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Friday, February 4, 2011

DRLC Takes Action to Protect Students' Rights
Some parents of students in the Riverside Unified School District have been allegedly asked by administrators to unwittingly sign away their children's rights to special education. The Disability Rights Legal Center has taken legal action against the district to end this unconscionable practice. Staff attorneys from our Inland Empire Program have filed an opposition to a motion to dismiss. A hearing on this motion is set for February 28 in the Federal Court in Los Angeles.
DRLC Attends Forum on Proposed California Budget
 State seal of California

On February 3, DRLC staff attended a forum, hosted by The Community Alliance, in Santa Ana, on how California Governor Jerry Brown's proposed annual state budget, if approved, would impact health and human services. The governor would close the state's budget deficit through $26.4 billion in spending cuts, taxes and other solutions. Anya Prince, CLRC's Skadden Fellow, attended the forum to learn about proposed reductions in state funding for Medi-Cal, the public health insurance program that provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including persons with disabilities. Maggie Hui, the DRLC's Community Outreach Program Coordinator, worked on networking activities. John Villar de Longoria, the Director of the Community Outreach Program, also participated at this event. The forum drew a record-breaking 250 people from agencies spread out across Orange County. This event was part of a series of quarterly forums hosted by The Community Alliance where representatives of more than thirty community groups come together to discuss common health issues and share resources. DRLC participates as a committee member.

Outreach Staff Begin Office Hours in Garden Grove
Dayle McIntosh Center in Garden Grove
Dayle McIntosh Center in Garden Grove

The Community Outreach Program has begun bimonthly office hours at the Dayle McIntosh Center in Garden Grove. This month, Outreach Staff will be at the center on February 9 and February 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a great opportunity for people in Orange County to meet staff in person and learn about the Americans With Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. The Dayle McIntosh Center was named in memory of a young woman with a severe physical disability who worked to found the Center in 1977. It is located at 13272 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843-2205

Maronel Barajas Returns to DRLC as a Staff Attorney

We welcome back Maronel Barajas who has rejoined the DRLC, this time as a senior staff attorney for our Education Advocacy Program. Previously, Maronel had worked as a staff attorney for our Education Advocacy Program and as the EAP Director. For the past few years, she has been an associate with the firm of Traber & Voorhees, focusing on civil rights and employment cases.


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