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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Disability Rights California : Advance the rights of Californians with disabilities.

Disability Rights California is a nonprofit disability rights organization, working since 1978 to advance human and legal rights of Californians with disabilities. We strive to create a barrier-free, inclusive society that values diversity and each individual. Our services are available throughout the state and we assist tens of thousands of people with disabilities each year. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Californians with disabilities and their families benefit from our legislative advocacy, class-action court suits and collaboration with other groups.

We have more than 200 staff and Board members with a wide array of legal and advocacy expertise. They have developed innovative programs for Californians with developmental, psychiatric, sensory, learning and physical disabilities. We collaborate on the state and federal levels with other advocacy groups throughout the U.S.

What we do
10 critical services that Disability Rights California provides free of charge:
1.telling people with disabilities about their many legal, civil and service rights;

2.technical assistance, training, publications and advocacy support for Californians with disabilities, their families and representatives;

3.legislative advocacy to ensure that laws benefit Californians with disabilities;

4.investigating complaints about serious physical and sexual abuse and neglect-related deaths in institutions;

5.outreach to traditionally underserved ethnic and disability communities;

6.peer self-advocacy services for people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities;

7.patients' rights advocacy for state psychiatric hospital residents, technical assistance and training for county advocates;

8.rights advocacy for clients with developmental disabilities who are receiving services at regional centers;

9.bringing impact litigation and acting as amicus curiae in disability-related cases; and
10.representing individuals based on our priorities and case selection criteria
Examples of problems we can help with
We help people with disabilities solve disability-related problems. If you have a disability and qualify for services, we can help you with problems like:

•Rights to basic support, personal care, therapy and health care - like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Medi-Cal, and California Children's Services (CCS).
•Discrimination in housing, transportation, employment, and access to public and private programs and services.
•Abuse, neglect, and rights violations in an institution.
•Least restrictive environment, dignity, privacy, choice, and other basic rights.
•Special education rights.
•Mental health and support services that provide individualized treatment.
•Regional center eligibility and services that promote independence -- such as supported living and family supports.
•Voting registration, vote casting and accessible polling places
•Access to technology -- like communication devices and power wheelchairs.
If we can't be of direct assistance, we refer people to other sources of help.

Disability Rights California also takes its services into the community, wherever children, youth and adults with disabilities live or go to school or obtain services.


100 Howe Ave., Suite 185-N
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 488-9955
Fax (916) 488-2635

Sacramento Regional
100 Howe Ave., Suite 235-N
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 488-9950
Fax (916) 488-9960

Bay Area Regional
1330 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 267-1200
Fax (510) 267-1201

Fresno Office
567 West Shaw, Suite C-3
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 476-2000
Fax (559) 476-2001

Los Angeles Regional
3580 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 902
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2512
(213) 427-8747
Fax (213) 427-8767

San Diego Regional
1111 Sixth Ave., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-7861
Fax (619) 239-7906
Legislation & Public Information
1029 J Street, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 497-0331
TTY (916) 497-0835
Fax (916) 497-0813

Peer/ Self Advocacy,
Developmental Disabilities Peer/ Self Advocacy,
& Collaborative Projects
100 Howe Ave., Suite 200-N
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 488-7787
Fax (916) 488-7717

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
100 Howe Ave., Suite 240-N
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 575-1615
(800) 390-7032
TTY (877) 669-6023
Fax (916) 575-1623

Office of Patients’ Rights
100 Howe Ave., Suite 210-N
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 575-1610
Fax (916) 575-1613

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