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Press releases



3/9/2017 - Disability Rights California issues statement on ACA repeal proposal

2/3/2017 - Disability rights groups and the State of California reach novel settlement agreement to ensure effective communication for blind and visually impaired Medi-Cal IHSS recipients

1/9/2017 - Disability Rights California investigation finds state not holding nursing homes fully accountable for resident deaths



11/2/2016 - Disability Rights California announces hotline for voters with disabilities

10/1/2016 - Voting bill supported by DRC is signed by governor

9/28/2016 - Govenor Brown signs bill sponsored by Disability Rights California to protect workers with disabilities from discrimination

9/20/2016 - Disability Rights California files federal lawsuit against West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Community College District

8/30/2016 - Los Angeles endorses landmark accessible housing settlement

8/2/2016 - U.S. Department of Education finds school restraint and seclusion is discriminatory

6/13/16 - Disability Rights California honors Cooley LLP for pro bono partnership

6/13/16 - Disability Rights California honors Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

6/1/16 - Disability Rights California announces hotline for voters with disabilities

5/27/16 - Disability Rights California urges state to accelerate community services after Sonoma Developmental Center loses federal funding

5/16/16 - Disability Rights California report finds the Sonoma County Jail neglects prisoners with disabilities

2/25/16 - Disability Rights California issues findings of investigations into San Diego and San Francisco juvenile hall conditions

2/23/2016 - Disability Rights California report finds prisoners in the Santa Barbara Jail held in solitary, denied mental health care - Sheriff agrees to limited reforms but more are needed

2/18/2016 - DRC lawsuit alleges Pasadena schools discriminate against students with mental health disabilities

1/7/2016 - Disability Rights California's response to Governor Brown's 2016-17 budget plan


10/29/2015 - Disability Rights California releases report finding excessive solitary confinement and inadequate mental health care in Sacramento County Jail

9/16/2015 - In honor of National Voter Registration Day Disability Rights California encourages people with disabilities to register
New online voter registration system makes it easier

6/30/2015 - Cuts to In-Home Supportive Services Program restored beginning July 1

6/19/2015 - Disability Rights California (DRC) Issues Statement on Budget Deal and Governor’s Special Session

5/28/2015 - Under Proposed Settlement, Fresno County Prisoners Will No Longer Be Denied Adequate Health Care

5/14/2015 - Disability Rights California Commends Governor Brown for Investing in Human Services in May Budget Revise

4/7/2015 - Assembly Health Committee Passes Bill on Restraints and Seclusion in Community Facilities

3/17/2015 - Students with disabilities bring complaint against the Oakland Unified School District and California Department of Education

1/26/2015 - California departments agree to transform employment services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


10/28/2014 - Trouble-shooting on November 4: Disability Rights California operates hotline for voters with disabilities

10/3/2014 - Report recommends more law enforcement training needed to respond to individuals having mental health crises

9/24/2014 - Disability Rights California and San Diego Rescue Mission announce court approval of settlement

7/30/14 - Disability Rights California urges state to move developmental center residents into community, after notice to cease federal funding due to ongoing conditions at Sonoma Developmental Center

5/29/14 - June 3 primary: troubleshooting hotline for voters with disabilities

1/31/14 - 27,000 people with developmental disabilities to receive timely and easier to read notices about services from Inland Regional Center 

1/15/14 - The Governor's Budget Proposal: time is standing still for seniors and people with disabilities as critical services are not restored 

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