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.


  • 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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  • Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics:
    Advancing the Disability Rights Perspective on Bioethics Issues

    by Marilyn Golden May 12, 2014 - marilyn-golden-150Months of work came to fruition on April 25 – 26, 2014 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA. The first-ever Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics (DRLIB for short) brought together about 65 U.S. disability rights advocates...
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  • Stay Tuned: GLAD, et al. v. CNN
    by Robert Borrelle February 6, 2014 - Wolf BlitzerCongress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, a few years before society began to move from Main Street to the Internet. Faced with ever-changing (and inaccessible) technologies, the disability rights community has worked tirelessly to bring the ADA and other disability rights laws into the digital age. DREDF's own precedent-setting consent decree in NAD, et al. v. Netflix was a crucial step in this effort to ensure people with disabilities have full access to the Internet.
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  • Meet Eileen Cronin
    by Susan Henderson January 21, 2014 - Meet Eileen Cronin author of Mermaid, A Memoir of Resilience
    Monday, February 10, 2014, 7:00 pm at The Ed Roberts Campus - 3075 Adeline Street (at the Ashby BART Station) Berkeley.
    Eileen will discuss and sign copies of Mermaid. Mermaid will be on sale at the event.
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  • Yui Yanagihara Has a Passion For Justice
    by Silvia Yee January 16, 2014 - Yui YanagiharaWhen I was first approached about being Yui Yanagihara's supervisor during her international legal internship with DREDF, I felt that I had some sense of who she was even before she arrived. As a young woman traveling on her own halfway across the world to take on coursework and assignments in a second language, I was sure that she was resourceful, adventurous and determined.
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  • Barriers‎ and Solutions
    by DREDF February 5, 2014 - DREDF is pleased to announce the release of three, new short videos from our acclaimed HEALTHCARE STORIES series. Focusing on common and widespread barriers to care, the new videos feature stories about inaccessible examination tables and weight scales and healthcare provider misperceptions and stereotypes. They also recommend actions for improving care. These downloadable videos not only present an all-important human perspective, they also affirm the barriers to care that a decade of research has revealed.

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