Public Entities

Los Angeles Parks Investigation

May 17, 2024

The law firms of Disability Rights Advocates, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, Law Office of Paula Pearlman, and Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho are investigating systemic access barriers with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, including accessible parking, park entrances, signage, restrooms, walkways, playgrounds, and picnic areas.  We want to hear … Continue reading “Los Angeles Parks Investigation”

Anthony v. New York State Department of Corrections & Community Supervision (DOCCS)

May 8, 2024

In May 2024, DRA filed a class action lawsuit along with The Legal Aid Society and Winston & Strawn LLP on behalf of incarcerated New Yorkers with disabilities against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (“OMH”) for their ongoing violations of … Continue reading “Anthony v. New York State Department of Corrections & Community Supervision (DOCCS)”

Denial of Fresh Air to Patients at NYC City-Run Psychiatric Hospitals

May 6, 2024

In May 2024, DRA and Mental Hygiene Legal Services (MHLS) released a report titled “Denial of Fresh Air Access for Psychiatric Patients: A Report on NYC H+H Hospitals.” This report outlines findings from a months-long investigation into the denial of fresh air and outdoor access to individuals receiving psychiatric treatment in hospitals operated by NYC … Continue reading “Denial of Fresh Air to Patients at NYC City-Run Psychiatric Hospitals”

Kings County Juvenile Center

September 5, 2023

In August 2023, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Disability Rights California (DRC) released a report, “Youth in Crisis: How Kings County Locks Up Youth With Disabilities.” This report outlines findings from a multi-year investigation of the conditions at the Kings County Juvenile Center. Read the full report with recommendations and images of the facility. DRA … Continue reading “Kings County Juvenile Center”

Curran v. City of Oakland

September 1, 2023

In May 2023, DRA filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Oakland on behalf of two people with mobility disabilities for denying them full and equal access to the City’s pedestrian rights of way, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and California … Continue reading “Curran v. City of Oakland”

Fisher v. City of Berkeley

August 23, 2023

In August 2023, DRA filed a lawsuit against the City of Berkeley on behalf of three disabled members of the Berkeley Commission on Disability for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to allow them to attend Commission meetings remotely as an accommodation unless they subject themselves to burdensome, dangerous, and invasive requirements. Read the … Continue reading “Fisher v. City of Berkeley”

Battle v. Tennessee

April 18, 2023

This case was filed on January 14, 2022 to challenge the State of Tennessee’s failure to ensure that effective communication is provided to d/Deaf people who receive services from the State’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and its Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS). For instance, the Defendants have placed Plaintiffs in group homes without any … Continue reading “Battle v. Tennessee”

Golden 1 Center Ticketing Platform Partnership

February 27, 2023

As Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center welcomes increasing numbers of visitors back to the stadium to enjoy Kings games, concerts, and other events, community members who are blind or have low vision will notice improvements to the stadium’s online ticket purchase platform. These improvements are thanks to a February 2023 collaboration between the Golden 1 Center, … Continue reading “Golden 1 Center Ticketing Platform Partnership”

Fowler v. California Department of Insurance

November 10, 2021

In October 2021, Disability Rights Advocates and TRE Legal Practice filed a disability rights lawsuit in California State Court against the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for its failure to ensure the accessibility of its licensing exam for insurance agents for blind applicants. The lawsuit also includes claims against PSI Services, the private entity that … Continue reading “Fowler v. California Department of Insurance”