clean and quite far from E.C.’s home. The area held bad memories for the family because one of E.C.’s family members was killed on the same block. E.C.’s mother also did not think the teacher in the proposed classroom would be a good fit for her son.
E.C.’s mother and the rest of his Individualized Education Program (IEP) team discussed placement at a meeting, and his mother signed what she was told was an attendance sheet. She later realized that she had signed in agreement with the IEP and the proposed placement. She tried calling the school E.C. formerly attended and where the IEP meeting was held, to ask them for different options, but the assistant principal and the teacher told her there were no other options. E.C. lives in a large city with many elementary schools, some with autism programs, close to his home. School ended for the summer and E.C.’s mother felt hopeless that E.C. would have to begin kindergarten in an inappropriate setting.
OCRA sent a letter to the school district, revoking E.C.’s mother’s consent on the last IEP, asked for other placement options, and an IEP meeting to be held. This was followed by negotiations with staff from the school district over the summer, to get E.C. a placement offer at the school where he attended pre-kindergarten and home-to-school transportation. E.C. began kindergarten at his local school in the autism program just two days into the school year. Katie Meyer, CRA, Luisa Delgadillo, Assistant CRA, Katherine Mottarella, Supervising CRA, Westside Regional Center.
April 16 10:00AM
3121 N. Select Ave Bakersfield, CA 93308
For more info contact: Mario Espinoza (661) 208-4847.
April 18, 2015 More information to come.
Contact: Filomena Alomar (408) 374-2470