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                   FEDERAL COURT FINDS CITY OF LOS ANGELES DISCRIMINATES
                    AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EMERGENCY PLANS

                           In a landmark decision, which has national implications, a federal court
                           ruled that the City of Los Angeles violated federal law, including the Ameri-
                           cans with Disabilities Act, by failing to meet the needs of its residents with
                           disabilities in planning for natural and other disasters. The ruling is the first
                           such decision in the country.



 Outreach Helps Tap New
    Council Members
                                            Ladies of the Court
                                     When Kevin Cook landed in
                                     Washington, D.C., to coach Gal-
                                     laudet University’s Bison women’s
                                     basketball team in October 2007,
                                     he braced for the challenge of his
                                     career. The students at Gallaudet
                                                                                         People don’t think much
                                     are deaf or hard of hearing, and                     about their disabilities
                                     Cook didn’t know even a letter of                   If you use a wheel chair for your
 The Ohio Developmental Disabili- sign language...
                                                                                         daily mobility and you go to the
 ties Council’s outreach effort has
                                                                                         grocery store, you are not
 continued to make strides over the
                                                                                         thinking, as you go through the
 past several years, and that effort
                                                                                         aisles, about the car accident or
 is defined by the outreach
                                                                                         circumstance of birth that requires
 Mission Statement that includes
                                                                                         that you roll through the aisles
 this line: “Conduct outreach
                                                                                         rather than walk. You are thinking
 activities for individuals with de-
                                                                                         about whether or not, if you buy
 velopmental disabilities and their
                                                                                         the package of four center-cut
 families who otherwise might not
                                                                                         pork chops today, you’ll have time
 come to the attention of council.”
                                                                                         to cook them before Wednesday.


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         FEDERAL COURT FINDS CITY OF LOS ANGELES DISCRIMINATES
          AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EMERGENCY PLANS

                                              disabilities are disproportionately               available and accessible to people
                                              vulnerable to harm in the event of an             with a wide range of disabilities.
                                              emergency or disaster.” The Court
                                              ordered the City within 3 weeks to                Los Angeles is particularly disaster-
                                              meet with the plaintiffs to prepare a             prone and susceptible to a variety of
                                              proposal for remedying the violations.            emergencies, including earthquakes,
                                                                                                fires, landslides, and terrorist
                                              The Plaintiffs are represented                    attacks. The City experienced and
                                              by two prominent non-profit law                    suffered from the massive Northridge
                                              firms that specialize in civil rights              earthquake in 1994, as well as
                                              cases for people with disabilities:               wildfires in 2008 and 2009.
                                              Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”),
In a landmark decision, which has             headquartered in Berkeley, California This landmark ruling on February
national implications, a federal court        and Disability Rights Legal Center    11, 2011 highlights a national
ruled that the City of Los Angeles            (“DRLC”), located in Los Angeles.     problem evident during Hurricanes
violated federal law, including the                                                 Katrina and Rita, when people with
Americans with Disabilities Act,              The federal class action lawsuit,     disabilities, including many seniors
by failing to meet the needs of its           brought on behalf of all people with  who were seriously ill , were left
residents with disabilities in planning       disabilities in Los Angeles, was      behind to die because of a lack of
for natural and other disasters. The          filed in January 2009 by Plaintiffs    disability planning. Those tragedies
ruling is the first such decision in the       Audrey Harthorn and Communities       prompted this action on behalf of the
country.                                      Actively Living Independent and Free residents of Los Angeles.
                                              (“CALIF”), a nonprofit independent
Federal Judge Consuelo B. Marshall            living center located in downtown Los Karla Gilbride, a DRA Attorney
held: “The Court finds that Plaintiffs         Angeles.                              representing the plaintiffs said, “We
are denied the benefits of the City’s                                                are pleased with the Judge’s decision
emergency preparedness program                Despite the fact that Los Angeles has to ensure that L.A., which is home to
because the City’s practice of failing        experienced serious disasters, the    more than half a million people with
to address the needs of individuals           City of Los Angeles lacks adequate    disabilities, plans for the safety of all
with disabilities discriminates against       disaster planning for people with     of its residents.”
such individuals by denying them              disabilities, such as accessible
meaningful access to the City’s               emergency shelters, plans for         Sid Wolinsky, DRA Litigation Director
emergency preparedness program.”              providing services and medication at said, “We cannot tolerate another
The Court further held that “Because          shelters, accessible transportation   Katrina when disabled men, women
of the City’s failure to address their        and evacuation assistance as well     and children were neglected.
unique needs, individuals with                as communication services that are    DRA and DRLC have worked with

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         FEDERAL COURT FINDS CITY OF LOS ANGELES DISCRIMINATES
          AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EMERGENCY PLANS

other cities such as Oakland and              Court’s decision confirms what we
Richmond to develop emergency                 already knew, that the City has failed
plans that include people with                to address the needs of people with
disabilities. There is no reason why          disabilities in emergency planning.
every city in this country should not         The City must now take action to
be well prepared to meet the needs            address this critical issue.”
of disabled people.”
                                              The court’s decision can be found at:
“The Court’s decision is not just a           www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org
victory for people with disabilities          and www.dralegal.org
and seniors but for all Los Angeles
residents who need to know that our                                ###
city is prepared when disaster strikes.
These will be life and death issues for       Founded in1975, the DRLC is a
thousands of people with disabilities         nonprofit organization that advocates
in the event of a major disaster,”            for the rights of people with
stated Shawna L. Parks, DRLC’s                disabilities through enforcement
Legal Director also representing the          of laws, public awareness and
Plaintiffs. “We are hopeful that other        education.
cities will examine their emergency
preparations as a result of this
lawsuit to avoid the needless loss of
life during any future emergencies.”

Audrey Harthorn, Plaintiff and
                                                Did You Know?
resident of Los Angeles said, “As
a wheelchair user who lives alone,                No characteristic or feature of people with
I am relieved that L.A. will now                 developmental disabilities requires our basic hopes and
consider the needs of its citizens               aspirations for them to be less than those we have for
with disabilities and that I will have
a better chance of getting the help I            other people, or requires them to be served in settings or
need when the next disaster strikes.”            ways that set them apart from other citizens.

Lilibeth Navarro, Executive Director
of CALIF says “This is society’s moral
duty to people with disabilities. The

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                             Outreach Helps Tap New Council Members
                                                           by Ken Latham

The Ohio                                                                                       that are available in
Developmental                                                                                  their community. This
Disabilities Council’s                                                                         project also allowed
outreach effort has                                                                            the group to be able
continued to make                                                                              to share information
strides over the past                                                                          concerning services
several years, and                                                                             and meet their county
that effort is defined                                                                          board personnel.
by the outreach                                                                                Denise is a resident
Mission Statement                                                                              of Dayton, Ohio and
that includes this                                                                             is a person with a
line: “Conduct                                                          Jacob King             disability who is very
                                Denise Gilmore
outreach activities                                                                            involved in women’s
for individuals with                                                                           health issues. Denise
developmental disabilities and their    English proficiency, individuals from   is also involved in many community
families who otherwise might not        underserved geographic areas (rural civic organizations. We are glad to
come to the attention of council.”      or urban), and specific groups of       see one of our outreach participants
                                        individuals within the population      receive a nomination and be awarded
That statement generally refers to      of individuals with developmental      a membership of council.
the unserved/underserved groups or disabilities, including individuals who
those individuals who are not a part    require assistive technology in order  Jacob King, a resident of Franklin
of the mainstream advocacy efforts of to participate in and contribute to      County, is employed by the National
councils. The Ohio DD Council wants community life.                            Center for Urban Solutions. Jacob,
to remain true to the philosophy of                                            also a person with a disability, has
“Inclusion”—that all people have an     Two of the most recent new council     a Master’s Degree in Network and
opportunity to participate in council   members Denise Gilmore and Jacob Communications Management.
activities and advocacy.                King represent the unserved and        Jacob had no previous contact with
                                        underserved population.                council and was not aware of its
Such is the responsibility of Council’s                                        advocacy efforts until attending a
Outreach Sub Committee who              Denise Gilmore is a former             meeting with outreach staff person
works with staff and grantees to        participant of the Ohio DD Council’s   Ken Latham, and Executive Director,
address the Bill of Rights of the DD    Triple Jeopardy Project (African       Carolyn Knight. Jacob applied for
Act as it relates to outreach to the    American Women with Disabilities).     the position and was appointed to
unserved/underserved population.        The Triple Jeopardy Project is an      council.
That group includes individuals         Outreach grant program that created
from racial and ethnic minority         a forum for women to discuss various We would like to extend our
backgrounds, disadvantaged              issues and collect data on services    congratulations to Denise and Jacob.
individuals, individuals with limited

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                                                   Ladies of the Court
                                    Reprinted from PARADE magazine (March, 2011)

                                              Gallaudet was struggling in every                 communicated silently, relying on
                                              single game—the team had compiled                 the tiniest and briefest of head
                                              an abysmal 3–22 record the season                 nods, hand motions, and—since
                                              before he was hired. “We were trying              many of them can lip-read—mouth
                                              to get on the same page as him, and               movements. Cook strode along the
                                              he was frustrated,” Gallaudet center              sidelines, gesturing in sign language.
                                              Nukeitra Hayes says through an                    He was shadowed by an interpreter
                                              interpreter.                                      he uses for games. (Cook is at level
                                                                                                four, out of eight, in the American
                                      But this year, the Bison have staged                      Sign Language course.)
                                      a dramatic turnaround. Led by two
                                      talented seniors, Hayes and forward                       The Bison’s success did not come
When Kevin Cook landed in             Easter Faafiti, they’ve finished the                        easy. The team’s first season with
Washington, D.C., to coach            regular season with a 23–2 record.                        Cook was shaky. They went 3–21,
Gallaudet University’s Bison women’s They were the top seed in the North                        their low point coming when they
basketball team in October 2007,      Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)                        lost a game by 75 points. While
he braced for the challenge of his    tournament—and its only nonhearing                        the team’s performance improved
career. Even though he had an         team. Their success has been                              over the next two years, the real
impressive résumé—he’d coached        nothing short of amazing, especially                      transformation began early last
WNBA and NCAA Division I women’s considering that the players must                              fall, as the season began. “At one
teams and, most recently, the         keep looking at one another to                            practice, I was unhappy about their
Nigerian national women’s team—he communicate, which means taking                               work habits,” Cook recalls. “Easter
had never worked with athletes quite their eyes off the ball.                                   told me some of the freshmen were
like these. The students at Gallaudet                                                           saying, ‘Coach doesn’t understand
are deaf or hard of hearing, and      At the team’s final regular-season                         deaf culture.’ I got really upset.”
Cook didn’t know even a letter of     game last month, cheerleaders                             He told the team that the problem
sign language before he boarded the waved their pom-poms in silence.                            wasn’t deaf culture—it was that the
flight back to the U.S. “I went from   The crowd encouraged the team not                         players had gotten too used to losing.
a foreign country to another foreign  by shouting but by stomping their                         They needed, Cook said, to build “a
country,” he recalls.                 feet to send vibrations through the                       winning culture.”
                                      wooden floor. On court, Gallaudet’s
The Bison were just as perplexed      women looked like the other college                       To drive home his point, he
by their towering, impatient new      players, with their tattoos and                           scheduled a scrimmage between
coach. Cook’s last few teams          swinging ponytails, except they                           his team, which plays in the NCAA’s
were championship winners, while

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                                    Reprinted from PARADE magazine (March, 2011)
Division III, and the women of the            information Cook hears and passes                 would check on me three times a
University of Maryland, members               on to his athletes—but other teams                day, dropping by to ask, ‘Coach, you
of the elite Division I. Even though          frequently can’t understand the                   okay?’ She’s special people.”
Gallaudet lost by 53 points, the              Gallaudet hand signals.
players learned a lot from the                                                                  “The biggest lesson I’ve learned from
experience. “We always remember               Cook credits their remarkable streak              this team is about being grateful,” he
how we played that day, and it’s lifted       this year in part to the leadership               adds. “I tell them, ‘Look, none of us
our level of play in general,” Hayes          of Hayes and Faafiti. But personal                 hears perfectly, but we’re all here and
says.                                         difficulties have also created strong              going to university.’ I’ve also gained
                                              bonds. In his first year, Cook learned             patience. I’ve had to slow down my
On the court, she and Hayes have              he had Parkinson’s disease. That                  communication, and it’s carried over
learned to work in sync effortlessly,         same year, Hayes lost her brother                 into the rest of my life.”
and their teammates follow suit,              Keith in a fire in Indiana. Grief-
constantly glancing at them for               stricken, she nearly dropped out of               Faafiti’s father (who is able to hear)
direction. The fact that the players          school, returning only after she found            flew in from California to watch his
must sign on court has been both              an unmailed letter from Keith urging              daughter play her final regular-
a hindrance and a help. Cook                  her to finish college.                             season game. After the Bison won
speculates that the team loses up                                                               73–54, he was beaming. “I am so
to six points per game because the            In 2009, the coach’s sister (and                  happy to see her succeeding and
players are looking at one another            best friend), Kelly Preston, died in              being so strong and humble,” he
instead of looking at the ball.               a fire in Ohio. “The team got me                   said. “This is one of the proudest
However, they do have an edge:                several cards, not just one,” Cook                moments of my life.”
Their opponents yell out their plays,         says, his voice breaking. “Nukeitra


    Did You Know?
         For African-American women with disabilities, “the double jeopardy” of minority and
       disability status becomes “triple jeopardy: with the added element of gender. In an article
       about the challenges faced by this group, Alston and McCowan noted, “African American
       women with disabilities, unlike their White counterparts, must face intra group issues of
       sexism surrounding family and community interactions.”


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                         People don’t think much about their disabilities
                                                          Deborah Kendrick

“If you have a disability, you don’t    walks past and offers to fetch it down, ran down my front steps with my
spend much time thinking about it.”     but that is a circumstance of your      child’s lunch in my hand to run it to
                                        disability, not the disability itself.  school before I remembered, “Wait!
When I blurted out that particular                                              I’m blind! I need my white cane!”
comment during a panel presentation If you are deaf and having an               Those episodes are funny to me
on disability, I heard significant       animated conversation with your         even years later. Of course, I went
murmurs of assent around the table. wife about why you didn’t fill her tank right back to release my dog, and
                                        with gas when you used her car, you naturally, I ran right back up those
Two of us were blind. One woman         are not thinking, “Gee, we’re having    steps and unlocked the door to get
was born without limbs. One guy         this discussion in sign language,”      my cane. My focus at those particular
broke his neck in a bike accident,      or “Gee, I’m glad I have my hearing     moments was catching a flight or
and another woman has serious           aids in.” You’re thinking about how     delivering a forgotten lunch, not my
mobility issues because of arthritis    she is a multi-tasker while you         disability.
and a joint replacement. All of us      maybe are not and are wishing you’d
are professionals (except for one       remembered to put gas in the car.       When you see a person with a
who recently retired), and none of us                                           visible disability, you are probably
had ever spoken those exact words       As a blind person, I use either a       seeing one dimension: a walker, a
before- because to us the sentiment guide dog or long white cane for            wheelchair, a white cane. Nine times
is just part of the common-sense        orientation and mobility. Yet, I once   out of 10, that person is thinking
framework of integrating disability     almost walked out of an airport         about far more interesting (or
into a life.                            women’s room, leaving my beautiful      mundane) issues: a disagreement
                                        golden retriever in the stall, and once with a colleague, an exam tomorrow,
If you use a wheel chair for your daily                                         a grandchild’s recurring asthma, the
mobility and you go to the grocery                                              movie she saw last night or the lousy
store, you are not thinking, as you                                             job the house painter is doing.
go through the aisles, about the car
accident or circumstance of birth                                               Most people with disabilities-
that requires that you roll through                                             including those you see at church
the aisles rather than walk. You are                                            or the mall or yourself if you acquire
thinking about whether or not, if you                                           one tomorrow- spend time initially
buy the package of four center-cut                                              acquiring techniques and work-
pork chops today, you’ll have time                                              arounds to accommodate that
to cook them before Wednesday.                                                  particular disability. Once those tools
You’re thinking that the blueberries                                            are acquired or skills mastered, the
look mighty tasty, even though they                                             disability itself takes a back seat to
are expensive. Now, you might also                                              life.
be thinking that the particular type of                                         Deborah Kendrick is a Cincinnati
pasta you want is annoyingly high on                                            writer and advocate for people with
the shelf, and relived when someone                                             disabilities.

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                                  SAVE THE DATE & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAVE THE DATE                                  ANNOUNCEMENTS                                             how student has overcome
                                                                                                         any barriers to this field (that
Overview of Criminal Procedures                Karla M. Lortz Scholarship for                            resulted from the student’s
for Court Interpreters                         Students with Disabilities                                disability). This essay should
22 hours of training = 2.2 CEUs                                                                          be provided in a written format,
                                        What: This $1,000 scholarship                                    accompanied by a disc copy.
What: Carla Mathers, Esq, CSC,                will be given to a student          •                      A copy of the student’s current
       SC:L will conduct this two             with a disability, who will be                             transcript.
       day in person training which           a freshman or sophomore             •                      Three (3) letters of
       will include pre-readings and          in college during the fall                                 recommendation. One of
       quizzes                                semester. The student                                      the letters must be from a
                                              receiving the award must                                   teacher/instructor of science or
       The Supreme Court of Ohio              be an Ohio resident, have                                  mathematics. A second letter
       is proposing a requirement             a disability, and be enrolled                              must be from a supervisor,
       that all courts in Ohio only           in a non-traditional field                                 where you were either
       hire certified interpreters for        of study. Non-traditional                                  employed or did volunteer
       legal proceedings, with a              studies include: accounting,                               work. The third letter must
       preference to interpreters who         business, engineering, finance,                            be from an adult (such as:
       hold SC:L. In preparation for          mathematics, science, and/                                 a guidance counselor, local
       this transition, Hallenross and        or technology. To receive the                              religious leader, political
       Associates in collaboration with       scholarship, the winner must                               representative, mentor, or
       Columbus State Community               be available to accept the                                 director/program manager from
       College is proud to present this       scholarship at the scheduled                               a disability related service).
       training.                              GCPD Annual Awards                  •                      Copy of acceptance letter from
                                              Ceremony, in Columbus.                                     the College/University the
When: June 11-12, 2011                                                                                   student will be attending.
                                        Submission Requirements:
Where: Columbus, Ohio                                                           Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership
                                           • Completed application plus         Award
       More details coming soon               two copies. (A total of three [3] WHAT: This leadership award is to
                                              copies, if mailed)                     honor Maureen Fitzgerald (to
http://www.hallenross.com/Site%20          • An essay of approximately               those who knew her, she was
Documents/2010%20Events.pdf                   500 words. This essay should           the mother of the Ohio Youth
                                              include the following: student’s       Leadership Forum - YLF).
                                              area of study, employment              She loved empowering youth
                                              goals, educational plans, how          with disabilities, to realize
                                              student became interested              their potential. Maureen was
                                              in this career choice, and             a motivator (who worked

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      behind the scene) to assure                     -  How their efforts changed                      held on Thursday October
      youth, with disabilities, were                     the lives of youth and young                   13, 2011 and will memorialize
      exposed to challenges and                          adults with disabilities?                      the third class of honorees.
      positive social interaction.               •    Application forms are available                   A commemorative exhibit will
      Her leadership led to                           at www.gcpd.ohio.gov or by                        showcase information about
      transformational change to the                  calling the Governor’s Council                    the distinguished careers and
      youth whose lives she touched.                  on People with Disabilities at                    remarkable accomplishments
                                                      1-614-438-1394.                                   of the Hall of Fame inductees.
NOMINATION:                                           Applications must be received                     The exhibit will remain on
                                                      by May 31, 2011.                                  permanent display in the
  •   Submit an essay (150 to 250                                                                       OCRC offices located in the
      words, maximum) on how their OHIO CIVIL RIGHTS HALL OF FAME                                       Rhodes State Office Tower in
      leadership changed the lives                                                                      Columbus, Ohio. The OCRC
      of individuals with disabilities, WHAT: The Ohio Civil Rights                                     will incorporate the important
      through their own leadership           Commission (OCRC) along                                    message of this program
      skills.                                with co-sponsors Wright                                    and the courageous work of
  •   Leaders who have changed               State University, The National                             the inductees as a part of its
      the lives of youth will be given       Underground Railroad                                       regular education and outreach
      greater consideration.                 Freedom Center and Honda                                   program.
  •   Please include some of the             of America Mfg., Inc. are
      following transformational             seeking nominations to the      NOMINATION:
      characteristics, achieved by the       Third Annual Ohio Civil Rights      Nominations will be received
      leader, you are nominating:            Hall of Fame. This program          through June 3, 2011. All
      - How are they identified as a         recognizes citizens who have        nominations must be submitted
          change agent?                      made significant contributions      in accordance with the stated
      - Provide some examples of             to the progress of civil rights     nomination guidelines and
          how their leadership took          and equal justice in the State      include an official entry form.
          courageous efforts.                of Ohio.                            Nomination packets and
      - How do they believe in                                                   information can be found by
          people?                            The honor bestowed on the           clicking here
      - How have they dealt with             select group of individuals
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          occurred through their             in Ohio’s history. A formal
          efforts?                           induction ceremony will be

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