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Disability Rights California (DRC) - Is the agency designated under federal law to protect and advocate for the rights of Californians with disabilities. The mission of DRC is to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities.
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Disability Rights California is Saddened by the Loss of Disability Rights activist Judy Heumann
DRC is saddened by the loss of disability rights activist Judy Heumann who was considered the “mother of the disability rights movement” because of her longtime advocacy for the disability community.
Voters with Disabilities in Shasta County May Be Left with No Option for Private and Independent Voting After the Board of Supervisors Abruptly Decided to End Its Contract with Dominion Voting Systems
Disability Rights California is deeply concerned by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors’ 3-2 vote to terminate the County’s contract with Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. (Dominion). Under this contract, Dominion provides the voting system used in the County’s elections.
Statement-Disability Rights California is Disheartened by the Country’s Significant Increase in Police Violence
Disability Rights California is disheartened by the country’s significant increase in police violence. Our communities experienced the deadliest year of police violence in 2022, which has continued to grow in 2023.
Disability Rights Advocates file petition challenging the constitutional validity of the CARE Act
Settlement Reached to Ensure Adopted Children with Disabilities are Provided the Benefits Needed to Pay for their Care and Support
Disability Rights California Statement in Response to Recent Hate Crimes in Colorado Springs
In the wake of the tragic events in Colorado Springs, CO, Disability Rights California affirms its solidarity with the LGBTQIA2S+ community and mourns the lives lost at Club Q.
We also mourn individuals whose lives were stolen by acts of violence against transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people throughout 2022.
Disability Rights California Remembers Lois Curtis, Lead Plaintiff of Landmark Olmstead Decision and Her Legacy
Disability Rights California joins the disability community in mourning the loss of Lois Curtis, who passed away on November 3, 2022. Lois was a trailblazing advocate whose legacy represents justice and equality. Because of her efforts to fight disability discrimination, millions of people with disabilities can live, work, and receive services in their own homes and communities.
Disability Rights California Applauds Governor Signing AB 2275 (Wood and Stone), a Bill that Strengthens the Rights of People with Mental Health Disabilities
Governor Newsom Vetoes the California Mandela Act
Disability Rights California Disappointed with Governor Newsom’s Signing of SB 1338 (Umberg) CARE COURT into law
Disability Rights California Welcomes Push to Reform DDS Conservatorships and Calls for Alternatives That Help Disabled People Lead Self-Determined Lives
Behind every effort to take choice, autonomy, and control away from a historically marginalized group are the assumptions that only certain people are entitled to make decisions for themselves, and that a dominant group should get to determine what’s best for everybody else.
Advocates Win Judgement Against the City of Huntington Park for More Inclusive and Accessible Housing
Disability Rights California Urges California Senators to Vote NO on SB 1338 (Umberg)
Disability Rights California Statement in Response to Recent Hate Crimes in Buffalo, New York
Disability Rights California (DRC) condemns the mass shooting that took place on May 14th, 2022, in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, killing ten Black individuals and wounding another three, one Black person and two white individuals. The person who committed this crime has admitted to being a proponent of white supremacy and intentionally chose the location because of the high percentage of Black individuals who live there.
Disability Rights California Urges Governor Newsom to Not Put Funds into CARE Court
Today, Governor Newsom released the revised 2022-23 budget plan proposal including costs associated with the new Community Assistance, Recover and Empowerment (CARE) Court.
Disability Rights California strongly opposes SB 1338 (Umberg) and urges Governor Newsom to not put significant funds into a court-ordered system for involuntary mental health treatment which has no real means to help people out of homelessness in the long run. In fact, it will do more harm because studies show forced treatment lessens the likelihood of people seeking voluntary treatment in the future.
Disability Rights California Concerned with Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion That Would Overturn Roe v. Wade
Disability Rights California defends, advocates for, and supports the freedom of individuals with disabilities to make their own choices about healthcare and decisions over their own bodies. Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right, and overturning Roe v. Wade would risk the reproductive rights of millions. The reversal would also disproportionately negatively impact the most vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, people of color, people living in poverty, and those without the means to travel.
Disability, Civil Rights Groups Say Fundamental Questions Must Be Answered Regarding ‘CARE Court’ Proposal
(Sacramento, CA) – With Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal for a so-called "CARE Court" set to be heard by the legislature this week, and after more than 40 advocacy groups including ACLU California Action, Disability Rights California, and Western Center on Law & Poverty submitted resounding opposition to its related bill, SB 1338 (Umberg & Eggman), advocates say fundamental questions remain unaddressed by the administration and bill