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 works to advocate for necessary health care services, such as assistive technology and policy changes, including changes to the prioritized list of treatment conditions in the Oregon Health Plan. We are also monitoring how the new community care organizations (CCOs) are working and providing services, including legally required notices.
Our latest stories about health care:
I attended a rally in NE Portland today to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and dismantling of Medicaid. The mission of Disability Rights Oregon is to “promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities.” What Congress is now proposing is the greatest threat to our mission that we have seen in… Continue Reading Senate health care bill is “Medicaid elimination bill”
Keep the pressure on Congress. Protect Medicaid from deep cuts. Continue Reading ACTION: Make sure they hear you loud and clear
Like many seventh-grade students, I’m obsessed with Minecraft. I enjoy camping, skateboarding, and riding my bike. My dream is to be an astrophysicist. I also happen to experience arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. My joints were contracted when I was born. I have weak muscles and am unable to swallow. I’m fed through a tube. Like my classmates, I’m focused on school. But… Continue Reading Bring the light of day to the AHCA bill before next week’s Senate vote
This article originally appeared in the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Newsletter, April 2017 edition. Enhancing self-determination in less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship By Jan E. Friedman, Disability Rights Oregon Attorney, and Stephen Peters, Disability Rights Oregon Rights Advocate Jan E. Friedman has been an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon since 1999; she currently heads up… Continue Reading Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship
Nine organizations in Oregon concerned about the interests and rights of people with disabilities sent a letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley. The letter urges the Senators to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and points to the especially devastating impact the bill would have on people with disabilities. Organizations The letter is signed by… Continue Reading Groups warn Senators AHCA will harm Oregonians with disabilities
In response to our lawsuit, DHS has agreed to temporarily restore previous in-home care services for people with disabilities that the agency cut this Fall. Continue Reading Temporary freeze to home care cuts
Preserving Medicaid Tigard family fears for son’s future if ACA explodes (KOIN News, 03/26/2017) Local mental health services would decline if ACA repealed (Wallowa County Chieftain, 03/22/2017) Letter to Editor, Bob Joondeph: People with disabilities also lose (The Oregonian, 03/17/2017) A hidden Oregon casualty of Republican health plan: The disabled (Portland Business Journal, 03/16/2017). Subscription required to access content.
Thousands of Oregonians with intellectual or developmental disabilities rely on in-home care services in order to live in the community. To bring to life what these services mean for Oregonians across the state, we’re sharing people’s stories. Les Rogers, a father who lives in Roseburg, shares his daughter Gloria’s story. Gloria is three and a half.… Continue Reading Q&A: Gloria’s story
7th grader Bonnie loves astronomy. She also has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Read why Medicaid matters to her. Continue Reading Q&A: Bonnie’s Story