June 2019 E-News: Summer Updates from DRA
In This Issue
- A Letter from the Managing Directors
- A Conversation with Board Member Tami Hamalian
- DRA Will Receive the Alan T. Brown Foundation’s “Standing Tall Award”
- 2019 Summer Interns
- Impact Report
Hello friends and fans of DRA,
As promised last month, we have more civil rights victories and case updates to report! We hope you’ll enjoy reading about all our activity. We also want to tell you a little about the people of DRA who make all of this happen.
DRA was thrilled to recently welcome our Wells Fargo-sponsored summer interns and a new member to our Board of Directors: Tami Hamalian of Starbucks. It takes a village of clients, board members, advisors, interns, fellows, donors and of course our hard-working attorneys to fulfill DRA’s mission.
We’re grateful for each one of you and look forward to more victories ahead,
Chris Maccarone: Why is DRA’s work important and urgent?
Tami Hamalian: The more I learn about disability rights, the more I see the world through different eyes and using New York simply as an example, I have encountered too many restaurant restrooms that are located on lower floors with no elevator access; stores whose aisleways are blocked with boxes and whose employees are not trained to keep pathways clear, plus sidewalks so badly scarred with wear that they are a danger to everyone. DRA’s work is highly important in a nation that needs stronger voices for change.
The award will be presented by the Alan T Brown Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation on Monday, July 29th at the 31st Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.
This year’s group of highly-motivated summer interns has been generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. These young advocates have been working hard to learn the ropes, and we know they will utilize the experience they gain at DRA to make a difference in the world.
Uber Sued for Discriminating Against Wheelchair-Users
On June 11, DRA and co-counsel Carlson Lynch filed a class action lawsuit against Uber, challenging its failure to make wheelchair-accessible vehicles available through its popular, on-demand ridesharing service in the Pittsburgh area. Uber is a multibillion dollar company and a major provider of transportation services in the Pittsburgh area. However, Uber fails to provide any wheelchair accessible vehicles through its on-demand ridesharing service in Pittsburgh.
Sacramento County and Disability Advocates Reach Landmark Settlement on Accessibility of Sacramento International Airport
On February 14, Disability Rights Advocates reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement with the County of Sacramento, which will result in major changes to the emergency preparedness plan at Sacramento International Airport, and ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind when disaster strikes. They are also required to fix architectural barriers throughout the Airport’s Terminal B building.
Lawsuit Brings Equity to Blind Voters Registering to Vote
Blind voters in New York will now have access to websites operated by the State Board of Elections and Department of Motor Vehicles. As a result of a settlement approved by the court on February 19, the BOE and DMV have agreed to ensure fully accessible voter registration by the end of 2019.