Summer Awards, Anniversaries, and Achievements
Dear DRA Family,
Legal victories, awards, events, and more! Summer is here and DRA’s office is bustling with activity. Just this week, we welcomed our three new summer interns, received a prestigious award from the Hearing Loss Association of America, and achieved a major legal victory in our case to fix New York City’s broken and dangerous sidewalks so that New Yorkers with disabilities can safely travel.
Last month, we reached ground-breaking settlements on behalf of Alameda County voters who are blind and youth with disabilities in Contra Costa County’s juvenile hall. And, DRA’s life-saving emergency preparedness work, on behalf of people with disabilities across the nation, was featured in a Yale Law Journal Article.
Next month, we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. DRA’s civil rights work would not be possible without this important law and we invite you to celebrate this important milestone with us at a small event at our Berkeley offices in July and, a larger event—our annual Eagle and Turkey Awards Celebration—in November.
In each of our recent e-newsletters we have featured one of DRA’s capable, award-winning, hard-working attorneys. This summer, I’m honored to introduce you to the next generation of DRA leadership: Mary-Lee Smith and Stuart Seaborn. These two are passionate disability rights defenders and talented legal advocates.
I hope you enjoy reading this summer’s news and I encourage you to join me, Sid, and the DRA team in the coming months as we celebrate 25 years with the ADA and 22 years of DRA victories on behalf of people with disabilities.