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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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 4

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed. The Department of Human Services’ Employment First program has a treasure trove of stories of Oregonians with disabilities who have found fulfillment and greater independence through work. There’s Bill in Hood River, and Susan and Emanuel in Portland, and Jason in Redmond. Their stories, and many others, illustrate the progress that we’re making… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 4

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 3

Equine therapy can be a life-changing treatment for kids and adults who experience physical disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or mental health conditions. The nearly 20 centers across our state serve a diverse group of Oregonians – from veterans who experience PTSD to young children who experience behavioral issues linked to their disability. But, Oregon… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 3

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 2

Every child born in the U.S. is screened shortly after birth for the possibility of hearing loss. The earliest months and years of life offer a limited window of time during which the brain can wire for auditory input to avoid hearing loss. From birth to age three, babies and children can develop those pathways and learn… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 2

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 1

I’m happy to report that the first week of this “short session” wasn’t only action-packed, it also delivered a small, yet important, victory for parents with disabilities: Senate passage of SB 1526A. Bills are moving swiftly through committee and to the floors of each chamber. If one of our legislative priorities would impact your life and you… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 1