Our Impact

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Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), et al. (N.Y. State Supreme Court)

This case challenges the MTA’s failure to install elevators at all New York City’s subway stations. DRA has a second, related case challenging the MTA’s failure to maintain the few elevators that currently exist. On April 25, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”), Metropolitan Transit Authority[…continue]

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

Guide-Dog Users Combat Discrimination by Uber

Page Contents Introduction Case Background Settlement Addressing Ongoing Discrimination Introduction In 2016, DRA reached an unprecedented settlement with Uber to stop discrimination against blind people who use guide dogs on the Uber platform. DRA is currently monitoring Uber’s compliance with the settlement agreement. If you were denied service by an Uber driver because you travel[…continue]

News & Current Events

A person's hand touches an Eatsa cubby. The cubby cover display's the name eatsa Agrees to Make its Cutting-Edge Technology Accessible to Blind Customers September 14, 2017

New York, NY—September 14, 2017—eatsa, a growing, national fast-casual restaurant chain, has reached an agreement with the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and members of the blind community in New York and California to make its automated self-service restaurant experience accessible to blind customers throughout the country. eatsa utilizes a high-tech service model in[…continue]

Court Report Confirms Dismal State of Sidewalks for Disabled New Yorkers August 10, 2017

New York, NY—August 10, 2017—Special Master Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr., one of the nation’s leading experts on disability rights, issued a 285 page report finding that it could take another 20 years or more to bring New York City street corners into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if a proposed class settlement is[…continue]

A classroom with desks arranged in clusters. The wall says New York City School System Fails to Provide Necessary Services to Students with Disabilities in the Bronx July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”), a national nonprofit legal center, brought a class action lawsuit in federal court today on behalf of students with disabilities from the Bronx who are being denied legally-mandated special education services. When the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) cannot find providers[…continue]