Our Mission
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

Settlement to Ban Solitary Confinement for Youth in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall

May 19, 2015

BERKELEY CALIFORNIA, May 19, 2015 – In an unprecedented settlement announced today, the Contra Costa County Probation Department has agreed to end its use of solitary confinement for all youth detained in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall (“Juvenile Hall”) and the Contra Costa County Office of Education has agreed to ensure the provision of appropriate education […]

The city of Phoenix to announce changes to Emergency Operations Plan.

May 18, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY May 15, 2015 WHAT: The city of Phoenix, in partnership with Disability Rights Advocates and The Arizona Center for Disability Law, will announce changes to the city’s Emergency Operations Plan. WHO:Mayor Greg StantonCouncilman Michael Nowakowski, Chairman of Public Safety and Veterans SubcommitteeChristine Chuang, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates Phil Pangrazio, President & […]


April 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 21, 2015 – Delivering an important preliminary victory for people with disabilities in a landmark civil rights case against the popular car service Uber, a federal court ruled that the California affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind and blind UberX riders may proceed in their lawsuit against Uber for […]

DRA achieves victory in Scribd case: internet-based companies must comply with the ADA

March 20, 2015

Burlington, Vermont, March 20, 2015 The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for access by the blind to information and technology, today applauded a ruling issued by Judge William K. Sessions III of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont in a lawsuit filed by the NFB and Heidi […]

Landmark Settlement for NYPD Officers with Hearing Loss

March 17, 2015

New York, NY – March 17, 2015 –, On the day a jury trial was scheduled to begin, Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Meenan and Associates entered into a landmark settlement with the NYPD in a case challenging the Department’s discriminatory blanket policy banning the use of hearing aids by police officers. […]

CANCELED (Press Conference, March 9, New York)

March 9, 2015

We are canceling today’s 4PM press conference because we are close to reaching a last minute settlement agreement. DRA will issue a media release with settlement details soon and appreciates your patience. New York, NY – March 9, 2015 Who: Disability Rights Advocates (, the Law Offices of Meenan and Associates ( and the Hearing Loss […]

Agreement Between BART and Disability Advocates

February 27, 2015

Agreement Between BART and Disability Advocates Oakland, February 27, 2015 – Last night the BART Board voted to approve an agreement between BART and disability advocates to address concerns raised by disability organizations regarding the floor plan for BART’s Fleet of the Future.  The Fleet of the Future is the name used by BART for […]

Introducing DRA’s New Lawyers

January 20, 2015

The year is off to a great start and DRA is excited to welcome two new talented Senior Staff Attorneys to our team in the next month — Aaron Zisser and Michelle Caiola. Please join us in welcoming them to the DRA team! – Aaron B. Zisser – Aaron Zisser will work out of DRA’s California […]

Civil Rights Advocates Challenge Metro-North’s Failure to Provide Wheelchair Access to the Upgraded Port Chester Station

December 24, 2014

New York City, NY – December 24, 2014 – Today, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, on behalf of the Westchester Independent Living Center (“WILC”) and two wheelchair users, filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that Metro-North has violated Federal disability civil rights laws by spending millions of taxpayer dollars renovating the […]

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