Disability Rights Oregon

Disability Rights Oregon (click here for link)

About Us

As Oregon’s designated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) System for more than 30 years, DRO has a unique role: to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities.

Who We Are & What We Do

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) promotes Opportunity, Access and Choice for individuals with disabilities by assisting them with legal problems directly related to their disabilities.  We do this in a variety of ways, which include:

  • Promoting awareness among people with disabilities of their rights under the law
  • Providing information, tools and referrals that empower individuals to advocate on their own behalf
  • Investigating and, when appropriate, addressing reports of abuse and/or neglect
  • Representing individuals in cases where legal expertise is needed
  • Pursuing policy changes that benefit many people with disabilities, both now and into the future
  • Litigation when necessary

DRO does not charge for its services; however, we receive more requests for direct advocacy than we can accommodate.  Priority is given to cases in which the individual whose rights are being violated could not otherwise afford legal assistance.  Approximately 90 percent of the people we represent 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 provide services to Oregonians with disabilities.

The document What is Disability Rights Oregon? provides in-depth answers to common questions about DRO’s status as Oregon’s Protection & Advocacy System.  Questions answered include:

  • What activities does DRO engage in?
  • What are DRO’s investigative access authorities?
  • Whose records can DRO access?
  • What are the time frames for DRO’s access to records?
  • What can DRO do with the information and records it obtains?

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
Disability Rights Oregon staff are located in Portland, Salem and Ashland.
There are no open positions at this time.
Each year we have an Open House and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities in our offices.
PAIMI Advisory Council
PAIMI stands for “Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness.” Disability Rights Oregon’s PAIMI Council advises staff on policies and priorities to be carried out in serving individuals with mental illness. Its members include people with mental illness, family members, attorneys, mental health professionals, individuals from the public who are knowledgeable about mental illness, and providers of mental health services.