Recent information and news that matters to Disability Rights California.
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.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary
California Department of Health and Human Services
1900 9th Street, Suite 490
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Secretary Ghaly:
Thank you for everything you have done throughout this pandemic to listen to and respond to disability community priorities. I am personally grateful for your leadership and working with you has been one of the highlights of my first 18 months as the executive director of Disability Rights California (DRC).
The brief includes an overview of immigrant detention in California, a survey from detained individuals across multiple facilities, and policy recommendations for California officials.
As California recovers from the economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state must reshape the labor market with a new vision for the inclusion and equity of people with disabilities. California must embrace this moment to be a leader in the employment of its diverse population and take transformational steps to ensure all have access to meaningful employment in the new California economy.
On September 14, 2021 there will be a statewide recall election.
Learn more about the recall election and what to expect to see on the ballot.
Click here to read more:
California Recall Election Fact Sheet
Disability Rights California (DRC) releases a new report, “Evaluation of Limitations of Subminimum Wage Employment Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.”
Author: Shannon Cogan and Anne Hadreas
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Need a COVID-19 test? Want a free vaccine? Come to a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic sponsored by Escuela de la Raza Unida Inc and the Palo Verde Unified School District with support from Disability Rights California and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
This FREE training is for people served by the regional center and their circle of support.
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are so proud to be able to share this video with you! You will hear stories often left out of mainstream society. We capture and celebrate voices from across disability and across intersectional AAPI communities, as we share our struggles and our triumphs, and affirm through it, that we will be “Invisible No More!”
It is wild fire season in California and there are many fires across the state. These fires can cause the following problems for people who have disabilities.
Governor Newsom released his “May Revision” to the 2021-22 proposed budget on May 14, 2021 (link to full budget summary). The revised budget proposal is constructed around the projected revenue and deficits in the current year and the 2021-22 budget year. The May Revision stands in stark contrast to the budget of one year ago. Compared to a projected budget deficit of $54 billion last year, the state now has a projected $75.7 billion surplus.
The undersigned organizations issued the following statement on the 1-year anniversary of the death of Mr. Choung Woong Ahn, who died while in the custody of a private, for-profit immigration detention center:
“Today we celebrate the life of Choung Woong Ahn, and mourn its loss as the Earth completes one revolution around the sun since his passing. Mr. Ahn was a 74-year-old South Korean immigrant who died locked inside the Mesa Verde ICE Detention Center, owned and operated by The GEO Group, Inc., on May 17, 2020.
May is annually celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and break the stigma. Far too often, people with mental health disabilities keep their struggles to themselves for fear of being treated differently. But the fact is, mental health issues are common—About 1 in 4 adults have one, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
More than a year into the worst pandemic in more than a century, COVID-19 has taken on a toll on nearly everyone. In addition to economic insecurity and mounting deaths and hospitalizations, the coronavirus has caused devasting effects to our mental health.
Yesterday, the verdict of guilty on all charges for the murder of George Floyd brings solace to George Floyd’s family, encouragement to Black people who have been subjected to racism for generations, and hope to all people who value human life and equal justice under the law.
As an organization that defends, advances, and strengthens the rights of people with disabilities, Disability Rights California is horrified by the violence against Isaias Cervantes, a 25-year-old Latino deaf and autistic man. On March 31, 2021, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy shot Isaias in his back on the floor of his living room. The shooting left Isaias in critical condition with a spinal cord injury. He remains hospitalized, breathing through a ventilator. If he survives, he may never walk again.
Disability Rights California (DRC) along with its Asian Pacific Islander Resource and Empowerment (ASPIRE) staff members are heartbroken by the acts of violence on March 16, 2021. Eight people were killed at three different businesses in Georgia, including six Asian women.