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:


Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital

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