In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans with disabilities did not need strict constitutional protection against discrimination because they had access to lawmakers to protect their rights. Advocates got the message, and were able to achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Nearly 30 years later, however, the promise of… Continue Reading Why we need greater constitutional protections to achieve equality
Traumatic brain injuries
Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) advocates for people who have or are perceived to have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the service areas listed on our site. We provide information, referral and advocacy addressing the unique needs of people who have TBI.
DRO receives funding from Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) (42 U.S.C. § 300d-53, P.L. 106-310). PATBI was authorized in the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (last amended and reauthorized in the Children’s Health Act of 2000), and is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau.
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Like many seventh-grade students, I’m obsessed with Minecraft. I enjoy camping, skateboarding, and riding my bike. My dream is to be an astrophysicist. I also happen to experience arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. My joints were contracted when I was born. I have weak muscles and am unable to swallow. I’m fed through a tube. Like my classmates, I’m focused on school. But… Continue Reading Bring the light of day to the AHCA bill before next week’s Senate vote
Nine organizations in Oregon concerned about the interests and rights of people with disabilities sent a letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley. The letter urges the Senators to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and points to the especially devastating impact the bill would have on people with disabilities. Organizations The letter is signed by… Continue Reading Groups warn Senators AHCA will harm Oregonians with disabilities
Share your story about the services you need. Contact your federal representatives. Spread the word on social media. Continue Reading Save Medicaid
Oregonians from across the state shared their personal stories to help others step into their shoes and see what cuts to Medicaid would mean for their lives. Read/watch their stories and share them, then take action. Continue Reading Why Medicaid Matters
The Governor’s Task Force (GTF) on Traumatic Brain Injury, established in 2013 by Executive Order 13-02, has released its final Report on Findings and Recommendations. Read more about the report’s 8 recommendations. Continue Reading Governor’s Task Force makes TBI service recommendations
The Oregon Department of Human Services has published a fact sheet about the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The fact sheet considers possible impacts to the services provided by Aging and People with Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services. Read the fact sheet in its entirety below: ACA Impact to APD… Continue Reading ACA repeal could be devastating to long term care in Oregon
Read the archive of our 2017 Legislative Updates. Continue Reading 2017 Legislative Update archive
Oregon legislators are holding seven town halls across the state to receive input about the next state budget. On January 19, the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee released an “Existing Resources Framework.” The framework outlines changes and cuts to state services that will be considered if Oregon does not increase revenue. You can read… Continue Reading Town hall meetings will be your chance to give input on state services
A race to the bottom for seniors and people with disabilities. Continue Reading Medicaid block grants and high risk pools threaten Oregonians with disabilities