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Friday, February 3, 2012

In This Issue
DRLC's Fight for Accessible Sidewalks Makes Headlines
Third Edition of Frankly Speaking About Cancer Released
DRLC Academy: Special Education Advocacy
DRLC Seminar & Legal Clinic: Children with Disabilities in Charter Schools
How to Help

DRLC's Fight for Accessible Sidewalks Makes Headlines           

Motorized Wheelchair Struggles to Climb Steep SidewalkThe Disability Rights Legal Center's lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles over inaccessible public spaces made the front page of Monday's Los Angeles Times. In 1974, the city took over homeowners' and landlords' responsibility for maintaining the sidewalks. The city, however, has clearly neglected its duty; today more than 42% of Los Angeles' 10,750 miles of sidewalks are in disrepair. DRLC is litigating a class action lawsuit against the city for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by excluding people with disabilities from the city's services, programs and activities. Senior Staff Attorney Surisa Rivers and plaintiffs Brent Pilgreen and Judy Griffin are quoted in the article. Mr. Pilgreen and Ms. Griffin, who depend on wheelchairs for mobility, told the Times how broken sidewalks and missing curb ramps disrupt and endanger their lives, and how the city's longstanding neglect of the problem makes them feel like second-class citizens. The lawsuit is Mark Willits, Judy Griffin, Brent Pilgree, and Communities Actively Living Independent and Free vs. City of Los Angeles, Case No. CV 10 5782-R (RCx). Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP is DRLC's co-counsel in the case.


The Times article sparkled other media outlets to cover the problem. Online news site The Atlantic Cities posted the story  "L.A.'s $1.5 Billion Sidewalk Problem," and KABC-TV aired the segment "Disabled suing LA over poor sidewalk conditions," which features interviews with Ms. Rivers and Ms. Griffin.

Third Edition of Frankly Speaking About Cancer Released 


The Cancer Legal Resource Center contributed to the development of the Cancer Support Community's Third Edition of Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care, in order to help meet the needs of the growing population of people impacted by the financial burden of cancer care. Cancer Support Community released the new edition on January 31. Other contributors include the Association of Oncology Social Work, Cancer and Careers, LIVESTRONG, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Patient Advocate Foundation, and Survivorship A - Z.

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Additionally, CLRC Director, Joanna Morales, participated in a discussion about the high costs of cancer care on Cancer Support Community's radio show, Frankly Speaking about Cancer, broadcast on Voice America's Health and Wellness channel.  Click here to listen to the radio interview of Mrs. Morales. For more information about Cancer Support Community's radio show or about the new edition of Coping with the Cost of Care, please visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

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  
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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  


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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