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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

DRA Establishes Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award

April 15, 2021

  To carry forward the critical legacy of fiery, grassroots disability justice advocates in New York and across the Country April 15, 2021—New York, NY—Today Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced, with support from the Prentiss family, the establishment of the Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award, to be bestowed annually on a disability justice advocate who […]

HBO Max Rolls Out Audio Described Content

March 26, 2021

  Customers Who are Blind Will Notice Many New Features, With More on the Horizon March 26, 2021 – Boston, MA – Advocates for people who are blind applaud WarnerMedia’s first delivery date of significant upgrades in the landmark agreement signed last October by WarnerMedia; the American Council of the Blind (ACB); the Massachusetts-based Bay […]

Federal Appeals Court: Civil Rights Claims Against Uber Must Be Heard in Court

March 22, 2021

  March 22, 2021 – Pittsburgh, PA – Plaintiffs suing Uber for failing to provide transportation accessible to people with disabilities cannot be forced out of court and into arbitration, a federal court of appeals ruled on Wednesday. Read the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinion here. The plaintiffs are people with disabilities who cannot use Uber’s […]

Civil Rights Organizations Sue Pacifica Over RV Parking Ban

March 15, 2021

  Lawsuit Condemns City’s Effort to Banish the Unhoused March 15, 2021 – Pacifica, CA – Today, on behalf of five Pacifica residents who reside in RVs, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, Disability Rights Advocates, and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County filed a class action lawsuit against the city to strike […]

Advocates Win Federal Court Appointment of Special Master to Oversee ICE Custody Releases

March 12, 2021

  Citing a “history of noncompliance,” a federal judge orders a special master to monitor and oversee custody reviews and releases for people at heightened risk of COVID-19 March 12, 2021 – Riverside, CA – A federal court last night granted civil rights organizations’ motion to appoint a special master, or independent third party, that […]

Federal Lawsuit Challenges NYC Department of Education’s Failure to Provide Accessible Restrooms and Other Accommodations for Public School Teacher

March 10, 2021

  March 10, 2021 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, filed a federal lawsuit today against the largest public school district in the nation, the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The lawsuit challenges the DOE’s failure to provide a Bronx middle-school teacher with necessary and […]

Disability Rights Advocates Announces New President and CEO

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021—Berkeley, CA—Kathy Martinez, internationally recognized disability rights leader, joins Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) today as the nonprofit legal center’s new President and CEO. “For the last three decades my focus has been to improve social and economic justice for people with disabilities, especially concerning women and people of color. We believe this will […]

Lawsuit Challenges New York City’s Segregation of Staten Island Students with Disabilities

January 26, 2021

    January 26, 2021 – Staten Island, NY – Today attorneys filed a major class action lawsuit challenging New York City’s segregated school system for students with disabilities on Staten Island. The lawsuit alleges that New York City’s separate school district for children with disabilities, known as District 75, denies these students an equal […]