March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and we seek to celebrate individuals with developmental disabilities in all areas of our communities!
The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and it’s important that people with disabilities and families are ready to be counted to make sure our communities receive the right share of resources, and that we are fairly represented.
We celebrate Black History Month to recognize and honor the contributions made.
Did you know that voters with disabilities can request and receive access to the Accessible Vote by Mail system?
In the March 3, 2020 primary election, voters will choose presidential candidates to run against each other in the general election taking place in November 2020. You may need to take certain steps to vote for the presidential candidate you want in the primary election.
On June 10, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19 calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging (MPA) to be developed by October 1, 2020.
This scorecard is designed to let you know where your California elected officials stand on a variety of issues critical to the disability community.
During October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year's NDEAM theme was, "The right talent, right now," that captured the contributions of workers with disabilities, and educated the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November -- is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.
Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities during the month of October.
Did you know that you have the right to “effective communications” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
Over 45,000 people passed away while living in state institutions between the 1880’s to 1960’s including individuals with mental health and/or developmental disabilities.
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 opposes cruel and inhumane immigration policies, including the separation and/or indefinite detention of immigrant families. These policies are especially harmful to immigrants with disabilities. We are conducting monitoring programs at these facilities.
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.