Founded 1979, DREDF is a leading national civil rights law and policy center dedicated to advancing the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. HQ in Berkeley, with office in Washington, DC.
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Twitter: @DREDF
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Primary geographic focus: California Statewide, National
Organization Type: Provider, Research/Policy/Organizing
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Support Centers
Tags: Disability Rights
Acronym or short name: DREDF

Founded in 1979, DREDF is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.  DREDF envisions a just world where all people, with and without disabilities, live full and independent lives free of discrimination, and the organization seeks to realize this vision by confronting the deeply embedded prejudice, paternalism, and economic and social disenfranchisement suffered by Americans with disabilities.

Guided by core principles of equality of opportunity, disability accommodation, accessibility, and inclusion, DREDF’s mission is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.


Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)


LAAC Member Story

Advocates Take on the School to Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities

February 9, 2016
Last year, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities, a report researched and written by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF).

News Story

California lawmakers approve assisted dying legislation

Joseph Mayton
September 9, 2015
California lawmakers approved AB-15, which is similar to the recently failed SB-128, giving terminally ill patients the ability to end their lives.

News Story

California legislators revive right-to-die bill

Lisa M. Krieger
San Jose Mercury News
August 18, 2015
Legislators propose a similar assisted suicide bill in a special health care funding legislative session, bypassing the regular Assembly Health Committee.

News Story

The US education revolution just got a boost

Abby Jackson
Business Insider
May 5, 2015
Civil rights groups, including NAACP and DREDF, oppose opt-out movement targeting Common Core testing.

Investigative , News Story

Little oversight of restraint practices in special education

Jane Meredith Adams, John C. Osborn
April 19, 2015
EdSource Today's investigative report into a "behavioral emergency" system found a consistent increase in the use of this type of discipline against students with disabilities.


Legal Rights to Financial Equity for People with Disabilities: Session 1

Sep 22, 2021
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Legal Rights to Financial Equity for People with Disabilities: Session 2

Oct 6, 2021
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Disability Rights for California Tenants and Shelter Residents

Dec 17, 2021
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

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