Tag Archives: Autism

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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Disability-Bias Hate Crimes

July 2, 2013
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) calls for the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prosecute the murder of Alex Spourdalakis under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. The federal government may prosecute a violent act as a hate crime when "the crime was committed because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability of any person" as it was in the case of Alex Spourdalakis.

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