Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

(510) 644-2555
(510) 841-8645 (Fax/TTY Line)
(510) 841-8645

Parents of children with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities.


Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) provides referrals, technical assistance, advocacy and legal support services to parents and other interested parties in the area of disability rights. DREDF is the parent training center and information center for parents of children with disabilities in Alameda, Contra Costa and Yolo counties. Those in other counties may call to inquire about services in their area.

  • We train and educate people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities about their rights under state and federal disability rights laws so they can use the laws as tools to challenge exclusion and discrimination, and advocate effectively for full participation in the lives of their communities.
  • We educate lawyers, service providers, government officials, and many others about disability civil rights laws and policies
  • For over fifteen years we have operated a disability rights legal clinic in collaboration with law schools in the San Francisco Bay Area including Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • We represent clients in leading edge disability rights litigation.
  • We serve as co–counsel and prepare amicus curiae briefs on behalf of parties that include disability community representatives and members of Congress in disability rights cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • We advocate for the legal rights of individuals and families.
  • We design and carry out strategies that strengthen public policy and that lead to the enactment of federal and state laws protecting and advancing civil rights for people with disabilities such as the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act, the Civil Rights Restoration Act, the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, and the IDEA Amendments Act.
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Main Location
3075 Adeline Street
Suite 210
Berkeley, CA  94703
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