Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

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, […]

Access to Health Care in New York City

Do you have a disability? Do you face barriers at hospitals or clinics? Exam rooms too small? Waiting rooms are too crowded with furniture? Exam tables too high? Examined while still in your wheelchair? MRI machines and mammograms inaccessible? No accessible weight scales? No ASL interpreters? No information in Braille or large print? Staff does […]

Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), et al. v. Union Community Health Center (UCHC), et al.

In September 2016, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of Bronx Independent Living Services (“BILS”) and three individuals with disabilities in the Bronx, alleging that the Union Community Health Center (“UCHC”) and St. Barnabas Hospital discriminate against patients with disabilities. Specifically, the suit had alleged that the UCHC […]

Jantz, et al. v. Barnhart

Disabled employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) challenged SSA’s discriminatory practice of limited job promotions and other career advancement opportunities for people with disabilities. On August 25, 2010, the EEOC Office of Federal Operations affirmed the October 8, 2008 decision of the Administrative Judge to certify the case as a class action.  SSA filed […]

Phillips, et al. v. City of New York, et al.

James Phillips and Daniel Carione filed this lawsuit in 2011 to challenge their termination from the New York City Police Department under a policy that discriminates against officers with hearing aids. Both individuals had exemplary service records – and both sustained hearing loss while performing their duties as police officers. Yet, the NYPD terminated their […]