Advancements in disability rights in 2018

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By: Matt Hall, Community Work Incentives Coordinator

Thanksgiving is a time to look both forward and backward, to reflect on the accomplishments of the year and to think about all of the work that lies in front of us.

2018 has been an exciting year for advancing disability rights in Oregon.

We’ve been at the forefront of working to create a more inclusive, supportive world for people with disabilities. Here are a few of the changes you helped to bring about:

  • Improving the conditions for inmates who experience mental illness in Multnomah County jails

 

  • Reaching an agreement with Oregon’s Department of Human Services to strengthen in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities

 

  • Helping protect the rights of parents who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

  • Providing more than 350 Social Security disability-related beneficiaries with intensive individualized benefits counseling services

While we have accomplished much, we know that there is still much to achieve.

We want to use this holiday season to reflect on the strength and resolve of people with disabilities, and to express our thanks for the many friends and allies who join us in this great struggle for civil and human rights.

We know that the world is a far more equitable and just place not only because of the work that we do, but because of all who join our cause and lift up the voices and stories of people with disabilities everywhere.