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
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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*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
Igniting Voices The Portland Art Museum will share the life and work of five social justice activists and advocates in a new exhibit called Igniting Voices. The exhibition will feature the stories of one of our past clients, Joseph Lowe, and one of our attorneys, Matthew Denney. The museum is hoping the exhibition will inspire… Continue Reading Portland Art Museum exhibit features disability rights advocates
*Text doc transcription of infographic image. Out of the twenty-four week blizzard of hearings, mark-ups, meetings, and analysis in Salem there were many bright spots. We avoided the deep cuts to human service programs that were proposed in the Governor’s opening budget and early legislative budget frameworks, and passed five of our legislative priorities. But… Continue Reading Key accomplishments: 2017 legislative session
One of the areas that Managing Attorney Ted Wenk focuses on is employment. He also serves as Chairperson of the Oregon Disabilities Commission. Below, Ted shares an update on the progress toward giving more people with disabilities the opportunity to work and gain economic self-sufficiency: People with disabilities are key to building a strong, inclusive workforce that… Continue Reading A Strong, Inclusive Workforce Equals Economic Success
Attorney Matthew Denney on how Universal Design could increase workplace inclusion. Continue Reading Reimagining the Workplace
This June, the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) held their 2017 national conference in Portland. More than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country came together to discuss cutting-edge strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities. During the conference, Disability Rights Oregon attorney Gordon Magella… Continue Reading Association of People Supporting Employment First 2017 Nat’l Conference
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
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