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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.

 

Principles: Disability Discrimination in Plain Language

Adopted 4/22/95, Revised 12/10/2011, Amended 3/7/2015, Amended 12/15/2016

A History of Unfair Treatment

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
-        Housing
-        At school
-        Taking transportation
-        At play
-        Access to information
-        Living where you want
-        Health or medical services
-        Voting
-        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!

 

What Are Our Principles?

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.

Transportation Services: Your transportation services must be equally accessible to you.