Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

Westchester County Emergency Preparedness

Disability Rights Advocates, Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc., 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 reached through structured negotiations without any lawsuit […]

Remote Learning in Higher Education

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating the experiences of higher education students who are denied disability-related accommodations for remote learning. We would greatly appreciate if you would complete the following survey if you have confronted access barriers in remote learning. If you would prefer to share your experiences via email or phone, please contact Jess Miller-Suchet […]

McCullough v. California Department of Developmental Services

On April 30, 2020, Disability Rights Advocates and Disability Rights California filed a class action lawsuit against the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on behalf of deaf individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against deaf people who depend on regional center programs and services funded […]

Jackson v. The Board of Education of the City of Chicago

On August 29, 2019, Disability Rights Advocates and Legal Council for Health Justice filed a class action lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools (“CPS”) challenging CPS’s policy of denying free nutrition programs to students whose disabilities require them to attend therapeutic day schools (“TDS”). The named plaintiff – the guardian of a student with several disabilities […]

Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

On August 19, 2019, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), challenging ICE’s systemic failure to monitor its facilities, which results […]

Webinar Captioning

  Disability Rights Advocates is investigating complaints from people who are deaf or have hearing loss, regarding the failure of online webinar services to provide captioning when requested. If you are deaf or have hearing loss and have been denied captioning services when requested for an online webinar through services like Zoom or Hootsuite, we […]

Closed Captioning at Movie Theaters

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating complaints from people who are deaf or have hearing loss, regarding the frequent failure of closed-caption devices at movie theaters. DRA has received complaints that, while many theaters have closed-caption devices on hand, the devices frequently do not function properly. If you are deaf or have hearing loss and have […]

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 […]

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, et al. v. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center et al.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has agreed to implement policy changes to ensure that its patient-focused healthcare services are accessible to individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Hospitals are required to provide patients and companions with auxiliary aids and services—such as qualified sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices—that are necessary for effective […]

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), et al. v. County of Sacramento

Sacramento International Airport serves approximately 7.9 million passengers per year yet has failed to make its facilities and services accessible to travelers with disabilities. DRA’s class action lawsuit, filed in December of 2012, alleges that the County of Sacramento discriminates against people with mobility disabilities in its operation of the newly constructed Airport Terminal B, […]