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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.

Contact for Press Inquiries
Kate Hamilton
Development & Communications Director
Phone: 510-665-8644

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Recent Press Releases

U.S. Army Excludes Children with Diabetes from Its Child, Youth and School Services

July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016 – Monterey, CA – A lawsuit filed today challenges a nationwide, antiquated U.S. Army policy that prohibits staff in its Child, Youth and School Services (“CYSS”) programs from administering critical medications and providing vital support to children with diabetes in their care.  As long as the policy is in place, children with […]

Bronx Subway Station Still Inaccessible For Wheelchair Users $21.85 Million Later

June 28, 2016

New York, NY – June 28, 2016 – A class-action lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) and New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”) ignored the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act when they completed a $21.85 million rehabilitation to the Middletown Road station in the Bronx, but […]

Settlement Greatly Improves Conditions for People with Physical Disabilities at Santa Rita Jail

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 – Oakland, CA – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement to improve accessibility for people with disabilities who are incarcerated at or visiting Santa Rita Jail (the Jail). The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by […]

Groundbreaking Settlement to End Discrimination Against Blind Uber Riders Who Use Guide Dogs

April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016 – Berkeley, CA – In an unprecedented settlement announced today, Uber has agreed to take affirmative steps to prevent discrimination against blind riders who use guide dogs in its transportation network across the United States. The settlement resolves a lawsuit—National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc.—brought by the […]

Netflix to Enhance Access for Customers Who Are Blind

April 14, 2016

Berkeley, CA – April 14, 2016 – In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered through the Netflix video streaming and DVD rental subscriptions. The settlement provides that Netflix will make its video content accessible by adding a new […]

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 […]

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