American Council of the Blind, Michael Godino, et al. v. Keenwawa, Inc., d/b/a Eatsa
In September 2017, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit on behalf of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and members of the blind community against eatsa, a growing, national fast-casual restaurant chain. eatsa utilizes a high-tech service model in which customers order meals via its smartphone app or at an […]
Lyft Access for Riders with Service Animals
DRA is representing the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and guide dog users in their efforts to secure equal access to Lyft’s transportation network nationwide. Lyft provides transportation services through thousands of vehicles, to consumers throughout the nation. Lyft uses smartphone applications to create a convenient, streamlined experience, dispatching cars on-demand to drive passengers […]
National Federation of the Blind (NFB), et al. v. Ridecharge
On behalf of several blind individuals and NFB, DRA and co-counsel at LaBarre Law Offices, TRE Legal Practice, and the Law Offices of Anthony Goldsmith, filed a lawsuit against RideCharge and its related companies challenging the illegal barriers that its “Taxi Magic” point-of-sale terminals presented to blind and low-vision taxi riders in the greater Los […]
Caltrain Clipper Card
On behalf of several blind individuals, DRA demanded that Caltrain address the access barriers that the Clipper Card system at Caltrain stations presented to blind and low-vision passengers, such as: (1) fare gates that were difficult to locate, (2) confusing audio tones that emitted from the gates, and (3) the inability for blind and visually […]
BART Clipper Card
On behalf of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and several blind individuals, DRA demanded that BART address the access barriers that the Clipper Card system at BART stations presented to blind and low-vision passengers. Specifically, Clipper Card readers at BART fare gates did not provide any audible feedback. As a consequence, blind […]
Blanks v. San Francisco Federal Credit Union
In September of 2015, San Francisco Federal Credit Union overhauled its website. Suddenly, Credit Union member Marco Salsiccia, who is blind, discovered he was unable to use the Credit Union’s online banking services independently. “I could no longer log in to my account like I had before,” he recalled. “I had to get a sighted […]
National Federation of the Blind, et al., v. The City of New York, et al.
In January of 2017, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its 2016 federal lawsuit on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind (“NFB”) and three blind individuals, alleging that the City of New York and its partner, CityBridge LLC, discriminated against blind people in their LinkNYC program. LinkNYC, touted as a “first-of-its-kind communication […]
D.C. Center for Independent Living, et al. v. District of Columbia
On September 9, 2014, DRA filed a class action lawsuit together with co-counsel from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs against the District of Columbia for its failure to meaningfully include persons with disabilities in its emergency planning. People with disabilities have traditionally faced exceptionally […]
National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.
Page Contents Introduction Case Background Settlement Addressing Ongoing Discrimination Introduction In 2016, DRA reached an unprecedented settlement with Uber to stop discrimination against blind people who use guide dogs on the Uber platform. DRA is currently monitoring Uber’s compliance with the settlement agreement. If you were denied service by an Uber driver because you travel […]
California Council of the Blind (CCB) et al. v. County of Alameda et al.
Voting privately and independently is one of the most fundamental and cherished American rights. In July 2013, DRA filed a lawsuit against the County of Alameda challenging discrimination faced by voters with disabilities who are denied an equal opportunity to vote on Election Day. The suit was brought by California Council of the Blind and […]