Rights of People with Disabilities

Many local laws and courts have been affected by COVID-19. Please use the search for legal help tool to find a legal aid organization or self help center near you for accurate information and more support.

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

Public and private entities must provide aids and services to facilitate understanding for individuals with disabilities.

A detailed explanation of what the law covers.

Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the major laws covering individuals with disabilities, do not affect your employer’s right to prohibit alcohol and illegal drug use at the workplace. Employment rules prohibiting such drug or alcohol use are permissible.

Where are they allowed and under what conditions?

Find information about voting in your area and report voting issues you encounter.

File a complaint about:
a. Employment,
b. Housing (including issues with apartment buildings, condos, Homeowners Associations and mobile home parks)
c. Airlines
d. Complaint does not involve Employment, Housing, or Airlines

How does AB 925 help find employment for people with disabilities? Is AB 925 an insurance or entitlement program?

Unlike many other states, California does not have a restrictive Voter Identification (ID) law. Generally, a California voter will not have to bring identification to vote.

Check out forms, resources and more information about how you can obtain a disabled person parking placard.

Which doors should be accessible? What are the legal requirements?

CAP was established to improve communication and help resolve issues between clients and vocational rehabilitation/DOR staff and other Rehabilitation Act funded program staff.

Federal, state, and local programs are available to help you raise children who have disabilities.

This booklet will tell you about: laws that protect voters with disabilities, how to register to vote, voting materials to help you vote, and how to vote.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

What types of places must provide accessible parking spaces, including van spaces? What do accessible parking spaces look like?

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ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

Browse through the statewide disability rights advocacy organization's publications, which cover many areas of the law.

Service animals, employment, government, and public accommodation.

If you want to report elder abuse or dependent adult abuse in the community, contact your local county APS Office. For most types of abuse, County APS programs have 10 days to respond to your report. Abuse reports may also be made to your local law enforcement agency.County APS agencies investigate reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals.

Equipment Maintenance, Stop Announcements and Route Identification, Eligibility for ADA Paratransit, Telephone Hold Time in ADA Paratransit, Origin to Destination Service in ADA Paratransit, On-Time Performance in ADA Paratransit, and No-Shows in ADA Paratransit.