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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

Disability Groups Demand North Carolina’s Immediate Action to Make Absentee Voting Accessible for November 2020

August 13, 2020

  Motion for Preliminary Injunction Filed Yesterday in Federal Court August 13, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last night, disability organizations filed an application for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The motion seeks a court order requiring the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”) […]

Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities

August 13, 2020

    August 13, 2020 – Louisville, KY – Yesterday, following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Disability Rights Advocates filed a putative class action lawsuit against First Urology, challenging the medical practice’s illegal policy of refusing to help patients with disabilities transfer from wheelchairs or other mobility devices to examination […]

Disability Groups Demand Access to North Carolina’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting

July 27, 2020

  Lawsuit Filed Today in Federal Court July 27, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Today, disability organizations filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”) for excluding North Carolinians with disabilities from their Absentee Voting program. The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against voters who are unable to independently […]

MTA and LIRR Agree to Install Elevators and Make Other Station Improvements to Resolve Lawsuit Brought by Passengers with Disabilities

July 13, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2020 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Kasowitz Benson Torres and the Law Offices of James E. Bahamonde are pleased to announce that, on behalf of three plaintiff passengers with disabilities and advocacy organization Self-Initiated Living Options (SILO), the federal court has approved an agreement on July 10 with the MTA and […]

Incarcerated Youth with Disabilities Gain Equal Access to Rehabilitation and Education

June 16, 2020

  Disability Rights Groups Reach Class Action Settlement with Kern County Juvenile Facilities (Bakersfield, CA) – On June 5, 2020, a federal court approved the final settlement reached between the Parties on behalf of youth with disabilities detained at Kern County Juvenile Facilities, who were represented by Disability Rights California (DRC) and Disability Rights Advocates […]

New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision

June 10, 2020

  Disability Rights Advocates challenges the State’s irrational, blanket disqualification of workers based on disability, seeks to bring hiring standards into compliance with the law June 10, 2020 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the […]

Unanimous Appellate Court Upholds Ruling That MTA is Subject to NYC Human Rights Law and Can be Held Liable for Discriminating Against Subway Riders with Disabilities

June 8, 2020

  June 8, 2020—New York, NY—A unanimous panel of four Judges from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the lower Court, decided almost exactly a year ago on June 5, 2019, holding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) and the City of New York (“the City”) can be held accountable […]

Agreement Made for June Accessible Absentee Voting Program

June 3, 2020

      Agreement Made for June Accessible Absentee Voting Program June 3, 2020 – New York, NY – A federal court has approved an agreement between the NYS Board of Elections (NYS BOE) and disability groups that provides voters a more accessible absentee ballot for the upcoming June 23 Primary Election. Following a lawsuit […]