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Press releases


1/10/2018 - Disability Rights California’s Executive Director Catherine Blakemore issues a statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget


12/6/2017 - Prisoners file federal class action lawsuit against Santa Barbara County

11/16/2017 - Homeless people, many with disabilities, sue City of San Diego over unfair ticketing

11/06/2017 - Court rules the state is not doing enough to fix Oakland’s special education problems

10/17/2017 - Federal Lawsuit Challenging West LA College’s Failure to Accommodate the Needs of Students with Disabilities Goes to Trial

9/1/2017 - Fremont School District agrees to end segregation and promote inclusion of students with medically complex needs

8/28/2017 - The National Federation of the Blind and Two Blind Individuals File Lawsuit against SSA for Lack of Accessible Kiosks

7/31/2017 - DRC Statement: ACA repeal defeated! But the fight isn’t over!

7/6/2017 - Medi-Cal Recipients Sue California for Failing to Ensure Seniors and People with Disabilities Can Stay in Their Homes

6/22/2017 - Senate health care bill would harm Californians with disabilities

5/25/2017 - President’s budget would be a disaster for people with disabilities

5/18/2017 - California finalizes agreement to transform employment services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

5/15/2017 - Virginia Knowlton Marcus Joins Disability Rights California

3/22/2017 - Disability Rights advocates call on the California Congressional Delegation to preserve critical parts of the Affordable Care Act

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

1/13/2017 - DRC’s reaction to governor’s proposed budget

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

Press Release Archive