California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.


Little girl with pom pomsJoin Disability Rights California's Board

Help us create a barrier-free, inclusive, diverse world where Californians with disabilities enjoy equal rights, dignity, choice, independence and freedom from abuse, neglect and discrimination.

About DRC

We are the largest disability rights advocacy group in the nation, established by federal law to protect and advocate for Californians with disabilities. Last year we assisted more than 25,000 individuals and hundreds of thousands more benefited from our systems litigation, policy work, trainings and publications. For example, we helped Raul get support from the state so he could make his van accessible and keep his job; we helped state hospital residents receive dental care; and we ensured that voting systems were accessible to Californians with visual disabilities. Read more about our work at

Our Board

DRC’s work is guided by a board which values diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences. Board members work together to set DRC’s strategic direction, establish the budget and policies, evaluate the effectiveness of our work and raise funds for DRC. We are looking for members who embrace what DRC stands for, are leaders in their community, are engaged, and able to actively participate at board meetings and on board committees. We are currently seeking applicants for the Board of Directors and the following Committees: Finance, Legislation, Program & Planning, and Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy Advisory Committee. We are also currently seeking a provider of mental health services to fill a vacancy on the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council. We encourage you to visit our webpage to learn more about each committee.

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How to Apply

Submit a letter of interest and references by January 31, 2017, to or fax (916) 504-5809. The letter should include your contact information and answer the following questions.

1. Describe your connection to the disability community and disability civil rights.

2. Identify and briefly describe your prior experience serving on boards, including the dates of service and the activities you engaged in as a board member.

3. Describe why you want to join Disability Rights California’s board and what you would like to accomplish as a board member.

4. Describe your educational background, current employment and/or other volunteer activities.

5. Identify your unique skills and experience such as accounting, legal, public relations, fundraising, disability community connections and languages spoken.

6. List at least two references. Please include the name, telephone number and email address for each reference.Image of a client and his family

7. DRC’s Board values diversity. In order to assist the board in selecting diverse members, please identify which of the following group(s) you belong to: African American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, White, Multi-racial; Developmental Disability, Psychiatric Disability, Learning Disability, Sensory Disability, Physical Disability, Other Disability; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender. We collect this information on a voluntary basis, and if you choose not to disclose, you may either not respond or indicate that you decline to state.

8. For PAIMI Advisory Council applications, describe your experience working on issues of importance to mental health consumers, and in what capacity you are a provider of mental health services.