Our Impact

12 people outside of the court building, some with guide dogs, some with white sticks.

National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.

Guide-Dog Users Combat Discrimination by Uber

DRA has reached an unprecedented settlement with Uber in its case fighting discrimination against blind people who use guide dogs in Uber’s transportation services. Judge Nathanael Cousins granted final approval of the settlement on December 6, 2016. Class members can review the settlement and related documents below. This lawsuit was brought to ensure that the[…continue]

Image on the pavement of a crosswalk line leading to a curb cut in an urban area

Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. City of New York, et al.

New Yorkers with Disabilities Are Denied Equitable Access to the City’s Sidewalks

In July 2014, DRA and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the City of New York challenging widespread, dangerous curb ramps and inaccessible pedestrian routes throughout New York City neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan. Access to pedestrian routes in Lower Manhattan is critical to reaching the many government buildings, centers[…continue]

News & Current Events

Composite of two photos. Left side: a panel of buttons on a Link station, including a touch screen saying 'Tap to Begin' and analog buttons for dialing phone numbers. There is also a red button for calling 911, an audio jack, and USB ports. Right side, the Link station is shown on a sidewalk, with a bright advertising screen on its side. Access to the Blind Ensured at LinkNYC Communication Network January 31, 2017

New York, NY – January 31, 2017 – A settlement has been reached between the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and CityBridge, LLC to ensure that the LinkNYC public communications network is fully accessible to the blind now and in the future. LinkNYC, touted as a “first-of-its-kind communication network,” provides free mobile device charging,[…continue]

Disability Rights Advocates Announces New Executive Director January 25, 2017

Berkeley, CA—January 25th, 2017—Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center since 1993, has announced the selection of Andrew Mudryk as its new Executive Director. Andy will start with DRA on February 1st and fill the vacancy left by DRA’s Co-Founder, Larry Paradis, who passed away in July of 2016. The[…continue]

A person's hand holding a credit card. Wal-Mart and Disability Advocates Reach Agreement on Card Reader Payment Device Mounts January 24, 2017

Berkeley, CA – January 24, 2017 – The Berkeley Center for Independent Living (CIL), a non-profit organization and Wal-Mart have reached an agreement that represents the culmination of a three-year endeavor by Wal-Mart to develop a first-of-its-kind card reader payment device mount that provides even greater access for its customers with mobility disabilities. As part of[…continue]