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Friday, January 13, 2012

In This Issue
DRLC Advocates for Student with Asperger's Syndrome
DRLC Attends Association of American Law Schools' Meeting
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
MCLE Seminar: Discrimination in The Legal Profession
DRLC Academy: Special Education Advocacy
DRLC Seminar & Legal Clinic: Children with Disabilities in Charter Schools
How to Help

DRLC Advocates for Student with Asperger's Syndrome         


*Tomás is a fifteen-year-old student in the Chino Valley Unified School District with Asperger's Syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. He has severe communication, sensory and social deficits, but has been attending high school in a general education setting with no supports to address his multiple disabilities. Tomás' disabilities include a lower than normal response to sensual stimuli. In order to compensate for this, Tomás wears a texture-rich painter's glove to school. One day, a bullying student stole his glove and threw it in a dumpster. Tomás responded by striking the student, and the district called the police. The DRLC was called and after reviewing Tomas' file, the DRLC filed a due process complaint, citing the district's inability to provide Tomás with needed accommodations. The district has now agreed to provide Tomás with independent evaluations and significant compensatory services in the areas of occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social skills training, counseling, and one-on-one academic remediation outside of school time by a private agency in his home.
*name changed

DRLC Attends Association of American Law Schools' Meeting   AALS logo     


Paula Pearlman, DRLC Executive Director, and Shawna Parks, DRLC Legal Director, shared their expertise on disability law at The Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting this month in Washington, D.C. They spoke at the session on "Disaster, Disability and Law" to faculty members from law schools across the United States. The legal obligations of cities to plan for the evacuation and shelter of people with disabilities during emergencies became a national issue after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, when people with disabilities were left to die because of inadequate planning. Disability Rights Legal Center has played a leading role in this effort, filing a class action lawsuit in 2009 against the city of Los Angeles for failing to address the needs of people with disabilities in its emergency plan. See CALIF. et al. v. City of Los Angeles et at. A federal court ruled in February 2011 that Los Angeles violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws, by failing to address the disability communities' needs. The ruling is the first such decision in the country. In November 2011, the judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hire experts to review and revise its emergency plans, and to comply with the order within three years.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..


The DRLC will be closed on Monday, January 16th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The DRLC joins civil rights activists across the globe as we pay tribute to a man whose dream of equality informs and inspires our work championing the rights of people with disabilities.  

Save the Date    

Wednesday, January 25  

Seminar: Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Discrimination in the Legal Profession 


On Wednesday, January 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. (PST), State Bar of California will present the telephone seminar Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Discrimination and Bias in the Legal Profession. The seminar will provide a brief background on the applicable laws as well as an understanding of the complexity of discrimination and bias, using legal definitions and real world examples in the legal profession. Faculty for this seminar includes Sharon J. Glancz, an attorney with NBCUniversal Television, and member of the DRLC Young Professionals Board. The seminar provides 1.0 Total Participatory MCLE Credits, 1.0 of which may be applied toward Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession (No Ethics).

Saturday, February 4  

Special Education Advocacy Academy 

Attendees of the Academy on August 6, 2011


Disability Rights Legal Center staff attorneys teach this hands-on course on special education advocacy. Enrollment is limited to parents/guardians and parent advocates. Attendees learn about education law, Individual Education Programs (IEPs), Section 504, how to ask for assessments, accommodations and meetings. The academy is presented in English and Spanish and includes role playing, Q&A, and networking with other parents. We ask for a $10 donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Lunch is provided, and participants receive a DRLC Education Advocacy Manual and a Certificate of Completion. The Saturday, February 4th academy is from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For more information, to register, or request accommodations, please contact us at: (213) 736-1447; toll free number (866) 999-3752; Video Relay Phone (866) 912-8193; or email DRLC@lls.edu.

Saturday, February 11

Seminar & Clinic: Children with Disabilities at Charter Schools 


The Disability Rights Legal Center is presenting a seminar and legal clinic for parents, guardians, and parent advocates about students with disabilities' rights to admission, special education and related services at charter schools. DRLC will also do legal intakes to determine if we can be of assistance, including providing referrals and evaluating options to resolve disputes. Lunch and snacks will be provided. DRLC asks for $10 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The Saturday, February 11th seminar and legal clinic is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Loyola Law School, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.  Download the flyer for more information. To sign up and/or request accommodations please contact us at: (213) 736-1447; toll free, (866) 999-3752; video relay phone, (866) 912-8193; or email DRLC@lls.edu. 

How to Help   

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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 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.

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, ProFlowers, Sport Chalet, Travelocity. You will not pay more for products, rather the companies give a listed percentage of the purchase to your cause.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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Disability Rights Legal Center Staff October 2011