California Assembly and Senate Budget Committees Champion a Budget Proposal that Invests in Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities!

June 4,2021

Last week the California Assembly and Senate Budget Committees released their final proposal for the 2021-22 budget. We are very pleased that it includes a recommendation to implement the rate study over the next 3 years, restoration of social recreation and camp services, creation (and funding) of a direct support professional certification tied to wage increases. In addition, there are significant investments proposed for regional center service coordinators, performance incentives, language access and cultural competency, Early Start, and other critical investments and restorations. We thank the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees for their unprecedented proposal of much needed investments for developmental services. The next week is absolutely critical to advocate with the Governor’s office to pass the legislature’s proposal. A summary of the proposal includes the following:  click here for more

$600 Golden State Grant payments are being mailed out to SSI recipients

June 4, 2021

The Golden State Grant is part of California’s recent COVID-19 relief bill and provides direct aid to those most impacted by the pandemic. It provides a one-time $600 state supplementary payment (SSP) grant to SSI seniors and people with disabilities, which will help meet the high costs SSI recipients are struggling to pay during COVID. It also provides a one-time $600 grant for seniors and people with disabilities who receive Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).

Paper checks are being mailed out to SSI/SSP and CAPI recipients starting the week of May 24th. 

To learn more about the schedule for checks to be mailed and eligibility visit that CA4SSI website click here for more info

Californians can arrange an in-home vaccination or transportation to a vaccine site!

May 28, 2021

Californians can now get the vaccination done at home or they can arrange for transportation to take them to their vaccination location. This can be done by calling the California Department of Public Health and arranging for transportation by the calling COVID-19 Call Center at 1-833-422-4255. You will also need to register on the My Turn CA website. This is a two-step process for you to be able to get this service. No same day appointments are available. More info has been provided by DREDF and can be found at the following link

Suit Filed Against LAUSD on Behalf of Students with Special Needs

December 11, 2020

School closures have disrupted education for all of our children. But for vulnerable students with special needs, distance learning is impossible—resulting in learning loss, emotional damage, and irreparable harm, leaving families struggling to address one of the most fundamental needs of the children in their care for months without a plan.

That is why the Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Learning Rights Law Center, and Milbank LLP have filed suit today in the Supreme Court of California to force LAUSD to comply with its most basic duties under the law: to ensure that these students safely receive the in-person assessments and instruction that they need.      

Alliance Demands Immediate Support for LAUSD Students with Disabilities and Special Needs

November 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, but it has disproportionately impacted the 80,000+ students with special needs and disabilities in the Los Angeles Unified School District, virtually all of whom have not received a proper education since March. Despite the fact that schools have been continuously required to assess students’ need for special education services and continue to provide students who qualify with appropriate supports and services to benefit from their schooling, LAUSD has failed in this obligation.

For tens of thousands, individualized educational programs (IEPs) are not being developed or executed properly through small in-person cohorts, which LAUSD has failed to offer even though they are required by state and federal law and approved by public health officials almost 60 days ago.

For students with disabilities and special needs who require constant one-on-one supervision, distance learning is an oxymoron.

The Alliance has stepped up, along with 29 organization partners, seeking immediate action on behalf of these students—in accordance with public health guidance—to ensure that these students do not suffer irreparable damage. Although LAUSD has promised to begin providing these services, its announcements have lacked details and we want to help transform their goals from aspirational to operational.

The Alliance and its partners sent a letter to LAUSD Superintendent Beutner and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on November 5, requesting detailed information about how the District plans to provide (i) in-person assessments, (ii) in-person IEP services and (iii) in-person instruction in small cohorts, in compliance with the law and public health guidelines.