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… Continue Reading Portland Art Museum exhibit features disability rights advocates
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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*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