Disability Groups Demand Access to North Carolina’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting

  Lawsuit Filed Today in Federal Court July 27, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Today, disability organizations filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”) for excluding North Carolinians with disabilities from their Absentee Voting program. The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against voters who are unable to independently […]

July 2020 E-News: DRA Celebrates 30 Years of the ADA

In This Issue A Letter from the Interim Executive Director A Conversation with Board Member Shane Burcaw Impact Report A Letter From the Interim Executive Director Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life and […]

NY Daily News

MTA settles lawsuit with disability advocates, agrees to install elevators in 3 LIRR stations

MTA and LIRR Agree to Install Elevators and Make Other Station Improvements to Resolve Lawsuit Brought by Passengers with Disabilities

NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2020 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Kasowitz Benson Torres and the Law Offices of James E. Bahamonde are pleased to announce that, on behalf of three plaintiff passengers with disabilities and advocacy organization Self-Initiated Living Options (SILO), the federal court has approved an agreement on July 10 with the MTA and […]

City Limits

New York’s New Accessible Absentee Ballots Aren’t Accessible Enough, Voters Say

Leadership in Unprecedented Times

Dear DRA Supporters, I’m happy to share the news that DRA’s Board of Directors voted last week to revise DRA’s three-person Managing Director structure with an Interim Executive Director role that Kate Hamilton will fill, pending placement of a permanent Executive Director.  Kate has served the organization since 2013, first as Development and Communications Director […]

Incarcerated Youth with Disabilities Gain Equal Access to Rehabilitation and Education

  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 […]

New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision

  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 […]