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
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.
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
Advocate for Your Rights On Monday, the 2018 legislative “short session” officially got underway. We’ll be fighting hard for a handful of bills that will improve the lives of Oregonians with disabilities. And we’ll track many more. Making sure that your voice is front and center leading this advocacy is crucial. Use this form to describe why… Continue Reading Help champion our 2018 legislative priorities
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