PORTLAND, ORE. – Jan. 25, 2012 – Advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities today filed a class action lawsuit challenging Oregon’s failure to provide supported employment services to more than 2,300 state residents who are segregated in sheltered workshops where they perform mundane tasks, such as folding UPS bags. The lawsuit, filed in… Continue Reading Press release: Class Action Lawsuit Seeks an End to Segregated Sheltered Workshops
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DRO then drafted a bill for the 2011 legislative session to regulate the use of seclusion and restraint to prevent violence before it happened, require parental notification of incidents and provide a mechanism for complaint resolution. The bill was sponsored by Representative Gelser, Senator Edwards and six other legislators. On August 2, 2011, Governor Kitzhaber… Continue Reading THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Continue Reading THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
This report is the result of an investigation into the deaths of five patients at Dammasch State Hospital in 1993. The investigation was begun in response to independent complaints about each death. The report was released in the hope that it would bring attention to the conditions that contributed to these deaths and prevent future harm to Dammasch patients.… Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital