Ralph Black

Board Director
Photo of Ralph Black

1st Term: 8/14/17-8/13/20

Disability Rights California
Attn: Ralph Black
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Ralph Black, who has been blind since childhood, first became interested in disability rights as a student at California State University Long Beach in the early 1970’s. He, along with other students, successfully led an advocacy campaign to have the Legislature provide public funding to support programs for students with disabilities at all public colleges and universities in California.

Since then, Ralph has been active in several disability rights organizations, including Californians with Disability Rights, the State Bar Committee for Legal Professionals with Disabilities, and the Association of California State Employees with Disabilities. 

His advocacy work eventually led to an invitation to the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

Ralph was a longtime employee in the Legal Affairs Division of the statewide Chancellor’s Office for the California Community Colleges where he worked as Assistant General Counsel and then as General Counsel.

He graduated from Loyola University Law School and CSU Long Beach.