Recent information and news that matters to Disability Rights California.
It has been a privilege to serve as Disability Rights California’s (DRC) Executive Director for more than 25 years and to be part of the disability rights movement for more than 40 years. It is time to transition to the next chapter of my life and toward that end, I am working with DRC’s Board on a succession and recruitment plan.
On June 26, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 46 (Carrillo), cosponsored by Disability Rights California and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, which continues the work of replacing derogatory terms in the state criminal and civil codes relating to mental health disorders.
In 2019, people who get SSI can get more money every month for food! Read below for more information!
We are releasing our first legislative scorecard to educate the public and persons with disabilities on how their elected representatives in the California State Legislature voted on legislation critical to their needs. We hope that this scorecard is also helpful to state legislators as they consider important policies that impact people with disabilities.
The DRC Board of Directors and staff recently honored client Eric Ybarra for his tireless self-advocacy. Eric, who is blind, relies on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers to help him with daily tasks. He could not sign his worker’s timesheets without help. This caused him problems with government agencies – one refused to accept his signature on legal documents. However, Eric didn’t give up the fight to be independent and responsible for verifying support staff timesheets. He worked with Christine Hager, assistant clients’ rights advocate.
SAN FRANCISCO – On Oct. 22, the Behavioral Health Action coalition held an historic meeting with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, engaging him in an in-depth conversation about California’s behavioral health system. Newsom is the highest-ranking California official in state history to meet with such a diverse coalition of leaders with a specific focus on mental illness and substance use challenges.
If you have a disability and:
- You cannot get into your polling place
- The accessible voting machine is not working
- Other people can see how you are voting
- You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
- You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process
Community living can also be at risk when a misunderstanding occurs. Luckily, DRC can get involved and straighten out the confusion – and in the case of Ofelia Nunez, keep her from going into a nursing home. Ofelia lived comfortably in her own home with a service provider for 10 years. She thought of them as family. Suddenly the state’s Community Care Licensing (CCL) program and the regional center decided she should move to a nursing home because they said the provider was operating an unlicensed facility and that Ofelia now required more care.
Disability Rights California (DRC) PROTECTS and ADVOCATES for the rights of ALL Californians with disabilities, REGARDLESSof their ethnicity, cultural background, language or immigration status.
David Fazio exudes warmth, tenacity and energetic-qualities that have propelled him forward after sustaining a brain injury at 13. He then suffered a stroke that paralyzed him on his left side. David had to learn to walk and talk all over again.