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Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is on a mission to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. 

DREDF is a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded by the US Department of Education. PTIs serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 26 with all disabilities. They help families:

  • Obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities
  • Work to improve education results for all children
  • Train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics
  • Resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies
  • Connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs

2021 Trainings (all trainings are from 7:00pm – 8:30pm):

Lea sobre los entrenamientos en español

March 8, 2021IEP Basics & Beyond During COVID-19
     An overview of the special education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act laws.
Register with this link.

April 12, 2021: Transition to Adulthood Training for Parents During COVID-19
     Learn how to develop a transition plan as part of the IEP process for youth. We will provide tips and advocacy strategies to families and caregivers on how to use the transition process effectively, and discuss ways to shift the focus of the IEP from the parent and school’s goals to a youth centered approach.
Register with this link.

May 10, 2021: IEP Basics & Beyond During COVID-19
     An overview of the special education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act laws.
Register with this link.

June 14, 2021: Dispute Resolution During COVID-19
     Learn the benefits of dispute resolution, including IEP Resolution Sessions, mediation as well as how to file complaints when necessary.
Register with this link.

Matrix Parent Network

Matrix provides support, information, and resources to parents of children and young adults with special need

Matrix services include:

  • Trainings on IEPs, effective parent advocacy, Procedural Safeguards, understanding goals and assessments, and transition to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and adulthood.
  • Resources and toolkits on above topics, as well as birth 
  • Helpline, which parents can call or email to speak with Parent Advisors. Parent Advisors answer questions and provide support, resources and referrals, one-on-one.
  • Virtual support groups.
  • New clinical services department which will provide counseling services to families, as well as additional trainings on behavior management and diagnosis.

Matrix brochure - English
Matrix Brochure - Spanish