March 22, 2017

A still from the video interview with Alana Theriault.

The AHCA will place the lives of children and adults with disabilities at risk. Vote No on Thursday!


March 15, 2017

Paul Ryan with chart

DREDF Statement on the American Health Care Act – The AHCA Creates the “Perfect Storm” for People with Disabilities


March 8, 2017

Presenting the AHCA

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) will hurt moderate and low–income people with disabilities and their families on two fronts…


March 7, 2017

Mitch McConnell addresses the press

CALL YOUR SENATOR! The Senate will vote on whether to overturn the ESSA accountability regulation as soon as Wednesday, March 8th.



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.


SHAME ON YOU, ANDERSON COOPER: 60 Minutes Mocking the ADA 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.

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

1 7


Barriers‎ and Solutions -- Three Short Videos Published 2/5/2014 in Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund Author DREDF

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.

Follow the progress of the project via RSS RSS icon

Recent eNews

Recent Special EDitions

Support Our Work!

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Development Department
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210
Berkeley, CA 94703

DREDF is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. Your gift makes it possible for us to continue to protect and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. Thank you.

DREDF is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We manage and expend donated funds professionally and prudently. Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information contact Ingrid Tischer.