Our projects

Below you will find the most recent updates about some of our ongoing projects.


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Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

For the last decade and a half, I’ve had the privilege to work at Disability Rights Oregon, as a special education advocate. I represent students in special education, engage in policy advocacy, and work closely with the Latino community. I teach Spanish-speaking parents how to advocate for their children’s rights. I support them and nurture their development as leaders… Continue Reading Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

Niko in front of a U.N. banner about including people with disabilities in UN development goals.

A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Sixteen-year old Niko Boskovic won first place in a prestigious essay contest, and was selected as a delegate to an annual educational program.  But, the program sponsor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, withdrew his prize after learning Niko experiences autism and uses a letter board to communicate. Our attorneys worked with Niko and his family to… Continue Reading A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Anais Keenon standing on Broadway wearing a black shirt and smiling at the camera.

Q&A Anais Keenon, part 2

Q&A: Anais Keenon (part 2) This is our second in a two-part interview with Disability Rights Oregon staff member Anais Keenon. In our first interview, Anais explained her role in the Plan for Work program, and shared what launched her involvement in the disability rights movement.  Here, she describes some of her experiences and insights gleaned… Continue Reading Q&A Anais Keenon, part 2

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Groups warn Senators AHCA will harm Oregonians with disabilities

Nine organizations in Oregon concerned about the interests and rights of people with disabilities sent a letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley. The letter urges the Senators to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and points to the especially devastating impact the bill would have on people with disabilities. Organizations The letter is signed by… Continue Reading Groups warn Senators AHCA will harm Oregonians with disabilities

Legislative Update: Week 18

Upcoming Hearings The following are all Work Sessions. Monday 8:15 am In the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Hearing Room 343 HB 2308A Provides that in the calculation of the maximum period of commitment for a defendant lacking fitness to proceed, the defendant must receive credit for each day the defendant is held in jail unless… Continue Reading Legislative Update: Week 18

Psychiatric Emergency Clinics Must be Safe Places

Psychiatric emergency clinics need to be safe places. This is critical for both the patients who receive care for mental health conditions and the clinical staff who administer the health care. Guns have no place in a clinical environment. Disability Rights Oregon is committed to removing barriers to accessing psychiatric emergency services. Ensuring that guns stay outside… Continue Reading Psychiatric Emergency Clinics Must be Safe Places

Roseburg resident Gloria in her gait trainer.

Q&A: Gloria’s story

Thousands of Oregonians with intellectual or developmental disabilities rely on in-home care services in order to live in the community.  To bring to life what these services mean for Oregonians across the state, we’re sharing people’s stories.  Les Rogers, a father who lives in Roseburg, shares his daughter Gloria’s story.  Gloria is three and a half.… Continue Reading Q&A: Gloria’s story