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.


Nepal or Bust – Journeying Across the World Published 11/23/2013 in DREDF Blog Author Susan Henderson

Marigold-150x150While we were building the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC) in Berkeley, California we often said to funders that one of the important features of the building would be the ability for individuals with disabilities from around the world to leave their homes, arrive at San Francisco International Airport, access BART, and connect with some of the most outstanding disability rights and independent living organizations in the US. I lived that experience in reverse this week, catching BART in the basement of the ERC at 4:30 on November 21, and arriving about 28 hours later in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 23. As the plane descended into the Kathmandu Valley, we could see the incredibly majestic (though all I could think of at the time was "big") Himalyan mountains. As expected, I was warmly greeted by DREDF's Empower Partners
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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.
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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.

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