California Disabled Persons Act

The California Disabled Persons Act (CDPA), Civil Code sections 54 et seq., asserts the equal right of  individuals with disabilities or medical conditions “to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, medical facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, public facilities, and other public places.”

It prohibits discrimination against children with disabilities under standards similar to, and in some cases stronger than, those that the ADA imposes. Failure by a child care program to meet the requirements of the ADA, is also a violation of this state law. (Cal. Civ. Code § 54(c).)