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.
Organization Website

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 (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.


Dog Days of August: Legal Rights to Animals That Help People with Disabilities

Aug 10, 2018
This overview training will address a “constellation” of hot topics during the Dog Days of August. First tip: depending on context, animals used by people with disabilities can include more than just dogs. 
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

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)

New Horizons for Students with Disabilities: Implications from the SCOTUS decision in Endrew v. Douglas Co. Sch District

Dec 5, 2017
In this webinar, we will hear from an author of the disability community amicus brief in Endrew and one of the thought leaders in this arena about the implications of Endrew for students with disabilities and their advocates.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Overview of Disability Rights Laws

Oct 11, 2017
This training is designed to assist attorneys and advocates in a range of practice areas with issue-spotting for disability rights issues.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Advocacy Skills Training – Using “Structured Negotiation” As An Alternative to Litigation

Jan 19, 2017
“Structured Negotiation” is a way to achieve a win-win resolution of legal claims while avoiding the need for lawsuits. Your clients gain a forum outside the courtroom where stories matter and they can feel heard. Opposing parties gain a way to do the right thing without conceding legal violations.
MCLE: 1 hour

2016 Disability Civil Rights Law Series: Select Medi-Cal Eligibility, Enrollment and Managed Care Issues for People with Disabilities in California

Nov 17, 2016
Presenters will discuss some of the pitfalls that continue to confront Medi-Cal applicants and beneficiaries, even as the program has undergone significant changes over the past several years.
MCLE: 1 hour

2016 Disability Civil Rights Law Series: Technology Access

Apr 5, 2016
This session will address current jurisprudence as to the applicability of general federal and California disability civil rights laws to a range of technology contexts, including the Internet.
MCLE: 1 hour

2016 Disability Civil Rights Law Series: Providing Legal Services to Clients with Disabilities (With Focus on Mental Health)

Mar 18, 2016
This is the second in a series of Disability Rights Law webinars that will offer an overview of relevant legal authority, as well as advocacy tips and practical resources.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

2016 Disability Civil Rights Law Series: Civil Rights Definition of “Disability”

Feb 22, 2016
This session will focus on preparing advocates to compare and contrast different “disability” definitions, to assist with disability rights issue-spotting in a variety of practice contexts.
MCLE: 1 hour

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