Arlene B. Mayerson has been the Directing Attorney of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) since 1981. One of the nation’s leading experts in disability rights law, she has been a key advisor to both Congress and the disability community for over three decades on major disability rights legislation, including the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act as well as other legislation ensuring the special education rights of students with disabilities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the request of members of Congress, Ms.
Stephen Rosenbaum, JD, MPP, is a Haas Institute Visiting Researcher Scholar. He has taught professional skills courses on social justice, mental health, civil rights and Spanish language and cultural competency at Berkeley Law, where he was awarded the title of
John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer. He has also taught law and policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as disability rights at Stanford Law.
Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research focuses on disability, sexuality, and minority social movements in contemporary Japan. Her first book, Deaf in Japan, was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements. She recently finished a second book on schizophrenia and mental illness in Japan entitled, A Disability of the Soul. For the past year, she has been working on a project exploring the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality.
Victor Pineda is a Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute.
Marsha Saxton is Director of Research and Training at World Institute on Disability (WID) as well as a lecturer in Disability Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Marsha loves teaching and training, and has presented workshops and classes in recent years in Australia, Japan, Britain, Finland, Qatar, Canada, and the U.S.