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Federal Court Rules That Civil Rights Claims Against Uber Must Be Heard in Court

  Ruling comes after Uber tried to avoid its legal responsibility to provide transportation accessible for all PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2019) – Yesterday, a federal court in Pittsburgh ruled that plaintiffs suing Uber for failing to provide transportation accessible to people with disabilities cannot be forced into arbitration and must have their claims heard openly […]

DRA – The Next 25 Years

  Last night in New York, DRA’s Gala at the American Museum of Natural History was a night to remember! Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this extraordinary event. As those who attended heard, we have, since opening our doors in New York nine years ago, been working towards transforming the city’s sidewalks, […]

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Stanford’s New Policy for Student Mental-Health Crises Is Hailed as a Model: The university agrees to a settlement with students who say they were forced to take involuntary leaves of absence when they sought help for mental-health crises.

Stanford and Students with Mental Health Disabilities Reach Landmark Settlement

  Settlement is most comprehensive ever to protect college students with mental health disabilities from unnecessary exclusion Palo Alto, CA—October 7, 2019—A coalition of Stanford students and Stanford University have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement that will result in significant changes to Stanford’s leave of absence policies and practices, all of which will help ensure […]

Blind Pedestrians Sue About Exclusion from Chicago’s Pedestrian Safety Program

  Chicago, IL—September 23, 2019—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and the Proskauer law firm (“Proskauer”) filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) in order to challenge the systemic lack of accessible pedestrian signals at intersections all over the city.  The lawsuit, which has been filed […]

Medium

As MTA Updates Astoria Stations, Residents Ask Why There Aren’t More Elevators

Look to the Stars

Loreen Arbus, producer, writer, author, and disability rights activist, will be honored with this year’s Disability Rights Advocates’ Eagle Award in recognition of her outstanding advocacy and commitment to the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities.

Chicago Public Schools Sued for Excluding Students with Disabilities from Their Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs

  August 29, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Today, Legal Council for Health Justice (“Legal Council”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) filed a class action lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools (“CPS”) challenging CPS’s policy of denying free nutrition programs to students whose disabilities require them to attend non-public schools. The named plaintiff – the guardian […]

People with Disabilities Charge That Oakland’s Rent Stabilization Program Excludes Them and Must Be Fixed Notwithstanding Costa-Hawkins

  August 28, 2019 – Oakland, CA – A class action lawsuit was filed today alleging that people with disabilities are discriminatorily excluded from the protections of Oakland’s rent stabilization program, colloquially known as “rent control.” Oakland’s rent stabilization program provides a majority of the city’s renters with meaningful protection from rapidly rising rents. However, people with […]