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Friday, May 13, 2011

DRLC Files Brief to Ensure that California Students with Diabetes Can Remain in Schools Despite Nursing Shortage

The Disability Rights Legal Center filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs,
American Diabetes Associatin logo
American Diabetes Association and families of children with diabetes, in American Nurses Association v. O'Connell, now before the California Supreme Court. The Court is reviewing an appellate court decision finding that under state law only nurses are permitted to administer insulin and other medications, thereby preventing non-medical school personnel from voluntarily administering insulin to schoolchildren who are not yet able to self-manage their disease. These children could miss school as a result of this ruling because there are not enough nurses available in California's schools to administer the insulin. Diabetes experts agree that permitting trained non-medical school personnel to administer insulin when a nurse is not available is safe and in the best interests of these students. If the decision stands, non-medical personnel in other settings, such as child care centers and group homes for people with disabilities, may also be prohibited from administering insulin and other vital medications to children. The Disability Rights Legal Center, Children's Rights Clinic, Disability Rights Advocates, Disability Rights California,Disability Rights Texas, The Los Angeles Unified School District and The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center filed a brief, prepared by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP in Los Angeles that stressed the disastrous impact that the appellate court ruling, if upheld, would have on students with diabetes and other conditions requiring other medications. The filing also stressed that the need for medication administration by non-medical school personnel will protect the rights to education guaranteed by the California State Constitution.
CLRC Director Joanna Morales Speaks at
Association of Oncology Social Work Conference

Last week Cancer Legal Resource Center Director, Joanna Morales spoke at the 27th Annual Association of Oncology Social Work Conference in St. Louis, MO. The conference, attended by several hundred oncology social workers from across the nation, aimed to address the challenges and opportunities faced by social

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AOSW flyer

workers in psychosocial oncology care today. Mrs. Morales provided a seminar on "Understanding Health Care Reform" during the Conference's Opening Forum. She also spoke on how social workers can help navigate patients through cancer-related legal issues in a three-part workshop, "Leading Clients through Cancer-Related Legal Issues." These workshops addressed the topics of "Health Insurance Options," "Working Through Employment Issues," and "Insurance Navigation and Financial Issues." For more information on the services the CLRC provides for health care professionals, please visit: http://bit.ly/CLRCHCP. 

DRLC Attends Fair for Parents of Children with Special Needs
John Villar de Longoria, Community Outreach Program Director, and Jonathan de Jesus, Community Outreach Program volunteer, staffed the Parents Place Information Fair and Festival in West Covina on Sunday, May 1. They passed out resources and information to the community regarding DRLC programs and connected with families in the community regarding their disability rights. The fair is dedicated to children with special needs, their families, and the professionals who work with them. This special occasion allows families that have children with special needs to come together, in an open and friendly environment, to enjoy a lively festival and to find out about the many community resources available to them.
John Longoria Panelist at Heart Association Conference

Community Outreach Program Director John Villar de Longoria served on the Know Your Rights Panel at the Adult Congenital Heart Association Conference in Los Angeles. The conference, held on April 30, brought together the adult congenital heart community to share the best in adult congenital heart research and resources, celebrate their accomplishments, and plan for the future. For more information regarding the conference click here.

DRLC Joins Other Groups in Effort to Eliminate Stigma of Mental Health in Latino Communities


Maggie Hui, Community Outreach Program Coordinator, attended the Association for Latino Mental Health Awareness meeting on April 27 at the College Hospital in Costa Mesa. The meeting brings together community organizations to help eradicate the stigma of mental health in Orange County's Latino communities.

Brett Modesti Joins the CLRC Professional Panel
The Cancer Legal Resource Center would like to thank Brett Modesti from Westlake Village, California, for joining the CLRC's Professional Panel. Mr. Modesti specializes in educating accountants regarding mortgage-related tax issues. Members of 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 issues.

Save The Date

Hold Saturday Night July 23 for 'Casino Angeleno'

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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, sponsored by our exclusive "Baccarat Sponsor" Ticketmaster®. 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, download the sponsorship packet, or contact Joanna Morales at joanna.morales@lls.edu. Event details will be posted at www.cancerlegalresourcenter.org in May.

DRLC Offers Free Legal Clinic in Orange County


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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 May 25. 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 Program 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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