Disability Rights Advocates

Settlement requires Uber to eradicate discrimination against blind riders who use service animals

Monday, May 9, 2016
Uber to stop discriminating against people who use service animals.
Uber Technologies, Inc. will take new steps to ensure its drivers do not discriminate against customers who are blind or have visual disabilities that require the assistance of service animals,…

AMC Theaters sued by advocates for the blind

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
AMC Theater Facing Accessibility Suit
The nation’s largest movie chain was hit by a class-action complaint in federal court last month, accusing it of failing to make its services accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. “Properly functioning…

Scribd settles accessibility lawsuit

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Scribd Inc to make content accessible
Scribd Inc. announced a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind on November 19, agreeing to make nearly all of the 40 million titles in its online library accessible to people with visual…

Lawsuit challenges taxi company’s wheelchair fee

Monday, December 7, 2015
No surcharge for accessible taxi transportation
The Arizona Center for Disability Law and Disability Rights Advocates filed a class-action lawsuit against an Arizona-based taxi company, accusing it of discriminating against people who use wheelchairs. Discount Cab operates 1,100 taxi vehicles…

Class-action lawsuit challenges Bronx community health center

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Barriers to Health Care
Like thousands of other middle and low-income individuals in the South Bronx, Rodolfo Diaz visited Union Community Health Center in October 2014. Obstacles sprung up almost immediately. Upon entering the facility, he had difficulty navigating many…

Settlement reached in California voting case

Friday, June 5, 2015
Protecting the Right to Vote
Alameda County will take new steps to ensure voters who are blind or visually impaired are able to vote in upcoming elections, according to a new settlement (PDF format) filed in federal court on May…

California county ends solitary confinement for youth with disabilities

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Solitary Confinement Case Settled
Contra Costa County will no longer keep children in solitary confinement and will begin providing legally mandated special education services to inmates, under the terms of a legal settlement announced May 19. “At a time when…

Court allows lawsuit against Uber to proceed

Friday, May 1, 2015
Uber Faces Discrimination Suit
A federal court rejected an attempt by Uber Technologies, Inc. on April 17 to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against blind passengers. “Uber is a fantastic service – in theory,” said Michael Pederson, one…

Agreement reached to improve Bay Area transit access

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
BART Car Design Modified to Improve Access
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and disability advocates have reached an agreement to improve wheelchair access in its design for its new fleet of vehicles, set to launch in 2016. The BART…

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