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NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) make up a nationwide network of congressionally mandated, legally based disability rights agencies. A P&A/CAP agency exists in every U.S. state and territory. There is also a Native American P&A in the four corners region of the Southwest. The P&A agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under all federal and state laws, to all people with disabilities. All P&As maintain a presence in facilities that care for people with disabilities, where they monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions. They also devote considerable resources to ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing and productive employment opportunities. CAP agencies (many of which are housed within P&A offices) provide information and assistance to individuals seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services under the Rehabilitation Act, including assistance in pursuing administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit, voluntary membership association for the P&A and CAP agencies. Collectively, the network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. For a list, see NDRN.org
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Martinez v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-03338 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-NY-0016
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 29, 2020, four individuals with disabilities and Disability Rights New York sued the Governor of New York State for the absence of live televised American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation on the Governor’s daily televised briefings. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the plaintiffs alleged that lack of live ASL ... [view]
2 People First of Alabama v. Merrill
2:20-cv-00619-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Alabama
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AL-0268
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed by Alabama voters to temporarily enjoin Alabama’s voting law provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs challenged the witness and photo ID requirement, requiring absentee voters to obtain witness or notary signatures, and submit a photocopy of their ID with their ballot. The plaintiffs ... [view]
3 HHS-OCR Complaint of Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program Against Alabama Department of Public Health
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Closed 2020
Alabama Department of Public Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-AL-0002
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a complaint, dated March 24, 2020, made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR); it alleges that Alabama's particular protocols for rationing ventilator access in the event of over-demand bars access to ventilators to people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, in ... [view]
4 HHS-OCR Complaint of Disability Rights Washington Against Washington State Department of Health
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 03/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-WA-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a complaint made March 23, 2020, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights; it alleges that the state of Washington's particular protocols for rationing ventilator access in the event of over-demand puts people with disabilities lower on the access list than people without, in violation ... [view]
5 Black Parallel School Board v. Sacramento City Unified School District
2:19-at-00821 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-CA-0035
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
On September 5, 2019, the Black Parallel School Board and three students in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) filed a class action in United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued SCUSD and a selection of its officers under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II ... [view]
6 Wyatt B. v. Brown
6:19-cv-00556-AA (D. Or.)
Filed 04/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Human Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
CW-OR-0001
Coding Complete
On April 16, 2019, ten children in the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The plaintiffs sued the Governor of Oregon, the Director of the Oregon Department of Child Welfare, and the Oregon Department of Human Services along with ... [view]
7 Georgia Advocacy Office v. Jackson
1:19-cv-01634-WMR-JFK (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Fulton County Sheriffs Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-GA-0034
Fulton County
Coding Complete
On April 10, 2019, two female detainees in the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail and the Georgia Advocacy Office filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Fulton Municipal Jail under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 and the Americans ... [view]
8 M.J. v. District of Columbia
1:18-cv-01901-EGS (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/14/2018 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
DR-DC-0007
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2018, two children with mental health disabilities in the District of Columbia and University Legal Services, Inc. filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and a class of children with mental health disabilities, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the District of Columbia under: ... [view]
9 Mays v. County of Sacramento
2:18-cv-02081 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
County of Sacramento
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0134
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This was a preexisting lawsuit addressing conditions of confinement in the Sacramento County Jail. On March 18, 2020, class counsel wrote the county to urge significant responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter urged population reductions, and a variety of other steps (increasing education, access to cleaning supplies, ... [view]
10 Disability Rights Washington v. Inslee
4:18-cv-05071-RMP (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-WA-0031
Coding Complete
On April 23, 2018, Disability Rights Washington—the state protection and advocacy organization—filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The plaintiff sued Governor Jay Inslee, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and the Superintendent of the State Penitentiary under the Americans with ... [view]
11 Hunter v. Beshear
2:16-cv-00798-MHT-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 09/30/2016 - Case Ongoing
Alabama
Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0017
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
On September 30, 2016, three individuals with severe mental illness deemed incompetent to stand trial in criminal proceedings against them filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Alabama Department of Mental Health under the Fourteenth Amendment and Title II of the Americans with ... [view]
12 Martos v. Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
1:16-cv-21501-JEM (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/28/2016 - Closed 2016
Miaimi-Dade
Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-FL-0023
Miami-Dade County
Coding Complete
On April 28, 2016, the disability rights group Disability Rights Florida brought this lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Miami-Dade), on behalf of two deaf persons (Plaintiffs A and B) who had been denied disability-accommodations by Miami-Dade. Plaintiffs alleged that despite knowing of plaintiffs’ ... [view]
13 Ball v. Kasich
2:16-cv-282 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 03/31/2016 - Case Ongoing
The State of Ohio
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OH-0008
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2016, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. They sued the state of Ohio, including the state's disability departments, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.), Section 504 of ... [view]
14 Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living v. Oregon Department of Transportation
3:16-cv-00322 (D. Or.)
Filed 02/22/2016 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon Department of Justice
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-OR-0002
Coding Complete
On Feburary 22, 2016, eight Oregonians with disabilities and the Association for Oregon Centers of Independent Living (AOCIL) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon under the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 701). The plaintiffs ... [view]
15 Disability Rights Florida v. Jones
4:16-cv-00047 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Florida Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-FL-0027
Coding Complete
Disability Rights Florida ("DRF"), brought this suit against the Florida Department of Corrections ("FDOC") in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on January 26, 2016. The plaintiff, a federally designated protection and advocacy agency for the State of Florida, alleged that the defendant failed to provide inmates with ... [view]
16 Disability Law Center v. State of Utah
2:15-cv-00645 (D. Utah)
Filed 09/08/2015 - Case Ongoing
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-UT-0006
Coding Complete
On September 8, 2015, the Disability Law Center, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities, and three individuals who were charged with criminal offenses but declared incompetent to stand trial, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The plaintiffs sued Utah, ... [view]
17 Lewis v. Cain
3:15-cv-00318 (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/20/2015 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola)
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-LA-0015
Angola
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class-action lawsuit originated with a claim that the Louisiana State Penitentiary provided inadequate medical care that violated the plaintiffs' Eighth Amendment rights. Upon learning that the penitentiary planned to transfer individuals with COVID-19 to the penitentiary, the plaintiffs filed an emergency motion to stop the ... [view]
18 Dorn v. Michigan Department of Corrections
1:15-cv-00359-PLM (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/02/2015 - Closed 2018
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MI-0037
Coding Complete
On April 2, 2015, a HIV positive prisoner filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The plaintiff sued under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA), and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988 against the Michigan Department of Corrections. The ... [view]
19 McBride v. Michigan Department of Corrections
2:15-cv-11222 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/31/2015 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MI-0036
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2015, three prisoner-plaintiffs filed this putative class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), alleging that MDOC was discriminating against them and other deaf and hard of hearing prisoners. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and was assigned to Judge ... [view]
20 Thomas v. Kent
2:14-cv-08013-FMO-AGR (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/16/2014 - Case Ongoing
State of California Department of Health Care Services
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0048
Los Angeles
Coding Complete
On October 16, 2014, the plaintiffs, three individuals with significant physical disabilities requiring substantial medical care, filed this lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services (“DHCS”) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs alleged that the state had violated Section II ... [view]
21 Disability Rights Florida v. Crews
1:14-cv-23323 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 09/09/2014 - Closed 2018
Florida Department of Corrections
Dade Correctional Institution
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-FL-0021
Dade County
Coding Complete
On September 9, 2014, Disability Rights Florida filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This suit was brought against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and Wexford Health Sources, an FDC contractor, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ... [view]
22 Braggs v. Dunn
2:14-cv-00601 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 06/17/2014 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-AL-0035
Coding Complete
On June 17, 2014, prisoners and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ... [view]
23 Sonnenberg v. Disability Rights Idaho, Inc.
1:14-cv-00369-EJL (D. Idaho)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2016
Disability Rights Idaho, Inc.
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-ID-0003
Ada County
Coding Complete
On August 29, 2014 Ada County and the Ada County Coroner filed a complaint in the Fourth Judicial District of Idaho. They sued Disability Rights Idaho (“DRI”) under Idaho Code § 10-1201 et seq., (Uniform Declaratory Judgment Act), and Idaho Rule of Civil Procedure 57. At the request of the defendant, Disability Rights Idaho, Inc. (DRI), the ... [view]
24 Dunakin v. Quiqley
2:14-cv-00567 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
Secretary
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Nursing Home Conditions
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
ID-WA-0003
Coding Complete
After budget cuts, an intermediate care facility serving individuals with intellectual disabilities operated by Washington State was ordered to cut costs by up to $1.8 million. To comply with the October 2010 order, management moved 27 residents from the intermediate care facility to its nursing facility and simultaneously reduced programs and ... [view]
25 Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youth, Inc.
2:13-cv-00519-CG-B (S.D. Ala.)
Filed 10/25/2013 - Closed 2015
SafetyNet YouthCare, Inc.
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-AL-0002
Dallas County
Coding Complete
On October 25, 2013, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. The plaintiff, which served as Alabama’s designated protection and advocacy program for people with disabilities, sued SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc. (SafetyNet) under the Protection and Advocacy for ... [view]
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