Civil Rights

27th Anniversary of the ADA

July 26, 2017
As the the sun sets here in the West, we extend our thanks to Senator Bob Casey for supporting liberty and freedom for Americans with Disabilities on the 27th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We'll rise on July 27, and continue to work with you and our fellow advocates to defend access to health care for millions of Americans.

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Students With Reading Disorders Sue Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for Failing to Educate Them

May 2, 2017
Berkeley, California - Disability rights lawyers filed a complaint in federal court today against Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), the BUSD Superintendent, the BUSD Board of Education, and the Directors of the BUSD Board of Education, for systemically failing to educate students with reading disorders, and students who are suspected to have reading disorders.

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Action Alert: Call Your Senator to Save Equitable Access Protections for Students with Disabilities!

March 7, 2017
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to overturn the ESSA regulations. As soon as Wednesday, March 8, the Senate is set to vote on the repeal of ESSA regulations. If the regulations are repealed, students with disabilities lose the protections the regulations provide to ensure equitable access to education.

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Do More Than Worry About Disability Rights — Fuel Our Fight This #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016
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

November 8, 2016
Judge Mark G. Mastroianni of the District Court of Massachusetts denied Massachusetts Institute for Technology's (MIT) and Harvard University's motions to dismiss the National Association of the Deaf's (NAD) and other named plaintiffs' complaint that the institution discriminates against deaf and hard of hearing people by failing to caption the vast and varied array of online content they make available to the general public, including massive open online courses (MOOCs). Today's decision affirms that plaintiffs' case will be going forward.

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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.

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The National Association of the Deaf and Hulu Reach Agreement

September 6, 2016
BERKELEY, CA – September 6, 2016 Hulu, LLC (Hulu) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, represented by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), and Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), entered into a settlement agreement for Hulu to provide 100 percent closed captions of its full-length English and Spanish content by September 2017.

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DREDF letter Opposing HR 3765

August 8, 2016
We strongly oppose the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3765. This bill is designed to limit the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access places of public accommodation in the same manner as all other citizens. Twenty-six years after the ADA was enacted, businesses should be expected to know and comply with their obligations under the law.

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East County NAACP Sues Antioch Unified School District

July 7, 2016
The East County NAACP filed suit against the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) for violating an agreement intended to address civil rights violations against African American students. That agreement, and the lawsuit, seek to end AUSD’s disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of African American students, particularly those with disabilities. The NAACP East County is represented in this lawsuit by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), Morrison & Foerster, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), and the Equal Justice Society (EJS).

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