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

September 2016 E-Newsletter September 15, 2016

Looking Forward at DRA Dear Friends, A great deal has changed at DRA. Since our beloved Executive Director Larry Paradis passed away on July 28, the DRA family has been grieving. So many of you have joined us in honoring his life and work, both from afar with letters, cards, and donations, and also in[…continue]

Portrait-style photo of Michelle Caiola smiling. Disability Rights Advocates Announces New Director of Litigation September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a leading nonprofit law firm advancing disability rights nationwide, announced today the appointment of Michelle Caiola as Director of Litigation. Ms. Caiola will work in tandem with fellow Director of Litigation and Interim Executive Director Mary-Lee Smith. Sid Wolinsky, the founder of DRA,[…continue]

photo of the framed proclamation Oakland Mayor Proclaims August 15 as Larry Paradis Day September 1, 2016

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf proclaimed August 15 as Larry Paradis Day, in honor of DRA’s Cofounder and Executive Director who passed away on July 28, 2016. This proclamation is reproduced below: Office of the Mayor Proclamation Oakland, California In Recognition and Celebration of Disability Civil Rights Leader Larry Paradis Whereas, Larry Paradis spent his life[…continue]