Sixteen-year old Niko Boskovic won first place in a prestigious essay contest, and was selected as a delegate to an annual educational program. But, the program sponsor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, withdrew his prize after learning Niko experiences autism and uses a letter board to communicate. Our attorneys worked with Niko and his family to… Continue Reading A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic
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:
*Text doc transcription of infographic image. Out of the twenty-four week blizzard of hearings, mark-ups, meetings, and analysis in Salem there were many bright spots. We avoided the deep cuts to human service programs that were proposed in the Governor’s opening budget and early legislative budget frameworks, and passed five of our legislative priorities. But… Continue Reading Key accomplishments: 2017 legislative session
Disability Rights Oregon tracked many other bills during the 2017 legislative session. Many of those fell outside of our legislative agenda. Below are the ones that the Governor signed into law. Mental Health Conditions SB 64 Renames “mental disease or defect” to “qualifying mental disorder” in criminal and certain juvenile statutes. Effective date, January 1,… Continue Reading Other bills signed into law
We passed five of our legislative priorities, but we also met with a few disappointments. Advancing these policy goals will be among our priorities in the next legislative session: Invest in Community Mental Health System We disagree with the legislature’s chose to keep the expensive Junction City State Hospital open. Keep People with Mental Health… Continue Reading More work ahead