Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) strives to affect change through individual and impact litigation that protects those with disabilities. DRLC accepts cases involving:
- Discrimination, Mistreatment and/or Harassment by public or private entities based on disability. These cases, including discrimination across settings, involve housing, transportation, public places, schools, parks, telecommunications, law enforcement, jails and juvenile halls.
- Special Education focusing on systemic discrimination and denials of a free, appropriate public education (including due process hearings).
DRLC does NOT provide legal representation for the following types of cases:
- Domestic Violence or Harassment
- Personal Injury
- Consumer Fraud
- Unlawful Detainers or Foreclosures
- Applications or Appeals for Public Benefits (this includes representation at administrative hearings)
- Traffic/Parking Violations
Case Acceptance Standards. Disability Rights Legal Center selects cases based on multiple criteria. Specifically, it seeks to provide representation to:
- Clients and communities that cannot otherwise afford representation, including low and modest income clients and communities,
- Cases that will benefit large groups of people with disabilities,
- Cases that have potential to establish, refine or expand important legal principles,
- Clients who have been turned away from other organizations,
- Cases that offer the opportunity to raise public awareness, and
- Underserved populations.
DRLC is a cross-disability law center, thus it strives to maintain a diverse caseload of legal issues related to a variety of disabilities. Prior to accepting a case for representation, DRLC must confirm it has proper resources and staffing to provide competent representation.