Architectural Barriers

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 […]

Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), et al. v. Union Community Health Center (UCHC), et al.

In September 2016, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of Bronx Independent Living Services (“BILS”) and three individuals with disabilities in the Bronx, alleging that the Union Community Health Center (“UCHC”) and St. Barnabas Hospital discriminate against patients with disabilities. Specifically, the suit had alleged that the UCHC […]

United Spinal Association et al. v. Beth Israel Medical Center

In July 2013, DRA filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging that Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary discriminate against patients with disabilities. The lawsuit, brought by United Spinal Association, Inc. and five disabled individuals, challenges pervasive architectural barriers, ineffective policies and procedures, and inaccessible […]

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) et al. v. Ahern et al.

In 2012, DRA filed a lawsuit on behalf of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) and taxpayers Barbara Michel and Laura Magnani. The lawsuit alleged that Santa Rita Jail failed to provide for basic needs of people with disabilities by forcing people with mobility disabilities to live in inaccessible housing units that lacked basic […]

Spieler v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District

The Spieler v. Mt. Diablo Consent Decree negotiated in 2000, represents the most sweeping school access settlement to date under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Consent Decree created equal access to school buildings, educational programs, and social programs. Mt. Diablo School District has committed $20 million over ten years to ensure equal access for […]

Richard v. U-haul

In 1998, DRA settled a class action lawsuit with U-Haul, whereby U-Haul agreed to: Make significant modifications to its vehicle rental, retail, and storage facilities to bring those facilities into compliance with ADA regulations Provide accessible information to customers with disabilities regarding access and other disability-related issues Make best reasonable efforts to provide removable hand […]

Macy’s Cases

In one of the first cases under the ADA concerning access to business to go to trial, DRA prevailed on behalf of a class of all persons with mobility disabilities who were denied access to Macy’s flagship store at Union Square in San Francisco. Subsequently, in Camalo v. Macy’s, a global settlement was reached resolving […]

PADD v. Equity Residential

In September of 2005, a settlement was reached to improve access for soldiers and their family members with disabilities to housing and access at Fort Lewis in Washington, the West Coast headquarters of the U.S. Army. DRA, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Withey & Coluccio, Brancart & Brancart, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice represented the plaintiffs […]

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