In the spirit of community
outreach, through the continued support of our members, we have
achieved the following:
Committed to our motto of "Dedication, Respect, Advancement
Guaranteed," D.R.A.G. has been kept busy with campaigning for
disability awareness. Every case decided on our favor is a step
closer to that goal.
In 1991, D.R.A.G convinced the management and Overseer of the
Plymouth Meeting Mall to agree to capitol changes thus effecting
the installation of state-of-the-art bathrooms that are accessible
to the disabled.
Filed a lawsuit against Alamo Car Rental Corporation for
discriminating against disabled persons by not having two-door
vehicles in their fleet, having unsafe hand controls and not
enough hand controls to accommodate disabled customers. Alamo has,
since then, added full-sized two-door vehicles to their line-up,
ordered and installed safe new hand controls and increased the number
of hand controls in all of their display stores. (All
recommendations were given by D.R.A.G.'s Board Chairman, Bruce E.
Filed and successfully won various complaints against supermarkets
such as Acme, Shop Rite and Thriftway for noncompliance of ADA
(Americans with Disability Act) specifications regarding the width
of store aisles, checkout counters, placement of floor displays, outside rails and gates with
locks. D.R.A.G. is continually monitoring Supermarkets and Department Stores for ADA compliance, regarding the placements of floor displays and width of isles. The Organization is persistently knocking down architectural barriers that are hampering the disabled community.
Board Chairman Bruce McElrath was honored and awarded the
Philadelphia's City Council Resolution by the City Council of
again, D.R.A.G.'s Board Chairman, officials and Members gathered
in the City Council's Chamber to be honored and awarded another
City Council Resolution for being instrumental in the installation
of the first mass of curb cuts in the City of Philadelphia from City Avenue to Parkside
filed an ADA complaint with a Federal Agency against the
Philadelphia Main Post Office (located at 30th and Market Street)
for not having handicap parking on the Chestnut Street side of the
post office where an access ramp is located. The Postal Service at
30th Street has since installed two handicap parking spaces in
that area near the access ramp.
As a result of disabled riders sustaining severe injuries in a serious accident involving a Paratransit vehicle,
D.R.A.G members met with the SEPTA/Paratransit Transportation
General Manager and demanded telephone numbers to be affixed to
the rear of all Paratransit vehicles to help the public report
1995, D.R.A.G. convinced the 30th Street Main Post office, instead of using an outside wheelchair lift for disabled persons
to gain access to the facility, they would construct a ramp. Through the efforts of Board
Chairman Bruce E. McElrath, who is also an Accessibility/ADA
consultant, a new ramp was constructed on the Market Street side of
the Post Office. Due to the minimal amount of repairs needed in
maintaining a ramp as opposed to a lift, D.R.A.G. has saved and is
still saving the Postal Service millions of dollars. D.R.A.G.
Board member Patricia Williams and a United Postal Employee attended and partied at a reception given by the United States Postal Service.
lobbied the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
to appropriate over 1 million dollars to provide wheelchair paths
and curb cuts along Belmont Avenue, and from City Line Avenue to
Parkside Avenue. These paths and curb cuts provide access to the
City of Philadelphia's only recreational facility (Carousel House), for the disabled
(the area has more than 2000 disabled residents).
Rights Advocacy Group Inc., (DRAG). Board Chairman, Bruce McElrath
uses a Meridian Bank ATM. Meridian Bank announced plans to
redesign its' automated teller machines to accommodate individuals
in wheelchairs. The move comes in response to a Law Suite against
all Banks in the State of Pennsylvania. McElrath asserted that the
teller machines did not include adequate space for wheelchair
movement, key boards that were not reachable, and screens that
could not be seen by individuals in wheelchairs. Banks agreed to
lower the machines, install ramps, and position display screen
which would enable
individuals in wheelchairs total and complete
access to ATMs.
Board Chairman Bruce McElrath and
Board Member Karen Rudasil; demonstrates ATM problems
to Meridian Bank Executive.
Meridian Bank Officials, D.R.A.G.'s Officials and Membership
attend press conference.
National Political Correspondent/Author, Juan Williams
congratulates D.R.A.G.'s Board Chairman, Bruce E. McElrath
as the recipient of the Disabilities Rights Advocacy Award
on Civil Rights. Presented by the Pennsylvania State Human Relations
Commission. Juan reminds McElrath to "Keep His Eyes On The
Stephen A. Glassman, Chairman,
Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), has photo-op
with D.R.A.G.'s Board Chairman, Bruce E. McElrath.
Meridian Bank Executive presents
$5,000.00 check to D.R.A.G. Board Chairman Bruce McElrath.
Homer C. Floyd, Executive
Director, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC),
presents D.R.A.G.'s Board Chairman, Bruce E. McElrath with
The Disabilities Rights Advocacy Award on Civil Rights. The
Award was presented during PHRC's 50th Anniversary
Celebration, on April 6, 2006.
Bacote, Regional Executive Director, Pennsylvania Human
Relations Commission, (PHRC), and Bruce McElrath, Founder
and Board Chairman, Disabilities Rights Advocacy. Group
Inc., (D.R.A.G.) take photo op at the 50th Anniversary