Education

Disability Rights Oregon provides information, referral, and advocacy services for Oregonians who are having a disability-related legal problem related to education, including public special education and transition services, and postsecondary education including public, private, and vocational schools. DRO works to secure integrated and appropriate public services for children and young adults in the public school system and prevent the use of restraint, seclusion and police intervention with students. See our Goals & Priorities for more details.

 

 

Publications

 

Special Education A Guide for Parents & Advocates – Sixth Edition

 

 


 

Our latest stories about education:

 

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Kit de herramientas para padres

Una nueva ley estatal limita la capacidad de los distritos escolares de Oregon para acorta el día escolar de los estudiantes debido a comportamientos causados por una discapacidad. Los distritos pueden acortar el día escolar de su hijo/a solo si cumplen con requisitos específicos. Si el día escolar de su hijo/a ha sido acortado, esperamos… Continue Reading Kit de herramientas para padres

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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

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The struggle for equality

*This post originally appeared on and was written for the website for the organization Nasty Women Get Shit Done.  We’re grateful that you included respecting people with disabilities among the values that you seek to uphold. The fight for disability rights is part of the larger struggle for equality. People with disabilities strive to achieve the… Continue Reading The struggle for equality

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Back-to-school tips

A few tips on how to help ease the transition into the new school year for your child from Managing Attorney Chris Shank. This is the text version: Back to School Tips.          

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Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality

In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans with disabilities did not need strict constitutional protection against discrimination because they had access to lawmakers to protect their rights. Advocates got the message, and were able to achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Nearly 30 years later, however, the promise of… Continue Reading Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality

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Joel Greenberg, Attorney, Special Education, Mental Health in Prisons

Joel’s work spans two distinct areas of disability law: ensuring that every child with a disability receives an appropriate education and protecting the rights of people with mental health conditions who are held in prison. In 2015, Joel and his colleague Sarah Radcliffe investigated the treatment of inmates with serious mental health conditions held at the Oregon State Penitentiary. They co-authored… Continue Reading Joel Greenberg, Attorney, Special Education, Mental Health in Prisons