Mobility

Investigation into voting access barriers

Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) is interested in hearing about the voting experiences, both positive and negative, that blind voters, visually impaired voters, and voters with mobility impairments have had when voting during recent elections. DRA is investigating barriers to voting such as physically inaccessible poll sites, having to rely on third parties to cast a […]

Nursing Homes Investigation

Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) is investigating complaints relating to conditions at skilled nursing home facilities in New York and California, such as violations of residents’ rights, abuse, and neglect. Please contact Kevin Knestrick at (510) 665-8644 or investigations@dralegal.org to share any experiences.

Inaccessible Pedestrian Detours Around Construction

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit legal center, is investigating complaints throughout California regarding barriers that people with mobility impairments and people who are blind or low vision have encountered at areas of construction or other work zones along pedestrian routes. When pedestrian paths are closed or partially blocked due to construction, maintenance, or other […]

Access to Health Care in New York City

Do you have a disability? Do you face barriers at hospitals or clinics? Exam rooms too small? Waiting rooms are too crowded with furniture? Exam tables too high? Examined while still in your wheelchair? MRI machines and mammograms inaccessible? No accessible weight scales? No ASL interpreters? No information in Braille or large print? Staff does […]

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 […]

Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), et al. v. Union Community Health Center (UCHC), et al.

In September 2016, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of Bronx Independent Living Services (“BILS”) and three individuals with disabilities in the Bronx, alleging that the Union Community Health Center (“UCHC”) and St. Barnabas Hospital discriminate against patients with disabilities. Specifically, the suit had alleged that the UCHC […]

Jantz, et al. v. Barnhart

Disabled employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) challenged SSA’s discriminatory practice of limited job promotions and other career advancement opportunities for people with disabilities. On August 25, 2010, the EEOC Office of Federal Operations affirmed the October 8, 2008 decision of the Administrative Judge to certify the case as a class action.  SSA filed […]

United Spinal Association et al. v. Beth Israel Medical Center

In July 2013, DRA filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging that Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary discriminate against patients with disabilities. The lawsuit, brought by United Spinal Association, Inc. and five disabled individuals, challenges pervasive architectural barriers, ineffective policies and procedures, and inaccessible […]

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