For the last decade and a half, I’ve had the privilege to work at Disability Rights Oregon, as a special education advocate.
I represent students in special education, engage in policy advocacy, and work closely with the Latino community.
I teach Spanish-speaking parents how to advocate for their children’s rights. I support them and nurture their development as leaders in their communities to help them find their voice, and tell their own story with their unique lens of the world.
And as their children see them become leaders, they, too, expect to be leaders. It has truly been an honor to be part of this movement and that is my reward!
This year marks our 40th anniversary! Later this month, we’ll celebrate with an event in Portland. We hope you can come and celebrate with us!
Here’s a 40th-anniversary-dinner-infographic-text-document of the infographic.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, Portland
Our work has always been guided by the fact that individuals with a disability are, first and foremost, individuals and valued members of their community.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
40 Years of Progress
Even though my work is primarily in special education, I’ve seen the progress that we’ve made across all issues affecting the daily lives of Oregonians with disabilities and their families. Our work has made it possible for thousands of Oregonians with disabilities to participate and contribute to their workplaces, schools, and communities.
We also recognize Oregonians with disabilities haven’t achieved full inclusion and participation in our communities and the opportunity to pursue their own dreams. And as we look back 40 years at the remarkable progress we’ve made so far, it will light our path, as we begin the next 40 years of advocacy.
We at Disability Rights Oregon have deep appreciation for everything that you do to support our work.
To learn more about my background and what drew me to this advocacy, you can read my Q&A.