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.
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability-based discrimination by private employers. Discrimination includes unequal treatment, retaliation and harassment against employees and job applicants with disabilities. It also includes the failure to provide reasonable modifications to an employer’s practices, policies or workplace conditions in order to accommodate an employee’s or applicant’s disability. Provided on page three is a sample letter to request a reasonable accommodation, and on page four is a sample support letter from a treating professional.
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).
People with disabilities do not have a right to bring emotional support animals into businesses or public spaces. That right only applies to service animals. Therefore, if you are seeking access to these places, it is important to know whether your animal qualifies as a service animal...
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.
A conservatorship is a court process in which a judge decides whether or not you are able to care for your health, food, clothing, shelter, finances, or personal needs. A judge may take some of these important rights away from you. A responsible person may be appointed by the judge to make decisions for you. The court calls that person a “conservator.” The court calls you the “conservatee.” Conservatorships are only for persons 18 years of age or older.
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.