Education/Schools

M.F. et al. v. NYC Department of Education et al.

On November 1, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”), the American Diabetes Association (“ADA”), and Law Offices of Popper & Yatvin sued the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) and other New York City agencies, alleging that these agencies systemically fail to ensure that students with diabetes can attend school safely and have access to […]

Mental Health & Wellness Coalition v. Stanford

On July 16, 2018, with three new students joining the suit, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a motion for class action certification requesting that the court certify a class to challenge Stanford’s system-wide policies and practices that discriminate against students who are at risk of self-harm due to a mental health disability.  Stanford routinely bars […]

T.G., et al. v. Kern County, et al.

On February 22, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates, in partnership with Disability Rights California (“DRC”), released a 50-page report on our 6-month investigation of the treatment of youth with disabilities at the Kern County Juvenile Hall and other Kern County juvenile detention facilities. Our investigation uncovered abuse and neglect of youth with mental health and behavioral […]

M.G., et al. v. New York City Department of Education, et al.

On July 27, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”), the City of New York, and DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña, in her official capacity, alleging violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other anti-discrimination laws on behalf of a class of students with disabilities […]

Mental Health in Higher Education

In May 2018, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, filed suit against Stanford University, alleging that it has discriminated against students with mental health disabilities. We continue to consult with students regarding potential legal claims, at Stanford and other colleges and universities. If you have a mental health disability (e.g., anxiety, […]

G.F. et al. v. Contra Costa County et al.

Disability Rights Advocates in partnership with Public Counsel filed this lawsuit because Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall had a policy and practice of locking young people with disabilities in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and depriving them of education. In a video, parents of young people held at Juvenile Hall say […]

A.S.K. v. Oregon

As a result of a lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Oregon undertook extensive steps to modify its high stakes testing system to ensure that the tests do not discriminate against students with learning disabilities. The settlement is based on the findings of an expert panel that was convened by the parties to examine […]

Breimhorst v. ETS

This case received major national attention as it challenged the practice of “flagging” test scores for students with disabilities who ask for accommodations. Flagging is the practice by which administrators of standardized tests place notations on the score reports of people with disabilities who take the exams with accommodations for their disabilities. Since its implementation […]

Noon v. Alaska

DRA represented a class of all students in Alaska with learning disabilities who were required to take the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE). The parties reached a comprehensive settlement agreement on Monday, August 2, 2004. Among other critical new access features to the testing program, the settlement included a broad expansion of the […]

Gustafson v. U.C. Berkeley

DRA reached a class action settlement with the University of California, Berkeley that is resulting in comprehensive access improvements to this leading national University. The Plaintiffs are a class of all students with mobility and/or vision disabilities at U.C. Berkeley. Under the settlement, U.C. Berkeley has been removing thousands of access barriers throughout its facilities. […]