Mission: The disability rights legal center is a cross-disability civil rights organization championing the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation.
Programs: The organization's civil rights programs include the civil rights litigation program, education advocacy program, community advocacy program and the inland empire program. Our programs provide free legal representation and advocacy services to underserved populations of people with all types of disabilities who are encountering discrimination in violation of their civil rights. The civil rights litigation program's services include litigation of impact cases to establish legal principals or to benefit large groups of people with disabilities, as well as cases of high visibility to raise public awareness of both the disability rights at issue and the organization's commitment to the enforcement of those rights. The education advocacy program litigates systemic reform cases on behalf of students with disabilities to ensure that they receive the special education and related services to which they are entitled under federal and state law. The eap also offers a range of services including direct representation, pro bono referrals, brief service consultations, outreach and self-advocacy training to low-income parents of students with disabilities. The community advocacy program conducts legal intakes, provides self help resources, as well as offers limited representation on brief service matters to callers contacting the organization for assistance. The inland empire program's services include direct legal representation to clients in individual special education matters, and litigates systemic reform cases on a variety of disability rights issues in the counties of riverside and san bernardino.
the cancer legal resource center has provided free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to people coping with cancer, caregivers, employers, health care professionals, and others. It was established as a direct response to both the frequency of legal problems encountered by many cancer patients in the wake of their diagnosis, and the severe lack of availability to accessible and affordable legal resources to assist in the resolution of legal issues that may pose psychosocial and medical threats to an individual's survivorship. These legal issues relate to insurance, access to quality care, government benefits, advance planning, financial management, and employment.
hiv law and policy program: hivllp is a joint project between drlc, the los angeles county bar association, the williams institute at ucla school of law, and the inner city law center. This project works to reduce the impact of hiv on vulnerable and marginalized communities, and to secure the civil rights of people affected by hiv. Drlc handles a wide range of civil rights matters including protecting the privacy of confidential medical information and the rights of people with hiv/aids to proper medical information and treatment.