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Susan Henderson is the Executive Director of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), one of the leading national disability civil rights law and policy centers in the United States. In 2006, she started DREDF's Foster Youth Resources for Education (FYRE) project to heighten awareness and protect the rights of children with disabilities in the child welfare system. She started DREDF’s Disability and Media Alliance Project (D–MAP) to address the misinformed disability coverage that undermines public policy and legal advances to coverage that raises public awareness and helps to end disability discrimination She has worked internationally with other disability–led organizations to conduct workshops on disability and human rights in Bahrain, Columbia, Guam, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, and Uganda.

Susan worked for 13 years as part of the team that planned, designed and constructed the Ed Roberts Campus, a universally–designed building in Berkeley, CA. She currently serves as the president of its board. She has worked in non–profit and law firm management and finance for 20 years and has an MBA and a BA in Anthropology.