News Releases and Statements
(Sacramento, CA – February 12, 2019) Today the Prison Law Office, Disability Rights California, and Cooley LLP filed a motion in federal court to halt the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement for people with serious mental illness and the denial of adequate mental health care to people in the Sacramento County Jails.
A copy of the complaint and the motion are available at https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/cases/mays-v-county-of-sacramento.
Homeless people with only their vehicles as shelter are hopeful the San Diego City Council will finally vote on February 5 to repeal the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance (VHO). The ordinance prohibits homeless people, many with disabilities, from living in their vehicles.
Alex Montoya, who wears prosthetics on both arms and his right leg, used to enjoy walking in his East Village neighborhood where he lives. No longer. Now he fears for his safety because every day he is dodging scooters travelling at high speeds down the sidewalk. Several times scooters strewn across his path also have caused him to nearly trip.
(Sacramento, CA) Disability Rights California is saddened to learn of the death of the 13-year-old student with disabilities who died after being restrained by staff at Guiding Hands School last week. This is a horrific tragedy and our hearts go out to the student’s family.
We do not know all of the facts in this particular situation, but the reported facts surrounding the death are cause for great concern. The facts reported about the incident indicate that it involved a prone restraint, a practice known to be dangerous and life threatening.
Disability Rights California (DRC) celebrates 40 years of advocating for equality, dignity, independence and freedom for people with disabilities. As part of its celebration, DRC honors current and former state lawmakers, as well as other leaders in the disability community.
(Sacramento – October 23, 2018) Disability Rights California (DRC) has launched a program to improve oversight of Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits managed by representative payees.
If the Social Security Administration decides a beneficiary cannot manage their SSA income, they will assign a representative payee to help the beneficiary manage their benefits. A representative payee can be an individual, like a family member, or an organization.
Berkeley, California - A coalition of blind advocates today filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and three counties for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille. The plaintiffs are the California Council of the Blind and three individuals.
(Sacramento, CA – October 5, 2018) The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 354 which would have required school districts to translate and provide a parent with a copy of the translated individualized education plan (IEP) within 30 days of the parents’ request. This requirement would have applied if the request was for one of the District’s top eight languages.
(Sacramento, CA – October 1, 2018) Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation limiting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools Sunday. The bill, AB 2657, is sponsored by Disability Rights California (DRC) and authored by Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). It grants students the right to be free from the use of seclusion and behavioral restraints of any form imposed for coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation by staff.
(Sacramento, CA – August 31, 2018) - A bill limiting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools passed the legislature today and is on its way to the governor’s office for his signature. The bill, AB 2657, is sponsored by Disability Rights California and authored by Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). While this bill does not eliminate these procedures, it does limit the use of particularly dangerous practices and provides guidance to personnel on when and how seclusion and restraints are permissible.