Policy

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) advocates for legislation and public policy that will protect and increase the independence, safety, and integration of people who have disabilities. This includes:

 

  • lobbying during Oregon’s legislative sessions to ensure that new laws support these goals
  • working closely with Oregon’s state administrative agencies to pursue remedies or approaches that protect the rights of eligible people with disabilities
  • serving on Advisory Committees for public agencies to improve policies and procedures
  • partnering with other community groups to increase safety and supports for people with disabilities

 

Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship

This article originally appeared in the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Newsletter, April 2017 edition. Enhancing self-determination in less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship By Jan E. Friedman, Disability Rights Oregon Attorney, and Stephen Peters, Disability Rights Oregon Rights Advocate Jan E. Friedman has been an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon since 1999; she currently heads up… Continue Reading Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship

Aloha resident Amanda Uhrig posing in front of a flowering bush.

Why Medicaid Matters

Oregonians from across the state shared their personal stories to help others step into their shoes and see what cuts to Medicaid would mean for their lives. Read/watch their stories and share them, then take action. Continue Reading Why Medicaid Matters

Photo description: A set of stairs inside the Oregon State Capitol building

Legislative Update, week five

DRO testified that another minority, often forgotten, not only experiences twice the level of unemployment of others but endures a 37% wage gap. Yes, according to the American Institutes for Research, workers with disabilities are paid, on average, 37% less than their non-disabled peers for the same work. Continue Reading Legislative Update, week five

A marble sculpture with an inscription that reads: "A free state is formed and is maintained by the voluntary union of the whole people joined together under the same body of laws for the common welfare and the sharing of benefits justly apportioned"

Legislative Update, week four

“Words matter.”  Just look at the front wall of the Capitol building where the words pictured above are carved. Inside the building, everyone who testified on SB 64 in the Senate Judiciary agreed that words matter. We did not agree on whether the words in the bill should pass.  SB 64 would change the term “mental… Continue Reading Legislative Update, week four

Legislative Update, week three

Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that don’t allow motorists to pump their own gas.  But that may be changing.  The proverbial camel’s nose nudged into tent when the 2015 legislature allowed self-serve in “low-population” counties after 6 p.m. and before 6 a.m.  On Friday, the House Committee on Transportation Policy considered… Continue Reading Legislative Update, week three