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With offices in California and New York, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

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Court Finds that County of Los Angeles Discriminated Against Trainee Program Participants with Mental Health Disabilities

November 15, 2022

November 15, 2022 – Los Angeles, California—On November 4, 2022, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper denied the County of Los Angeles’ motion for summary judgment on all counts, and granted summary adjudication in favor of Plaintiffs in the case of Jane Doe and Mary Roe v. County of Los Angeles (Case No. 21STCV27868)—stating … Continue readingCourt Finds that County of Los Angeles Discriminated Against Trainee Program Participants with Mental Health Disabilities

EEOC Certifies Nationwide Class of Deaf Civilian Employees and Applicants, in Case Against the United States Air Force

October 27, 2022

October 27, 2022 – Since 2020, Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Wendy Musell have represented a group of Deaf civilian employees, applicants, and former employees in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case* against the United States Air Force—which, despite its $190 billion annual budget, has consistently failed to provide Deaf employees … Continue reading “EEOC Certifies Nationwide Class of Deaf Civilian Employees and Applicants, in Case Against the United States Air Force”

Civil Rights Groups Sue City of Sebastopol for Ordinance Aimed at Displacing Residents Living in Their Vehicles

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022 – Sebastopol, CA – Today, ACLU Foundation of Northern California, Disability Rights Advocates, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. filed suit against the city of Sebastopol for enacting an ordinance that prohibits vehicles “used for human habitation” from parking anywhere within city limits during the day.  This … Continue reading “Civil Rights Groups Sue City of Sebastopol for Ordinance Aimed at Displacing Residents Living in Their Vehicles”

Community Members with Disabilities Reach Agreement with City of Philadelphia to Fix or Install 10,000 Curb Ramps Over the Next 15 Years

October 14, 2022

Agreement Awaits Federal Court Approval October 14, 2022 — Philadelphia, PA — A class of Philadelphians with disabilities have achieved commitments from the City of Philadelphia to dedicate significant resources to drastically improve the accessibility of Philadelphia’s sidewalks. Among other actions, the City will install or remediate at least 10,000 curb ramps over the next … Continue reading “Community Members with Disabilities Reach Agreement with City of Philadelphia to Fix or Install 10,000 Curb Ramps Over the Next 15 Years”

Federal Judge’s Ruling Improves Absentee Ballot Access for Voters with Disabilities in the General Election

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022—Indianapolis, IN—In advance of the approaching midterm election, the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson ordered increased access by granting voters with print disabilities the freedom to select the person of their choice to assist in marking their paper absentee ballot. A “voter with print disabilities” is a voter who cannot independently mark a paper ballot … Continue reading “Federal Judge’s Ruling Improves Absentee Ballot Access for Voters with Disabilities in the General Election”

Civil Rights Organizations Settle Lawsuit Against City of Mountain View Parking Ban

September 26, 2022

Tentative settlement allows parking of oversized vehicles in designated areas throughout Mountain View, CA September 26, 2022 – Mountain View, CA – The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and Disability Rights Advocates joined with pro bono partners including King & Spalding have reached a tentative settlement with the city … Continue reading “Civil Rights Organizations Settle Lawsuit Against City of Mountain View Parking Ban”

Providence Sued for Discrimination against Deaf Patients at Seattle-Area Healthcare Facilities

July 26, 2022

July 26, 2022—Seattle, WA—Today, on the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, nonprofit law firm Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and co-counsel Moloy Good of the Good Law Clinic filed a class action lawsuit in the Western District of Washington against Providence St. Joseph Health (“Providence”) for its consistent failure to ensure effective communication … Continue reading “Providence Sued for Discrimination against Deaf Patients at Seattle-Area Healthcare Facilities”

World’s Largest Human Resource Association Agrees to Drastically Increase the Accessibility of Their Services for Deaf HR Professionals

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022—Oakland, CA—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is proud to announce that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and three deaf human resource (HR) professionals have reached a landmark settlement agreement that will vastly increase the accessibility of SHRM’s services for its customers who are Deaf. Read the settlement agreement here. As part … Continue reading “World’s Largest Human Resource Association Agrees to Drastically Increase the Accessibility of Their Services for Deaf HR Professionals”

Disability Advocates and MTA Reach Historic Settlement to Make the NYC Subway Accessible to People Who Need Stair-Free Access

June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022—New York, NY—Disability advocates in New York today are signing a settlement agreement that will make the New York City subway accessible for more than half a million people with disabilities who cannot use stairs to access the system. Today only 25% of stations (113 stations) have elevators or ramps and are usable … Continue reading “Disability Advocates and MTA Reach Historic Settlement to Make the NYC Subway Accessible to People Who Need Stair-Free Access”