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Parent Training and Information Center


Talk to an Education Advocate

If you live in Alameda, Contra Costa or Yolo Counties, an Education Advocate can talk to you about special education and give you resources so you can make informed decisions about your child's education and other individual needs.

Call 800-348-4232

DREDF is a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded by the US Department of Education. PTIs serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. They help families:

  • Obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities

  • Work to improve education results for all children

  • Train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics

  • Resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies

  • Connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs


FREE Workshop on Special Education - Second Monday of the Month

"Understanding the Special Education Process: IEP Basics & Beyond"

DREDF Education Advocates provide an overview of the special education process, Section 504 and IDEA laws.

Where: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703
(campus is at Ashby BART station)
The Bernard Osher Foundation Education Center, First Floor
Date: 2nd Monday of the month (except August and December)
Time: 6:00 to 8:30pm (Pizza and drinks included!)
Must RSVP: Michael Hourani at or 510-644-2555 ext. 5227

DREDF is the PTI for Alameda, Contra Costa, and Yolo counties in Northern California. Our Education Advocates provide technical assistance to parents in order to help guide them through the special education process. If you live in these counties and have a child with a disability (0-22 years) or suspect your child may have an undiagnosed disability, you can call an Education Advocate at DREDF for assistance: 800-348-4232 (voice) 510-841-8645 (TTY), or email


Visit our Local Resources page for information on special education services in our service (Alameda, Contra Costa an Yolo counties) area.


If you live in California, find the PTI that serves your area here.


If you live outside of California service area, go to the National Parent Centers Alliance to find the PTI or Community Parent Resource Center nearest to you.


Our Special Education Resource Pages has links to dozens of websites with detailed information on many topics in special education.


Workshops on Special Education (as of October 30, 2007)

DREDF's education advocates provide workshops for parents and professionals throughout the year. If you are a member of an organization or parent group who is interested in hosting a workshop, please download our DREDF Training Request Form, and return it to Michael Hourani by email or fax at 510.841.8645.


Special Education Process


The special education process follows the guidelines of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Diabetes and Other Health Issues in School


Children with diabetes and other chronic illnesses often face challenges in receiving appropriate care and accommodations at school. DREDF, along with the American Diabetes Association, has developed a sample 504 Plan and a sample Health Plan for parents to use as a model when creating individualized plans for their own children.