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At the new Ed Roberts Campus, DREDF continues its pioneering civil rights work

DREDF's office space at the Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley's new center for disability rights.
DREDF's office space at the Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley's new center for disability rights.

As one of the seven partner agencies at the new Ed Roberts Campus (ERC), DREDF (The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund) is expanding its efforts to advance the rights of people with disabilities. A national law and policy center, DREDF offers legal advocacy, training, education, public policy work, and legislative development. DREDF’s director, Susan Henderson, says that being at the ERC brings many advantages, including increased awareness about each agency's disability rights work, new opportunities for collaboration, proximity to a transit hub, and additional space for meetings.

One new initiative at DREDF is the launch of a series of evening legal clinics. In conjunction with other legal services organizations, DREDF will bring in experts to provide legal advice on housing access, employment, and other issues related to disability. DREDF is also collaborating with the World Institute on Disability, another ERC partner agency, on issues related to health care access.

In addition, DREDF can now accommodate more people at its monthly parent trainings about special education. These trainings offer an overview of the special education process, Section 504 (a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability), and IDEA, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. These workshops are offered on the second Monday of the month.

Next parent training:

What: Understanding Special Education
Where: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA
Date: Monday, January 10
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 (Pizza included)
Contact: Katie Keil at or 510-644-2555 ext. 5227

Public Transit:
DREDF is on Adeline Street, across from the Ashby BART Station in Berkeley. AC Transit Line F stops right outside the Ed Roberts Campus. AC Transit lines 12, 18, 49 and 800 stop within a block of the building. For more specific directions, contact DREDF at 510-644-2555.

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