DRC’s cases seeks to protect individuals from abuse and neglect and maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities. You can learn more about case pleadings, documents and press coverage.
In the midst of a pandemic, Hastings College of the Law, along with four individual Plaintiffs and the Tenderloin Merchants and Property Association, filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco seeking to remove unhoused residents from the Tenderloin neighborhood. Hospitality House, Coalition on Homelessness, and Faithful Fools, along with twenty-five other homeless advocacy groups, urged the law school to pledge that it would protect the constitutional and human rights of unhoused Tenderloin residents during this lawsuit. The law school refused.
Yesterday, five homeless individuals with disabilities and an association serving them, Food Not Bombs, filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for failure to provide access to hotel rooms for homeless individuals amid COVID-19. The lawsuit also claims that the City of San Diego discriminates against people with disabilities and race in its administration of homeless programs and services.
On May 27, 2020, a federal court granted preliminary approval for the settlement of a class action lawsuit about lack of curb ramps in the City of San Jose. The lawsuit is on behalf of people with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or other devices.
On April 30, 2020, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of students with disabilities seeking access to West Los Angeles College (WLAC).
On April 30, 2020, Disability Rights California and Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on behalf of deaf individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against deaf people who depend on regional center programs and services funded and administered by DDS. DDS’s data indicates that there are likely more than 5,000 deaf consumers who rely on its program.
On February 6, 2020 DRC filed an Amicus Brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Doe v. Trump, a case challenging President Trump’s “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System” (PP 9945).
Suit follows years of documented disability and race discrimination by the District
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2019) – A coalition of nonprofit advocacy groups filed a lawsuit today against the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar, and others on behalf of the Black Parallel School Board and three students in the District. The suit alleges flagrant districtwide discrimination against students with disabilities, especially Black students.
Print-only Notices Result in Financial Penalties for Blind Taxpayers
San Francisco, CA - (July 25, 2019) - Berkeley businesswoman Karen Rose, who is blind, was about to throw away what she thought was junk mail when a friend noticed that it was from the IRS. It turned out to be a second notice that she owed nearly $25,000 in additional taxes. When she contacted the agency, she learned that she had also incurred an additional $1,500 in interest and penalties because she hadn’t responded to the first notice.
(Santa Ana, CA - July 23, 2019) Today, People’s Homeless Task Force, represented by Disability Rights California and Latham & Watkins, reached a class action settlement. As a result of the lawsuit filed February 7, 2018, the settlement with the County of Orange alleges that the county efforts connecting homeless individuals with the appropriate services failed to be accessible for people with disabilities and cited the experience of seven Riverbed residents.
More than 4,000 children across California have been approved by the state for Medi-Cal in-home nursing care. Yet, many of these hours go unfilled, placing an enormous strain on families, and resulting in an unacceptable risk of medical complications, hospitalizations, and placements outside the family home.