Bob’s Blog

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.

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A heartfelt thank you

Fighting for equality. For people with disabilities, the struggle seems to never end. And yet, while our private and public institutions continue to fall short, we must remember the progress that we, together, have made. For decades, courageous people have spoken truth to power, attended rallies and marches, pushed for new laws, and demanded to… Continue Reading A heartfelt thank you

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The struggle for equality

*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

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Every person is equal. We reject white supremacy & domination.

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.

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Disability community helps defeat latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act

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