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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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Landmark Decision: Blind and visually impaired voters must be ensured the right to a private and independent vote

October 17, 2013

San Francisco, CA – October 16 – In a major victory for voters with disabilities who are blind and visually impaired, a federal court ruled today that Alameda County must ensure that blind and visually impaired voters are able to vote privately and independently during elections. The secret ballot is one of the most fundamental … Continue reading “Landmark Decision: Blind and visually impaired voters must be ensured the right to a private and independent vote”

Hearing Loss Association of America and AMC Theatres® Reach Landmark Agreement to Dramatically Improve Access to Movies for Millions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons in New York State

October 10, 2013

Oct. 10, 2013, New York, NY. – The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced today that they have reached an agreement with AMC Theatres® (AMC) to improve access to its movies for patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Under the agreement, AMC will make available personal closed … Continue reading “Hearing Loss Association of America and AMC Theatres® Reach Landmark Agreement to Dramatically Improve Access to Movies for Millions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons in New York State”

New Yorkers With Disabilities File Major Challenge To Bloomberg’s Taxi Of Tomorrow Initiative And Inaccessible Taxi Fleet

August 28, 2013

New York, New York. Aug 28 2013– In a pending federal lawsuit likely to have major implications for the City’s future taxi fleet and the Bloomberg administration’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” initiative, a coalition of disability groups today filed a motion for Summary Judgment, arguing that forcing medallion owners to purchase the Nissan NV200 van and … Continue reading “New Yorkers With Disabilities File Major Challenge To Bloomberg’s Taxi Of Tomorrow Initiative And Inaccessible Taxi Fleet”

United States Department of Justice Supports New Yorkers with Disabilities who Seek to Vote at Poll Sites on Election Day

August 14, 2013

New York, NY – August 14, 2013 – The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), filed an amicus brief today that supports over 300,000 New Yorkers with vision and mobility impairments who seek to vote in-person at New York City poll sites. … Continue reading “United States Department of Justice Supports New Yorkers with Disabilities who Seek to Vote at Poll Sites on Election Day”

Lawsuit Details Solitary Confinement and Failure to Educate Young People with Disabilities in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall

August 8, 2013

Berkeley, CA – August 8, 2013 –  Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall locks young people with disabilities in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and deprives them of education, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today by Disability Rights Advocates, Public Counsel and Paul Hastings LLP. Contra Costa County Juvenile … Continue reading “Lawsuit Details Solitary Confinement and Failure to Educate Young People with Disabilities in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall”

Blind and Visually Impaired Voters Face Barriers to Voting on Election Day

July 25, 2013

San Francisco, CA – July 25, 2013 – A class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that the County of Alameda discriminates against voters who are blind and visually impaired. Voting privately and independently is one of the most fundamental and cherished American rights. … Continue reading “Blind and Visually Impaired Voters Face Barriers to Voting on Election Day”

Beth Israel, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Provide Substandard Care to New Yorkers with Disabilities

July 24, 2013

New York, NY – July 24, 2013 – A federal class action lawsuit filed today in the Southern District of New York alleges that Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, discriminate against patients with disabilities.  The lawsuit, which is being brought by United Spinal, Inc. … Continue reading “Beth Israel, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Provide Substandard Care to New Yorkers with Disabilities”

United States Department of Justice Supports Plaintiffs Seeking Effective Large Scale Disaster Planning for New Yorkers with Disabilities

May 10, 2013

New York, NY – May 10, 2013 – The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), filed a statement of interest today that supports Plaintiffs’ position in the federal class action, BCID v. Bloomberg, Case No. 11-cv-6690 (JMF) . Plaintiffs in that matter … Continue reading “United States Department of Justice Supports Plaintiffs Seeking Effective Large Scale Disaster Planning for New Yorkers with Disabilities”

Landmark Agreement Big Step Forward for Students with Print Disabilities

May 6, 2013

Berkeley, CA – May 7, 2013 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and the University of California, Berkeley announced a settlement agreement today that will significantly improve information access for students with print related disabilities. The settlement puts in place a range of new policies and procedures to ensure that print disabled students have access to … Continue reading “Landmark Agreement Big Step Forward for Students with Print Disabilities”

Federal Judge Rules New Yorkers with Disabilities can Challenge Taxi of Tomorrow in Lawsuit Seeking Accessible Taxis

April 8, 2013

New York, NY – April 8, 2013 – Late last week, a federal court in New York City cleared the way for a major class action lawsuit brought by New Yorkers who use wheelchairs to challenge the Taxi of Tomorrow.  Judge Daniels of the Southern District of New York District Court allowed Plaintiffs to supplement … Continue reading “Federal Judge Rules New Yorkers with Disabilities can Challenge Taxi of Tomorrow in Lawsuit Seeking Accessible Taxis”