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Friday, July 15, 2011

Bowl-a-Thon...Miniature Horses, A Fun Week at the DRLC

DRLC at Public Interest Bowl-a-Thon
DRLC at the Public Interest Bowl-a-Thon

The Disability Rights Legal Center competed in the Public Interest Bowl-a-Thon on Tuesday, July 12, at Shatto Lanes in Los Angeles. Staff, externs and volunteers bowled, cheered, got acquainted and met kindred spirits at other public interest firms. We came in fourth place, not a bad showing for a tournament of 18 teams. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook site.


Then, on Thursday, July 14, the DRLC welcomed two special guests to the campus of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The miniature horses, Shanamina and Tiny Tim, are certified therapy animals trained by Veronique Matthews, director of Hearts and Hooves, in Lockhart, Texas. Using horses---even full-sized one ---as therapy animals is becoming increasingly popular. The advantage of minis is that they can go into buildings and even hospital rooms. 

Mini, Therapy Horse
Tiny Tim grazing at Loyola Law School


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Tiny Tim
DRLC Speaks to San Gabriel Valley Disability Community
On July 5, John Villar de Longoria, Director of the Community Outreach Program, was the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Disabilities Collaborative, a network of organizations, agencies and individuals providing programs and services to persons with disabilities and their families in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys of Los Angeles County. Mr. Villar de Longoria presented information about DRLC's programs and services, as well as a summary of current DRLC advocacy efforts and civil rights lawsuits. The DRLC is looking for opportunities to partner and work with collaborative members.
Maggie Hui Trains Staff at Dental Clinic for Children

Maggie Hui, the Community Outreach Program Coordinator, conducted a Disability Sensitivity and Etiquette training for the staff of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, a nonprofit dental clinic. The training, on July 11, was a refresher course for the staff to better understand and communicate with their clients who have disabilities.

Norma Montano Shares Resources at Fontana Health Fair

Norma Montano, Administrative Assistant for the Inland Empire Program, staffed the 2011 Senior Health and Resource Fair in Fontana on June 29. She passed out resources and information to the community regarding DRLC programs and connected with families regarding their disability rights. This event drew more than 300 participants.

Heather McGunigle Empowers Parents in Rancho Cucamonga

Heather McGunigle, Director of the Inland Empire Program, conducted an Education Advocacy Training for parents in Rancho Cucamonga on July 8th. She informed the parents of their educational rights and responsibilities, including students' right to an Individualized Education Program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This training was coordinated by Kristie Burchit at Educate.Advocate.

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Join Us 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®; "Roulette Sponsor" KDB - Your Neighborhood Kitchen, Den, Bar; and "Poker Sponsor" MassMutual Financial Group. 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 Cancer Legal Resource Center. For sponsorship opportunities, download the sponsorship packet, or contact Joanna Morales at joanna.morales@lls.edu. Event details are posted at www.CancerLegalResourceCenter.org. To purchase tickets, download the invitation

Save the Date

Community Outreach Program Provides Free Legal Clinics  
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 July 27. 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.


Champion the Rights of People with Disabilities by Shopping, Searching Online  


You can support the work of the Disability Rights Legal Center simply by shopping and searching online. Become an iGive member and choose the DRLC as one of the causes you support, then click on an iGive link to one of the almost one thousand participating retailers, including Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, DisneyStore.com, eBay, Expedia.com, Hotwire.com, Macy's, NORDSTROM.com, Overstock.com, ProFlowers, Sport Chalet, Travelocity. You will not pay more for products, rather the companies give a listed percentage of the purchase to your cause. There are no obligations or hidden fees. Causes always receive 100% of the donation amount advertised on iGive's website. You can also contribute to the DRLC simply by using iGive's search engine. Go to iGive.com to sign up.


The online credit card donation feature is available on the Make a Donation page of the DRLC website. This quick and easy function can be used for general donations.  



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DRLC Staff Photo August 2010
Disability Rights Legal Center Staff Photo August 2010