At least 2,648 people were sterilized in Oregon between 1917 and 1981, under the banner of “eugenics” which sought to breed a better human race by preventing those with traits they deemed undesirable from having children. Continue Reading Oregon’s “Wrongful Birth” Case
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:
PORTLAND, ORE. – Jan. 25, 2012 – Advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities today filed a class action lawsuit challenging Oregon’s failure to provide supported employment services to more than 2,300 state residents who are segregated in sheltered workshops where they perform mundane tasks, such as folding UPS bags. The lawsuit, filed in… Continue Reading Press release: Class Action Lawsuit Seeks an End to Segregated Sheltered Workshops
This report is the result of an investigation into the deaths of five patients at Dammasch State Hospital in 1993. The investigation was begun in response to independent complaints about each death. The report was released in the hope that it would bring attention to the conditions that contributed to these deaths and prevent future harm to Dammasch patients.… Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital Continue Reading Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital