Our materials on this page tell you about your rights. They can help you advocate for yourself or another person. We base our materials on the law at the time we write them. The law can change. If you want to make sure the law has not changed, call us or another legal source.
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These materials will help you prepare for your regional center respite fair hearing. They are meant for regional center consumers age 3 and older. The materials address the person whose respite services are being denied, terminated, or reduced or the person representing him or her as “you.”
Federal and State Disability Discrimination Laws
State and federal law prohibits disability-based discrimination by businesses and other “places of public accommodation.” Title III of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. Sections 12181 – 12189) prohibits disability-based discrimination by all places of public accommodation. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act similarly prohibits disability-based discrimination in businesses that receive federal funds.
Federal and state law require employers to accommodate your disability. This pub gives you a sample letter to ask for an accommodation. It has a sample letter for your doctor. It tells you what to do if your employer will not give you an accommodation for your disability so you can do your job.
This fact sheet discusses the rights of people with disabilities to be free from disability-based discrimination in housing under federal and California law.
This fact sheet discusses the rights of people with disabilities to keep assistance animals in housing that does not allow pets.
The term “assistance animal” (or “assistive animal”) refers to an animal that a person with a disability needs in order to use and enjoy the housing. An assistance animal can be either a service animal (a dog or miniature horse that is trained to perform disability-related work or tasks), or an emotional support animal (any animal that eases the effects of a person’s disability by providing comfort or support).
You cannot bring emotional support animals into businesses or public places. You can bring service animals to those places. This pub tells you how to know if your animal is a service animal. If a business does not let you have your service animal, this pub tells you what you can do.
Protective supervision is an IHSS service for people who, due to a mental impairment or mental illness, need to be observed 24 hours per day to protect them from injuries, hazards or accidents.
This pub tells you what a limited conservatorship is. They are for regional center clients. It tells you why you may have one. It gives you other ways to help you, so you do not have to have a limited conservatorship.
I have Medi-Cal managed care. What options do I have if my health plan denies a service?
Most Californians who get Medi-Cal are in managed care through a Medi-Cal health plan. Health plans are also called managed care organizations or health maintenance organizations.