People with Disabilities File Class Action Suit Challenging MTA’s Widespread Discriminatory Renovation Practices
New York, NY—May 15, 2019— A civil rights class action lawsuit was filed today in New York against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), challenging its prevalent, discriminatory practice of renovating New York City subway stations without installing elevators or other stair-free routes in blatant violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This ongoing illegal […]
Disability Advocates and District of Columbia Reach Landmark Settlement to Protect the Lives of People with Disabilities when Disaster Strikes
MAY 7, 2019 – Washington, DC – Disability advocacy groups and the District of Columbia have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement after years of negotiations that will result in significant improvements to the District’s emergency preparedness and response programs for thousands of people with disabilities who live in, work in, or travel to the nation’s […]
County of Westchester Agrees to Make Website Accessible to People who are Blind and Low Vision
Redesigned site will be compatible with screen reader software used by blind and low vision visitors April 30, 2019 – White Plains, NY –As a result of advocacy by the Westchester Council of the Blind of New York (“WCBNY”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”), the County of Westchester has agreed to make its […]
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A lawsuit claims the Long Island Rail Road violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it didn’t install elevators at stations planned for infrastructure upgrades.
News12 Long Island
AMITYVILLE – A lawsuit accuses the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act over wheelchair access at some stations.
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“It’s something that is very disheartening.” — Raymond Harewood
Passengers With Disabilities Challenge Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road’s Refusal To Build Station Elevators
Parties call for MTA to install elevators as legally required New York, New York–April 23, 2019—Today, three Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) passengers with disabilities, together with Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO), filed suit against the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the LIRR for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite the MTA […]
DRA Demands Access To Crucial Subway Accessibility Documents
New York City (April 22, 2019)–Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) demands access to the MTA’s frequently referenced, but not produced, accessibility survey documents. DRA filed an Article 78 petition in New York State Court seeking access to the MTA’s ongoing, multi-million dollar global accessibility survey of the New York City subway system. The MTA has […]
What’s All The Buzz About?
DONATE NOW Spring is here. Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and so are DRA’s New York and California offices. What’s all the buzz about? Here’s a breakdown: Why Does DRA Exist? School children with disabilities frequently aren’t receiving necessary services or equal access to education. In medical settings, hospital patients with disabilities can’t […]
After Years of Failed Attempts to Get the San Jose Sharks to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind Fans Resort to Lawsuit
Photo by duluoz cats, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Berkeley, CA (March 26, 2019)—As the San Jose Sharks clinch their fourth-consecutive berth to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, blind hockey fans take aim at the NHL team’s failure to ensure equal access to the digital fan experience. The San Jose Sharks + SAP Center mobile application—a key digital piece […]