Our Impact

Flooding and submerged benches in Buffalo, NY during April 2018 windstorm

Chiappetta vs. New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

In October 2020, Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of blind New Yorkers and the American Council of the Blind, New York against New York state entities, challenging the inaccessibility of “NY-Alert,” a Mass Notification System intended to warn New Yorkers and visitors of emergencies and other critical information in a[…continue]

View from behind bars inside ICE detention center

Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Click here for community resources (English and Spanish) including information explaining the consequences of the court’s order, who it applies to, and aspects of the decision that may be useful in your advocacy. In August 2019, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Southern Poverty Law[…continue]

News & Current Events

An envelope being held up Federal Judge Orders North Carolina To Provide Accessible Absentee Voting June 17, 2021

  June 17, 2021 – Raleigh, NC – On June 15, 2021, Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ordered the North Carolina Board of Elections to take immediate steps to ensure that blind voters will have equal access to the 2021 municipal elections and all[…continue]

Inaccessible sidewalk in Baltimore People With Mobility Disabilities File Class Action Lawsuit Against City of Baltimore June 10, 2021

  City’s curb ramps and sidewalks do not meet federal accessibility requirements June 10, 2021 – Baltimore, MD – Three wheelchair users and the IMAGE Center of Maryland have filed a class action lawsuit alleging widespread and ongoing violations of federal accessibility requirements by the City of Baltimore for its failure to properly install and[…continue]

Person using a wheelchair inside of prison Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Department of Corrections’ Policy of Charging People With Disabilities for Their Prostheses and Other Durable Medical Equipment April 21, 2021

  April 21, 2021– Salem, OR – Yesterday Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, and Lynn S. Walsh, filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) on behalf of current and former people with disabilities who are incarcerated and who have been charged[…continue]