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With offices in California and New York, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

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Coalition of Disability Groups Demand Immediate Action to Ensure Accessible Ballot Return for 2024 Elections

April 4, 2024

April 4, 2024—Sacramento, CA—Today, a coalition of disability organizations and California voters with disabilities filed a motion for a preliminary injunction requiring the California Secretary of State to (SOS) to implement accessible electronic mechanisms for voters with print disabilities to return their vote-by-mail ballots privately and independently by the November election. This motion comes after … Continue reading “Coalition of Disability Groups Demand Immediate Action to Ensure Accessible Ballot Return for 2024 Elections”

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approves Major Settlement, Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Department of Children and Family Services Applicants with Mental Health Disabilities

March 25, 2024

March 25, 2024 – Los Angeles, California—On March 19, 2024, the Los Angeles County (County) Board of Supervisors approved a settlement agreement in the case of Jane Doe and Mary Roe v. County of Los Angeles (Case No. 21STCV27868) that will lead to a complete overhaul of the way the County Department of Children and … Continue reading “Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approves Major Settlement, Ending Decades of Discrimination Against Department of Children and Family Services Applicants with Mental Health Disabilities”

Disability Groups Respond After City Doubles Down on its Refusal to Meet Its Obligation to Provide Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

March 20, 2024

March 20, 2024—New York, NY—A coalition of disability groups has responded in federal court after the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) moved to free itself from its court-ordered obligation to make at least 50% of their iconic yellow taxi fleet accessible to people who use wheelchairs. The TLC’s move came after disability … Continue reading “Disability Groups Respond After City Doubles Down on its Refusal to Meet Its Obligation to Provide Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis”

Providence Memorializes Commitment to Communication Access for Deaf Patients

March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024—Seattle, WA—Today, Providence Swedish and nonprofit law firm Disability Rights Advocates, announce an agreement that memorializes Providence Swedish’s strong commitment to ensuring Deaf patients’ access to health care services at facilities across the Puget Sound region. Over the last year and a half, Providence Swedish worked with Deaf patients represented by Disability Rights … Continue reading “Providence Memorializes Commitment to Communication Access for Deaf Patients”

Disability Groups File Motion to Prevent New York City From Shirking Its Obligation to Provide Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024—New York, NY—Yesterday a coalition of disability groups filed a motion in federal court to compel the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to comply with the provisions of a settlement that was agreed upon in 2014 requiring they make at least 50% of their iconic yellow taxi fleet accessible to … Continue reading “Disability Groups File Motion to Prevent New York City From Shirking Its Obligation to Provide Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis”

Hertz Sued for Discriminating Against Drivers With Disabilities

February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024—Berkeley, CA—Today, nonprofit law firm Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California against national car rental company Hertz to end its systemic civil rights violations against people with disabilities who need hand controls to operate a rental car. While there are many configurations, hand controls generally … Continue reading “Hertz Sued for Discriminating Against Drivers With Disabilities”

DRA Welcomes Shawna Parks as Chief Litigation Officer

January 22, 2024

January 22, 2024 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center, today announced that Shawna Parks will, on February 5th, take the mantle of Chief Litigation Officer, replacing Stuart Seaborn who will be retiring from the practice of law after 25 years of dedicated service. “After 25 years of practicing … Continue reading “DRA Welcomes Shawna Parks as Chief Litigation Officer”

Disability Rights California and Disability Rights Advocates Investigation Finds Deficient and Discriminatory Conditions at Kings County Juvenile Detention Center

September 5, 2023

September 5, 2023—Sacramento, CA—Disability Rights California (DRC) and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) have released a report, “Youth in Crisis: How Kings County Locks Up Youth with Disabilities.” This report outlines findings from a multi-year investigation of the conditions at the Kings County Juvenile Center. DRC and DRA call on Kings County to reform the horrific … Continue reading “Disability Rights California and Disability Rights Advocates Investigation Finds Deficient and Discriminatory Conditions at Kings County Juvenile Detention Center”

Berkeley Commission on Disability Members File Lawsuit Against City of Berkeley for Disability Discrimination

August 24, 2023

The City of Berkeley fails to provide disability accommodations for Commission on Disability members to participate in the Commission August 24, 2023—Berkeley, CA—Three disabled members of the Berkeley Commission on Disability—Rena Fischer, Kathi Pugh, and Helen Walsh—have filed a lawsuit against the City of Berkeley for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to … Continue reading “Berkeley Commission on Disability Members File Lawsuit Against City of Berkeley for Disability Discrimination”

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against State Bar of California for Failing to Provide an Accessible Bar Exam

May 18, 2023

May 18, 2023 – Berkeley, CA – Today, four law school graduates with disabilities have filed a group complaint with the United States Department of Justice against the State Bar of California for consistently violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide accommodations on the California bar exam. Read the complaint. The State … Continue reading “Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against State Bar of California for Failing to Provide an Accessible Bar Exam”