On July 18, 2014, DRLC sent a letter to the Honorable Bob Menendez, Committee Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Honorable Bob Corker, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressing support for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In the letter, DRLC explains the significance of the CRPD, as well as the treaty's importance to the disability community.
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Disability Rights Legal Center, originally called the Western Law Center for the Handicapped, was founded in 1975 by friends and colleagues of A. Milton Miller, one of the leading advocates of the disability rights movement in California.
Milt contracted polio as a young child, which affected his ability to walk. When he started school he was determined to attend with his older sister and not go to a “special” school. He climbed into his red wagon and his sister pulled him to school. This was his introduction to mainstreaming and equal rights for people with disabilities.
Later on, as an attorney and political activist, Milt was responsible for drafting and implementing requirements for barrier-free design in construction. At the time of his death, Milt was working to develop a public interest legal center to enforce the civil rights of persons with disabilities. Upon his untimely death, the vision was put into action by his colleagues and friends, including Saralea Altman who remains on the Board of Directors today.