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”

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

April 18, 2024

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Disability Rights Arizona (DRAZ), two non-profit law centers, are investigating the autonomous vehicle industry and how it provides access for people with mobility disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Autonomous vehicles, also referred to as self-driving cars, are vehicles with technology that senses the conditions around … Continue reading “Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles”

Ho v. The Hertz Corporation

February 22, 2024

In February 2024, DRA filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California against national car rental company Hertz to end its systemic civil rights violations against people with disabilities who need hand controls to operate a rental car. While there are many configurations, hand controls generally consist of a mechanism that allows … Continue reading “Ho v. The Hertz Corporation”

Employment Accommodations at the Social Security Administration

December 1, 2023

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating the experiences of Social Security Administration employees who have been denied disability-related accommodations at work. We would greatly appreciate if you would complete the following survey if you have been denied disability accommodations related to your employment with the Social Security Administration.

Prado v. City of Berkeley

September 8, 2023

On September 5, 2023, DRA initiated legal action to prevent the City of Berkeley from conducting evictions of unhoused Berkeley residents who reside on 8th and Harrison Street until there are sufficient provisions of shelter, housing, or alternative accommodations that take into consideration their disability-related needs. 

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”