The worldwide pandemic of 2020 substantially changed the world of public education. Learning Rights Law Center had to quickly adapt to this new world in order to continue to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable students, those with learning disabilities, special needs and those who face educational discrimination. This past year our clients faced insurmountable obstacles to special education services as distance learning became their new normal. In addition, we watched as our students and their families struggled for survival. Families faced job losses, dangerous working conditions and food insecurity. Many faced the tragic reality of losing loved ones to COVID-19.
Our 2020 annual report details how we continued our programming while our staff worked remotely. Even though we were not able to meet with families in person we are still doing everything we can to ensure that our clients receive quality education services and support and are given every opportunity to thrive and continue to learn.
2020 also marked Learning Rights Law Center’s 15th anniversary. Learning Rights opened its doors in 2005 with two attorneys and a dozen students. Over the past 15 years, with your support, we have been able to change the lives of thousands of children!
Our 2019 Annual Report contains data and stories that to show what we accomplishmed this past year with the help of our generous supporters.
Our 2018 Annual Report includes descriptions of our work and accomplishments and the personal stories that drive them. One of the communities we especially impacted last year was Oxnard in Ventura County, where hundreds of parents desperately sought our help for their children with disabilities. The Oxnard School District used illegal practices to neglect these students for years, resulting in catastrophic outcomes for many of them. Some of these students were approaching middle school and could not write their own name. Only six months after our intervention, they were proudly signing their drawings for us. They are proof of how much we can achieve when we work together to reach our common goal: Creating Positive Impact One Community at a Time.
Our 2017 Annual Report is a snapshot of the work we have accomplished with the help of our supporters. We hope you enjoy reading about students like Camila, Valeria, Daryus, and Destiny. We share their victories and hope that they inspire you to connect with us and our community as we grow the movement for a just and sustainable future for disadvantaged students, one child at a time, until we give a voice to all invisible students.
Our 2016 Annual Report contains data and stories that reflect the year of work that Learning Rights has accomplished. Inside are details on our program's accomplishments, as well as stories detailing the impacts of our programs on students, specifically John, Monica, and Bryan. We are proud to present the real and measurable difference that Learning Rights has had on the lives of disadvantaged students and their families throughout Southern California.
Our 2015 Annual Report shares the transformation that can result from legal aid for disadvantaged students. As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary, please enjoy the successes of Dylan, Sabrina, and Desiree, whose lives were profoundly changed after Learning Rights ensured their legal right to an equal education. The proof is on the cover - Desiree graduated from the University of California, Berkeley this year after our advocacy won her the services she needed to succeed in high school.