Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement

In the last 25 years, technology has fundamentally changed higher education. New technologies allow for new kinds of instructional materials and delivery mechanisms — but students with disabilities are often unnecessarily left behind. This must change. This settlement with Siskiyou Joint Community College District, facilitated by TRE Legal Practice and the Legal Aid Society – […]

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TRE Legal and Disability Rights Texas File Lawsuits Against Austin Ridesharing Services for Inaccessible Mobile App Design

We previously posted about how accessible mobile apps can greatly benefit blind people and how the ridesharing revolution is no exception. Earlier this year, in May 2016, the popular ridesharing services, Uber and Lyft, stopped serving Austin after the city passed an ordinance requiring fingerprint background checks by way of a contentious ballot initiative.  Many […]

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TRE Legal Team and National Federation of the Blind Propose Nation-Wide Class Action Settlement with Uber to End Discrimination against Passengers with Service Animals

Our suit against Uber was filed in federal court after the parties were unable to satisfactorily resolve concerns about how Uber handled drivers who refused to transport passengers with service animals. Now, after a mediation, discovery practice and extensive negotiations, the parties were able to reach an agreement with Uber.

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TRE Legal and Others Enter Into Structured Negotiations with Lyft for Disabled Riders with Service Animals

Advocates for people with disabilities have entered into structured negotiations with Lyft, Inc. to ensure that disabled riders with service animals are ensured access to transportation services offered by Lyft drivers.   These collaborative efforts are under way between Lyft, Inc. (Lyft), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld (RBGG), and TRE Legal – […]

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TRE Legal and DRA File Complaint Against Uber for Discrimination Against Blind Passengers with Service Animals

  Ridesharing platforms such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have the capacity to greatly improve transportation services for blind passengers.  Now, blind people can use a smart phone equipped with text-to-speech to independently summon a driver, learn details such as the name of their dispatched driver, the estimated time of arrival, the amount of their […]

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Blind California Customers Will Get 1.2 Million in Damages Payments Under Proposed Settlement of Redbox Kiosk Class Action

  A settlement has been proposed in a class action that blind individuals filed against Redbox and its partner retail stores.  The suit alleges that the inaccessible touchscreen interfaces used on the popular Redbox movie rental kiosks exclude blind customers.    Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Redbox will make its kiosks independently accessible […]

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TRE Legal Helps Obtain Settlement For Inaccessible Federal Agency Website

      Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is an often overlooked and underutilized law.  Basically, the law requires that the agencies of the federal executive branch ensure that tax dollars are only spent on electronic information technology (“EIT”) that can be used by disabled people.  Accessible EIT, such as software and websites, can open up […]

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Investigating Uber Discrimination Against Service Animals and Wheelchairs

  Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Timothy Elder of TRE Legal Practice are investigating complaints from persons with disabilities who have been denied transportation services by taxi drivers for Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) in the San Francisco Bay Area or other major urban centers.   Uber is a company based in San Francisco, California that […]

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Sidecar Ridesharing Service Commits to Mobile App Accessibility for the Blind

TRE Legal and the Clark Hunt firm are collaborating with Sidecar and the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts (NFBMA) to ensure blind people can enjoy the ridesharing transportation movement.  Ridesharing companies, such as Sidecar, enable passengers to connect with drivers for hire, all from the convenience of an Apple iPhone, iPad, or Android […]

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App Developers Take Notice: Square Is Leading the Way To Include Blind People in the Mobile App Evolution

A press release was recently distributed announcing a collaboration between Square, Inc., and the National Federation of the Blind’s Massachusetts affiliate to enhance the accessibility of Square’s apps for blind users.  The TRE Legal Practice is pleased to have worked with Square and NFBMA to facilitate this collaboration by way of the following Accessibility Initiative […]

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