Press Releases & Statements
(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.
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 in our country.
(Sacramento – October 23, 2018) Disability Rights California (DRC) has launched a program to improve oversight of Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits managed by representative payees.
If the Social Security Administration decides a beneficiary cannot manage their SSA income, they will assign a representative payee to help the beneficiary manage their benefits. A representative payee can be an individual, like a family member, or an organization.
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.
(Sacramento, CA – October 1, 2018) Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation limiting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools Sunday. The bill, AB 2657, is sponsored by Disability Rights California (DRC) and authored by Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). It grants students the right to be free from the use of seclusion and behavioral restraints of any form imposed for coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation by staff.
(Sacramento, CA – August 31, 2018) - A bill limiting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools passed the legislature today and is on its way to the governor’s office for his signature. The bill, AB 2657, is sponsored by Disability Rights California and authored by Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). While this bill does not eliminate these procedures, it does limit the use of particularly dangerous practices and provides guidance to personnel on when and how seclusion and restraints are permissible.
Illustration by an Artist in Immigration Detention Adelanto Detention Center, 2018 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.
(Sacramento, CA – August 24, 2018) A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday halting all ticketing and enforcement of a San Diego ordinance affecting homeless people who use their RVs or other vehicles as shelter.
(Sacramento, CA – July 31, 2018) Six prisoners in Sacramento County’s jails filed a federal class action lawsuit today, claiming that jail conditions do not meet minimum standards under the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The lawsuit asserts that the County’s jails are overcrowded and dangerously understaffed, and that they fail to provide adequate mental health and medical care. The prisoners describe a system defined by extreme and widespread use of solitary confinement, discrimination against people with disabilities, and appalling living conditions.
(Sacramento, CA – July 24, 2018) Today, Disability Rights California (DRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California sued Secretary of State Alex Padilla for failing to provide voter registration services for low-income Californians and Californians with disabilities.
DRC and the ACLU argue that Secretary Padilla has failed to designate state and local offices that serve more than 7 million Californians as “Voter Registration Agencies” (VRAs), as required under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and California’s Elections Code.
(San Diego, CA – July 23, 2018) Homeless people, many with disabilities whose only available shelter is their RVs or other vehicles, gathered today at South Shores Boat Launch to demand San Diego to stop ticketing and impounding their vehicles over unpaid tickets.
Disability Rights California, the Racial Justice Coalition, Think Dignity, and a number of homeless people personally affected by the city’s policies spoke at the rally.
(Fresno, CA – July 2, 2018) Youth with disabilities released from the Juvenile Justice system face daunting obstacles when they return to their homes, schools and communities.
(July 2, 2018, Compton, CA) – Donald Eblaan is a tenant of St. Timothy’s Tower and Manor, an eight-story housing project in Compton. The 62-year-old worked for many years as a nurse until he developed a severe mobility impairment and could no longer climb stairs. He must use building elevators to get to and from his eighth floor apartment. He was trapped in the main elevator twice in the same day during a recent string of breakdowns.
(Sacramento, CA – June 20, 2018) The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and Disability Rights California today sent a demand letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla demanding increased access to voter registration services for low-income Californians and Californians with disabilities.
(Sacramento, CA – June 11, 2018) A U.S. District Court issued a ruling June 8, 2018, denying San Diego’s motion to dismiss disability discrimination claims in a lawsuit that challenges the ticketing of homeless people in RVs and other vehicles.
Two children with significant disabilities filed a federal class action lawsuit today against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), claiming that the state has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide them with sufficient Medi-Cal in-home nursing services to keep them safely at home.
(San Diego, CA – April 25, 2018) An investigation by Disability Rights California (DRC) finds that since 2010, more than 30 people have died by suicide while held in San Diego County jails. This number far outpaces other county jail systems in the state.
Today, Disability Rights California (“DRC”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) released a 50-page report on their 6-month investigation of the treatment of youth with disabilities at the County Juvenile Hall and other county correctional facilities. The investigation uncovered what the groups describe as “abuse and neglect” of youth with mental and behavioral disabilities in county facilities. According to the report, in 2017, youth with disabilities were disproportionately subjected to pepper spray, restraints and solitary confinement.
(Sacramento, CA – January 10, 2018) We are pleased the governor proposed a budget that does not retreat from the progress made in restoring benefits for programs that serve persons with disabilities, and recognizes the pressing need for community-based forensic mental health programs. The conspicuous exception is continued stagnation in SSI grants since cuts in 2011. We look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature as part of the budget discussions...