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Friday, August 12, 2011

DRLC Trains Parents, Teachers to Advocate for Special Ed 


Attendees taking a break at the Academy

Attendees taking a break at the Academy

On August 6, the DRLC educated parents and teachers about the rights of students to special education classes and related services. The presenters were Andrea Oxman, Education Advocacy Program Staff Attorney, and law student externs Meredith  Ramsey, and Christopher Membribes. This is the third Special Education Advocacy Academy that the DRLC has presented this year, and another overwhelming success.

The day-long course was presented in Spanish and English and covered special education law, Individual Education Programs (IEP's), Section 504, as well as DRLC services. Attendees were given a free copy of our Education Advocacy Manual and a Certificate of Completion. In addition to learning about the law, the parents and teachers shared experiences, formed friendships, and informed our attorneys of the obstacles they are facing in the school system.  

Attorney Andrea Oxmen leads the class

DRLC Staff Attorney Andrea Oxmen leads the class














 The next academy will be on Saturday, October 15; we request registration by Wednesday, October 12. For more information, and to register online, visit the Special Education Advocacy webpage. The attendees' feedback was excellent. Here are a few of their comments:

"I plan to use this info in everyday life to guide parents in my community."


"I congratulate you because in training us now we can advocate for our children and help other people."


"I plan on providing the information I learned to assist parents with children that have disabilities in order to help them navigate through the IEP process." 

DRLC Thanks Loyola Law School for Continuing Support  
Paula Pearlman with Dean Victor Gold

Paula Pearlman with Dean Victor Gold
(Photo by Jun Melchor)


On Thursday morning, August 11, Victor Gold, Dean of Loyola Law School, held a breakfast welcoming new and returning staff and faculty to the campus for the new academic year. Paula Pearlman, DRLC Executive Director, used the occasion to present the law school with a painting, created by Andy C., an artist with autism. Andy participates in a program of L.A. Goal, a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental disabilities explore beauty: in their own words, by their own standards, and on their own terms. The painting of the city of Paris is acrylic on canvas and is one of a series of the artists' cityscapes.
DLRC Welcomes Staff Attorney Umbreen Bhatti
Umbreen Bhatti has joined the Disability Rights Legal Center as a staff attorney in our Civil Rights Litigation Program. She is experienced in civil rights and constitutional law. Most recently, she practiced at the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, where she engaged in litigation and non-litigation advocacy on a broad range of civil liberties issues, including free speech, religious liberty, racial justice, prisoners' rights, and police misconduct. To support her work, Ms. Bhatti received the Roxana C. Arsht Fellowship from the Delaware State Bar Association. Prior to joining the ACLU, Ms. Bhatti was an associate in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, LLP. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Widener University School of Law, and the co-director of the Drexel Social Theory Institute. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Michigan Law School.

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 August 24. 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.


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