2022 Annual Report - Education

2022 Annual Report - Education


Advocacy Victories Education

Disability Rights California continued to advocate for students with disabilities.  We took on advocacy efforts, provided education and counseling so families understand their children’s rights, how to get help, and ensured students with disabilities receive educational opportunities and the programs and services to which they are entitled.


At the beginning of the year, DRC hosted the Education Equity Summit which brought together several federal and state education officers and policy thought leaders to discuss education equity for the most marginalized students: African American, Indigenous, Latinx students with disabilities.

Our keynote speakers included: Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Valerie Williams, Director, Office of Special Education, and Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education.

The discussion largely focused on how education policy and practices should respond to long-standing disparities in educational resources. 

Summit attendees shared common expectations of what education equity means. Enjoy watching videos from the conference:

Video 1: Opening Remarks, Land Acknowledgement and Governor Newsom Address

Video 2: Fireside Chat: How Can School/LEAs Ensure Equity is at the Center of All Education Policies and Practices.

Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights
Valerie Williams, Director, Office of Special Education Programs
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education

Candis Bowles, Associate Director, Disability Rights California

Video 3: Panel Presentation: One School – A Vision of Schools In Which African American, Native American, Latinx, Deaf and Disabled Students Thrive 

Dr. Michele Bowers, California Association of African American Superintendents & Administrators
Alexis DeLaCruz, Native American Disability Law Center
Sharon Gough, Southern California Asian Deaf Association
Zandra Jo Galvan, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators
Marvin Mitchell, Urban Collaboratives Consultant
Christine Olmstead, Associate Superintendent Educational Services Orange County DOE (MTSS)

Oscar Lopez, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights California

Video 4: Fireside Chat: After Education – The Path to Meaningful Competitive Employment

Taryn Williams, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director, Office of Senator Bob Casey

Callie Frye, Advocacy & Community Engagement Advocate, Disability Rights California

Video 5: Senator Dave Corese addresses summit attendees

Video 6: Assemblymember Isaac Bryan live discussion on education equity

"We all want the change that we've heard from parents, students, and families to make education equity a reality! And, we'll all continue to work to make that happen," says Candis Bowles, DCR's Associate Director, Legal Advocacy Unit.