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Accessibility Enhancements on the Horizon for HBO Max Customers Who are Blind

October 19, 2020

  In a landmark agreement, advocates for people who are blind have obtained WarnerMedia’s pledge to increase the accessibility of HBO Max—the much-anticipated online streaming platform that was launched earlier this year. Among other commitments, the agreement provides that WarnerMedia will provide audio description on at least 1,500 hours of new and existing programming on … Continue reading “Accessibility Enhancements on the Horizon for HBO Max Customers Who are Blind”

Disability Advocates and Westchester County Reach Landmark Settlement to Protect the Lives of People with Disabilities When Disasters Strike

October 15, 2020

  October 15, 2020 – Westchester County, NY – Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc., Disability Rights Advocates, and Westchester County have reached a settlement agreement that will result in significant improvements to the County’s emergency preparedness and response programs for people with disabilities who live in, work in, or travel to the County.  The agreement was … Continue reading “Disability Advocates and Westchester County Reach Landmark Settlement to Protect the Lives of People with Disabilities When Disasters Strike”

Lawsuit Challenges Inaccessibility of New York State’s Emergency Mass Notification System on Behalf of Blind Individuals

October 14, 2020

  October 14, 2020 – White Plains, NY – Today, Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of blind New Yorkers and the American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. against New York state entities, challenging the inaccessibility of “NY-Alert,” a Mass Notification System intended to warn New Yorkers and … Continue reading “Lawsuit Challenges Inaccessibility of New York State’s Emergency Mass Notification System on Behalf of Blind Individuals”

Updates in Implementation of North Carolina’s Absentee Voting Portal for Blind Voters

October 9, 2020

  October 9, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”), ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible to voters with disabilities by the November election. The accessible … Continue reading “Updates in Implementation of North Carolina’s Absentee Voting Portal for Blind Voters”

Federal Judge Rejects ICE’s ‘Weak’ Implementation of Court-Ordered Custody Determinations of High Risk Individuals and Other Safety Measures

October 8, 2020

  As COVID-19 cases continue to climb inside detention centers, Court finds ICE has fallen “far below” compliance with its previous injunction. October 08, 2020 – Riverside, CA – Last night in the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of California, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal granted civil rights organizations’ motion to enforce a … Continue reading “Federal Judge Rejects ICE’s ‘Weak’ Implementation of Court-Ordered Custody Determinations of High Risk Individuals and Other Safety Measures”

Judge Rules North Carolina Absentee Voting Must Be Accessible for November Election

September 25, 2020

  September 25, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last night, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”), ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible to voters with disabilities by the November election. This ruling … Continue reading “Judge Rules North Carolina Absentee Voting Must Be Accessible for November Election”

Industry Leading HR and Payroll Company, ADP, Sued for Discrimination Against Blind Employees

September 23, 2020

  September 22, 2020 — San Francisco Bay Area, CA — On September 17,2020, San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LightHouse) and two of its employees filed a lawsuit against payroll processing and HR giant ADP for failing to make its industry-leading products and services accessible to blind managers and line staff. … Continue reading “Industry Leading HR and Payroll Company, ADP, Sued for Discrimination Against Blind Employees”

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”) … Continue reading “Disability Groups Demand North Carolina’s Immediate Action to Make Absentee Voting Accessible for November 2020”

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 … Continue reading “Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities”

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 … Continue reading “Disability Groups Demand Access to North Carolina’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting”