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The woman pictured here, had just boarded her vehicle by way of an access ramp, while seated in her wheelchair, and had maneuvered herself into the driver's-side swivel seat. Due to her disability, the steering wheel was equipped with a hand control, which she held in her right hand, enabling her to operate the accelerator and braking system using her hand rather than her feet.

Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) v. MobilityWorks

Case Area: , Disability:

In October 2018, Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Mobility Works—the country’s largest provider of wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale or rent, and a major installer of adaptive devices—employed two policies that discriminated against drivers with disabilities. Mobility Works denied these allegations, and does not admit liability. But, after extensive negotiations,[…continue]

Inaccessible NYC Police Station Entrance

Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York (DIA) v. The City of New York

Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the City of New York in October 2016 on behalf of four individual plaintiffs who were unable to get into NYPD precinct stations to make crime reports, attend community safety meetings, or otherwise access the services provided at[…continue]

News & Current Events

View from behind bars inside ICE detention center Advocates Decry ICE Heel Dragging and Noncompliance with Court-Ordered Custody Redeterminations June 25, 2020

Attorneys from national civil rights organizations seek to enforce earlier order to ensure the safety of thousands of people in detention RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Last night, civil rights advocates filed a motion to enforce a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of California, seeking to enforce U.S. District Judge Jesus[…continue]

A close-up picture of a wire fence. Incarcerated Youth with Disabilities Gain Equal Access to Rehabilitation and Education June 16, 2020

  Disability Rights Groups Reach Class Action Settlement with Kern County Juvenile Facilities (Bakersfield, CA) – On June 5, 2020, a federal court approved the final settlement reached between the Parties on behalf of youth with disabilities detained at Kern County Juvenile Facilities, who were represented by Disability Rights California (DRC) and Disability Rights Advocates[…continue]

Snellen Eye Chart New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision June 10, 2020

  Disability Rights Advocates challenges the State’s irrational, blanket disqualification of workers based on disability, seeks to bring hiring standards into compliance with the law June 10, 2020 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the[…continue]