Disability Rights California

Advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities

aka PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY INC   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.disabilityrightsca.org

Mission

Disability Rights California advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Andrew Imparato

Main address

1831 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95811 USA

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EIN

94-2505916

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We work to ensure that all people with disabilities enjoy the power of equal rights and opportunities; freedom from abuse, neglect, and discrimination; dignity; and respect for their choices based on their own goals and values.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Disability Rights California

Disability Rights California (DRC) advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities. As the federally mandated protection and advocacy system, we protect rights and access to services by filing lawsuits, representing clients at hearings, and advocating for policy changes. We conduct investigations and monitor service delivery to prevent abuse and neglect, and empower communities by providing culturally appropriate and accessible publications while promoting self-advocacy.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through our advocacy work for Californians with disabilities, we aim to prevent abuse and neglect; end discrimination and segregation; ensure respect for the autonomy and choices of people with disabilities; and advance basic rights to health care, housing, and education.

Our organization uses a wide range of advocacy strategies — providing information and training so individuals can be effective self-advocates; representing clients in negotiations, administrative hearings and court; investigating abuse and neglect; challenging systemic problems in the courts and through public policy changes to achieve these outcomes.
To ensure that all Californians with disabilities can be effective advocates, we provide information and training in 11 threshold languages and ensure that our website and materials are fully accessible to individuals who use screen readers and other assistive technology devices
Our individually advocacy in negotiations, administrative proceedings and courts helps individuals get access to vital health and mental health care, challenge stigma and discrimination and ensure access to education.
We have the unique federal authority to conduct monitoring of schools, institutions, jails and juvenile facilities and investigate abuse and neglect no matter where it occurs. These strategies help eliminate abusive practices and prevent victimization of individuals who live in care facilities.
Our systemic litigation and policy advocacy challenges and resolves systemic barriers. Using these strategies we can help end the segregation of people with disabilities and ensure they can live in the community of their choice with access to the services they need; protect disability civil rights by ensuring that public agencies provide necessary accommodations; and ensure access to governmental benefits and services.

--For 40 years our work has made a difference and achieved great results and secured equality and justice.
--We have a diverse, passionate and talented staff of more than 250 attorneys, advocates and support and administrative staff. More than 35% of our staff identify as having a disability, 56% of staff are from California's diverse language, racial and ethnic communities. We are located in 35 offices throughout California.
--Our wide range of advocacy tools help us effectively address the needs of our clients and resolve problems in the most cost effective and efficient way.

Over the past 40 years, our advocacy and litigation has directly helped almost a million individuals while having beneficial outcomes for millions more. ‎Last year alone, we helped almost 25,000 individuals. This work resulted in over $5 million dollars in services and benefits to Californians with disabilities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Disability Rights California

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Thom

Ralph Black

Lorraine Casto

Elizabeth Gomez

Richard Krzyzanowski

Hector Ramirez

Jeff Thom

Yolanda Vargas

Alison Brunner

Sheri Farinha

Jim Janz

Deaka McClain

Imari Nuyen-Kariotis

Marty Omoto

Katherine Perez

Tony Sauer

Sandra Smith

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data