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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

Foster Youth Resources for Education (FYRE)


In October 2006, the first center focused on the educational needs of foster youth with disabilities to be funded by the US Department of Education opened its doors. DREDF's Foster Youth Resources for Education (FYRE) trains and provides follow up technical assistance and advocacy support to foster caregivers, family members, older foster youth, child welfare workers, and dependency personnel in Alameda County, California. The education advocates at FYRE work collaboratively with the Alameda County Office of Education's Foster Youth Services program, local education agencies and the Alameda County Social Services Agency.


FREE Workshop on Special Education

"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)
Time: 6:00 to 8:30pm (Pizza and drinks included!)
Must RSVP: Michael Hourani at or 510-644-2555 ext. 5227