Tag Archives: Human Rights

DREDF letter Opposing HR 3765

August 8, 2016
We strongly oppose the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3765. This bill is designed to limit the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access places of public accommodation in the same manner as all other citizens. Twenty-six years after the ADA was enacted, businesses should be expected to know and comply with their obligations under the law.

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East County NAACP Sues Antioch Unified School District

July 7, 2016
The East County NAACP filed suit against the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) for violating an agreement intended to address civil rights violations against African American students. That agreement, and the lawsuit, seek to end AUSD’s disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of African American students, particularly those with disabilities. The NAACP East County is represented in this lawsuit by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), Morrison & Foerster, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), and the Equal Justice Society (EJS).

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Arlene B. Mayerson to Receive Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights

June 24, 2016
We are incredibly proud to announce that DREDF Directing Attorney Arlene B. Mayerson, will receive the American Bar Association's Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. The ABA Commission on Disability Rights selected Mayerson for her commitment and service as a disability rights advocate.

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California Assisted Suicide Law Is Denounced By Leading Disability Rights Policy Center

June 11, 2016
DREDF is pleased to announce, along with our coalition partners in Californians Against Assisted Suicide, that this week, the national organization Patients Rights Action Fund will launch a new web page where concerned individuals, family members, and friends can bring to light abuses, problems, and complications associated with assisted suicide laws.

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The John R. Lewis Intersectionality Award

October 5, 2015
DREDF is proud to establish the John R. Lewis Intersectionality Award. Mr. Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement has continually recognized that the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as disability, race, class, and gender create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

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The Making of the ADA – Week Two

July 19, 2015
Memories from the 10th Anniversary
This Week: Senator Tom Harkin, Arlene Mayerson, and Pat Wright
In an effort to capture the day–to–day memories of some of those who were part of this historic event, the University of San Francisco and Access Video, collaborated with DREDF during 1999 and 2000 to interview some of the people who were central to the law's passage.

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The Making of the ADA

July 14, 2015
Memories from the 10th Anniversary
The University of San Francisco and the video production company, Access Video, collaborated with DREDF during 1999 and 2000 to interview some of the people who were central to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We are pleased to post this historic archival material in celebration of the ADA's 25th anniversary.

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Antioch School Officials Agree to Groundbreaking Collaboration

March 26, 2015
Officials of the Antioch Unified School District have announced a groundbreaking effort to identify the causes of disparities in school discipline by examining the subtle, complex, and often unintentional ways in which race, disability and discipline intersect.

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Celebrating Kitty Cone: 1944 – 2015

March 25, 2015
Long-time DREDF champion, staffer, and former member of the board of directors, Kitty Cone died at her home in Berkeley, California on Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was 70. Kitty was closely aligned with DREDF for nearly two decades, endorsing and supporting our use of law and policy as instruments for long-term reform.

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