At the request of Disability Rights Oregon, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed July 17-21 to be National Disability Voter Registration Week in Oregon. Continue Reading ACTION: Amplify the voice of people with disabilities
Intellectual and developmental disabilities
Disability Rights Oregon protects the rights of people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. This includes advocating for appropriate public services, integrated employment, school services, housing, and more.
DRO receives funding from Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) (42 U.S.C. § 15001, P.L. 106-402). PADD is administered by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
Our latest stories about issues related to I/DD:
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
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
After nearly 40 years of pioneering civil rights legal advocacy, Disability Rights Oregon’s Legal Director is retiring. Continue Reading Kathy Wilde: Nearly 40 years of civil rights advocacy
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
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
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