May 3, 2017

A classroom full of empty desks

BUSD is Leaving Students
Who Have Reading Disorders
Without The Basic Tool Of Literacy


May 3, 2017

Lawrence Carter-Long

DREDF Welcomes
Lawrence Carter-Long
As Our New Communications Director


May 2, 2017

East Bay Community Foundation. East Bay Gives.

Ready, Set, Give
Make DREDF’s matching gift happen
Today is East Bay Gives Day (May 4)


May 1, 2017

Hands holding a copy of the AHCA bill with a red circle and line superimposed over it.

May 2:
National Day of Action in Opposition
to the American Health Care Act


April 26, 2017

A young woman seated in her wheelchair with her finger over her trach tube while she speaks.

Why Medicaid Matters
Four New Videos Illustrating Why
Congress Should not Repeal the ACA


April 20, 2017

George H.W. Bush signing the ADA into law at the signing ceremony in 1990

California Disability Advocates:
The ADA Is In Danger
And California’s Role is Critical



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.


My Medicaid, My Life
Published 5/4/2017 in DREDF Blog Author Alice Wong
This article originally appeared in the New York Times on May 3, 2017 and appears here with the author’s permission.
Painting of Alice with the words Founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project Alice Wong #APIHeritageMonth #DisabledandProud

"But For Those First Affections..."
Published 4/5/2017 in DREDF Blog Author Ken Stein
A Look Back To The Power of 504 – Some Reflections and Recollections of a CIL Old-Timer. The picket sign that Ken carried

Published 12/13/2016 in DREDF Blog Author Arlene B. Mayerson
Anderson Cooper would be the first to call out Donald Trump’s ridicule of a reporter with a disability with righteous indignation. Yet, on December 4, 2016, Cooper used the 60 Minutes broadcast to throw people with disabilities under the bus in the name of journalism.

Beyond Outrage: Civil Rights, Not Pity
Published 11/3/2016 in DREDF Blog Author Arlene B. Mayerson
Trump and KovaleskiDonald Trump mocks Serge Kovaleski

Memories from the Celebration
Published 10/12/2016 in DREDF Blog Author Dave Nold
Photos and Videos from DREDF's 37th Anniversary
A crowd posing beneath the ramp


Barriers‎ and Solutions -- Three Short Videos
Healthcare Stories. Focusing on common and widespread barriers to care.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.
Watch the videos.

The Making of the ADA

Memories from the 10th Anniversary

August 2015

Justin Dart, George Bush, Pat Wright, Ralph Neas, Ted Kennedy and John WodatchIn 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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