Top Class Actions
500K Class Members Certified in Lawsuit Over NY Subway Accessibility – A class action lawsuit claiming that the New York subway system lacks accessibility for thousands with non-visible disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis or arthritis, has been certified by a State Supreme Court Judge this week.
Disability Rights Advocates Announces New President and CEO
March 1, 2021—Berkeley, CA—Kathy Martinez, internationally recognized disability rights leader, joins Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) today as the nonprofit legal center’s new President and CEO. “For the last three decades my focus has been to improve social and economic justice for people with disabilities, especially concerning women and people of color. We believe this will […]
Lawsuit Against MTA Over Accessibility Attains Class-Action Status With More Than 500,000 Plaintiffs – A State Supreme Court Judge ruled this week that a lawsuit filed against the MTA on behalf of a coalition of accessibility rights advocates does, in fact, represent a class of more than 500,000 people who claim they’ve been excluded from […]
Court Certifies Class of People With Disabilities Excluded From NYC Subway System Due To Lack of Stair-Free Access In Violation of NYC Human Rights Law
February 23, 2021—New York, NY—Yesterday the New York Supreme Court certified a class of all people with disabilities for whom the use of stairs is difficult or impossible and who are therefore unable to access over 75% of the New York City subway. Fewer than 25% of the New York City subway’s 472 stations […]
City Is Sued Over District 75 Schools For Students With Disabilities – The city’s separate schools for children with disabilities is under fire in a new civil rights class action lawsuit that alleges these schools deprive students of an equal education.
Staten Island Special Education Students Sue to Join Neighborhood School Classrooms – A trio of Staten Island children with developmental disabilities is suing the city to force the city Department of Education to integrate students from their district into neighborhood school classrooms.
Lawsuit Challenges New York City’s Segregation of Staten Island Students with Disabilities
January 26, 2021 – Staten Island, NY – Today attorneys filed a major class action lawsuit challenging New York City’s segregated school system for students with disabilities on Staten Island. The lawsuit alleges that New York City’s separate school district for children with disabilities, known as District 75, denies these students an equal […]
Why DRA Needs You
Dear DRA Supporters, Friends, Clients, and Allies, We’ve learned a lot from 2020. Change is certain. Listening is critical. The fight to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities must continue. We write to you today to ask for your support. DRA is listening deeply to the needs of our clients like Jimmy, Liz, […]
Blind Hoosiers File Lawsuit Against the Indiana Election Commission and the Secretary of State
December 3, 2020 – Indianapolis, IN – The ability to vote privately and independently is a fundamental right and an essential component of democracy in the United States. However, in Indiana, these rights are not guaranteed to all voters. In fact, Indiana has one of the most restrictive absentee voting systems in the country […]
New York Times
Why the Pandemic Has Made Streets More Dangerous for Blind People – Audible crossing signals help visually impaired pedestrians. A court ordered New York City to come up with a plan to install more of the devices.