National Association of the Deaf, et. Al. v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT-BuildingDREDF and co–counsel filed a complaint against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf and four individuals to gain equal access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to the videos… Continue reading

Draft FTA ADA Circular: DREDF submits detailed comments

DREDF comments on the draft Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Circular, Amendment 2, are now available. Continue reading

National Association of the Deaf and VUDU, Inc.

On behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, DREDF and co-counsel, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, PC., negotiated an agreement with VUDU, a wholly-owned streaming entertainment subsidiary of Walmart, for VUDU to close caption 100% of its programming streamed through its Video on Demand service. Continue reading

Comments on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016

DREDF submitted comments on HHS proposed rules affecting implementation of portions of the Affordable Care Act that directly affect people with disabilities. In addition to supporting comments submitted by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we urged HHS to issue comprehensive language access standards and technical support… Continue reading

Improving Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities

wheelchair user at bottom of staircaseDREDF releases self-directed health care training modules for aging and disability organizations. Improving Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities is intended to help senior, disability, and affinity organizations to develop their capacity to assist people with disabilities access health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Continue reading



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.


  • Insulin in Schools: A Child’s Right
    by Ingrid Tischer February 27, 2015 - Teacher with studentsWe're so proud to share Insulin in Schools: A Child's Right, a film made by DREDF friends Barbara Wright and Jonathan Mahmoud. As you may know, in 2013 the California Supreme Court ruled that state law permits school personnel to be trained to administer insulin. The Wright family was part of this long–fought battle in the courts that vindicated the rights of students with diabetes to get insulin quickly and without having to wait for a school nurse. Continue reading
  • Banned from Bingo
    by Ann Cupolo-Freeman February 26, 2015 - Bingo cardsAnn Clinton loves playing bingo, but her retirement community won't let her join her friends to play the game since she moved from an independent living apartment to the skilled nursing floor of the Redstone Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Huntsville, Alabama. She has been excluded from bingo, which takes place on the independent living floor, because she is disabled. Continue reading
  • Assisted Suicide: California’s bill lacks safeguards
    by Ann Cupolo-Freeman February 12, 2015 - Californians against Assisted SuicideOn the surface, if you only consider the wishes of a single individual, assisted suicide legislation might seem reasonable, and the media flurry surrounding the case of Brittany Maynard has made it seem that way. Continue reading
  • 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


  • 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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