Today, leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), legislation designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shortly before a vote on the bill was scheduled. In response, Disability Rights Oregon issued this statement. Statement from Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon: “The House narrowly avoided committing… Continue Reading Bob Joondeph’s statement on withdrawal of ACA repeal bill
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:
Cora Uhrig’s family has been helped by Medicaid. Their daughter Amanda’s medication and health coverage is possible because of this program. Where do you live? We live in Aloha. Can you tell us a little about Amanda? Amanda is well known in our little town of Aloha. If I go to the store, post office,… Continue Reading Q&A: Amanda’s story
Portland resident Kerstin Maroney joins with other families from across the state in asking Congress not to cut Medicaid. She shares her family’s story here. Where do you live? We live in Multnomah Village. Our daughter Brooke lives in a basement apartment attached to our family’s home. She requires assistance with all of her daily… Continue Reading Q&A: Brooke’s story
Lisa Heydemann of Wilsonville is the primary caregiver to her 21-year-old daughter Mia. Their family relies on community-based services like respite care. Proposed cuts to Medicaid in the AHCA bill before Congress threaten to cut off their access to those services. Can you tell us about Mia? Mia is developmentally delayed, deaf, has Feingold’s Syndrome,… Continue Reading Q&A: Mia’s story
ABLEWebinarFlyer On the first Thursday of every month, the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan hosts free webinars about ABLE . WHAT: Online webinar, “ABCs of Oregon ABLE Savings Plan” WHEN: The first Thursday of each month at noon and 5:30 p.m. DATES: Upcoming webinar dates include April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3,September 7, October 5,… Continue Reading Webinars: ABCs of ABLE
A good education can broaden any child’s horizons. This ruling will elevate expectations for students with disabilities and ensure that they receive a more rigorous education. Continue Reading Legal victory for students with disabilities
Why does Medicaid matter? Read Saige’s story. Continue Reading Q&A: Saige’s story
“People like Chris could be warehoused in an institution. We could go back to where we were when Fairview was open. It would be gut-wrenching.” Continue Reading Q&A: Chris’ story
Why does Medicaid matter? Read Luke’s story. Continue Reading Q&A: Luke’s story
Why does Medicaid matter? Read Marilyn’s story. Continue Reading Q&A: Marilyn’s story