Author Archives: DREDF

Johnny T. and Lihn N. v. Vy Chi Nguyen, MD, et al.

Despite advances in education, awareness, and legal protections, people living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination in critical areas such as health care. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits medical providers from discriminating against potential or actual patients based on their disabilities.Continue reading Johnny T. and Lihn N. v. Vy Chi Nguyen, MD, et al.

Orange County Residents Sue County and State Agencies

Orange County Residents Sue County and State Agencies for Discrimination in Medical Services Against Persons with HIV

Despite advances in education, awareness, and legal protections such as the ADA passed 26 years ago, people living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination — including health care.

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Ninth Circuit Takes California Department Of Education (CDE) To Task

Ninth Circuit Takes California Department Of Education to Task in Major and Unprecedented Ruling for State’s Schoolchildren

December 15, 2016

The Ninth Circuit affirmed U.S. Northern California District Court Judge Thelton Henderson’s orders that the California Department of Education (CDE) must implement a corrective action plan designed to ensure that its special education monitoring system would comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Consent Decree in the case, a class action brought to protect the special education rights of students with disabilities. The decision is the culmination of nearly 20 years of attempting to reform failed local and state-level special education policies.
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Do More Than Worry About Disability Rights — Fuel Our Fight This #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday
In case you have not heard, #GivingTuesday is an annual global day of giving that celebrates generosity and kindness.

As disability civil rights advocates — and people with disabilities — we remain profoundly worried about health care and education (among other issues). We know you are, too.
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NAD Lawsuit Against Harvard and MIT Moves Forward

For Immediate Release

CONTACTS:

Namita Gupta, DREDF Staff Attorney
ngupta@dredf.org; 510-644-2555 ext. 5231

Tim Fox, CREEC Co-Executive Director
Tfox@creeclaw.org; 303-757-7901

Lizzie Sorkin, NAD Communications Director
lizzie.sokin@nad.org; 301-587-1788
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Educational Equity Parent Advocate for Community Parent Resource Center

Title: Educational Equity Parent Advocate
Supervisor: Executive Director
FTE: .80

Summary: Through training and individual assistance, the Educational Equity Parent Advocate assists, educates, supports, and encourages parents from isolated and traditionally un-served families to become effective advocates for their children with disabilities so that they can make informed decisions as a member of school IEP teams. The Educational Equity Parent Advocate must have a strong connection to the community served and be knowledgeable about resources, services and supports for families.
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Available Disability Rights Clinical Internships

Seeking Candidates for Summer 2017

Sign at DREDF's office reads: DREDF Disability Rights Education and Defense FundThe Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), located in Berkeley, California, offers field placement internships and summer positions for law students. Academic term internships generally involve a commitment of 8 to 16 hours per week. Summer internships generally involve a 40-hour per week commitment for at least 5 weeks, and preferably 8 to 10 weeks. Internships are unpaid. Individuals with disabilities, minority, and women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
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DREDF and Allies Submit Comments on Website Accessibility

October 21, 2016
On October 7, 2016, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government, DREDF has signed onto comments submitted by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB); National Association of the Deaf (NAD); National Disability Rights Network; and Paralyzed Veterans of America, among others. The comments emphasize that the internet has become a fundamental part of every day life, and state and local government websites must remove the serious barriers facing people with disabilities in accessing critical government information online.

The National Association of the Deaf and Hulu Reach Agreement

CREEC, NAD and DREDF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Namita Gupta, Staff Attorney
510-644-2555 ext, 5231, ngupta@dredf.org
Ingrid Tischer, Director of Development
510-644-2555, ext. 5241, itischer@dredf.org

The National Association of the Deaf and Hulu Reach Agreement

Hulu will provide the captioning option to all subscribers, improving the entertainment experience for deaf and hard of hearing people.

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DREDF letter Opposing HR 3765

July 6, 2016

Honorable Trent Franks
Chair, Subcommittee Constitution and Civil Justice
House Judiciary Committee
2435 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Honorable Steve Cohen
Ranking Member, Subcommittee Constitution and Civil Justice
House Judiciary Committee
2404 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Franks and Ranking Member Cohen:
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