The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has released the first toolkit made by autistic self-advocates, focusing on “safety issues that affect us and the tools to deal with them.” Continue Reading New resource: Safety Toolkit for autistic self-advocates and their families
Disability Rights Oregon protects and advocates for the rights of people who have a mental illness or perceived mental illness.
DRO receives funding from Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) (42 U.S.C. § 10801, P.L. 106-310), which authorizes P&As to protect and advocate for the rights of people with mental illness and investigate reports of abuse and neglect in facilities. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Learn more about the PAIMI program through this video:
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We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude. One way to honor them is by making sure that the next chapter of their lives includes the chance to pursue another rewarding career. Continue Reading Helping veterans land a job
We wanted to share this great story from the Northwest ADA Center in Idaho. The center profiled Captain Louis Belluomini — a paramedic, combat veteran and person who relies on a service animal to manage his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms. His service dog Star is his reasonable accommodation in… Continue Reading Meet Captain Louis Belluomini, combat veteran and paramedic
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
Oregon’s Secretary of State has shared state voter information with a controversial federal commission. You can prevent your address from appearing in these publicly available voter rolls. Continue Reading ACTION: Protect your privacy as a voter
*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
*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
Mental Health Sustaining Community Mental Health Programs The non-Medicaid budget fully funds the current service level for community mental health without program reductions. In addition, there is an increase of $20.1 million in tobacco tax revenues available to fund mental health programs. Oregon Health Authority plans to use most of the increase for programs that… Continue Reading The State budget