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About Us

As Oregon’s designated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) System for 35 years, DRO has a unique role: to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities.

 

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) promotes Opportunity, Access and Choice for individuals with disabilities. 

 

We assist with legal problems directly related to disabilities.  We do this in a variety of ways, which include:

  • Providing information, tools and referrals that empower self-advocacy
  • Promoting awareness of civil rights
  • Representing individuals in cases where legal expertise is needed
  • Investigating and addressing reports of abuse and/or neglect
  • Pursuing policy changes and legislation that benefit people with disabilities
  • Litigation when necessary

 

DRO does not charge for its services. We provide information and referral services to over 3000 people a year. We cannot accommodate every request for direct advocacy. Many of the clients we serve are low-income and could not otherwise obtain the legal advice or representation they need.

DRO is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions are tax-deductible and will help us continue to provide services to Oregonians with disabilities.

What is Disability Rights Oregon? provides in-depth information about DRO's status as Oregon's Protection & Advocacy System.  It explains DRO's access authority, the laws that mandate its responsibilities, and what DRO can do to protect Oregonians.

 

Please note that we cannot provide direct assistance in the following situations:

  • Criminal law
  • Family law
  • Out-of-state issues
  • Workers compensation
  • General medical malpractice and personal injury
  • General consumer bankruptcy issues
  • Any issue or problem not directly related to your disability
  • Assistance finding employment, housing or financial assistance
  • Assistance filling out forms and Social Security applications
  • Anything that is not the wish of the person with the disability
  • Any issue for a person who already has an attorney working on the same issue

 


Mission & Vision
 
Our Programs
Protection and Advocacy agencies (P&As) exist in all states and territories. There is also a Native American P&A in the four corners region of the Southwest. Following is information on each of the programs Disability Rights Oregon provides as the Protection & Advocacy organization for Oregon.
Goals & Priorities
An explanation of our system of goals & priorities.
Board of Directors
Our board includes self-advocates, family members, attorneys and others who are passionate about promoting disability rights.
Staff
 
History
 
Employment
 
PAIMI Advisory Council
PAIMI stands for "Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness." Disability Rights Oregon's PAIMI Advisory Council advises the Board and staff about issues in the mental health community. The Council is comprised of individuals who are or who have been consumers of mental health services, family members, attorneys, mental health providers, mental health professionals, individuals from the public who are knowledgeable about mental illness, and providers of mental health services. The Council is involved in Disability Rights Oregon's annual priority setting process in getting comments from the community and in providing recommendations to the Board.
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