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August 13, 2017

DREDF

In Solidarity
Against Racism,
Hate, and Bigotry.

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July 28, 2017

Protesters. A sign reads Medicaid Matters! Healthcare is a Human Right!

We Won!

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July 26, 2017

Senator Bob Casey on the Senate floor pointing at a photo of an institution

The Americans with Disabilities Act
is 27 years old
today

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July 10, 2017

Stacey Milbern with attendant.

Atlantic Documentary:
The Disabled Fight for Health Care
#SaveMedicaid

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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

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June 8, 2017

A section of the H.R. 620 bill with a red X over it.

Save the ADA & Oppose H.R. 620:
See New Resources Page to Fight Current Attack on the ADA

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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.

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I Have MS. The Changes Congress Wants to Make to Medicaid Terrify Me.
Published 6/29/2017 in DREDF Blog Author DREDF
Michael seated in a wheelchair outside under a shade tree

My name is Michael Ogg. I am quadriplegic due to multiple sclerosis. This is how proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect me personally.

I have had progressive MS for over 20 years and, as a result, cannot independently perform any activities of daily living (ADLs) but am able to live in my own house with extensive long-term services and supports (LTSS) provided by very dedicated home health aides. Two years ago I had major surgery for G.I. cancer and now have regular oncology checkups and annual PET scans as well as being on daily medication.


No Roll-Backs On My Civil Rights: A Past Plaintiff on Opposing H.R. 620, the ADA Notification Act
Published 6/23/2017 in DREDF Blog Author Ingrid Tischer
Ingrid TischerI'm Ingrid Tischer. You may remember me as "headless female torso using a walker" from Anderson Cooper's "ADA Hit-Piece of Horror" on 60 Minutes. But I'm here today to tell you about a different type of horror: Being a plaintiff in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit, in which you're presumed greedy and where whatever happened to you was no more than an inconvenience.

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


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.

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

HEALTHCARE STORIES

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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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.

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