Read more about our cases below. 


Special Education

NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program protects and promotes the educational rights of students with disabilities in New York City.

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.


Bonilla v. Hudson County

The family of Carlos Bonilla, a father of four who died from internal bleeding in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, has filed a lawsuit against Hudson County and those responsible for his medical care while he was confined to immigration detention at Hudson County Correctional Center.

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.


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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