California’s protection & advocacy system
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Each month DRC is contacted by nearly 2000 Californians who need disability services. As we face the threat of cutbacks in some of our grants, your donations are needed more than ever to support our advocacy, training, litigation and publications. As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we rely on your tax-deductible contributions to respond to as many people as possible who need our interventions and information.
You may donate using any of the following methods:
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setup a monthly giving plan with your credit card company,
setup an employer matching contribution with your current employer,
you can send a check payable to Disability Rights California to:
Disability Rights California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
If you have questions about how to donate or need additional assistance please call 1-800-776-5746
In 2013 the Disability Rights California Client Assistance Program (CAP) represented David Karchem who worked as computer technology designer and manager for 30 years prior to having a stroke. Rebecca Hoyt, a CAP Advocate, represented David in negotiations with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) about eligibility for services and development of his Individualized Plan for Employment. As a result of our advocacy, DOR provided necessary services so David could purse his passion in software and robotic devices that help reconnect brain synapses after a stroke or brain injury. Recently David completed his Masters of Science in Assistive Technology at California State University at Northridge and is now ready to purse his second career. We congratulate David on his accomplishments and are confident that his perseverance and hard work will result in many more successes.
Wanda, who has a progressive vision impairment, completed her training and hours to take the licensing exam to become a marriage and family therapist. She requested double time on the licensing exam and desired to use Zoomtext computer technology as reasonable accommodations for her disability. The California Board of Behavioral Services (BBS) and its contractor, PSI Services, initially denied the Zoomtext accommodation on the grounds that Zoomtext was “not compatible” with PSI’s computer system. Disability Rights California legal staff wrote a letter to BBS and PSI explaining that courts have found Zoomtext to be a reasonable accommodation for the California bar exam, and successfully negotiated for the testing accommodations that Wanda needs.
An ongoing problem exists in California as many people found incompetent to stand trial languish in jails, state hospitals, or other restrictive settings despite the fact that they have not yet had a trial. In 2013 at the Governor’s request, a workgroup was formed to address the problems with placement and the back log of individuals found incompetent to stand trial who are charged with a felony but have not been convicted. The workgroup continues to meet. Members of the workgroup include representatives who are impacted by the problem such as: judges, Department of State Hospital officials, State Financial representatives, law enforcement personnel, public defenders, district attorneys, and Disability Rights California, among others. As a member of the workgroup, Disability Rights California consistently voices support for community based restoration of competency programs. Our voice is essential as much of the discussion is focused on expanding bed space at restrictive placements such as state hospitals or jails. In future meetings, DRC hopes that members will begin to understand the importance of supporting the least restrictive placement alternative.
Jorge was placed in a hospital because he was thought to be a danger to himself and others. He did not agree and wanted to be released, but could not find anyone to help. DRC helped Jorge demand the hospital provide a hearing where they had to show cause to continue holding him. Jorge did well at the hearing and was released that day to return home with his wife.
Alicia worried as her medical transcription career disappeared into the past. She knew she needed new skills to compete for a job. DRC got her training from the Department of Rehabilitation, and assistive technology to accommodate her blindness in the workplace.
Tito was sexually assaulted but neither his service coordinator nor the Adult Protective Services reported it in time for law enforcement to respond effectively. DRC worked with the Police Special Victims unit to set up a direct line for reporting assaults of victims with disabilities.