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With offices in California and New York, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

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Kate Hamilton
Development & Communications Director
Email: khamilton@dralegal.org
Phone: 510-665-8644

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Recent Press Releases

Eatsa, Restaurant of the Future, Excludes Blind Customers

March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 – New York, NY – Eatsa, a chain of eateries touted as the “restaurant of the future,” has arrived in New York City with two Manhattan locations.  Yet its high-tech ordering and food pick-up process has failed to include existing, readily available usability features for blind and low vision people, in violation of […]

Wheelchair Users Sue Over FDR Four Freedoms Park’s Major Barriers to Access

March 15, 2017

Site dedicated to freedom denies freedom of access to people with disabilities March 16, 2017—New York, NY—In 2012, New York City welcomed the opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Yet FDR, the President it commemorates who used a wheelchair for mobility, would have struggled to take in its dramatic […]

NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers Fails to Accommodate Wheelchair Users

March 2, 2017

New York, NY—March 2, 2017—Today, the non-profit firm Disability Rights Advocates filed a federal lawsuit against NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers on behalf of a person who uses a wheelchair after she was denied service based on her disability.  None of NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers’ many facilities throughout Long Island and in Queens provide the accessible […]

Access to the Blind Ensured at LinkNYC Communication Network

January 31, 2017

New York, NY – January 31, 2017 – A settlement has been reached between the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and CityBridge, LLC to ensure that the LinkNYC public communications network is fully accessible to the blind now and in the future. LinkNYC, touted as a “first-of-its-kind communication network,” provides free mobile device charging, […]

Disability Rights Advocates Announces New Executive Director

January 25, 2017

Berkeley, CA—January 25th, 2017—Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center since 1993, has announced the selection of Andrew Mudryk as its new Executive Director. Andy will start with DRA on February 1st and fill the vacancy left by DRA’s Co-Founder, Larry Paradis, who passed away in July of 2016. The […]

Wal-Mart and Disability Advocates Reach Agreement on Card Reader Payment Device Mounts

January 24, 2017

Berkeley, CA – January 24, 2017 – The Berkeley Center for Independent Living (CIL), a non-profit organization and Wal-Mart have reached an agreement that represents the culmination of a three-year endeavor by Wal-Mart to develop a first-of-its-kind card reader payment device mount that provides even greater access for its customers with mobility disabilities. As part of […]

Incarcerated Students with Disabilities Sue New Jersey Over Denial of Education

January 11, 2017

Youth with Disabilities in Adult Prisons Entitled to Special Education, Lawsuit Contends January 11, 2017 – Newark, NJ – Adult prisons in New Jersey routinely violate the rights of high school students with disabilities by denying them education, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today. Some students in these prisons receive no education […]

Disability Rights Advocates Unveils 2016 Eagle Awardees

November 3, 2016

“Eagle Awardees model disability inclusion and integration: innovating and setting precedents benefitting the disability community.” ―Mary-Lee Smith, DRA Interim Executive Director San Francisco, CA—November 3rd, 2016—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center, announced its 2016 Eagle Awardees: Michael Argenyi and his legal team, Jessica Cox, Nyle DiMarco and the […]

NYPD Ignores Equal Access for Wheelchair Users

October 27, 2016

New York, NY—October 27, 2016—Today, an unprecedented class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court alleging that New York City’s police precincts are largely inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) filed the lawsuit on behalf of four individual plaintiffs who were unable to get […]

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