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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

Trial on NYC’s Defective Large Scale Disaster Plans Will Show Unnecessary Harm to New Yorkers with Disabilities and Increased Chance of Greater Harm in Future Disasters

March 11, 2013

New York, NY – March 11, 2013 – A Federal Court trial beginning today at 9:00 a.m. EST, 40 Foley Square, New York, Courtroom 1105, will expose the alleged deficiencies in New York City’s large scale disaster planning and demonstrate that such failures needlessly endanger the health and safety of seniors, women, children, and men […]

Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF), et al. v. City of Los Angeles

February 27, 2013

On February 25, 2013, Judge Marshall issued an order preliminary approving the settlement agreement reached with the County of Los Angeles in Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v. City of Los Angeles et al.  The settlement requires the County to revise its emergency plans to incorporate the needs of people with disabilities. […]

2013 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award

February 21, 2013

San Francisco, CA – February 15, 2013 – Sid Wolinsky, Shawna Parks, and Mary-Lee Kimber Smith are recipients of the 2013 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for their remarkable legal achievements, which will require the City and County of L.A. to include the unique needs of people with all types of disabilities in […]

Sacramento International Airport Discriminates Against Travelers with Disabilities

December 20, 2012

Berkeley, CA – December 20, 2012 – Sacramento International Airport serves approximately 7.9 million passengers per year yet has failed to make its facilities and services accessible to travelers with disabilities.  A class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court alleges that the County of Sacramento discriminates against people with mobility disabilities […]

New York Federal Judge Approves Class Action Status In Emergency Preparedness Lawsuit

November 27, 2012

New York, New York – November 8, 2012 – Late yesterday, a New York Federal Judge granted class action status to a lawsuit that challenges New York City’s failure to address the needs of people with disabilities in its planning for large scale disasters. The lawsuit, which has been pending since September 26, 2011, alleges […]

Adults with Disabilities Incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail Face Inhumane Conditions and Barriers to Rehabilitative Programs

November 16, 2012

San Francisco, CA – November 15, 2012 – A lawsuit filed today in Alameda County Superior Court challenges the County of Alameda’s systemic discrimination against men and women with disabilities who experience severe harm while incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail. The lawsuit alleges that the jail’s inhumane conditions and discriminatory treatment of people with disabilities […]

National Federation of the Blind and Target Agree to Class Action Settlement

October 2, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland – August 27, 2008 – The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Target (NYSE: TGT) announced today that they have settled a class action lawsuit regarding access to the Web site by blind people.  Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Access to Web sites is […]