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Accessibility Enhancements on the Horizon for HBO Max Customers Who are Blind

  In a landmark agreement, advocates for people who are blind have obtained WarnerMedia’s pledge to increase the accessibility of HBO Max—the much-anticipated online streaming platform that was launched earlier this year. Among other commitments, the agreement provides that WarnerMedia will provide audio description on at least 1,500 hours of new and existing programming on […]

Disability Advocates and Westchester County Reach Landmark Settlement to Protect the Lives of People with Disabilities When Disasters Strike

  October 15, 2020 – Westchester County, NY – Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc., Disability Rights Advocates, and Westchester County have reached a settlement agreement that will result in significant improvements to the County’s emergency preparedness and response programs for people with disabilities who live in, work in, or travel to the County.  The agreement was […]

Updates in Implementation of North Carolina’s Absentee Voting Portal for Blind Voters

  October 9, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”), ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible to voters with disabilities by the November election. The accessible […]

Federal Judge Rejects ICE’s ‘Weak’ Implementation of Court-Ordered Custody Determinations of High Risk Individuals and Other Safety Measures

  As COVID-19 cases continue to climb inside detention centers, Court finds ICE has fallen “far below” compliance with its previous injunction. October 08, 2020 – Riverside, CA – Last night in the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of California, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal granted civil rights organizations’ motion to enforce a […]

September 2020 E-News: Finally, Some GREAT News

In This Issue A Letter from the Interim Executive Director Spotlight on Ptahra Jeppe, 2020 Wolinsky Fellow DRA’s 2020 Virtual Gala Impact Report A Letter From the Interim Executive Director Dear DRA Supporters, Great news is hard to come by in 2020 and I’m delighted to have an opportunity to share some with you today. […]

Judge Rules North Carolina Absentee Voting Must Be Accessible for November Election

  September 25, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last night, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”), ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible to voters with disabilities by the November election. This ruling […]

Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities

    August 13, 2020 – Louisville, KY – Yesterday, following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Disability Rights Advocates filed a putative class action lawsuit against First Urology, challenging the medical practice’s illegal policy of refusing to help patients with disabilities transfer from wheelchairs or other mobility devices to examination […]