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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.

Contact for Press Inquiries
Julia Calagiovanni
Development & Communications Assistant
Phone: (510) 665-8644

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Recent Press Releases

A Disability Rights Hero Lost

August 1, 2016

  August 1, 2016—Berkeley, CA—Disability Rights Advocate’s (DRA) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Larry Paradis, passed away last week.  DRA’s Co-Founder and Supervising Attorney Sid Wolinsky will continue with Director of Litigation Mary-Lee Smith to direct the work of the nonprofit legal center, started in 1993 to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all […]

SUNY Purchase College Ignores the Needs of Wheelchair Users

July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 – Purchase, NY – A class action lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges that the State University of New York at Purchase College violates federal and state disability law by not providing students and visitors with mobility disabilities equal access to its educational and cultural programs.  Specifically, the suit says that […]

Northwest Hospital Sued for Discriminating Against Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients

July 21, 2016

Seattle, WA – July 21, 2016 – Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has been called to task for its systemic failure to provide effective communication to patients who are Deaf and hard of hearing.  A class-action lawsuit was filed today in federal court by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and the Good Law Clinic on behalf of Abused […]

U.S. Army Excludes Children with Diabetes from Its Child, Youth and School Services

July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016 – Monterey, CA – A lawsuit filed today challenges a nationwide, antiquated U.S. Army policy that prohibits staff in its Child, Youth and School Services (“CYSS”) programs from administering critical medications and providing vital support to children with diabetes in their care.  As long as the policy is in place, children with […]

Bronx Subway Station Still Inaccessible For Wheelchair Users $21.85 Million Later

June 28, 2016

New York, NY – June 28, 2016 – A class-action lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) and New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”) ignored the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act when they completed a $21.85 million rehabilitation to the Middletown Road station in the Bronx, but […]

Settlement Greatly Improves Conditions for People with Physical Disabilities at Santa Rita Jail

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 – Oakland, CA – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement to improve accessibility for people with disabilities who are incarcerated at or visiting Santa Rita Jail (the Jail). The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by […]

Groundbreaking Settlement to End Discrimination Against Blind Uber Riders Who Use Guide Dogs

April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016 – Berkeley, CA – In an unprecedented settlement announced today, Uber has agreed to take affirmative steps to prevent discrimination against blind riders who use guide dogs in its transportation network across the United States. The settlement resolves a lawsuit—National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc.—brought by the […]

Netflix to Enhance Access for Customers Who Are Blind

April 14, 2016

Berkeley, CA – April 14, 2016 – In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered through the Netflix video streaming and DVD rental subscriptions. The settlement provides that Netflix will make its video content accessible by adding a new […]

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