The John R. Lewis Intersectionality Award

Representative John R. LewisDREDF is proud to establish the John R. Lewis Intersectionality Award. Mr. Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement has continually recognized that the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as disability, race, class, and gender create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
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Upcoming Webinar

Promising Collaborations Between IL Centers, ADRCs, and Medicaid Managed Care Plans
These collaborative models, operating in different configurations, re-envision the independent living philosophy and related services as central elements of both care coordination and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Continue reading

Promising Practices: Webinar #2 Recording and Materials

Webinar Recording and Materials 9/24/15
PROMISING PRACTICE: An Innovative Three-Way Complex Care Collaboration: Berkeley Center for Independent Living (CIL), LifeLong Medical Care, and Alameda Alliance Health Plan, Berkeley, California
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September 22 Webinar Materials Available

Webinar Recording and Materials 9/22/15
The webinar covered the consumer protections provided under the CCI. The webinar also provided a detailed summary of what benefits will be provided by Cal MediConnect plans and a review of what long term services and supports are being integrated into managed care.
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Promising Practices: Webinar #1 Recording and Materials

Webinar Recording and Materials 8/27/15
Promising Practices: The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), a rural collaboration between the Independent Living Center—FREED, Area 4 Agency on Aging, and other LTSS and safety net providers, Grass Valley, California 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.


  • The Beauty of the Americans with Disabilities Act
    by Susan Henderson July 27, 2015 - Susan and Andrea pose in front of their VW bus
    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. Continue reading
  • Translating “The Power of 504”
    by Dave Nold July 26, 2015 - Kitty Cone speaking at rallyThe 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." Continue reading
  • Special Education and the “Deserving Disabled”
    by Robert Borrelle June 26, 2015 - Outline of a human head with the brain visibleThe 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… Continue reading
  • Lack of Oversight of Restraint and Seclusion in Special Education
    by Robert Borrelle May 18, 2015 - padded room used for seclusion
    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."
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The Making of the ADA

Memories from the 10th Anniversary

August 2015

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
    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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