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 preliminary approval of the settlement on July 14, 2016. Class members can review the settlement, notice, and related documents below. The parties will seek final approval of[…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

New Report Shows NYC Lagging Behind the Nation on ADA Compliance August 8, 2016

Disability civil rights law has taken center stage at the Democratic National Convention. It is time that New York City puts disability civil rights at the forefront of its agenda, according to leading disability rights organizations in New York City. As Mayor De Blasio and New York City prepare to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of[…continue]

Portrait-style photo of Larry Paradis. He is smiling in a collared shirt and tie. A Disability Rights Hero Lost August 1, 2016

  August 1, 2016—Berkeley, CA—Disability Rights Advocate’s (DRA) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Larry Paradis, passed away last week.  DRA’s Co-Founder and Supervising Attorney Sid Wolinsky will continue with Director of Litigation Mary-Lee Smith to direct the work of the nonprofit legal center, started in 1993 to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all[…continue]

Composite of two photos. Left side: a panel of buttons on a Link station, including a touch screen saying On the 26th Anniversary of the ADA, New York City’s Free Tech Revolution Blatantly Excludes The Blind July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016 – New York, NY – LinkNYC, touted as a “first-of-its-kind communication network,” has been rolled out on New York City’s sidewalks for use by all but the blind.  Each individual “Link” promises residents and visitors in New York City the ability to surf the internet on a touchscreen tablet, to make local[…continue]