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
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.