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Online Workshop: Disability Discrimination Lawsuits: Ensuring Equal Access to Advocacy for Clients with Mental and/or Developmental Disabilities

People With Disabilities Foundation LogoThursday, March 12, 2015; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST (Note: Pacific Time!)

Event will be live streamed. Check the People With Disabilities Foundation website for updates.

Speaker: Steven Bruce, Esq., Legal Director, People With Disabilities Foundation

A plaintiff with a psychiatric and/or developmental disability such as autism, severe anxiety, depression, dementia, or psychosis, e.g., schizophrenia, may have more difficulties pursuing discrimination litigation than someone with a physical or intellectual disability. This may be due to a vulnerable mental state (e.g., suicide), because of difficulty in establishing medical evidence, or due to the advocate’s fear or stigma of the disability.  This program will discuss ways to overcome barriers to litigating on behalf of this population. These solutions will include strategies for different pathologies and will be based on strategies PWDF used successfully in U.S. federal court (e.g., reasonable accommodations for depositions) for clients with a variety of mental and/or developmental disabilities. 

This course is approved for 1 hour of self-study MCLE, including 1 hour in Elimination of Bias, from the State Bar of California.

  • Free live stream viewing, $25 if requesting California CLE credit.
  • Tax deductible donations are appreciated.
  • To make a donation or request California CLE credit, contact: or call (415) 931-3070.
  • For anyone needing accommodations, please contact us no later than March 5, 2015.


  1. lets help people diagnosed with physicially – mental disabilities an not enable a symptom. People have rights to live / work in the community or don’t they ?

  2. I wish to be a part of this workshop being a disable guy I also face so many problems of accessibility I wish to speak up on this issue in front of the world.
    Faisal 9873841346 Delhi (India)

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