A reflection on the debate about treatment of terrorist suspects and how Oregon cares for citizens with mental illness. Recent news reports about the official sanction of, and guidelines for, torture (or, if you prefer, “enhanced interrogation techniques”), brought me back a couple of years to some work I did for the government. I was… Continue Reading Is Mental Cruelty “Torture?”
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 case that is important to special education students and their families will be decided this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. And, it’s from Oregon. TA was a high school student in the 6,000-student Forest Grove district. He had spent most of his educational career in Forest Grove and had never been considered for… Continue Reading Supreme Court hears Oregon Special Ed Case
How a lot of running around in circles can get you somewhere. I’m back home from a full day at the state Capitol. We are three legislative days away from a big deadline. Any bill that has not moved out of its original committee by the close of business on Tuesday is dead. This deadline… Continue Reading A Day at the Legislature
Bill Lynch reports about tonight’s Community Forum in Portland conducted by the Oregon Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee. The auditorium at Portland Community College was full by 5 PM for the 6 PM Ways and Means Committee forum. By the time the forum began, the overflow room was overflowing. Co-Chair Margaret Carter was absent due… Continue Reading Advocates Speak of Need for DD Services