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May 2021 E-News: May News from DRA

In This Issue Letter From the President & CEO Conversation with New Board Member Darren Minarik DRA’s 2021 Virtual Gala, October 7 Impact Report Letter From the President & CEO Dear DRA Supporters, Two months into my tenure at DRA and three things are clear: We’ve got a GREAT team of staff, clients, donors, board […]

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Sued After Charging Inmates With Disabilities for Medical Devices – Eight years ago, Donald Terrill, who is imprisoned at the Snake River Correctional Institution in eastern Oregon, was fitted with a prosthesis after a lower leg amputation. Since 2013, the Oregon Department of Corrections has garnished Terrill’s trust account. He’s paid more than $10,000 […]

Associated Press

Oregon Sued For Charging Inmates for Medical Devices – A class action lawsuit has been filed claiming the Oregon Department of Corrections is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because it charges prisoners with disabilities for prosthetics and other medical devices they need. 

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ADA Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Oregon of Charging Disabled Inmates for Needed Medical Devices

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Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Department of Corrections’ Policy of Charging People With Disabilities for Their Prostheses and Other Durable Medical Equipment

  April 21, 2021– Salem, OR – Yesterday Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, and Lynn S. Walsh, filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) on behalf of current and former people with disabilities who are incarcerated and who have been charged […]

DRA Establishes Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award

  To carry forward the critical legacy of fiery, grassroots disability justice advocates in New York and across the Country April 15, 2021—New York, NY—Today Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced, with support from the Prentiss family, the establishment of the Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award, to be bestowed annually on a disability justice advocate who […]

U.S. Department of Justice

Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Disability Discrimination Suit Against City of Chicago Regarding Pedestrians with Visual Disabilities – The Justice Department today moved to intervene in a disability discrimination lawsuit that private plaintiffs with visual disabilities brought against the City of Chicago under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the […]

The Verge

HBO Max begins rolling out audio descriptions – Select titles on HBO Max now have audio descriptions, which are separate audio tracks that describe what’s visually happening on-screen. The option is currently available on the website and mobile apps but not on TV apps. 

HBO Max Rolls Out Audio Described Content

  Customers Who are Blind Will Notice Many New Features, With More on the Horizon March 26, 2021 – Boston, MA – Advocates for people who are blind applaud WarnerMedia’s first delivery date of significant upgrades in the landmark agreement signed last October by WarnerMedia; the American Council of the Blind (ACB); the Massachusetts-based Bay […]