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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

Disability Rights Advocates Announces New Co-Directors of Litigation

July 22, 2015

BERKELEY, CA – July 22, 2015 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center, announced today the appointment of Mary-Lee Smith and Stuart Seaborn as the new Co-Directors of Litigation. Co-founders Sid Wolinsky and Larry Paradis will continue to guide DRA in their roles as Supervising Attorney and Executive Director, […]

Phoenix Announces New Emergency Operations Plan

May 19, 2015

Phoenix, AZ, May 19, 2015 – In Phoenix, nearly one out of every ten people report having a disability. If an emergency or natural disaster were to take place, the city of Phoenix wants to make sure that there’s a plan in place to get the most vulnerable in the community to safety. Today, the […]

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. […]

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