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
February 27, 2015 - We'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.
- Banned from Bingo
February 26, 2015 - Ann 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.
- Assisted Suicide: California’s bill lacks safeguards
February 12, 2015 - On 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.
- On the Passing of Civil Rights Hero John Doar
November 13, 2014 - As 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.
- Taking Away Recess is Bad Policy and Bad for Kids
November 4, 2014 - The 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.
- Barriers and Solutions
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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