Disability Rights Advocates

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

Monday, May 9, 2016Uber 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, under a new settlement announced April 30. “This settlement sets…

AMC Theaters sued by advocates for the blind

Tuesday, March 8, 2016The 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 audio description technology provides an…

Scribd settles accessibility lawsuit

Wednesday, December 9, 2015Scribd 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 disabilities by the end of 2017.…

Lawsuit challenges taxi company’s wheelchair fee

Monday, December 7, 2015The 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 in the state, making it one…

Class-action lawsuit challenges Bronx community health center

Wednesday, August 5, 2015Like 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 of the facility’s doorways…

Settlement reached in California voting case

Friday, June 5, 2015Alameda 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 22. “The right to cast…

California county ends solitary confinement for youth with disabilities

Wednesday, June 3, 2015Contra 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 the nation is re-evaluating…

Court allows lawsuit against Uber to proceed

Friday, May 1, 2015A 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 of the plaintiffs in…

Agreement reached to improve Bay Area transit access

Wednesday, March 4, 2015The 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 voted in favor of the agreement February…

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