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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2018 Legislative Session Review

The 2018 legislative session brought big wins for kids and parents who experience disability. Two of our priority bills passed and await the governor’s signature. The short session also brought a number of disappointments. We’ve cataloged all of the ups and downs for you, and share a few previews of issues we’ll likely be focusing on in… Continue Reading 2018 Legislative Session Review

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Budget news from the 2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 legislature was able to maintain the Oregon Health Plan expansion population and to make some important investments in human services that benefit Oregonians with disabilities. Disability Rights Oregon’s major budget goal was to protect children with intellectual disabilities from losing funding for their in-home supports. Thanks to the work of advocates and self-advocates… Continue Reading Budget news from the 2018 Legislative Session

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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