Public Access & Accommodation

Lawsuit targets UW basketball arena

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Conrad Reynoldson
The University of Washington basketball arena contains both federal and state accessibility violations, ranging from its ticketing practices to its seating arrangements to its parking and ramp access, a new lawsuit asserts, filed in federal court in late

Settlement requires changes to Hollister store entrances

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Accessibility at Hollister stores
Abercrombie & Fitch will remove inaccessible entrances at nearly 100 of its trademark Hollister stores, under a settlement with disability advocates finalized in federal court September 24 [PDF]. Designed to resemble Southern California beach houses,…

Service and companion animals

Wednesday, September 16, 2015What types of animals can be service animals? Is it okay to approach and pet a service animal? Is my landlord required to accommodate my companion animal even if they have a no pets policy? If you've ever had questions like these, then this is the place for you! The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with Disability Rights Washington to produce two informative videos relating to service and companion animal law in Washington State.

(Video) Everyone is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ADA, from President Obama to advocates in Seattle

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Seattle Celebrates ADA Anniversary
This month people all across the United States came together to celebrate a milestone in the fight for the rights of people with disabilities: the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.…

Six Flags lawsuit moves forward

Friday, January 9, 2015The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has refused to dismiss a disability discrimination lawsuit challenging Six Flags Theme Park Inc.'s new ridership rules, allowing the case to proceed to a jury. “Six Flags has failed to meet its burden in establishing that the ridership requirements it has imposed for the (vast) majority of the rides at Great Adventure are a legitimate safety requirement," the Court wrote, in a decision dated December 31.

Disability rights group sues Tennessee hospital for lack of sign language interpreter

Friday, December 12, 2014
News from Tennessee
Robert Buttrum, a deaf man, was admitted to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center on December 31, 2012. For the next eight days, Buttrum was unable to communicate with medical staff at the hospital, which, despite his repeated…

Feds provide guidance on schools’ communication supports obligations

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Effective Communication
The Department of Justice and the Department of Education released new guidance November 12 on the obligations of school districts to ensure effective communication for students with hearing, vision and speech disabilities. The guidance, which includes an extensive…

Lawsuit challenges Denver light rail accessibility

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
RTD Light Rail
The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Regional Transportation District on November 18, alleging that its light rail system is inaccessible to people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. “For many…

Kohl’s hit with class-action lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Narrow Kohl’s Aisles Block Access
The Washington D.C.-based Equal Rights Center filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court October 21 against Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, arguing that the stores’ layout makes them inaccessible to people with wheelchairs or…

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