The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Records document the activities and policies of one of the first organizations
advocating for civil rights for people with disabilities. The bulk of these records date from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.
The collection has been divided into nine series. The first few series pertain to the administrative functions of DREDF and
its earlier incarnation, the Disability Law Resource Center of the Center for Independent Living. In the remaining series,
the three major themes are litigation, education and legislative policy, all of which affect integration into the mainstream,
civil and human rights and equality of opportunity for this sometimes "hidden minority."
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) was established on October 1, 1979 in Berkeley, California by Mary
Lou Breslin, Patrisha A. Wright, and Robert Funk. It is a nonprofit national law and policy center run primarily by disabled
persons. DREDF is dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities and their families through
legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance and the education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with
disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. DREDF serves as one of the disability community's primary national
legal defense organizations.
Number of containers: 27 cartons, 2 boxes, 2 oversize folders
Linear feet: 35
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Collection is open for research.