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 employment and licensing for employment. We can provide assistance to people requiring reasonable accommodations to maintain their jobs; we do not handle failure to hire or termination cases.
We also administer Oregon’s Client Assistance Program (CAP), which helps people who are having difficulty seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation services from Oregon’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), Independent Living (IL) centers, Oregon’s Commission for the Blind, and tribal programs. Clients who have a wide variety of physical and mental impairments contact DRO when they are having difficulties with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Often, clients are frustrated when their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors do not understand their needs, desires, or their point of view. DRO attorneys intervene to re-establish communication between clients and their counselors, with informal resolutions whenever possible. If informal resolution is not possible, DRO staff attorneys will file requests for formal administrative hearings, and represent clients at initial hearings and in subsequent appeals.
CAP (29 USC § 732, P.L. 105-220) is authorized in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (last amended and reauthorized in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998) and administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.
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Today, Governor Kate Brown signed the Pay Equity Bill into law. A statement from Disability Rights Oregon Executive Director Bob Joondeph is below: Statement from Bob Joondeph: We celebrate this victory for workers with disabilities in Oregon. In signing HB 2005 into law, Governor Kate Brown is opening a door to prosperity for more Oregonians to build… Continue Reading Opening a door to prosperity for more Oregonians
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
Imagine you received an exciting job offer, but you didn’t have a way to get to your office because there was no accessible transportation. That’s the challenge that Sandy resident Joseph Lowe faced when he needed to commute from his home to his new employer in Salem. Continue Reading Getting to work: Q&A with Joseph Lowe
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
You can now set up an ABLE account in less than ten minutes at oregonablesavings.com. Disability Rights Oregon participated in the workgroup that helped develop the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan. Continue Reading ABLE savings plans now available in Oregon
The Governor’s Task Force (GTF) on Traumatic Brain Injury, established in 2013 by Executive Order 13-02, has released its final Report on Findings and Recommendations. Read more about the report’s 8 recommendations. Continue Reading Governor’s Task Force makes TBI service recommendations
The Oregon Intellectual / Developmental Disability Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team will be at the Capitol to provide information, training and support from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Continue Reading DD Advocacy Days
Read the archive of our 2017 Legislative Updates. Continue Reading 2017 Legislative Update archive
The National APSE Conference, focussed exclusively on integrated employment of individuals with disabilities, will be held in Portland between June 19-22, 2017. The organizers are looking for innovative presentations that expand state-of-the-art practices advancing employment for all. Continue Reading Call for presenters at National APSE Conference in Portland