TRE Legal Practice (TRE) and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a disability rights lawsuit in California State Court against the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for its failure to ensure the accessibility of its licensing exam for insurance agents to blind applicants. The lawsuit also includes claims against PSI Services, the private entity that CDI contracts with to administer
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Innovation & Accessibility at West Valley College
Learning another language can open up new personal and professional horizons for all students, and California’s community colleges are at the forefront of making language learning accessible to everyone in California.
Innovators like West Valley College in Saratoga, California combine classroom teaching with new online tools to provide immersive virtual language experiences, increasing student success and learning.
Update for Uber Riders Accompanied by Service Animals
Dear Uber Riders Accompanied By Service Animals and Interested Parties:
You are receiving this letter because you have previously communicated with us or are a member of the class or an interested party in the case of National Federation of the Blind v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 14-cv-04086 NC (N.D. Cal.). The case challenges discrimination experienced by riders with service animals…
CSUN 2020 Update: Digital Accessibility Legal Update Canceled
In light of the evolving nature and uncertainty about the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Tim Elder, Principal Attorney at TRE Legal Practice, will not be attending the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim this year.
Unfortunately, that means the “2020 Digital Accessibility Legal Update” he would have been presenting along with Lainey Feingold will also be canceled.…
Crucial Decision Validates Fraud Whistleblower Suit
In a crucial decision upholding equal access to the Internet, on November 5, 2019, a state court in Alameda County validated the legal bases underlying a fraud whistleblower complaint against Conduent, Inc. and Conduent State & Local Solutions for developing a public website that is inaccessible to people with disabilities.
The website, ReserveCalifornia.com, is the portal that controls access…
Dignity Health Agrees to Pay $570,000 for Firing a Blind Food Service Worker
REDDING, Calif., September 27, 2019 — TRE Legal Practice and LaBarre Law Offices, on behalf of Alina Sorling, are pleased to join with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in announcing that Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California, has agreed to pay $570,000 to Ms. Sorling…
Bay Area Transit Agencies Agree to Make the RTC Clipper Card and Disability Verification Process More Accessible to Disabled Riders
SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2019 — TRE Legal Practice is pleased to announce a Settlement Agreement with the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that will make regional transit more accessible to disabled riders.
The Agreement is the result of collaborative structured negotiations between TRE Legal Practice and MTC, the transportation planning, financing, and coordinating agency for the nine-county San…
Fraud Whistleblower Seeks Redress for Inaccessible Public Website that Cost California $66 Million
OAKLAND, May 20, 2019 (updated July 26, 2019) — TRE Legal Practice alleges that Conduent, Inc. defrauded taxpayers when the company built a $66 million state park reservation website that hundreds of thousands of Californians with disabilities cannot use. The suit seeks damages on behalf of the People of the State of California and injunctive relief on behalf of a…
Blind health plan members must have equal access to transportation benefits
Nancy Langenberger is blind. She relies on a guide dog to help her independently navigate the world. Nancy’s Medicare Advantage health plan, Blue Shield Promise Health Plan (“Promise Health”), includes a transportation benefit through which plan members can arrange in advance to be dropped off and picked up from medical appointments. This benefit is important to Nancy, who needs transportation…
Appellate Victory in National Federation of the Blind v. The Container Store
Modern touchscreen systems, like other modern computers, phones, and tablets, are readily adaptable for use by blind people through mechanisms such as tactile keyboards that a user can feel nonvisually and audio ports for plugging in headphones so the system can “speak” privately to users. (Both of these are in widespread use at bank ATMs, for example.)
A company that…