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The Board of Directors guides Disability Rights California in developing and fulfilling its mission and vision. Board of Directors roster
Our Board reflects the diverse constituency served by us and the Board’s own commitment to that diversity. At least a majority of the Board is comprised of people with disabilities and the Board makes every effort to ensure that Board appointments reflect the socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic and disability diversity of California.
Board members are appointed based on a demonstrated interest and experience in issues affecting Californians with disabilities. In order to ensure appropriate oversight of our legal work at least 20% of the members of the Board are attorneys licensed to practice law in California. Bylaws of Disability Rights California Inc., as amended 3/6/10
Our Board meets four times per year in locations throughout the state. Board meeting calendar. All travel, room, and board expenses connected with the Board meeting are paid for by us. We also provide reasonable disability related accommodations for Board members. Members are not paid an honorarium for their services. Application for position on our Board of Directors and advisory committees and Frequently asked questions about our Board of Directors.
Public Members on Board Committees
The Board believes that it is important to hear from and work with members of California’s diverse disability community. To help ensure that these diverse communities can influence the Board’s work, the Board committees include public members. Public members serve as full members of these committees. They receive all Committee materials and vote on matters that come before the Committee. Public members currently serve one year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
Photo of some 2011 board members (from the 2011 Annual Report)
Board Advisory Committees
Disability Rights California also has two Advisory Committees which advise the Board on policies and priorities. The PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act) Advisory Council is required by federal law and provides advice regarding: services to persons with psychiatric disabilities; reviews PAIMI goals and priorities and assists in the annual PAIMI Program Performance Review process. The OCRA (Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy) Advisory Committee provides advice regarding services to consumers of the regional centers and is required by our contract with the Department of Developmental Disabilities.
How to Get Involved as a Board member, Public member or Advisory Committee member
Being a Board member means hard work and great rewards. Board members take great pride in the very real impact of our work in the lives of people with disabilities throughout California. If you are interested in joining the Board or an Advisory Committee, complete our application for a position on our Board of Directors and advisory committees (pdf) or (Doc).