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November 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue Letter From the President & CEO Thomson Reuters Public Interest Profile: Stuart Seaborn DRA Opinion in Washington Post New Board Member Profile: Morgan Duffy Impact Report Letter From the President & CEO Dear Friends, As many people across the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, I find myself filled with gratitude. […]

Fellowship Attorney

Position Overview Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a nonprofit civil rights law firm, seeks passionate, hard-working attorneys who share our vision of a world free from discrimination where people with disabilities are valued members of their communities with equal access to opportunity.  Ideal candidates have 0-2 years post-law school experience in civil rights and/or class action […]

Lawsuit Challenges Inaccessibility of the California Insurance Exam

October 12, 2021– Alameda, CA—Earlier this week, TRE Legal Practice (TRE) and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a disability rights lawsuit in California State Court against the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for its failure to ensure the accessibility of its licensing exam for insurance agents to blind applicants. The lawsuit also includes claims against […]

DRA to Present Susan Dooha With the Inaugural Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award

  To honor and celebrate Edith’s legacy of fiery, grassroots disability advocacy in New York and across the Country September 21, 2021—New York, NY—Today Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced, with support from the Prentiss family, that the inaugural Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award will be bestowed upon long-time disability rights leader Susan Dooha. DRA, a […]

Planet Fitness, Home of the Judgement Free Zone, and the Coalition for Inclusive Fitness, Announce Accessible Exercise Equipment Commitment Benefitting People with Disabilities

  Hampton, N.H. (September 21, 2021)—Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Council on Independent Living, and American Council of the Blind (collectively “Coalition for Inclusive Fitness” or the […]

Summer Law Clerk (2022)

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law firm advancing equal rights and opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities, is setting precedents and challenging norms. Law clerks at DRA gain valuable experience in undertaking high-impact litigation while doing work that is meaningful and advances civil rights. With offices in California and New York, […]

Lawsuit Challenges Five Points Correctional Facility’s Denial of Wheelchairs, Canes, and Other Mobility Accommodations to People With Disabilities

  August 31, 2021– Romulus, NY – Yesterday, the nonprofit organizations Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on behalf of people with disabilities who are incarcerated at Five Points Correctional Facility and […]

Advocates Decry Biden Administration’s Appeal Fighting Order to Vaccinate Medically Vulnerable People in ICE Detention

  August 24, 2021—Riverside, CA—Yesterday, the Biden Administration took the surprising step of filing an appeal to a federal court order requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to vaccinate medically vulnerable people in its custody. The filing was in Fraihat v. ICE, which challenges the inhumane and traumatic experience of ICE detention, affecting tens […]