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Our decades-long fight to keep people with intellectual & development disabilities out of institutions

When I joined the DRO Board of Directors in 1981, the topic of passionate discussion was the Fairview Training Center. Fairview was the largest institution of its kind in the nation, housing thousands of individuals with disabilities. Data showed high levels of abuse and neglect. Residents were not permitted to leave unless they were first… Continue Reading Our decades-long fight to keep people with intellectual & development disabilities out of institutions

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We stand together against hate

  In response to the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, below is a statement from our Executive Director Bob Joondeph: We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the 11 individuals whose lives were extinguished as they worshiped in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and to the many other individuals who… Continue Reading We stand together against hate

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2018 Legislative Session Review

The 2018 legislative session brought big wins for kids and parents who experience disability. Two of our priority bills passed and await the governor’s signature. The short session also brought a number of disappointments. We’ve cataloged all of the ups and downs for you, and share a few previews of issues we’ll likely be focusing on in… Continue Reading 2018 Legislative Session Review

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 4

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed. The Department of Human Services’ Employment First program has a treasure trove of stories of Oregonians with disabilities who have found fulfillment and greater independence through work. There’s Bill in Hood River, and Susan and Emanuel in Portland, and Jason in Redmond. Their stories, and many others, illustrate the progress that we’re making… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 4