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.
- The Beauty of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 27, 2015 -
In the spring of 1977, I took a quarter off from college, quit my job and, with my best friend, bought a 1966 VW camper van to explore the United States. Before we left, we spent a warm April day (California was in a drought and Jerry Brown was governor, how odd!) practicing the manual shift on the hills of San Francisco. We figured that if we could manage the hills of San Francisco in the bus, we could manage it anywhere.
- Translating “The Power of 504”
July 26, 2015 - The Power of 504 is "an award-winning 18-minute documentary, which captures the drama and emotions of the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 1977, resulting in the signing of the 504 Regulations, the first Federal Civil Rights Law protecting people with disabilities. Includes contemporary news footage and news interviews with participants and demonstation leaders."
- Special Education and the “Deserving Disabled”
June 26, 2015 - The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is coming up next month and the disability rights community has launched a campaign to celebrate the anniversary that has the tag line, "Disability Rights Are Civil Rights." … I think it's an interesting choice for a slogan because I see it as a tacit admission that society as a whole still does not fully understand disability rights as civil rights…
- Lack of Oversight of Restraint and Seclusion in Special Education
May 18, 2015 -
On April 19, 2015, EdSource published an investigative report that explores the California Department of Education's (CDE) lack of oversight of restraint and seclusion in special education. The report concludes that the July 2013 repeal of the Hughes Bill—a law that imposed data collection and other oversight obligations on CDE and regional special education agencies—has created "a shadow discipline system in many special education classrooms, where minimally trained classroom aides have significant leeway in using emergency interventions to manage disruptive students."
Memories from the 10th Anniversary
In 1999 and 2000, the University of San Francisco, Access Video and DREDF conducted a series of interviews with some of the people who were central to the passage of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
In June of 2015 DREDF began an ongoing project to provide audio description and open captions for this historic archival material and make it available to the public.
So far, thirteen videos have been completed.
We hope you’ll find the videos valuable.
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- Barriers and Solutions — Three Short Videos
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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