Cases

National Federation of the Blind, et al., v. The City of New York, et al.

July 28, 2016

In January of 2017, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its 2016 federal lawsuit on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind (“NFB”) and three blind individuals, alleging that the City of New York and its partner, CityBridge LLC, discriminated against blind people in their LinkNYC program. LinkNYC, touted as a “first-of-its-kind communication … Continue reading “National Federation of the Blind, et al., v. The City of New York, et al.”

D.C. Center for Independent Living, et al. v. District of Columbia

July 27, 2016

On September 9, 2014, DRA filed a class action lawsuit together with co-counsel from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs against the District of Columbia for its failure to meaningfully include persons with disabilities in its emergency planning. People with disabilities have traditionally faced exceptionally … Continue reading “D.C. Center for Independent Living, et al. v. District of Columbia”

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, et al. v. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center et al.

July 26, 2016

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has agreed to implement policy changes to ensure that its patient-focused healthcare services are accessible to individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Hospitals are required to provide patients and companions with auxiliary aids and services—such as qualified sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices—that are necessary for effective … Continue reading “Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, et al. v. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center et al.”

Westchester Independent Living Center, et al. v. SUNY Purchase, et al.

July 26, 2016

In July 2016, DRA filed this class action lawsuit against the State University of New York at Purchase College, located in Westchester County, alleging that it violates federal and state disability law by not providing students and visitors with mobility disabilities equal access to its educational and cultural programs.  Specifically, the suit says that those … Continue reading “Westchester Independent Living Center, et al. v. SUNY Purchase, et al.”

Ochoa, et al. v. City of Long Beach, et al.

July 21, 2016

In June 2014, DRA, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho (GBDH), and Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Long Beach and its Mayor alleging discrimination against residents and visitors who have mobility disabilities by failing to maintain accessible sidewalks and pedestrian rights-of-way. Individuals who use wheelchairs, motorized scooters, … Continue reading “Ochoa, et al. v. City of Long Beach, et al.”

M.W., et al. v. United States Department of the Army, et al.

July 19, 2016

DRA filed this lawsuit to challenge a nationwide, antiquated U.S. Army policy that prohibits staff in its Child, Youth and School Services (“CYSS”) programs from administering critical medications and providing vital support to children with diabetes in their care.  As long as the policy is in place, children with diabetes cannot participate safely in Army … Continue reading “M.W., et al. v. United States Department of the Army, et al.”

National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.

July 15, 2016

Page Contents Introduction Case Background Settlement Addressing Ongoing Discrimination Introduction In 2016, DRA reached an unprecedented settlement with Uber to stop discrimination against blind people who use guide dogs on the Uber platform. DRA is currently monitoring Uber’s compliance with the settlement agreement. If you were denied service by an Uber driver because you travel … Continue reading “National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.”

Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL), et al. v. Wal-Mart

July 14, 2016

In today’s challenging economy, many Americans are shopping at stores like Wal-Mart that offer low prices, convenience and affordability.  These stores are central to activities of daily living for millions of people.  Yet many of these retailers knowingly place point-of-sale machines beyond the reach of patrons with disabilities who use wheelchairs and scooters.  This compromises … Continue reading “Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL), et al. v. Wal-Mart”

California Council of the Blind (CCB) et al. v. County of Alameda et al.

July 14, 2016

Voting privately and independently is one of the most fundamental and cherished American rights. In July 2013, DRA filed a lawsuit against the County of Alameda challenging discrimination faced by voters with disabilities who are denied an equal opportunity to vote on Election Day. The suit was brought by California Council of the Blind and … Continue reading “California Council of the Blind (CCB) et al. v. County of Alameda et al.”

Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. City of New York, et al.

July 14, 2016

In July 2014, DRA and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the City of New York challenging widespread, dangerous curb ramps and inaccessible pedestrian routes throughout New York City neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, where a number of critical services, including government buildings, centers for civic participation, offices, and other … Continue reading “Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. City of New York, et al.”