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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.

Contact for Press Inquiries
Julia Calagiovanni
Development & Communications Assistant
Email: jcalagiovanni@dralegal.org
Phone: (510) 665-8644

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Recent Press Releases

Court Allows Disability-Discrimination Challenge to RV Ban to Go Forward

June 11, 2018

(Sacramento, CA – June 11, 2018) A U.S. District Court issued a ruling Friday denying San Diego’s motion to dismiss disability discrimination claims in a lawsuit that challenges the ticketing of homeless people in vehicles. The class action law suit, Bloom et al. vs. City of San Diego, filed in November of 2017, alleges that […]

Class Certified in Elevator Access Case against MTA; Summary Judgment Motion Pending

April 27, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2018 New York, NY—A federal judge has ordered that a class be certified in a case brought by Disability Rights Advocates charging that the MTA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it failed to install elevators during a 26.6 million dollar renovation of the Middletown Road subway station in the […]

US Department of Justice Joins DRA Suit Against the MTA

March 13, 2018

On March 13, 2018, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a Complaint-in-Intervention in Bronx Independent Living Services, et al. v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, et. al, our case challenging the MTA’s failure to install elevators at its newly-renovated Middletown Road station. In this complaint and its accompanying press release, the […]

Lyft Sued for Discriminating Against Wheelchair-Users

March 13, 2018

Photo via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0) Berkeley, CA (March 13, 2018)—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Lyft, challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s failure to make wheelchair-accessible vehicles available in the Bay Area through its rideshare service. The suit, brought by a coalition of a disability rights group and individuals in […]

DRA Announces New York Office Relocation and Expansion

February 28, 2018

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Media Contact: Michelle Caiola, Disability Rights Advocates: 212-644-8644, mcaiola@dralegal.org DRA Announces New York Office Relocation and Expansion “To accommodate new growth, better serve our clients, and ensure all New Yorkers have equal opportunities, DRA is moving to a new, expanded office on 42nd street.” –Michelle Caiola On Friday, March […]

Uber Sued By Disability Rights Groups For Illegal Discrimination Against Wheelchair Users

February 27, 2018

Photo by Philippe Perreaux, CC BY 2.0. Berkeley, CA (February 27, 2018)—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Uber challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The suit, brought by a coalition of individuals and disability rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the first legal […]

Watchdog Groups Charge That Kern County Juvenile Corrections Discriminates Against Youth With Disabilities And File Suit In Federal Court

February 22, 2018

County is Cooperating Fully with Investigation Berkeley, Calif. (February 22, 2018) – Today, Disability Rights California (“DRC”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) released a 50-page report on their 6-month investigation of the treatment of youth with disabilities at the County Juvenile Hall and other county correctional facilities.  The investigation uncovered what the groups describe as […]

New Accessibility Features Coming to PrestoPrime EMV System

January 9, 2018

E la Carte, Applebee’s® Grill + Bar, National Federation of the Blind, and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco Announce Collaboration to Make In-Restaurant Table-top Tablets Accessible to Blind Guests Redwood City, Calif. (January 9, 2018) – E la Carte, Inc., creators of the PrestoPrime™ EMV System™ for full-service restaurants, and […]

Settlement Reached to Provide Equal Access to FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island

November 29, 2017

New York, NY—November 29, 2017—In resolution of a federal lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) last March, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have agreed to the installation of a lift at the front steps of the monument built in 2012 to honor Franklin […]

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