Legal Program

The National Federation of the Blind’s legal victories have helped to drive forward disability rights case law under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, creating more equitable workplaces, classrooms, and communities for blind Americans. We focus our efforts on several key priority areas, including access to information, education, high-stakes testing, parental rights, and employment.

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not a defining characteristic and that through our legal efforts we can continue to raise expectations so that blind people can live the lives they want. The work is not easy, and your continued support is needed to fund this critical work. Donate to the NFB today.

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  • Current Projects 
    Review the NFB’s active investigations and surveys; find out how you can help the NFB succeed in its legal work.
  • Legal Support and Resources
    Learn the steps you can take to prevent and report discrimination; connect with legal resources in your area and advocate for your legal rights.
  • Rulings and Filings
    Read summaries of the NFB’s legal efforts since 2007; connect to rulings, filings, and settlement agreements.
  • Stay Connected
    Ensure that you are receiving the most current NFB news and legal updates.
  • Contact Us
    Call or email for more information regarding the NFB’s legal resources and assistance.

Current Projects

Rideshare Testing Program

The NFB is seeking feedback from Lyft or Uber customers who have service animals or who travel with individuals with service animals. Your feedback will be used to assess how successfully Uber and Lyft are implementing new driver training requirements and policies regarding drivers’ obligations to transport riders with service animals, as per the companies’ settlement agreements with the NFB. If you use Lyft or Uber and have a service animal or travel with someone who has a service animal, your help with this testing process is critical. Please see nfb.org/rideshare for more information or contact Valerie Yingling at vyingling@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2440.

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Legal Support and Resources

Blind individuals who have been discriminated against, have questions about their legal protections, and/or want to prevent against future discrimination can contact Valerie Yingling, legal program coordinator, at (410) 659-9314, extension 2440, or vyingling@nfb.org.

Filing a lawsuit is very rarely the NFB’s first course of action. We try to first resolve barriers using local resources. We teach our members to be strong self-advocates and to understand their legal rights. While the NFB may not be able to provide you with direct legal representation, we encourage you to contact our legal program and to review the following resources.

If you have questions about your federal legal protections, we recommend reviewing:

If you are seeking local legal representation, we suggest contacting:

Because the NFB’s legal priorities are closely connected to other initiatives at the national and state level, we recommend reviewing the following NFB resources:

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Rulings and Filings

The NFB’s legal work has succeeded in improving equal access in fundamental areas of our daily lives. Many of the linked press releases below contain related complaints or settlement agreements. To obtain a filing not linked below, contact Valerie Yingling, legal program coordinator, at (410) 659-9314, extension 2440, or vyingling@nfb.org.

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Access to Information

Applebee's

Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District

Social Security Administration

LinkNYC

Pursuant Health Kiosks

Ohio Secretary of State’s Voting Services

Scribd

Verifone

The Container Store

PetSmart

Cardtronics

Peapod

U.S. Department of Education Student Loans

Small Business Administration

eBay

HathiTrust

RideCharge

H&R Block

U.S. Department of Transportation

Monster.com

Free Library of Philadelphia

Sacramento Public Library

U.S. Department of State

Ticketmaster

McCarran International Airport

Google Books

Travelocity

U.S.A. Learns

Apple iTunes

Target

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Blind Parents

Missouri’s Department of Social Services

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Higher Education

Southern Oregon University

Miami University

Wichita State University

Atlantic Cape Community College

edX

Maricopa Community College District

Palmer College of Chiropractic

University of Montana

Louisiana Tech

Florida State University

Penn State

California Law Schools

Nine Prominent Law Schools

Arizona State University

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K-12 Education

Douglas County School District

Seattle Public Schools

Oceanport Board of Education

Baltimore City Public Schools

Maryland Department of Education

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Employment

UCO Industries and Honda of America

Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services

Seneca Re-Ad

Social Security Administration

Henry’s Turkey Service

Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

New Jersey State Agencies

New York State Crime Victims Board

Arkansas Administrative Statewide Information System

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High-Stakes Testing

PARCC, Inc.

National Conference of Bar Examiners

Law School Admissions Council

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Travel

Greyhound

Lyft

Uber

United Airlines

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Voting

New York State Board of Elections

Ohio Secretary of State

Maryland State Board of Elections

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Stay Connected

The NFB provides updates on legal investigations, filings, decisions, and settlements in the NFB Press Room, and by email, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Don’t miss out on critical updates; join our communication network through one or more of the following links:

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The news doesn’t stop there. Read in-depth articles about the NFB’s ongoing legal and advocacy work by subscribing to our publications and blog:

Voice of the Nation's Blind Blog
Braille Monitor magazine
Future Reflections magazine for parents and educators

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Contact Us

For more information, to provide feedback regarding this webpage, or to discuss a legal concern, please contact Valerie Yingling, legal program coordinator, at 410-659-9314, extension 2440, or vyingling@nfb.org.

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