Education/Schools

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 […]

Reasonable Accommodations for Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, is investigating the hurdles that people with documented learning disabilities and ADHD face in applying for necessary accommodations in workplace, educational, and other settings. If you plan to apply for an accommodation in the future, or if you have already done so and been […]

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 […]

High-Stakes Testing Accommodation Process for Applicants with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, is investigating the hurdles that people with documented learning disabilities and ADHD face in applying for necessary accommodations on high-stakes tests.  Such high stakes tests include post-graduate admissions tests (MCAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) and state licensing exams. DRA is particularly interested in high-stakes tests […]

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 collect stories of students’ experiences, positive or negative, at Stanford and other colleges and universities. If you have information to share about denied […]

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 […]