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
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.
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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
Governor Brown signed legislation that will ensure students who experience behavioral challenges caused by a disability are not unnecessarily excluded from school. Continue Reading A victory for students with disabilities
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