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Friday, April 1, 2011

DRLC Represents Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant in
Discrimination Lawsuit Against Starline Tours
KCBS Interviews Ruthee Goldkorn

KCBS TV Reporter Serene Branson interviews Ruthee Goldkorn, Executive Director of Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant, along with DRLC co-counsel Guy Ruttenberg of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP 


On Tuesday, March 29, Disability Rights Legal Center and Kirkland & Ellis LLP filed a complaint against Starline Tours of Hollywood on behalf of thousands of persons with mobility disabilities who are denied physical access to Starline's tours because of their disability. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Starline's tour buses are inaccessible to people who use wheelchairs. The complaint also alleges that Starline misrepresents the accessibility of its tour buses. Read the press release. The media has been covering the case. Online news site DisabilityScoop wrote the article "Hollywood Sightseeing Tours Violate ADA, Suit Alleges" and KCBS2 TV Los Angeles produced a news segment, "Disabled Beauty Pageant Winners Sue Hollywood Tour Bus Company" that aired on the Wednesday evening news at 11 p.m. KABC TV also reported on the case

KABC Interviews Shawna Parks

KABC Reporter Miriam Hernandez Interviews DRLC Legal Director Shawna Parks

CLRC Director Featured in Cure Magazine
Cure Magazine Spring 2011 Issue
Cure magazine front page

Joanna Morales, Cancer Legal Resource Center Director, was recently featured in the Cure magazine article  "The Legal Side of Chemo Brain."  Returning to work after treatment can be intimidating for many cancer survivors, especially when dealing with the cognitive side effects that may result from chemotherapy treatment---commonly referred to as chemo brain. Ms. Morales points out that the Americans with Disabilities Act may protect an employee who is experiencing chemo brain from discrimination in the work place and require the employer to provide a reasonable accommodation. To learn more about cancer-related legal issues, consider attending one of the CLRC's free webinars or teleconferences. To view the complete list of upcoming webinars and teleconferences, click here

Free Community Trainings on Children's Health Care Benefits
Cover Page of Children's Benefits Access Guide

Children's Benefits Access Guide front page

Audrey Kraus, the director of the Children's Benefits Access Project, has been providing community training on how to effectively use the Children's Benefits Access Guide, posted online at the DRLC website on February 16, 2011. Ms. Kraus gave a presentation on the guide's uses at the CAA Certified Application Assistants (CAA) Network on March 18. CAA works with children and families, assisting them to enroll in, and keep, public health care coverage. By addressing the Network, Ms. Kraus is introducing the guide to professionals who work with the families of children with disabilities in Los Angeles County. They in turn can use their increased familiarity with the guide to provide those families with information about children's health care and related benefits. Ms. Kraus also presented to L.A. Care Health Plan's staff on March 25. Please visit the Children's Benefits Access Project page of the DRLC website to download the Children's Benefits Access Guide, or  contact Ms. Kraus at Audrey.Kraus@lls.edu for information on the trainings.

New Attorneys Join the CLRC's Professional Panel

The Cancer Legal Resource Center would like to thank George Lemich from Roch Springs, Wyoming, Marc M. Meyer from Magnolia, Texas, Ivonne I. Rivera Hernandez from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Linda J. Vogel from Pomona, California for joining the CLRC's Professional Panel. Attorneys in the Professional Panel have agreed to volunteer their time to speak with callers on the CLRC's national Telephone Assistance Line, in an effort to assist in resolving cancer-related legal problems.

Save The Date

Get to Know DRLC at Ability Expo April 15-17


Abilities Expo Logo

Abilities Expo Logo

The Disability Rights Legal Center has signed on to be an Organizational Sponsor for Abilities Expo Los Angeles that will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. The Abilities Expo provides an opportunity for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans, caregivers and healthcare professionals to gain knowledge and empowerment tools. For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has also provided an excellent forum for companies with disability products and services to reach out and enhance the lives of the disability community. DRLC will provide an information table where people can learn more about DRLC programs and services. For more information about the Abilities Expo visit their website

Hold Saturday Night July 23 for 'Casino Angeleno'


The Cancer Legal Resource Center's Casino Night event is back by popular demand! The CLRC will be hosting its "Casino Angeleno" summer event on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Set on the rooftop deck of the Petersen Automotive Museum, with the Hollywood Hills as a spectacular backdrop, guests will enjoy a starry, summer night of guilt-free gaming, music and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the CLRC. For sponsorship opportunities, click here to download the sponsorship packet, or contact Joanna Morales at joanna.morales@lls.edu. Event details will be posted at www.cancerlegalresourcenter.org in April.

DRLC Offers Free Legal Clinic in Orange County


Photo of Dayle McIntosh Center
Dayle McIntosh Center

To better serve residents of Orange County, Community Outreach Program staff will hold office hours on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dayle McIntosh Center in Garden Grove. That means this month we will host office hours at the center on April 6 and April 20. Come meet our staff and learn about laws protecting the civil rights of those with disabilities, and services available to them, including health care, special education, government services and more. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Maggie Hui, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (213) 736-1408 or Maggie.Hui@lls.edu. Video TDD (213) 736-8310; Video Relay Number (866) 912-8193. The Dayle McIntosh Center is located at 13272 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843-2205.


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