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.
Adopted 4/22/95, Revised 12/10/2011, Amended 3/7/2015, Amended 12/15/2016
In the past, people with disabilities were treated differently than others. Some things have improved but this unfair treatment is still a serious problem.
People with disabilities face unfair treatment daily. Unfair treatment happens in all areas of life, like:
- Being left out
- Going to public buildings
- At jobs
- At school
- Taking transportation
- At play
- Access to information
- Living where you want
- Health or medical services
- And many other public services
The paragraphs above are based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 USC § 12101.
People with disabilities have a right to equal treatment!
Access to Public Places: You must have equal access to all public or private places and websites.
Follow the Laws: We make sure everyone follows all laws that protect people from unfair treatment. We make sure laws are not changed to be unfair.
Job: You must be treated equally at work. Your employers should make fair changes to your job or work place if you need them.
Government: Your government must provide all services to you equally.
Housing: You must get equal treatment for both public and private housing, and fair changes for your disability if you need them.
Fair Treatment: You must get fair changes for your disability at any public or private place if you need them to get equal treatment to services or programs.
Public Treatment: You must be treated equally at all public places.