Primary geographic focus: Eastern California, Southern California, Southwestern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, Direct Services Programs
Tags: Disability Rights
Acronym or short name: DRLC
DRLC, originally called the Western Law Center for the Handicapped, was founded in 1975 by friends and colleagues of A. Milton Miller, one of the leading advocates of the disability rights movement in California.
DRLC is located in Los Angeles and also maintains a satellite office on the campus of the University of La Verne College of Law in the Inland Empire of Southern California.
DRLC’s work seeks to promote change primarily in government agencies and other institutions by establishing precedent-setting court cases and by educating the disability, business, government, education, cancer, and legal communities to avoid common issues that result in discrimination. DRLC trains local government and people with disabilities and has close working relationships with disability commissions and grassroots disability organizations. DRLC partners with other public interest law offices and private law firms to litigate systemic issues and legislative advocacy efforts.
PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCENews Story Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
November 18, 2015
Failure to accommodate the disabled poor draws lawsuit against L.A. County Department of Public Social Services.
News Story NBC Bay Area
August 14, 2015
A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Friday upheld the enforcement of California laws barring physician-assisted suicide.
News Story Beau Yarbrough
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
October 8, 2015
A class-action lawsuit alleges that the Pomona Unified school district allowed the physical and emotional abuse of at least two autistic students and covered up the abuse,
Press Release Kelli Saam
KRCR News Channel 7
May 25, 2016
Class action case cites repeated retaliation against detainees and prisoners who speak out about violations of the ADA and other laws
News Story Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
August 30, 2016
Disability rights advocates, including DRC and DRLC, successfully get L.A. city council to spend more than $200 million on the development of more accessible units in publicly funded housing.
News Story USA Today
April 11, 2017
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