Separated by the Pandemic but United by the Community

Latest News

Separated by the Pandemic but United by the Community

Each year, the U.S. observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central & South America.

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the culture and contributions of both Latinx and Hispanic Americans. The history and accomplishments of these groups in the shaping of the country are celebrated as well as their immeasurable contributions to our economy, culture, and society.

Beginning as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Johnson in 1968, it was expanded to a month-long observance by President Regan in 1988, when it was enacted into law.

These dates were chosen because there are many holidays and celebrations in several Latin American countries during this time, including Independence days and Día de la Raza. This year’s theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” This theme invites us to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It encourages us to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, and will continue to make in the future. It is also a reminder that we are stronger together.

Disability Rights California (DRC) has partnered with Latinx leaders throughout the state to share with you their stories of Esperanza and encouragement.  Below, find resources available to help you through your journey. 

For advocacy from Disability Rights California
If you are an individual, family member, or advocate for someone with a disability and have questions about legal rights related to your disability, call: 1-800-776-5746

For advocacy from Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
Northern California 1-800-390-7032 (TTY 877-669-6023)
Southern California 1-866-833-6712 (TTY 877-669-6023)

Family Resource Centers Network of California (FRCNCA)
Call (916) 993-7781
Their mission is to support families of children with disabilities, special healthcare needs, and those at risk by ensuring the continuance, expansion, promotion and quality of family-centered, parent-directed, family resource centers.

Regional Center and Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers (FRC) actively work in partnership with local regional centers and education agencies and help many parents, families and children get information about early intervention services and how to navigate the Early Start system.
Find a regional center: https://www.dds.ca.gov/rc/lookup-rcs-by-county/

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Text HELLO to 741-741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.