Disability Rights Oregon’s mission is to promote and defend the rights of people with disabilities. The organization envisions a society in which people with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. For the past 40 years, the organization has served as Oregon’s Protection & Advocacy System.

Media contact: 

Elizabeth Seaberry
Communications Specialist
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Press releases

Release-Progress report-State Penitentiary falls short of goal to improve the health and well-being of inmates with serious mental illness (04/26/2017)

Release-People with developmental disabilities win temporary freeze to service cuts (04/19/2017)

Release-DHS cuts to in-home care for people with disabilities (04/10/2017)

Release-Court approves landmark agreement to make street crossings safer for all Oregonians (03/27/2017)

Media coverage

Tom Hallman:  A Portland boy who won a prestigious trip told he can’t go (The Oregonian, 04/28/2017)

Jails & Prisons: Oregon State Penitentiary

Editorial: Change at Oregon State Penitentiary behavioral unit long overdue (Statesman Journal, 04/28/2017)

Severely mentally ill inmates spend too much time in their cells, says new report (The Oregonian, 04/26/2017)

Mentally ill prisoners still in their cells an average 23 hours a day (OPB, 04/26/2017), picked up by Jefferson Public Radio

Report finds abuse of mentally ill prisoners (Willamette Week, 04/26/2017)

DHS Cuts to In-Home Care Services

In-home care cuts tough choices for DHS, families (KOIN News, 04/21/2017)

Under court order, DHS will restore in-home care services (East Oregonian, 04/19/2017), picked up by Blue Mountain Eagle

DHS temporarily restores services for Oregonians with disabilities (OPB News, 04/20/2017), picked up by Jefferson Public Radio

Judge orders DHS to restore in-home care for disabled Oregonians (The Oregonian, 04/19/2017)

Judge halts DHS cuts to in-home care for disabled Oregonians (AP, 04/19/2017), picked up by U.S. News & World Report, Register-Guard, KTVZ-News,

State freezes cuts for disabled services to allow for long-term plan (Portland Business Journal, 04/19/2017)

Interview with attorney Tom Stenson (XRAY In the Morning, min. 1:13, XRAY-FM, 04/19/2017)

Oregon DHS sued over reducing in-home care for people with disabilities (OPB’s Think Out Loud, 04/18/2017)

People with disabilities suing DHS after in-home care is cut (KPTV News, 04/12/2017)

Oregon DHS sued over reducing in-home care hours (OPB News, 04/11/2017)

People with disabilities sue DHS for cutting in-home care (The Oregonian, 04/11/2017)

Portland group files disability suit over home care cuts (AP, 04/11/2017), picked up by Register-Guard, East Oregonian, Sacramento Bee

New lawsuit says state improperly cut in-home services to disabled Oregonians (Willamette Week, 04/11/2017)

DHS sued for cutting in-home care hours (KOIN News, 04/11/2017)

People with disabilities sue DHS over cuts to in-home care (Portland Business Journal, 04/11/2017)

Lawsuit: Oregon home care cuts violate disabilities act (Bend Bulletin, 04/10/2017)

Making Street Crossings Safer

Opinion: Playing catch-up on accessibility (Martha Mae Bryson, Eugene Register-Guard, 04/19/2017)

Lawsuit that forced fixing of faulty curb ramps welcome (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 03/31/2017)

Landmark disability rights settlement, (The Source Weekly (Bend), 03/29/2017)

Court settlement will make Oregon road crossings safer, more accessible for people with disabilities (KLCC-FM (Eugene), 03/29/2017)

Judge approves ODOT disability rights settlement, (OPB News, 03/28/2017); ODOT reaches settlement over disability rights (OPB News, 11/03/2016)

ODOT settlement that replaces thousands of curb ramps wins court approval, (The Oregonian, 03/28/2017); Disability advocates, ODOT settle lawsuit; $23 million committed for sidewalk improvements (The Oregonian, 11/03/2016)

ODOT required to replace most curb ramps to comply with ADA, (KATU News, 03/28/2017); ODOT, Disabled Rights Oregon have $5 mil. for curb and accessibility improvements (KATU News, 11/03/2016)

ODOT will reconstruct up to 90% of sidewalk ramps near highways, (KDVR News-Medford, 03/28/ 2017)

ODOT will replace 90 percent of highway curb ramps in coming years, (KTVL News-Medford, 03/28/2017); ODOT takes on the largest disabilities project to make the state ADA compliant  (KTVL News, 02/02/2017)

Judge Oks settlement of ADA lawsuit, (KTVZ News-Central Oregon, 03/27/2017); Disabled-access lawsuit against ODOT settled (KTVZ News, 11/03/2016)

AP wire story, picked up by Register-GuardStatesman JournalU.S. News & World Report, Roseburg News-Review

ODOT must fix thousands of curb ramps around state (Bend Bulletin, 03/27/2017)

ODOT settles over highway crossings for the disabled (The Columbian, 11/06/2016)

Preserving Medicaid   

Tigard family fears for son’s future if ACA explodes (KOIN News, 03/26/2017)

Local mental health services would decline if ACA repealed (Wallowa County Chieftain, 03/22/2017)

Letter to Editor, Bob Joondeph: People with disabilities also lose (The Oregonian, 03/17/2017)

A hidden Oregon casualty of Republican health plan: The disabled (Portland Business Journal, 03/16/2017). Subscription required to access content.

Jails & prisons: Multnomah County Jail 

Reports find mental health services lacking at Multnomah County detention facilities (KPTV News, 03.27.2017)

Report finds harrowing conditions for mentally ill in Multnomah County jail (The Skanner, 03/23/2017)

Op-ed, Sarah Radcliffe: Jail is no place for the mentally ill (The Portland Tribune, 03/17/2017)

Editorial: Time to focus on mentally ill at Multnomah County Detention Center (The Oregonian, 03/05/2017)

Isolation, deprivation, violence: Life in the county jail for mentally ill (The Oregonian, 03/01/2017), picked up by Roseburg News-Review

More issues

Man in motorized wheelchair gets DUII conviction thrown out (The Oregonian, 12/29/2016)

Brown right in closing JC hospital (The Register-Guard, 12/19/2016)

Marion Commissioner nominated for State Hospital board (Statesman Journal, 11/23/2016)

Report: Solitary confinement used too much in Oregon prisons (Statesman Journal, 11/21/2016)

Bend housing crisis extreme for the disabled (Bend Bulletin, 11/04/2016)

Measure 97 letter to senior living residents (KOBI, 10/26/2016)

Senior Care Company Investigated After Urging Residents To Vote No On Measure 97 (KOPB, 10/24/16)

Two groups that serve as watchdogs over senior care, the state’s Long Term Care Ombudsman and Disability Rights Oregon, notified the Secretary of State about the letter sent by Brookdale Senior Living. The watchdog groups said Brookdale might have violated a state law against exerting undue influence over how a person votes.

People with disabilities excited about self-lacing shoes (KGW, 10/05/16)

Oregon voter registration deadline 3 weeks away; State offering alternative ways to cast your ballot (KOIN, 09/27/16)


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