Investigations

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FDNY’s Discrimination Against Veterans

On September 19, 2017, DRA filed a class Charge of Discrimination against the City of New York and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) for discriminating against veterans applying for FDNY positions. On December 12, 2017, DRA filed a second Charge in the same case. The Charges are filed on behalf […]

Chariot transportation service

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating a new transportation service offered in San Francisco: Chariot. Chariot, touting itself as “mass transit reinvented,” uses brand new 14-passenger vans, which you can book and pay for your seat using a smartphone app. Chariot offers fixed routes throughout San Francisco with assigned pickup/drop-off stops. Currently, Chariot only operates publicly […]

High-Stakes Testing Accommodation Process for Applicants with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, is investigating the hurdles that people with documented learning disabilities and ADHD face in applying for necessary accommodations on high-stakes tests.  Such high stakes tests include post-graduate admissions tests (MCAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) and state licensing exams. DRA is particularly interested in high-stakes tests […]

Mental Health Higher Education

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, is investigating the experiences of higher education students with documented psychiatric disabilities at universities and colleges through California, including complaints about denied accommodations and/or mandatory leave policies.  We are interested in learning about experiences, both positive and negative. If you have a psychiatric disability […]

Hulu: Audio Description & Screenreader Access

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating complaints from blind individuals who report that the Hulu website and mobile applications are not accessible, and from blind individuals who want audio description tracks to be made available on Hulu. We would greatly appreciate speaking with you if you are blind and you have either confronted access barriers yourself […]

Seeking Feedback on Elevator Service at DC Metro Rail Stations

Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”), a nonprofit legal center, is investigating complaints regarding the duration and frequency of elevator service outages at Washington Metro rail stations. DRA is interested in learning about the experiences, both positive and negative, of people with disabilities who rely on elevators at Metro stations. If you have a mobility disability and you need to use […]

Reading Access Investigation

DRA recently reached a precedent-setting settlement with UC Berkeley ensuring students with print disabilities receive course and library materials in the electronic and alternate formats they need.  Now DRA is seeking to expand the impact of this victory. If you have had challenges accessing higher education course and library materials, or have experienced discrimination or other challenges when […]

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 […]

Nursing Homes Investigation

Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) is investigating complaints relating to conditions at skilled nursing home facilities in New York and California, such as violations of residents’ rights, abuse, and neglect. Please contact Kevin Knestrick at (510) 665-8644 or investigations@dralegal.org to share any experiences.

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 […]

Health Care Barriers

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit legal center, has succeeded in improving access to health care for people with disabilities through statewide legal settlements with Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, but much work remains to be done. DRA is currently investigating barriers to health care at other medical facilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area. If you have a disability and […]

Health Care Access

DRA’s health care cases have been pivotal in securing equal rights to health care nationwide for people with disabilities. DRA has brought several of the leading cases against major health care providers such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health to ensure that people with disabilities receive quality health care services. Despite our successes, there are […]

Emergency Preparedness Investigation

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is conducting an investigation into the accessibility of emergency preparedness in your city. Specifically, we are interested in hearing about issues such as information from your city or town regarding emergency planning for persons with disabilities, adequate emergency warnings for persons with visual and hearing impairments, availability of accessible shelters, plans […]