Read more about our cases below. 

Campaigns

Sports Equity

On average, Black and Latino students in New York City have access to far fewer teams and sports, and the city spends much less per student than for students of other races.

Community Integration

The United States has a long and tragic history of segregating and warehousing people with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities.

Green Space

Usable green space in marginalized neighborhoods is critical for public health, community-centered revitalization, and economic independence.

CASES

O’Toole v. Cuomo

For decades, New York State warehoused people with serious mental illness in adult homes. A landmark settlement on behalf of thousands of state adult homes residents gives them the opportunity to live, with supports, in their own homes.

Filer v. City of New York

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have mobility impairments. Robert Filer, who is paralyzed from the chest down and uses a wheelchair, was arrested and placed unsecured in a police van, fell to the van’s floor and was thrown around for the duration of the ride.

Lawton v. Success Academy Charter Schools

On behalf of five former students and their parents, NYLPI’s federal civil rights case against Success Academy Charter School challenges the school’s harsh, zero-tolerance disciplinary policies against young students showing signs of behavioral disabilities.

Willowbrook

The landmark Willowbrook class action vindicated the civil rights of individuals with disabilities to live in the community, after a series of investigations in the 1970s unearthed deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School.

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