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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
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Email: khamilton@dralegal.org
Phone: 510-665-8644

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Recent Press Releases

Lawsuit Challenges Discriminatory Fares for Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service

February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016—Berkeley, CA—A lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that Serra Yellow Cab (“Serra”) violates federal and state law by charging wheelchair users up to four times more than the standard fare because they require accessible taxis. Serra, a for-profit transportation company based in […]

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges AMC’s Discrimination Against Blind Movie-Goers

February 16, 2016

San Francisco, CA – February 16, 2016 – Several blind individuals, the California Council of the Blind (CCB), and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LightHouse) filed a nationwide class action lawsuit today in federal court against AMC Theatres to challenge discrimination against movie-goers who are blind or low-vision. The lawsuit alleges that […]

Kaiser Permanente Adopts Sweeping Plans to Improve Accessibility for Individuals with Vision Disabilities

February 2, 2016

Oakland, CA – February 2, 2016 –The California Council of the Blind (CCB) and Kaiser Permanente today announced an historic agreement to further enhance the accessibility of health services for California patients with vision disabilities. Highlights of the agreement include: Adoption of new policies and practices regarding alternative formats (such as braille, audio, large print, […]

DRA Phases Out Public Intake System

January 28, 2016

As of December 10, 2015, DRA has phased out our public intake system so that we can focus our limited resources on our primary work—providing legal representation to groups and organizations and representing people with disabilities who are experiencing systemic discrimination. DRA is a non-profit legal center that for 22+ years has primarily handled class […]

Lawsuit Challenges Discriminatory Charge for Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service

November 19, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – November 19, 2015 – A class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona alleges that Total Transit Inc. (“TTI”), doing business as Discount Cab, violates federal and state law by charging wheelchair users a $10.00 fee per trip – in addition to the standard fare […]

National Federation of the Blind and Scribd Agree to Collaborate to Make Reading Subscription Service Accessible to the Blind

November 19, 2015

Baltimore, Maryland (November 19, 2015): The National Federation of the Blind and Scribd, Inc. have agreed to work together to provide access and make content available in Scribd’s subscription reading service and website accessible to the blind by the end of 2017. Available on desktop and mobile devices, Scribd’s service provides users access to ebooks, audiobooks […]

DRA Unveils 2015 Disability Eagles and Turkeys

November 18, 2015

DRA Unveils 2015 Disability Eagles and Turkeys Eagles model disability inclusion and integration: innovating and setting precedents benefiting the disability community. Turkeys actively discriminate against people with disabilities. DRA works every day to ensure more Eagles soar! San Francisco, Calif., November 18, 2015 — Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) recognized three disability heroes (Eagles) and two Turkeys at its annual […]

Court Rules Sacramento Airport Must be Made Safer and More Accessible for Travelers with Disabilities

November 5, 2015

BERKELEY, CA – November 5, 2015 – Federal Judge Kimberly Mueller issued an order yesterday, November 4, 2015, holding that the newly constructed gate counters in Terminal B of the Sacramento International Airport are inaccessible to persons who use wheelchairs and thus, illegal, and further holding that the emergency evacuation plans for Sacramento International Airport […]

Statement to the Community Regarding Structured Negotiations with Lyft

October 15, 2015

Advocates for people with disabilities have entered into structured negotiations with Lyft, Inc. to ensure that disabled riders with service animals are ensured access to transportation services offered by Lyft drivers. These collaborative efforts are under way between Lyft, Inc. (Lyft), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld (RBGG), and TRE Legal – […]

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Alleging that the City of Long Beach Fails to Make its Sidewalks Safe for Wheelchair Users

September 18, 2015

Long Beach, CA – September 18, 2015 – Federal Judge Dale S. Fischer issued an order yesterday, September 17, certifying a class in the ongoing case against the City of Long Beach and its Mayor regarding their failure to address pervasive access barriers for wheelchair users throughout the City’s sidewalks and pedestrian routes. These barriers include: a […]

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