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Friday, September 9, 2011

Save the Date: Seminar on Mediating Disability Rights Cases on Tuesday, October 4

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PMA Dispute Resolution

On Tuesday
, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Disability Rights Legal Center and PMA Dispute Resolution will present "Mediating Disability Rights Cases: Keys to Successful Resolution." The seminar will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)
  • What's Different about Mediating a Disability Case?
  • Tools for Successful Disability Mediation  
The seminar will be taught by Paula Pearlman, Executive Director, Disability Rights Legal Center and Associate Visiting Professor of Law, Loyola Law School; Nicholas DeWitt, Mediator, PMA Dispute Resolution in Los Angeles; and John Rodriguez, Mediator, John Rodriguez Mediation in Los Angeles. The $50 seminar will include parking, breakfast and materials, and MCLE credit (this seminar is certified by the CA State Bar for 1 hour of Elimination of Bias and 2 hours of general credit). The event will be held at Loyola Law School, Burns Building Student Lounge, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. To register and/ or request an accommodation, please contact Anabel Prudencio at (213) 736-8195 or Anabel.Prudencio@LLS.edu. Please request accommodations by September 20th.            

CLRC Partners with National Marrow Donor Program
for New, Online Resource   
National Marrow Donor Program logo 
National Marrow Donor Program logo

The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is excited to announce a partnership with the National Marrow Donor Program on a new resource: ExploreBMT. ExploreBMT is a one-stop online resource for individuals seeking information about blood and marrow transplantation. The CLRC is a contributing partner in this effort. Other partners include the Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network, CancerCare, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Patient Advocate Foundation, and SuperSibs. The purpose of this online resource is to serve as a comprehensive, guided source for transplant-related resources from diagnosis through survivorship. For more information, visit: www.ExploreBMT.org.    

Jay Angoff to Address Healthcare Reform
at Cancer Rights Conference in Washington DC
Jay Angoff

Jay Angoff

Attendees at the Cancer Legal Resource Center's upcoming Cancer Rights Conference in Washington DC will hear an expert's perspective on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Jay Angoff, Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, has agreed to speak at the Conference on September 23. If you would like more information about the Conference or to register please visit www.CancerRightsConference.org. 

CLRC Contributes to Resource Guide for Young Women
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Young women who are at a higher risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer now have one more resource available to them. In conjunction with Bright Pink and Cancer and Careers, the Cancer Legal Resource Center has created a one-of-a-kind guide for young women on managing breast and ovarian health and employment, including tips, laws and resources. The information can be viewed on the Bright Pink website.

DRLC Takes Part in Back to School Fair for Children with Special Needs 
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Special Needs Network, Inc. logo

On August 28, DRLC staff participated in the Special Needs Network 6th Annual Back to School Resource Fair held at the Jr. Blind Foundation in Los Angeles. Gabriela Franco, a DRLC undergraduate student-intern from University of California, Santa Cruz, helped staff the event with John Villar de Longoria, Director, DRLC Community Outreach Program. They provided the attendees, middle school and high school students and their parents, with information about DRLC's programs and services, as well as, "Know Your Legal Rights" informational and resource materials.

Outreach Director Gives Disability Law, Sensitivity Trainings 
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Illumination Foundation logo

On August 29, John Villar de Longoria, Director of the DRLC Community Outreach Program, in partnership with Jan Garrett of the DBTAC-Pacific ADA Center, conducted an Americans with Disabilities Compliance and Disability Awareness & Sensitivity training to the staff of the Double Hi Express Tours, Inc., a bus transportation company based in the San Gabriel Valley. Mr. Villar de Longoria provided an overview of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the provisions that require that transportation services are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, and how to accommodate their customers with other disabilities. The following day, Mr. Villar de Longoria gave the same presentation to the staff of the Illumination Foundation in Costa Mesa. The Illumination Foundation provides multiple services, including housing, medical outreach and care, to people who are experiencing homelessness in Orange County.

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Double Hi Express Tours, Inc. banner

Shop at Ralphs and Defend Rights of People with Disabilities  
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Thank you so much for championing the rights of people with disabilities by supporting the DRLC through Ralphs Community Contribution Program. The new program year began on September 1, 2011. Even if you are currently registered as a member, you must register again. The DRLC uses every dollar donated from this program to serve people with disabilities. Please visit www.ralphs.com  to both re-register and to register.


Save The Date  

Community Outreach Program Offers Free Legal Clinics 
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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 September 14 and September 28. 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

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