Special Education

Action Alert! Call Now to Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on Betsy DeVos!!

February 1, 2017
Join students with disabilities, parents, and advocates to let your senators know that Betsy DeVos' support for school vouchers will undermine the rights of students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ask them to vote NO to her confirmation!

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Ninth Circuit Takes California Department Of Education (CDE) To Task

December 15, 2016
The Ninth Circuit affirmed U.S. Northern California District Court Judge Thelton Henderson's orders that the California Department of Education (CDE) must implement a corrective action plan designed to ensure that its special education monitoring system would comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Consent Decree in the case, a class action brought to protect the special education rights of students with disabilities. The decision is the culmination of nearly 20 years of attempting to reform failed local and state-level special education policies.

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Do More Than Worry About Disability Rights — Fuel Our Fight This #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016
In case you have not heard, #GivingTuesday is an annual global day of giving that celebrates generosity and kindness.
As disability civil rights advocates — and people with disabilities — we remain profoundly worried about health care and education (among other issues). We know you are, too.

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Educational Equity Parent Advocate for Community Parent Resource Center

November 2, 2016
Summary: Through training and individual assistance, the Educational Equity Parent Advocate assists, educates, supports, and encourages parents from isolated and traditionally un-served families to become effective advocates for their children with disabilities so that they can make informed decisions as a member of school IEP teams. The Educational Equity Parent Advocate must have a strong connection to the community served and be knowledgeable about resources, services and supports for families.

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DREDF Demands Action After State Fails To Protect Children From Abuse In Special Education

January 15, 2016
DREDF, the ACLU, and Disability Rights California delivered a demand letter to officials at the California Department of Education that calls for an independent monitor to investigate abusive practices at segregated special education sites all across the state. The demand came days after the release of a disturbing video showing a 9-year-old student with disabilities being restrained and hit by staffers at Tobinworld, a publicly-funded special education school in Antioch, California.

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FREE Special Education Clinic

May 14, 2014
DREDF is holding a free special education clinic for Yolo County residents on Friday, June 6th, at the Woodland Public Library - 250 1st St., Woodland, CA. The clinic will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and appointments are highly recommended. If you are a Yolo county resident and have questions or concerns regarding your child's education, call and make an appointment today.

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Arlene Mayerson Interviewed for Investigative Report

November 15, 2013
No More Delay and Deny
“For parents, there’s an absolute feeling of betrayal. The system is not working the way it’s supposed to work," said DREDF Directing Attorney Arlene Mayerson in this in-depth investigative story by NBC Bay Area News on the state of special education. Focusing on the problem of public schools' tactic of "delay and deny," the piece features Mayerson and Education Advocate Ann McDonald-Cacho.

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DREDF represents the American Diabetes Association in the California Supreme Court

May 28, 2013
DREDF is representing the American Diabetes Association (ADA) with co–counsel Reed Smith, LLP, as intervenor in a case of critical importance to California schoolchildren with diabetes and their rights to diabetes health related services in school and during school–sponsored activities. The case is set for hearing before the California Supreme Court on May 29, 2013, and a decision will issue within 90 days.

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