Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York (DIA), et al. v. The City of New York, et al.
Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Police Department and the City of New York on behalf of four individual plaintiffs who were unable to get into their precincts to make crime reports, attend community safety meetings, or otherwise access the services provided at stations throughout the five […]
Westchester Independent Living Center, et al. v. SUNY Purchase, et al.
DRA filed this class action lawsuit against the State University of New York at Purchase College, located in Westchester County, alleging that it violates federal and state disability law by not providing students and visitors with mobility disabilities equal access to its educational and cultural programs. Specifically, the suit says that those who use wheelchairs […]
Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL), et al. v. Wal-Mart
In today’s challenging economy, many Americans are shopping at stores like Wal-Mart that offer low prices, convenience and affordability. These stores are central to activities of daily living for millions of people. Yet many of these retailers knowingly place point-of-sale machines beyond the reach of patrons with disabilities who use wheelchairs and scooters. This compromises […]
Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. City of New York, et al.
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 […]
United Spinal Association, et al. v. Board of Elections (BOE)
In 2010, DRA, United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action filed a lawsuit on behalf of all New Yorkers of voting age with mobility and vision disabilities, who face access barriers attempting to vote privately and independently at their designated polling sites in New York City year after year. After more than four years of […]
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), et al. v. County of Sacramento
Sacramento International Airport serves approximately 7.9 million passengers per year yet has failed to make its facilities and services accessible to travelers with disabilities. DRA’s class action lawsuit, filed in December of 2012, alleges that the County of Sacramento discriminates against people with mobility disabilities in its operation of the newly constructed Airport Terminal B, […]
Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), et al. v. Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), et al.
Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) and New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”) on June 28, 2016 challenging their failure to install an elevator when they completed a $21.85 million rehabilitation to the Middletown Road […]
Investigation into voting access barriers
Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) is interested in hearing about the voting experiences, both positive and negative, that blind voters, visually impaired voters, and voters with mobility impairments have had when voting during recent elections. DRA is investigating barriers to voting such as physically inaccessible poll sites, having to rely on third parties to cast a […]
Inaccessible Pedestrian Detours Around Construction
Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit legal center, is investigating complaints throughout California regarding barriers that people with mobility impairments and people who are blind or low vision have encountered at areas of construction or other work zones along pedestrian routes. When pedestrian paths are closed or partially blocked due to construction, maintenance, or other […]
Access to Health Care in New York City
Do you have a disability? Do you face barriers at hospitals or clinics? Exam rooms too small? Waiting rooms are too crowded with furniture? Exam tables too high? Examined while still in your wheelchair? MRI machines and mammograms inaccessible? No accessible weight scales? No ASL interpreters? No information in Braille or large print? Staff does […]