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.

A graphic featuring two shapes, the Star of David and the words "Stronger than hate."

We stand together against hate

  In response to the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, below is a statement from our Executive Director Bob Joondeph: We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the 11 individuals whose lives were extinguished as they worshiped in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and to the many other individuals who… Continue Reading We stand together against hate

Happy Anniversary ADA!

Today, the 28th anniversary of the ADA, is worth a big celebration. I recall how amazing it was in 1990 for the ADA to come into being for America, people with disabilities and…DRO!  During my first 4 years at DRO, we did not have that law. We had the Rehab Act to enforce rights when… Continue Reading Happy Anniversary ADA!

Kimberly shearing sheep.

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