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.
Contra Costa County Developmental Disabilities Council Meeting
RCEB 2151 Salvio Street, Suite 365 Concord, CA 94520 Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Contact: Arthur Lipscomb (510) 267-1280
CA People First Conference
Double Tree Hotel in Bakersfield, CA November 21. 10:30am
By CRA Mario Espinoza and ACRA Valerie Geary
Contact: Valerie Geary (661) 208-4847
Fair Hearing Training for AB 6
January 13 San Joaquin Office of Education 2901 Arch Airport Rd Stockton, CA 95206
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 pm
Contact: Christine Hager (209) 242-2127
How to understand my child IEP
Feb 3, 2105 at Gilroy Unified School district office, 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy CA
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Filomena (408-) 374-2470
Parent support group Angeles sin Fronteras Conference 2015
April 18, 2015 More information to come.
Contact: Filomena Alomar (408) 374-2470