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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

After Years of Failed Attempts to Get the San Jose Sharks to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind Fans Resort to Lawsuit

March 26, 2019

Photo by duluoz cats, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Berkeley, CA (March 26, 2019)—As the San Jose Sharks clinch their fourth-consecutive berth to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, blind hockey fans take aim at the NHL team’s failure to ensure equal access to the digital fan experience. The San Jose Sharks + SAP Center mobile application—a key digital piece […]

Lyft Sued for Illegally Excluding Bay Area Wheelchair-Users

March 20, 2019

For Immediate Release Berkeley, CA (March 20, 2019)—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft, challenging its failure to make its popular, on-demand ridesharing service available to people who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the Bay Area. The plaintiffs include Community Resources for Independent Living, Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, and […]

Judge Approves Settlement that Dramatically Improves Accessibility of New York City’s Sidewalks

March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019 – New York, NY – Today, Honorable Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York issued preliminary approval of a historic class action settlement that establishes a comprehensive remedial plan for drastically improving sidewalk accessibility for all members of New York City’s disability community.  For years, the disability community – as […]

Sacramento County and Disability Advocates Reach Landmark Settlement on Accessibility of Sacramento International Airport

March 15, 2019

Access Barriers Will Be Removed, Comprehensive Emergency Plan Implemented March 18, 2019 – Sacramento, CA – Disability advocates and the County of Sacramento have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement following years of litigation that will result in significant changes to the emergency preparedness plan at Sacramento International Airport (SMF), all of which will help ensure […]

Lawsuit Brings Equity to Blind Voters Registering to Vote

February 25, 2019

Settlement is most comprehensive ever to make voter registration and election information accessible to millions of blind voters. New York (February 25, 2019): Blind voters in New York will now have access to websites operated by the State Board of Elections (BOE) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In a settlement just reached by blind voters, […]

Cole, et al. v. County of Santa Clara, et al. Class Notice

January 23, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has preliminarily approved a class action settlement in Cole, et al. v. County of Santa Clara, et al. If you are a person with a mobility disability who is now or will be in the future incarcerated at the Santa Clara County Jails, you may […]

Santa Clara County Agrees to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Addressing Improved Access for Inmates with Mobility Disabilities at the Santa Clara County Jails

November 13, 2018

February 8, 2019 – San Jose, CA –The Parties to the action Cole v. County of Santa Clara, N.D. Cal No. 5:16-cv-06594 (filed Nov. 2016) have reached an agreement on a Consent Decree to address conditions for inmates with mobility disabilities within the Santa Clara County Jails (the “Jails”), including the Main Jail Complex, located in […]

American Diabetes Association Joins Three Families to Sue New York City Public Schools for Failure to Provide Diabetes Care to Students

November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018 – New York, NY – According to a federal class action lawsuit filed today, New York City public schools routinely violate the rights of students with diabetes by denying them necessary services and even excluding them from some school activities altogether. Almost two months into another school year, many parents of children […]

Blind advocates challenge state’s failure to provide accessible forms of communication to blind Medi-Cal consumers

October 22, 2018

For Immediate Release October 22, 2018 Berkeley, California—A coalition of blind advocates today filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and three counties for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille. The plaintiffs are the California Council of the Blind and […]