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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

More Students Join Class Action by Mental Health Coalition against Stanford University

July 16, 2018

  Berkeley, CA (July 16, 2018) – Three more students have joined a precedent-setting class action brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) against Stanford University for violating the rights of students with mental health disabilities.  The lawsuit alleges that Stanford routinely responds to student mental health crises by barring students from campus and evicting them […]

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges NYC Sidewalks Won’t Be Safe For Blind Pedestrians For 170 Years

June 27, 2018

  Photograph by Sarah Walkington, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 New York City, NY – June 27, 2018 – Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”), on behalf of the American Council of the Blind of New York (“ACBNY”) and two individual plaintiffs, filed a landmark class action lawsuit today against the New York City Department of Transportation. According to the suit, New York City violates […]

Court Allows Disability-Discrimination Challenge to RV Ban to Go Forward

June 11, 2018

(Sacramento, CA – June 11, 2018) A U.S. District Court issued a ruling Friday denying San Diego’s motion to dismiss disability discrimination claims in a lawsuit that challenges the ticketing of homeless people in vehicles. The class action law suit, Bloom et al. vs. City of San Diego, filed in November of 2017, alleges that […]

Class Certified in Elevator Access Case against MTA; Summary Judgment Motion Pending

April 27, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2018 New York, NY—A federal judge has ordered that a class be certified in a case brought by Disability Rights Advocates charging that the MTA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it failed to install elevators during a 26.6 million dollar renovation of the Middletown Road subway station in the […]

US Department of Justice Joins DRA Suit Against the MTA

March 13, 2018

On March 13, 2018, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a Complaint-in-Intervention in Bronx Independent Living Services, et al. v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, et. al, our case challenging the MTA’s failure to install elevators at its newly-renovated Middletown Road station. In this complaint and its accompanying press release, the […]

DRA Announces New York Office Relocation and Expansion

February 28, 2018

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Media Contact: Michelle Caiola, Disability Rights Advocates: 212-644-8644, mcaiola@dralegal.org DRA Announces New York Office Relocation and Expansion “To accommodate new growth, better serve our clients, and ensure all New Yorkers have equal opportunities, DRA is moving to a new, expanded office on 42nd street.” –Michelle Caiola On Friday, March […]

Watchdog Groups Charge That Kern County Juvenile Corrections Discriminates Against Youth With Disabilities And File Suit In Federal Court

February 22, 2018

County is Cooperating Fully with Investigation Berkeley, Calif. (February 22, 2018) – Today, Disability Rights California (“DRC”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) released a 50-page report on their 6-month investigation of the treatment of youth with disabilities at the County Juvenile Hall and other county correctional facilities.  The investigation uncovered what the groups describe as […]

New Accessibility Features Coming to PrestoPrime EMV System

January 9, 2018

E la Carte, Applebee’s® Grill + Bar, National Federation of the Blind, and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco Announce Collaboration to Make In-Restaurant Table-top Tablets Accessible to Blind Guests Redwood City, Calif. (January 9, 2018) – E la Carte, Inc., creators of the PrestoPrime™ EMV System™ for full-service restaurants, and […]

Settlement Reached to Provide Equal Access to FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island

November 29, 2017

New York, NY—November 29, 2017—In resolution of a federal lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) last March, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have agreed to the installation of a lift at the front steps of the monument built in 2012 to honor Franklin […]