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National Federation of the Blind and Four Blind People File Suit Against RideCharge, Inc. and Three Taxicab Companies in California

April 2, 2014

Los Angeles, California (April 2, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind(NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United States, and four blind people residing in California—Rick Boggs, Geraldine Croom, Rochelle Houston, and Tina Thomas —filed suit today in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against … Continue reading “National Federation of the Blind and Four Blind People File Suit Against RideCharge, Inc. and Three Taxicab Companies in California”

Gray, et. al v. Golden Gate National Recreational Area, et al. Class Notice

March 20, 2014

The Court has preliminarily approved a class action settlement in Gray, et al. v. Golden Gate National Recreational Area, et al. For more information about the settlement and your rights, click here to connect to the Notice of Proposed Class Settlement: Class Notice in English Class Notice in Spanish Class Notice in Chinese Click Here … Continue reading “Gray, et. al v. Golden Gate National Recreational Area, et al. Class Notice”

Landmark Settlement Agreement Substantially Improves Accessibility to Golden Gate National Recreational Area

March 17, 2014

Berkeley, CA – March 17, 2014 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and the National Park Service (NPS) have entered into a landmark settlement agreement that will significantly improve access to Golden Gate National Recreational Area (GGNRA) for the thousands of people with mobility and vision disabilities who visit GGNRA each year. This agreement is the … Continue reading “Landmark Settlement Agreement Substantially Improves Accessibility to Golden Gate National Recreational Area”

U.S. Education and Justice Departments Criticize Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall Over Treatment of Youth with Disabilities; Participate in Lawsuit Against Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall

February 18, 2014

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – The United States Department of Justice and Department of Education have filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit challenging the solitary confinement policies and practices and failure to educate youth with disabilities in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall. According to the federal class action lawsuit, filed in August 2013 by Disability … Continue reading “U.S. Education and Justice Departments Criticize Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall Over Treatment of Youth with Disabilities; Participate in Lawsuit Against Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall”

NYC and Disability Advocates Announce Landmark Settlement to Dramatically Increase NYC Taxicab Accessibility

December 6, 2013

NEW YORK, NY – December, 2013 Four disability rights organizations, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and the Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities (MOPD) announced today that they have reached an historic settlement agreement to phase-in wheelchair accessible yellow medallion taxicabs so that fifty percent (50%) will be accessible to men, women, … Continue reading “NYC and Disability Advocates Announce Landmark Settlement to Dramatically Increase NYC Taxicab Accessibility”

Federal Judge Rules New York City’s Inadequate Disaster Plans Discriminate Against Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers with Disabilities

November 7, 2013

Federal Judge Rules New York City’s Inadequate Disaster Plans Discriminate Against Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers with Disabilities New York, NY – A Federal Court ruled today that New York City discriminated against people with disabilities in its failure to plan for their needs in large scale disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. This major … Continue reading “Federal Judge Rules New York City’s Inadequate Disaster Plans Discriminate Against Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers with Disabilities”

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”