Did you know that in 2016, more than 35 million Americans with disabilities were eligible to vote, but only 15 million exercised their right?
This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's also the 20th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C.
Disability Rights California is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Every June, California celebrates the LGBTQ+ community through Pride events.
Mental Health Month is a time to spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. Disability Rights California believes people with mental health disabilities can make their own decisions and live the lives they choose. To make this a reality, we fight against mental health stigma and discrimination. We accomplish this in a variety of ways: through peer self-advocacy, systemic litigation, training and individual advocacy.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Disability Rights CA and The Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA) are pledging to go blue by helping increase the acceptance and awareness of people with autism.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sex crimes against people with disabilities often go unrecognized. People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities.
President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987. It highlights the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of life, including education, employment and community living.
DRC reflects on Ed Roberts’ activism, legacy
DRC sponsors new bill,
AB 216, further limiting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools
Following the death of a student last month, Assembly Member Shirley Weber has introduced AB 216 which intends to provide further protections for students who are restrained and secluded in schools. This is a follow-up to the bill we sponsored last year. AB 2657, also authored by Assembly Member Weber (San Diego), became law January 1, 2019. Both bills seeks to prevent further tragic incidents like the one that occurred at Guiding Hands School in December 2018. A thirteen-year-old boy with disabilities died after reportedly being held in a prone restraint position by personnel at the school.