Disability Rights Advocates Inaugural New York Gala

Banner art for DRA's inaugural New York gala. The abstract art evokes the architectural forms of a city skyline. Text: Disability Rights Advocates Inaugural New York Gala. Civil Rights and Inclusion: Everyone Benefits.

We are thrilled to announce Disability Rights Advocates’ Inaugural New York Gala.  The event will be held at The Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, October 12, 2017 and honor the work of heroes on behalf of people with disabilities. Event sponsors and guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers in the picturesque sculpture garden followed by a seated, sumptuous dinner and inspiring stage presentation—all surrounded by stunning MoMA artwork.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00 pm Reception
8:00 pm Dinner and Program
Festive attire

The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53 Street, New York, NY

Purchase Tickets or a Table


DRA is grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of this event.


We celebrate these leaders for their outstanding work on behalf of people with disabilities:

Museum Access Consortium (MAC)

The Museum Access Consortium (MAC) was formed after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, when a small group of people working in museums and disability fields began to discuss how to best make New York City’s museums more accessible. Today, MAC offers professional development workshops and other resources to ensure that cultural facilities in the New York area and beyond are accessible to people with disabilities.

Learn more about MAC here: http://museumaccessconsortium.org/

Rebecca Alexander

Born with Usher Syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, MPH, has been simultaneously losing both her vision and hearing since she was a child, and was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by the age of 30. Rebecca is a psychotherapist, author, fitness instructor, disability rights advocate, and extreme athlete who holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University in Public Health and Clinical Social Work.

Learn more about Rebecca here: http://rebeccaalexander.co/

Starbucks Corporation

Starbucks is committed to access and inclusion for its partners and customers. The company provides sign language interpreting services, real time captioning, adaptive equipment, and accessible software such as voice-to-text for its employees. They proudly welcome service animals into their stores and have developed tools to elevate and enhance service to Deaf customers. Additionally, Starbucks provides Braille and large print menus, and is the only company to offer Braille gift cards in its stores all year round.

Learn more about Starbucks here: http://starbucks.com



We invite you to take a leadership role in the event by purchasing a table:

Because of DRA’s work in New York, the daily lives of millions of men, women and children with disabilities have been improved. Since DRA opened a New York base in 2010, the yellow taxi fleet is now on course to becoming 50% accessible; a new elevator has been installed at the Dyckman Street subway station; captioning is now used in AMC theatres across the state; a newly-implemented emergency preparedness plan will now protect disabled residents when disasters strike; and polling places have been made accessible so that everyone can vote independently.

By participating in our event, you will stand for something extraordinary.