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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 Court Preliminarily Approves Class Settlement to Improve Communication for Deaf Californians Who Receive Services from the State’s Department of Developmental Services

May 9, 2023

View this press release in ASL. May 9, 2023—Sacramento, CA—A federal judge has preliminarily approved a class settlement that will bring crucial changes to the way the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) oversees the provision of services, through regional centers, to deaf Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“I/DD”). The settlement resolves claims that … Continue readingFederal Court Preliminarily Approves Class Settlement to Improve Communication for Deaf Californians Who Receive Services from the State’s Department of Developmental Services

Federal Court Approves Settlement Agreement Between Community Members With Disabilities and the City of Philadelphia to Fix or Install 10,000 Curb Ramps Over the Next 15 Years

May 8, 2023

May 8, 2023 — Philadelphia, PA — On May 2, 2023, a federal judge approved a class settlement between Philadelphians with disabilities and the City of Philadelphia to improve the accessibility of curb ramps throughout the city. Read the Opinion. This class action settlement resolves claims that the City’s pedestrian facilities contained barriers in violation … Continue reading “Federal Court Approves Settlement Agreement Between Community Members With Disabilities and the City of Philadelphia to Fix or Install 10,000 Curb Ramps Over the Next 15 Years”

Federal Court Grants Final Approval to Ground-Breaking Settlement That Will Ensure NYC Children with Diabetes Receive Appropriate Care in School

April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023 – Brooklyn, NY – A federal court has approved a landmark settlement that will ensure children with diabetes in New York City receive the care they need to fully participate in school and school-related activities. This class action settlement resolves claims that New York City, the Department of Education, the Department of … Continue reading “Federal Court Grants Final Approval to Ground-Breaking Settlement That Will Ensure NYC Children with Diabetes Receive Appropriate Care in School”

State and Federal Courts Grant Final Approval to Historic Settlement to Make the NYC Subway Accessible to People Who Need Stair-Free Access

April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023—New York, NY — Today both the Southern District of New York (the federal court) and the New York State Supreme Court (state court) have granted final approval to a settlement agreement that will make the New York City subway accessible for more than half a million people with disabilities who cannot use … Continue reading “State and Federal Courts Grant Final Approval to Historic Settlement to Make the NYC Subway Accessible to People Who Need Stair-Free Access”

Disability Rights Advocates Announces Rebecca Williford, Attorney and Advocate, as President & Chief Executive Officer

April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center, after a sweeping national search, today announced that Rebecca Williford has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We are thrilled to announce, after a thorough national search yielding impressive disability rights leaders from across the country, that … Continue reading “Disability Rights Advocates Announces Rebecca Williford, Attorney and Advocate, as President & Chief Executive Officer”

EEOC Affirms Decision Certifying Nationwide Class of Deaf Civilian Employees and Applicants in Case Against the United States Air Force

April 10, 2023

April 10, 2023 – 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 Affirms Decision Certifying Nationwide Class of Deaf Civilian Employees and Applicants in Case Against the United States Air Force”

Court Rules That Chicago’s Intersections Must Be Made Accessible for Blind Pedestrians

April 6, 2023

April 6, 2023—Chicago, IL—In a decision that will reshape Chicago’s pedestrian infrastructure and lead to historic accessibility improvements for all residents, a federal court has ruled that Chicago’s systemic, decades-long failure to incorporate accessible pedestrian signals (“APS”) at intersections constitutes discrimination toward blind and low vision pedestrians under federal disability rights laws. Therefore Chicago must … Continue reading “Court Rules That Chicago’s Intersections Must Be Made Accessible for Blind Pedestrians”

Golden 1 Center, Disability Rights Advocates, and Community Members Who Are Blind Partner to Improve Access to Sacramento Events

March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023—Sacramento, CA—As Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center welcomes increasing numbers of visitors back to the stadium to enjoy Kings games, concerts, and other events, community members who are blind or have low vision will notice improvements to the stadium’s online ticket purchase platform. These improvements are thanks to collaboration between the Golden 1 Center, … Continue reading “Golden 1 Center, Disability Rights Advocates, and Community Members Who Are Blind Partner to Improve Access to Sacramento Events”

Settlement Agreement Creates Accessible Absentee Voting Options for Indiana Voters With Print Disabilities

February 1, 2023

February 1, 2023—Indianapolis, IN—A historic Indiana lawsuit seeking increased ballot accessibility for voters with print disabilities has settled. As a result of the settlement, the state has agreed to acquire a new remote accessible ballot marking tool that will allow these voters to cast their absentee ballots privately and independently. Voters will be able to … Continue reading “Settlement Agreement Creates Accessible Absentee Voting Options for Indiana Voters With Print Disabilities”

Federal Court Grants Preliminary Approval to Ground-Breaking Settlement That Will Ensure NYC Children with Diabetes Receive Appropriate Care in School

November 28, 2022

November 28, 2022 – Brooklyn, NY – A federal court has preliminarily approved a landmark settlement that will ensure children with diabetes in NYC receive the care they need to fully participate in school and school-related activities. This class action settlement resolves claims that New York City, the Department of Education, the Department of Health … Continue reading “Federal Court Grants Preliminary Approval to Ground-Breaking Settlement That Will Ensure NYC Children with Diabetes Receive Appropriate Care in School”