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:


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Kit de herramientas para padres

Una nueva ley estatal limita la capacidad de los distritos escolares de Oregon para acorta el día escolar de los estudiantes debido a comportamientos causados por una discapacidad. Los distritos pueden acortar el día escolar de su hijo/a solo si cumplen con requisitos específicos. Si el día escolar de su hijo/a ha sido acortado, esperamos… Continue Reading Kit de herramientas para padres

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Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

For the last decade and a half, I’ve had the privilege to work at Disability Rights Oregon, as a special education advocate. I represent students in special education, engage in policy advocacy, and work closely with the Latino community. I teach Spanish-speaking parents how to advocate for their children’s rights. I support them and nurture their development as leaders… Continue Reading Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

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The struggle for equality

*This post originally appeared on and was written for the website for the organization Nasty Women Get Shit Done.  We’re grateful that you included respecting people with disabilities among the values that you seek to uphold. The fight for disability rights is part of the larger struggle for equality. People with disabilities strive to achieve the… Continue Reading The struggle for equality