On July 18, 2014, DRLC sent a letter to the Honorable Bob Menendez, Committee Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Honorable Bob Corker, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressing support for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In the letter, DRLC explains the significance of the CRPD, as well as the treaty's importance to the disability community.
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DRLC's recent lawsuit, co-counseling with the Law Office of John Burton, against the City of Hawthorne and the Hawthorne Police Department for unlawfully assaulting and brutally tazering an architect who is profoundly deaf has generated press coverage across the country.
Click here for the story as reported by CBS, which features an interview with DRLC Staff Attorney Anna Rivera, who represents architect Jonathan Meister.
On February 26, 2013, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued an order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement between DRLC and co-counsel Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), and the County of Los Angeles in the precedent setting emergency management planning case Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v.
On February 25, 2013, DRLC filed suit against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and MTA contractor Veolia Transportation Services, Inc. alleging disability discrimination against individuals who use wheelchairs in the provision of fixed route bus services.
Marking the last day of Deaf Awareness Month, Disability Rights Legal Center (DLRC) filed a federal class action lawsuit against Krikorian Premiere Theaters alleging discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.
On Friday, February 8th, DRLC filed a due process complaint and request for due process hearing against the Ontario Montclair School District alleging that the district failed to identify the Petitioner as a student with disabilities pursuant to California Education Code section 56300 and 56301, as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
On Wednesday, February 13th, DRLC filed a special education administrative due process complaint with the California Office of Administrative Hearings against Desert Sands Unified School District. The claim was filed on behalf of a 7-year old student diagnosed with learning disabilities who attends Gerald R. Ford Elementary School, and charges that the District failed to provide the young student with special education and related services as required by federal and state law.