Individual advocacy

Case Acceptance Guidelines:
  • To enforce or change the law to further our mission, DRO selects cases and issues that will help improve access and services for the disability communities we serve and that will help the most people
  • DRO’s focus for individual advocacy will be on providing callers with information and materials about their rights to help them advocate for themselves
  • Representation on Individual cases will be limited to available resources
Emphasis is placed on:
  • Legal issues that fall within the goals and priorities
  • Cases that will make positive changes for the community
  • Cases where a person is at risk of long-term harm
  • Services to minority, rural and other underserved communities
  • Information and materials for self-advocacy
  • Cases that do not have a reasonable likelihood of success based on the facts and the law
  • Cases where DRO staff members do not have the expertise and staff to provide representation
  • DRO does not provide representation in criminal cases
  • DRO does not provide help with family law matters


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Our latest stories about our individual advocacy efforts:



40th anniversary dinner infographic

Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

For the last decade and a half, I’ve had the privilege to work at Disability Rights Oregon, as a special education advocate. I represent students in special education, engage in policy advocacy, and work closely with the Latino community. I teach Spanish-speaking parents how to advocate for their children’s rights. I support them and nurture their development as leaders… Continue Reading Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with us

A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Sixteen-year old Niko Boskovic won first place in a prestigious essay contest, and was selected as a delegate to an annual educational program.  But, the program sponsor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, withdrew his prize after learning Niko experiences autism and uses a letter board to communicate. Our attorneys worked with Niko and his family to… Continue Reading A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Joel Greenberg, Attorney, Special Education, Mental Health in Prisons

Joel’s work spans two distinct areas of disability law: ensuring that every child with a disability receives an appropriate education and protecting the rights of people with mental health conditions who are held in prison. In 2015, Joel and his colleague Sarah Radcliffe investigated the treatment of inmates with serious mental health conditions held at the Oregon State Penitentiary. They co-authored… Continue Reading Joel Greenberg, Attorney, Special Education, Mental Health in Prisons