Comments on Updated California Reporting Requirements

DREDF submitted comments on the updated California State-Specific Reporting Requirements for Contract Year 2015, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) June 22, 2015. (June 29, 2015)

We applaud CMS for incorporating additional needed specificity in its reporting requirements for physical access compliance and recommend strengthening the provision by, among other things, including year-to-year and reporting requirements for programmatic access. Continue reading

Fellowship Application Opportunity Announcement

Fellowship Period 2016 - 2018The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, located in Berkeley, California seeks candidates for collaboration on Skadden, Equal Justice Works (EJW), and other public interest fellowship applications for the two year period beginning fall 2016. Continue reading

DREDF Comments on Proposed Rule Concerning Medicaid

DREDF comments on proposed rule concerning Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008; the Application of Mental Health Parity Requirements to Coverage Offered by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Alternative Benefit Plans, RIN 0938-AS24 (PDF). (June 9, 2015) Continue reading

Blind IHSS Recipients needed to Test new Way to Approve Timesheets

Timesheets formDREDF and DRC are working with the California Departments of Social Services and Health Care Services to make the IHSS program accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals. Blind IHSS Recipients in Alameda, Sacramento, or Santa Clara County are needed to test a new way to approve your timesheets. 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.


  • 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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  • Support the Center for Independent Living – Kathmandu, Nepal
    by Susan Henderson May 14, 2015 - Staff at CIL – KathmanduAt the end of 2013, I had the good fortune to visit Nepal as part of an exchange on disability and leadership. While I was in Kathmandu, I visited the Center for Independent Living - Kathmandu and discovered what an amazing crew they are. Before the earthquake, the CIL-Kathmandu was already doing very cool work in a very inaccessible environment. After the news of the earthquake,I could only imagine what it must be like for them and our sisters and brothers with disabilities now, so I checked in with CIL-K, and indeed they are working in an even more challenging environment.
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  • Celebrating Kitty Cone: 1944 – 2015
    by Mary Lou Breslin May 7, 2015 - Close up of Kitty laughingLong-time DREDF champion, staffer, and former member of the board of directors, Kitty Cone died at her home in Berkeley, California on Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was 70. Kitty was closely aligned with DREDF for nearly two decades, endorsing and supporting our use of law and policy as instruments for long-term reform.
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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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