Founded in 1978, DRC is the largest disability advocacy agency in the nation. Offices in Sacramento, Oakland, LA, San Diego, and Fresno.
Organization Website

Twitter: @DisabilityCA
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Primary geographic focus: Bay Area, California Statewide, Central Coast, Central Valley, Eastern California, Northern District, Sacramento Region, Southwestern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Disability Rights
Acronym or short name: DRC

DRC’s mission is to advocate, educate, investigate, and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. DRC envisions a barrier-free, inclusive, and diverse world that values every individual. In this world, all people with disabilities enjoy the power of equal rights and opportunities, dignity, choice, independence, and freedom from abuse, neglect, and discrimination.

DRC was founded in 1978 as California’s Protection & Advocacy, Inc. The organization’s named changed to Disability Rights California in 2008 as a result of an effort by the Board of Directors to more accurately describe DRC’s work. Today, DRC is the largest disability advocacy agency in the nation with 220 staff members.

Disability Rights California (DRC)


News Story

City of San Diego Faces Criticism Over Parking Code Enforcement

Gaby Rodriguez
NBC San Diego
September 19, 2017
Disability Rights California makes moves to protect indigent and people living with disabilities in San Diego.

News Story

Legal aid funding at risk of federal budget cuts

California Bar Journal
March 2, 2017
LAAC Executive Director Salena Copeland, along with multiple LAAC members, were featured in the California Bar Journal this month to discuss funding for legal aid and express their concerns over proposed cuts to legal aid at the federal level.

News Story

L.A. to spend more than $200 million to settle suit on housing for disabled

Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
August 30, 2016
Disability rights advocates, including DRC and DRLC, successfully get L.A. city council to spend more than $200 million on the development of more accessible units in publicly funded housing.

Press Release

Troubleshoot problems on June 7 Primary Election Day

June 1, 2016
Disability Rights California (DRC) will operate a toll-free hotline on Primary Election Day, June 7, for voters with disabilities.

Investigative , News Story

Little oversight of restraint practices in special education

Jane Meredith Adams, John C. Osborn
April 19, 2015
EdSource Today's investigative report into a "behavioral emergency" system found a consistent increase in the use of this type of discipline against students with disabilities.

News Story

Disabled rights advocates fight assisted suicide legislation

Anna Gorman
USA Today
June 28, 2015
ABX2-15 would allow patients to end their lives. Depression and incorrect prognoses can lead to premature death of people with disabilities.


Dog Days of August: Legal Rights to Animals That Help People with Disabilities

Aug 10, 2018
This overview training will address a “constellation” of hot topics during the Dog Days of August. First tip: depending on context, animals used by people with disabilities can include more than just dogs. 
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Community Development Series: Accessibility in Publicly Funded Housing

Aug 23, 2016
Disability Rights California's "Accessibility in Publicly Funded Housing" project.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

2016 Disability Civil Rights Law Series: Technology Access

Apr 5, 2016
This session will address current jurisprudence as to the applicability of general federal and California disability civil rights laws to a range of technology contexts, including the Internet.
MCLE: 1 hour

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