In 2014, DRO, Oregon Law Center, JOIN and other community partners partnered to prevent 1000 people from losing their Social Security benefits by filing a lawsuit after the Social Security Administration shut down Safety Net payee services. Continue Reading DRO intervention helps people receive their Social Security benefits
Disability Rights Oregon advocates for the rights of Social Security beneficiaries who have a representative payee. DRO also advocates on behalf of Social Security beneficiaries who are working, or planning to return to work and have a barrier to work. We provide information, referral and advocacy on employment services, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) services, and support services from Employment Networks (ENs) and other providers. (Read our Employment and Plan for Work pages. )
DRO receives funding from Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) (42 U.S.C. § 1320b-21, P.L. 106-170). PABSS is administered by the Social Security Administration.
Our latest stories about Social Security:
A woman called us because her mother was experiencing homelessness and was about to have her Social Security benefits–her only income–garnished for legal fees. Our intake specialist explained the rules about garnishment, sent her information about garnishment, and referred her to another legal resource. The caller let us know that they got an exemption to… Continue Reading DRO intake team gives helpful information about Social Security appeals
DRO joined forces with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Heller Ehrman LLP and the National Senior Citizens Law Center to file a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) for failing to make critical benefits communications available in alternate formats to people with visual impairments. Continue Reading DRO helps American Council of the Blind make sure that Social Security provides alternate formats
Knowing her household income would be greatly reduced when her son turned 18 and his Social Security benefit would stop, a client wanted to increase her hours at work. Continue Reading Plan for Work helps a worker transition off cash benefits