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Friday, January 27, 2012

In This Issue
Outreach Director Gives Disability Rights Trainings
Outreach Coordinator Promotes Education Advocacy
CLRC Featured Among National Cancer Institute Resources
DRLC Academy: Special Education Advocacy
DRLC Seminar & Legal Clinic: Children with Disabilities in Charter Schools
How to Help

Outreach Director Gives Disability Rights Training to

Members of Independent Living Program          

  Project Independence logo 

From January 18 through January 19, John Villar de Longoria, Director of DRLC's Community Outreach Program, conducted Disability Rights Awareness & Advocacy trainings to 150 members of Project Independence. Project Independence is a nonprofit agency based in Orange County that provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities to allow them to live independently and to exercise freedom and personal choice over their own lives. The training covered the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), ADA Amendments Act, and other federal and state laws protecting individuals with disabilities against discrimination.

Outreach Coordinator Promotes Education Advocacy Events


On January 18, Maggie Hui, Outreach Coordinator, attended a community advisory meeting on special education hosted by the Los Angeles Unified School District, City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Commission on Disability. The meeting was attended by parents of students with special needs, teachers, social workers, and public officials. Ms. Hui promoted DRLC's upcoming self-advocacy events for families with children in public schools. This year, the DRLC will be hosting Special Education Advocacy Academies and Know Your Rights: Children with Disabilities at Charter Schools. To learn more about or to register to attend one of the academies, contact us at: (213) 736-1447, toll-free number (866) 999-3752, Video Relay Phone (866) 912-8193 or email DRLC@lls.edu.

CLRC Featured Among National Cancer Institute Resources 

 National Cancer Institute logo

The Cancer Legal Resource Center is honored to now be featured on the National Cancer Institute's website, in its Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer portal. The CLRC is listed as one of the Financial, Legal, and Community Resources, and by being included on such an influential website, the CLRC will be able to provide cancer-related legal information and resources to even more people who need it. To view the CLRC's listing, click here.

Save the Date    

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 next academy is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2012, 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 seminar and legal clinic is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2012, 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   

Shop at Ralphs and Defend Rights of People with Disabilities  
Ralph's Community Contributions Program logo

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  


Support Disability Rights Legal Center simply by shopping and searching online. Become an iGive member and select DRLC as one of your causes, then go shopping by clicking on an iGive link to one of the hundreds of participating retailers, including Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, DisneyStore.com, eBay, Expedia.com, Macy's, NORDSTROM.com, ProFlowers, Sport Chalet, Travelocity. Causes always receive 100% of the donation amount advertised on iGive's website. You can also contribute 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.   



Visit the How You Can Help page of our website to volunteer as a pro bono attorney on a disability rights case, work as a student law clerk or assist with intake and administrative responsibilities.


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DRLC Group Photo 2011
Disability Rights Legal Center Staff October 2011