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.

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Press releases/Statements

Statement from Bob Joondeph-Pay Equity Bill

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

Access to public education

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

Civil rights

Letter: Don’t tear families apart (The Oregonian, 07/23/2017)

IQ costs Oregon parents their kids, but is that fair (The Oregonian, 07/18/2017)

Op-ed: The many parallels in our struggle for civil rights (The Oregonian, 06/18/2017)

Rights of people with mental health conditions

Letter to Editor: Addressing disparities in jail system (The Oregonian, 10/10/2017)

State’s biggest youth prison gets $52 million upgrade, including new ‘cottages’ (The Oregonian, 09/22/2017)

CAGED: Inmates raise red flags about Oregon’s solitary confinement (Street Roots, 08/25/2017)

Community members blast mayor’s idea for new community police engagement commission (The Oregonian, 08/04/2017

Mental health breakdown: Battle rages on over Wilsonville psychiatric hospital (Portland Business Journal, 07/20/2017)

Oregon’s mental hospital is being flooded with criminal defendants (Portland Mercury, 07/19/2017)

Multnomah County homeless count reveals nearly 3 in 4 unhoused report disabilities (Lund Report, 06/21/2017)

Jails & prisons: Multnomah County Jail

Keeping guns out of psychiatric emergency clinics

Jails & Prisons: Oregon State Penitentiary

Medicaid: Home- and community-based services

Home and community based services for people with disabilities


Portland Shriners Hospital patient devises website for disabled concertgoers (Portland Business Journal, 10/17/2017)

Americans with Disabilities Act’s rules for service dogs (KEZI-News, 10/11/2017)

Woman, 83, banned from bus because of assistance Chihuahua, suit say (The Oregonian, 10/11/2017)

Wheelchair Friendly: Pedestrian Accessibility on the Current Caveman Bridge Renovation Project (Grants Pass Daily Courier, 10/7/17)

Pedestrian advocates not surprised by deadly crash in crosswalk (KATU News, 09/25/2017)

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Equal pay

Oregon’s new equal pay law.

Stopping abuse & neglect

Tigard police arrest school bus driver accused of sexually abusing special needs student (KPTV News, 05/04/2017)

Voting rights

Op-ed: Democracy works best when everyone is involved (Statesman Journal, 05/03/2017)


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