Arlene Mayerson,
Directing Attorney, DREDF
Anderson Cooper would be the first to call out Donald Trump’s ridicule of a reporter with a disability with righteous indignation. Yet, on December 4, 2016, Cooper used the 60 Minutes broadcast to throw people with disabilities under the bus in the name of journalism. He used his power and prestige to denigrate the first comprehensive civil rights act on behalf of people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the honorable lawyers that enforce it.  Cooper could not have been more successful if his intent was to lead the parade of horribles against the ADA. I suggest that presenting a skewed piece of journalism that serves only to undermine the first national law providing civil rights protections for people with disabilities is at least as harmful as mocking a reporter with a disability.
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Memories from the Celebration

ACCESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE: Fighting for Equality in Health Care

Photos and Videos from DREDF’s 37th Anniversary

September 15, 2016

Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, California

Mary Lou and Denise seated at a table and laughing.

Left to right: Mary Lou Breslin and Denise Sherer Jacobson

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Arlene Mayerson Honored by the American Bar Association

Arlene Mayerson holding the award

DREDF’s Directing Attorney Arlene Mayerson was honored this evening in San Francisco by the American Bar Association. The ABA Commission on Disability Rights presented the Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights to Arlene for her role in the vanguard of the disability rights movement, her brilliant contributions to disability rights law and policy, and for her passion to continue to identify and eliminate barriers to equality for children and adults with disabilities.

We are proud to have Arlene as a leader and friend and mentor, and thankful that as a young lawyer her drive to work in civil rights led her to DREDF and the disability rights movement.

Disability Rights Museum on Wheels at the ERC

The Disability Rights Museum at the ERC

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