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The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.

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  • On the Passing of Civil Rights Hero John Doar
    by Linda Kilb November 13, 2014 - John Doar stopping a race riot in MississippiAs the nation paused November 11, to honor the veterans and service members who defend U.S. freedoms in uniform, we also learned of the death of one of America's legendary civil rights attorneys.
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  • Taking Away Recess is Bad Policy and Bad for Kids
    by Susan Henderson November 4, 2014 - Children jumping rope on the playgroundThe Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is considering a policy that would allow teacher and principals to discipline students by taking away recess. Berkeley is not alone in using this age–old punishment — schools across the country are using it despite any research showing that it has any benefit. Research has shown that taking recess away is not an effective way to change behavior, and in fact, is harmful. DREDF sent this letter to the BUSD School Board—please feel free to use it as a template in your school district. Continue reading
  • The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws
    by DREDF October 14, 2014 - CNN Tonight Marilyn Golden's commentary on assisted suicide laws in response to coverage of Brittany Maynard's choice to move to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal in order to end her life due to terminal illness was featured on cnn.com.
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  • Service Animals in CA Restaurants – It’s the Law
    by DREDF October 3, 2014 - DREDF Attorney Robert BorelleDREDF Attorney Robert Borelle via Skype for CBS 13 Sacremento - "It's just another form of discrimination"
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  • Sen. Tom Harkin – 2014 Humphrey Award Honoree
    by DREDF May 17, 2014 - Tom Harkin and Rhonda NeuhausDREDF's Rhonda Neuhaus presented the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award to Senator Tom Harkin on May 15, 2014.
    Here are Rhonda’s remarks:
    “I am deeply honored that I have been asked by Wade and the Leadership Conference to present the Humphrey Award to Senator Tom Harkin.
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HEALTHCARE STORIES

  • Barriers‎ and Solutions
    by DREDF February, 2014 - Focusing on widespread barriers to care, these three, short video excerpts from our acclaimed HEALTHCARE STORIES series feature stories about inaccessible examination tables and weight scales and healthcare provider misperceptions and stereotypes. Advocates and practitioners alike recount their personal experiences and recommend actions for improving care. These downloadable videos present an all-important human perspective and affirm the barriers to care identified in a decade of research.

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