Who We Are
Disability Rights California is a nonprofit agency. We are the largest disability rights group in the nation. Federal law established us to protect and advocate for Californians with disabilities. Last year we helped almost 25,000 people. Hundreds of thousands more were helped because of our litigation, policy work, trainings and publications. We are the protection and advocacy agency for California.
The Board of Directors guides DRC in developing and fulfilling its mission and vision.
Our Board reflects the diverse constituency we serve and the Board’s own commitment to diversity. At least a majority of the Board is comprised of people with disabilities. The Board makes every effort to ensure Board appointments reflect the socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic, and disability diversity of California.
Read about DRC's work in our annual reports.
Disability Rights California is based on the principles of equality, dignity, independence and freedom of people with disabilities. For nearly 40 years, Disability Rights California has fought to end abuse and neglect, stop discrimination and ensure access to services that allow Californians with disabilities to be included in the mainstream of society. Please donate so we can further our work.
Equal Opportunity is more than a policy to us. We are only able to do what we do because we hire a workforce that effectively interacts with people with disabilities, and multicultural and underserved communities.
1978: In 1972, a New York television station produced an investigative series exposing abuses at Willowbrook, a state-run institution for children with intellectual disabilities. As a result, Congress passed the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights (DD) Act in 1975. It created the protection and advocacy system, designating an organization within each state and territory to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. In 1978, the governor designated us as California’s statewide organization under the name Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PAI).
California's rich diversity and our vision of creating a barrier free inclusive world are the foundation of our diversity efforts. We recognize becoming a more disability and culturally competent organization is a long-term commitment.
We believe to serve people with disabilities effectively; our board and staff must reflect California. Diversity comes from qualities such as disability, language, ethnicity, gender, age, race, culture, sexual orientation, and life experiences.