*This post originally appeared on and was written for the website for the organization Nasty Women Get Shit Done. We’re grateful that you included respecting people with disabilities among the values that you seek to uphold. The fight for disability rights is part of the larger struggle for equality. People with disabilities strive to achieve the… Continue Reading The struggle for equality
Editorials about the work Disability Rights Oregon is doing, and state, local and national disability issues. Written by Disability Rights Oregon Executive Director Bob Joondeph.
There comes a time when we should stand up for what is right. Now is one of those times. We at Disability Rights Oregon reject white supremacy, racism, and the idea that any individual or group has the right to dominate others. These beliefs are hostile to the values of equality and respect that underpin our work. We also reject the use of… Continue Reading Every person is equal. We reject white supremacy & domination.
Last night, the Senate rejected legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Below is our response. Statement from Executive Director Bob Joondeph: Courage. It takes courage to stand in the face of power and announce that you will not be fooled, that you will not be patronized or ignored. It is no small thing… Continue Reading Disability community helps defeat latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act
Today, the Senate voted to move forward with consideration of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Below is our response. Statement from Executive Director Bob Joondeph: On the eve of the 27th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Senate stands on the precipice of undoing nearly half a… Continue Reading Senate votes to move forward with Affordable Care Act repeal
In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans with disabilities did not need strict constitutional protection against discrimination because they had access to lawmakers to protect their rights. Advocates got the message, and were able to achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Nearly 30 years later, however, the promise of… Continue Reading Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality
I attended a rally in NE Portland today to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and dismantling of Medicaid. The mission of Disability Rights Oregon is to “promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities.” What Congress is now proposing is the greatest threat to our mission that we have seen in… Continue Reading Senate health care bill is “Medicaid elimination bill”
Governor Brown signed legislation that will ensure students who experience behavioral challenges caused by a disability are not unnecessarily excluded from school. Continue Reading A victory for students with disabilities
Today, Governor Kate Brown signed the Pay Equity Bill into law. A statement from Disability Rights Oregon Executive Director Bob Joondeph is below: Statement from Bob Joondeph: We celebrate this victory for workers with disabilities in Oregon. In signing HB 2005 into law, Governor Kate Brown is opening a door to prosperity for more Oregonians to build… Continue Reading Opening a door to prosperity for more Oregonians
Today, leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), legislation designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shortly before a vote on the bill was scheduled. In response, Disability Rights Oregon issued this statement. Statement from Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon: “The House narrowly avoided committing… Continue Reading Bob Joondeph’s statement on withdrawal of ACA repeal bill
The Oregonian published a letter from Bob on March 17. Congress is working quickly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. There has been wide coverage of the millions of people who will lose health care when the Medicaid expansion population is eliminated. It is equally important, however, to focus on the deep cuts that are slated for those who keep Medicaid coverage.… Continue Reading Letter to The Oregonian: People with disabilities lose out in the ACA replacement bill