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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

Children and Family Advocacy


When DREDF was created in 1979, it was a unique alliance between adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities - a structure that remains today. The goal of our Children and Family Advocacy program is to ensure that current rights are preserved, strengthened and enforced and that the interests of children with disabilities are represented in educational reform. DREDF educates parents and professionals on the rights of children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Find out more about our current children and family advocacy activities by choosing one of the menu items to the left.


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


Special Education Resources

The special education system is complex and can be overwhelming - there is a lot of information to learn, understand and use to improve the educational outcomes for our children. Fortunately, there are thousands of resources available to families - most of them available online. For example, the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has funded many projects to research issues in disability and education; hundreds of advocacy organizations provide information for families and education agencies provide guidance to school professionals and families. Check out the Special Education Resource page for information on:

IDEA 2004
Individual Education Programs
Assessments and Evaluations
Response to Intervention
Measurable Goals
Related Services
Assistive Technology
Procedural Safeguards and Due Process
And more