Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

Terrill v. State of Oregon

On April 20, 2021, Disability Rights Advocates and Lynn S. Walsh filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) on behalf of current and former people with disabilities who are incarcerated and who have been charged for the costs of the prostheses and other equipment they […]

Geary v. City of Pacifica

On March 15, 2021, on behalf of five Pacifica residents who reside in RVs, Disability Rights Advocates, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County filed a class action lawsuit against the city to strike down a law that bans RV parking within city limits. The lawsuit argues […]

Deaf Access at Providence Health Washington Facilities

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) would like to speak with individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, are Providence Health Washington patients, and have experienced any of the following problems at a Providence Health Washington facility within the last two years: unqualified interpreters; problems with VRI; delay in providing an interpreter; not providing an interpreter […]

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

In August 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 in […]

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 […]