Rights of People with Disabilities

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Most Frequently Viewed Resources

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

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

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

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

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

A detailed explanation of what the law covers.

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Service animals, employment, government, and public accommodation.

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.

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.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

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

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

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

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

Where are they allowed and under what conditions?

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