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 publications:


A Roadmap to Support Services – Third Edition

The Developmental Disability Eligibility Appeal Process





Our latest stories about issues related to I/DD:



Discrimination Teen with autism denied trip he won to the U.N. (KOIN News, 05/01/2017) He won an essay contest and a trip. But then he was disqualified — for being autistic, his family says (McClatchy, 04/30/2017) Organization rescinds trip to NY for autistic boy who won essay contest (KATU News, 04/30/2017) Portland teen with autism… Continue Reading Discrimination

Preserving Medicaid

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family fears for son’s future if ACA explodes (KOIN News, 03/26/2017) Local mental health services would decline if ACA repealed (Wallowa County Chieftain, 03/22/2017) Letter to Editor, Bob Joondeph: People with disabilities also lose (The Oregonian, 03/17/2017) A hidden Oregon casualty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.

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Q&A: Gloria’s story

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

FAQ: DHS Lawsuit

What services are involved? Personal support workers and agencies provide attendant care to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). This support is critical in helping people with I/DD live safely in their homes and fully access their communities. These are Medicaid-funded services that are commonly called the K Plan in Oregon. Who is affected?… Continue Reading FAQ: DHS Lawsuit