Disability Rights Oregon upholds the civil rights of people with disabilities to live, work, and engage in the community. The nonprofit works to transform systems, policies, and practices to give more people the opportunity to reach their full potential. For 40 years, the organization has served as Oregon’s Protection & Advocacy system.

Media contact: 

Elizabeth Seaberry
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Press releases/Statements

Release-ODOT: Historical exceptions to the ADA (3/7/2018)

Release-ODOT survey: 97 percent of curb ramps across state violate ADA standards (2/15/2018)

Release-DHS will temporarily restore cuts to services that help older Oregonians & people with disabilities live independently (2/09/2018)

Statement-VA agrees to temporary extension of in-home services for Springfield vet (2/02/2018)

Release-VA forcing veteran with ALS to move to out-of-state nursing home (1/24/2018)

Release-Conditions for youth held at NORCOR (12/05/2017)


Media coverage

Kids’ Access to Hearing Services

Bill requiring insurance cover hearing aids awaits signature (OPB News, 2/28/2018)


Op-ed: Don’t take the teeth out of the ADA, Matthew Denney (East Oregonian, 3/15/18)

Oregon to fix nearly every curb ramp on its roads by 2032 (Daily Astorian, 3/1/2018)

ODOT study shows that 97-percent of Oregon’s curb ramps violate the law (KMTR News, 2/20/2018)

Wheelchair users seek outdoor adventures (Bend Bulletin, 2/16/2018)

Audit finds issue with sidewalks ramps along Oregon highways (Associated Press, 2/16/2018) picked up by Statesman Journal, Register-Guard, Bend Bulletin, KGW News, KEZI-TV, Daily Journal of Commerce, Fresno Bee

97% of sidewalk ramps along Oregon highways violate ADA standards, survey finds (The Oregonian, 2/16/2018)

97 percent of curb ramps on state highways not ADA-compliant (East Oregonian, 2/15/2018) picked up by Hermiston Herald

Oregonians aren’t pumped about new law allowing self-service gas stations (NPR, 1/5/2018)

‘I don’t even know HOW’: Some Oregonians panic about new self-service gas law (The Washington Post, 1/3/2018)

All user bathrooms growing in Portland (KXL-FM, 12/21/2017)

Portland Art Museum will try again to get approval for Rothko Pavilion (The Oregonian, 12/05/2017)

Service dogs v. fakes: 5 things you need to know (KGW News, 11/13/17)

Letter: A park accessible to all (The Oregonian, 11/13/17)


VA Extends Home Health Care For Disabled Oregon Veteran For 60 Days To Prevent Nursing Home Stay (Open Minds, 3/4/18)

VA extends home health care for disabled Oregon vet for 60 days (The Oregonian, 02/02/18), picked up by The Register-Guard

Disabled Springfield veteran sues VA over plan to cut home care (The Oregonian, 01/25/18)

Air Force veteran with ALS may be forced to leave home as care is reduce (KVAL News & KMTR News, 01/11/18)


Op-ed: How Portland’s KOi Fusion tapped into an overlooked talent pool (Portland Business Journal, 01/03/2018)

Access to public education

New Franklin high-needs classrooms already outdated (KOIN News, 01/02/2018)

New classrooms for high-needs Franklin students already seen as outdated and inadequate (Portland Tribune, 01/02/18)

PPS says Pioneer plan always included site for high-needs kids (Portland Tribune, 12/07/17)

Letter: All children deserve chance to learn, (The Register-Guard, 11/29/17)

Op-ed: Oregon fails rural schools who need help teaching children with disabilities (The Oregonian, 11/26/17)

When the neediest students get the fewest school hours (The Oregonian, 09/17/2017)

Rights of people with mental health conditions

Jails & Prisons: Youth Detention

A prescription for therapeutic justice, (Lund Report, 3/19/2018)

Absence of community oversight of Portland police reforms extends beyond one year (The Oregonian, 2/22/2018)

DA: No criminal charges for use of K9 on jail inmate (Columbia County Spotlight, 3/02/2018); Viral video: Sheriff explains K9 attack on jail inmate (The Chronicle, 12/13/2017)

State’s psychiatric hospitals still without chief (The Register-Guard, 11/28/17)

Multnomah County’s Jail is a devastating place for people with mental illness (Portland Mercury, 11/22/17)

Loved ones of mentally ill concerned with civil commitments (Mail Tribune, 11/13/2017, picked up by AP)

Medicaid: Home- and community-based services

Aging & People with Disabilities agrees to temporarily restore cuts to in-home care hours & benefits

Home and community based services for people with disabilities


Bill would prohibit using disability as sole reason to terminate parental rights (The Oregonian, 01/17/2018)

Parental rights for parents with intellectual disabilities  (OPB’s Think Out Loud, 01/16/2018)

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