Recent information and news that matters to Disability Rights California.
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is now accepting applications from students to participate in the 2019 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) and would appreciate your assistance with outreach to students to apply.
We are releasing our first legislative scorecard to educate the public and persons with disabilities on how their elected representatives in the California State Legislature voted on legislation critical to their needs. We hope that this scorecard is also helpful to state legislators as they consider important policies that impact people with disabilities.
The DRC Board of Directors and staff recently honored client Eric Ybarra for his tireless self-advocacy. Eric, who is blind, relies on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers to help him with daily tasks. He could not sign his worker’s timesheets without help. This caused him problems with government agencies – one refused to accept his signature on legal documents. However, Eric didn’t give up the fight to be independent and responsible for verifying support staff timesheets. He worked with Christine Hager, assistant clients’ rights advocate.
(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.
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Communities Against Hate, and 83 other civil rights organizations today launched full-page advertisements in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in solidarity with victims of recent acts of hate and bigotry
SAN FRANCISCO – On Oct. 22, the Behavioral Health Action coalition held an historic meeting with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, engaging him in an in-depth conversation about California’s behavioral health system. Newsom is the highest-ranking California official in state history to meet with such a diverse coalition of leaders with a specific focus on mental illness and substance use challenges.
What is “Public Charge?”
“Public charge” refers to an immigrant who is considered likely to be dependent on public benefits from the United States government.
If you have a disability and:
- You cannot get into your polling place
- The accessible voting machine is not working
- Other people can see how you are voting
- You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
- You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process
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.
Community living can also be at risk when a misunderstanding occurs. Luckily, DRC can get involved and straighten out the confusion – and in the case of Ofelia Nunez, keep her from going into a nursing home. Ofelia lived comfortably in her own home with a service provider for 10 years. She thought of them as family. Suddenly the state’s Community Care Licensing (CCL) program and the regional center decided she should move to a nursing home because they said the provider was operating an unlicensed facility and that Ofelia now required more care.
Disability Rights California (DRC) PROTECTS and ADVOCATES for the rights of ALL Californians with disabilities, REGARDLESS of their ethnicity, cultural background, language or immigration status.
On July 31, 2018, DRC and co-counsel Prison Law Office filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners in Sacramento County’s jails, claiming that conditions at the jail do not meet minimum standards under the U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state disability law.
David Fazio exudes warmth, tenacity and energetic-qualities that have propelled him forward after sustaining a brain injury at 13. He then suffered a stroke that paralyzed him on his left side. David had to learn to walk and talk all over again.
DRC Public Service Announcement Voting Videos
The League of Women Voters Offers Online Voter Guide, Voter’s Edge California
Get the facts before you vote on June 5! Visit Voter’s Edge California before Election Day: