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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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Recent Press Releases

DRA to Present Susan Dooha With the Inaugural Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award

September 22, 2021

  To honor and celebrate Edith’s legacy of fiery, grassroots disability advocacy in New York and across the Country September 21, 2021—New York, NY—Today Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced, with support from the Prentiss family, that the inaugural Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award will be bestowed upon long-time disability rights leader Susan Dooha. DRA, a […]

Planet Fitness, Home of the Judgement Free Zone, and the Coalition for Inclusive Fitness, Announce Accessible Exercise Equipment Commitment Benefitting People with Disabilities

September 21, 2021

  Hampton, N.H. (September 21, 2021)—Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Council on Independent Living, and American Council of the Blind (collectively “Coalition for Inclusive Fitness” or the […]

Lawsuit Challenges Five Points Correctional Facility’s Denial of Wheelchairs, Canes, and Other Mobility Accommodations to People With Disabilities

August 31, 2021

  August 31, 2021– Romulus, NY – Yesterday, the nonprofit organizations Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on behalf of people with disabilities who are incarcerated at Five Points Correctional Facility and […]

Advocates Decry Biden Administration’s Appeal Fighting Order to Vaccinate Medically Vulnerable People in ICE Detention

August 24, 2021

  August 24, 2021—Riverside, CA—Yesterday, the Biden Administration took the surprising step of filing an appeal to a federal court order requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to vaccinate medically vulnerable people in its custody. The filing was in Fraihat v. ICE, which challenges the inhumane and traumatic experience of ICE detention, affecting tens […]

Lawsuit Challenges Los Angeles County’s Rejection of Employees Based on Discriminatory and False Assumptions About Mental Health

July 29, 2021

  Disponible en español abajo July 29, 2021—Los Angeles, CA—Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court today on behalf of two participants in Los Angeles County’s federally-funded Master of Social Work Trainee Program, whose internship and employment offers with the County’s Department of Children and Family Services were withdrawn following invasive […]

Lawsuit Challenges World’s Largest Professional Human Resource Membership Association’s Failure to Follow Disability Law

July 21, 2021

  July 21, 2021– San Francisco, CA—Yesterday Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a class action lawsuit against the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on behalf of Deaf Human Resource (HR) professionals who do not have equal access to SHRM’s services because SHRM fails to provide accommodations like sign language interpreters, captioning, and timely transcripts […]

Civil Rights Organizations Sue Mountain View Over RV Parking Ban

July 14, 2021

  Lawsuit argues ban is unconstitutional and an attempt to banish unhoused individuals from the City July 14, 2021 – Mountain View, CA – The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and Disability Rights Advocates joined with pro bono partners Hewlett Packard Enterprise and King & Spalding to file a […]