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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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Federal Judge Finds That Indiana’s Absentee Voting Program Discriminates against Voters with Disabilities

September 19, 2022

September 19, 2022—Indianapolis, IN—On September 2, 2022, the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana found that Indiana’s absentee voting procedures discriminate against voters with print disabilities. In her order, Judge Magnus-Stinson struck down Indiana’s rule that absentee voters with print disabilities may only vote by appointment … Continue reading “Federal Judge Finds That Indiana’s Absentee Voting Program Discriminates against Voters with Disabilities”

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”

Litigation against New York State Board of Elections Resolved, New York to Create Statewide Accessible Absentee Ballot Program

April 6, 2022

New York, NY (April 5, 2022): The National Federation of the Blind of New York State, American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc., Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, Disability Rights New York, and several New York voters with disabilities, including Rasheta Bunting, Karen Gourgey, Keith Gurgui, and Jose Hernandez, have … Continue reading “Litigation against New York State Board of Elections Resolved, New York to Create Statewide Accessible Absentee Ballot Program”

Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Mandatory Absentee Voter Traveling Board as Discriminating against Voters with Disabilities for May 2022 Election

March 10, 2022

March 10, 2022—Indianapolis, IN—Yesterday, the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana struck down Indiana’s rule that absentee voters who could not independently mark their own ballot may vote absentee by mail only by appointment with a “traveling board” of elections officials in the May 2022 election. … Continue reading “Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Mandatory Absentee Voter Traveling Board as Discriminating against Voters with Disabilities for May 2022 Election”

Class of Blind Pedestrians Achieve Certification in Lawsuit Challenging Exclusion from Chicago’s Pedestrian Safety Program

March 8, 2022

Chicago, IL—March 8, 2022—A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has approved a motion for class certification in the class action lawsuit that Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Proskauer Rose LLP (“Proskauer”) filed in September 2019 against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) … Continue reading “Class of Blind Pedestrians Achieve Certification in Lawsuit Challenging Exclusion from Chicago’s Pedestrian Safety Program”

Court Grants Final Approval of Settlement that Reforms Special Education Services in New Jersey Prisons, Negotiated Relief Now Takes Effect

March 3, 2022

The case, Adam X. et al. v. New Jersey Department of Corrections and Department of Education et al., was filed in January 2017 and offers a national example for special education services in prison. March 3, 2022—Newark, NJ—Today a New Jersey federal judge granted final approval of a class action settlement agreement in Adam X. … Continue reading “Court Grants Final Approval of Settlement that Reforms Special Education Services in New Jersey Prisons, Negotiated Relief Now Takes Effect”

Federal Court Rules Children with Diabetes in NYC Denied Equal Access to Field Trips and Bus Transportation

January 27, 2022

January 27, 2022 – New York, NY – In a victory for children with disabilities, a federal court ruled today that the City of New York’s Department of Education (“DOE”) routinely denies students with diabetes access to field trips and bus transportation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Section 504 of the … Continue reading “Federal Court Rules Children with Diabetes in NYC Denied Equal Access to Field Trips and Bus Transportation”

Federal Court Orders New York City to Install Thousands of Accessible Crosswalk Signals Over the Next 10 Years

January 4, 2022

  Groundbreaking Court Ruling Will Remake NYC’s Streetscape by Making Pedestrian Safety Accessible to People with Disabilities Read the decision here New York, NY – In a first-of-its kind decision that will remake the streetscape of New York City and improve safety and accessibility for all New Yorkers, a federal court ruled last week that New … Continue reading “Federal Court Orders New York City to Install Thousands of Accessible Crosswalk Signals Over the Next 10 Years”