Learning Disability

M.G., et al. v. New York City Department of Education, et al.

On July 27, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”), the City of New York, and DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña, in her official capacity, alleging violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other anti-discrimination laws on behalf of a class of students with disabilities […]

Adam X., et al., v. New Jersey Department of Corrections, et al.

Disability Rights Advocates filed this lawsuit against New Jersey Department of Corrections (“NJDOC”) and New Jersey Department of Education (“NJDOE”), alleging that adult prisons in New Jersey routinely violate the rights of high school students with disabilities by denying them education. Some students in these prisons receive no education whatsoever, while for others, education consists […]

High-Stakes Testing Accommodation Process for Applicants with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, is investigating the hurdles that people with documented learning disabilities and ADHD face in applying for necessary accommodations on high-stakes tests.  Such high stakes tests include post-graduate admissions tests (MCAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) and state licensing exams. DRA is particularly interested in high-stakes tests […]

D.C. Center for Independent Living, et al. v. District of Columbia

On September 9, 2014, DRA filed a class action lawsuit together with co-counsel from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs against the District of Columbia for its failure to meaningfully include persons with disabilities in its emergency planning. People with disabilities have traditionally faced exceptionally […]

Reading Access Investigation

DRA recently reached a precedent-setting settlement with UC Berkeley ensuring students with print disabilities receive course and library materials in the electronic and alternate formats they need.  Now DRA is seeking to expand the impact of this victory. If you have had challenges accessing higher education course and library materials, or have experienced discrimination or other challenges when […]

Health Care Barriers

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit legal center, has succeeded in improving access to health care for people with disabilities through statewide legal settlements with Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, but much work remains to be done. DRA is currently investigating barriers to health care at other medical facilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area. If you have a disability and […]

Health Care Access

DRA’s health care cases have been pivotal in securing equal rights to health care nationwide for people with disabilities. DRA has brought several of the leading cases against major health care providers such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health to ensure that people with disabilities receive quality health care services. Despite our successes, there are […]

Emergency Preparedness Investigation

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is conducting an investigation into the accessibility of emergency preparedness in your city. Specifically, we are interested in hearing about issues such as information from your city or town regarding emergency planning for persons with disabilities, adequate emergency warnings for persons with visual and hearing impairments, availability of accessible shelters, plans […]

G.F. et al. v. Contra Costa County et al.

Disability Rights Advocates in partnership with Public Counsel filed this lawsuit because Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall had a policy and practice of locking young people with disabilities in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and depriving them of education. In a video, parents of young people held at Juvenile Hall say […]

A.S.K. v. Oregon

As a result of a lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Oregon undertook extensive steps to modify its high stakes testing system to ensure that the tests do not discriminate against students with learning disabilities. The settlement is based on the findings of an expert panel that was convened by the parties to examine […]

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