Get help from DRO

Disability Rights Oregon helps people with disabilities with their disability-related legal issues in Oregon.

What we do

  • Investigate abuse and neglect
  • Engage in big, system-wide change through litigation, legislation, and education of stakeholders 
  • Provide tips and tools that Oregonians with disabilities can use to be their own best advocate  
  • Refer individuals to partner organizations that might be able to help
  • Track emerging issues for future systems-wide work. 
  • We select individual casework for an important and focused set of issues.

Individual casework

  • Abuse and neglect of Oregonians with disabilities, including:
    • Cases where a person is institutionalized at the Oregon State Hospital and other institutions, jails and prisons, and is unable to  defendants unable to aid and assist in their own defense. 
    • Cases where a person is experiencing difficulty accessing health care at hospitals, and people arrested for trespass at hospitals
    • Cases where a person is experiencing difficulty  accessing medical providers, including mental health providers  
    • Rights violations through the civil commitment process, including in hospitals and community setting
  • Challenges faced by people with disabilities seeking or receiving employment services from Oregon’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  • A wide range of issues impacting the lives of people who receive Social Security disability benefits – from employment, housing, and public accommodations and access to higher education that impacts a person who’s receiving benefits ability to work and service animal issues that impact a person receiving benefits ability to work.
  • Special education based on this year’s annual goals and priorities.
  • Mistreatment and rights violations by a guardian
  • Cases where a person is denied medically necessary assistive technology or where a person has a scooter, wheelchair or hearing aid that is a “lemon” under Oregon Assistive Device Lemon Law

How to request help 

Call us

Call us at 503-243-2081 or 1-800-452-1694 between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  or 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Write us a letter

Write to us. Our address is:

Disability Rights Oregon
511 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97205

We cannot help with these issues, even if they are related to a disability:

  • Applying for or appealing denial of Social Security disability benefits
  • Criminal law
  • Family law
  • Becoming the guardian of a person with a disability
  • Help finding employment, housing or financial assistance
  • Out-of-state issues
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Medical malpractice & personal injury
  • Consumer or bankruptcy issues
  • Any issue or problem not directly related to your disability
  • 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 

Where else can I get help?

  • If the problem is in another state: go here for a list of Protection & Advocacy (P&A) Systems in each U.S. state & territory.
  • If you need a private attorney, click here for the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service. The State Bar also has a Modest Means Program.
  • If you have a criminal issue, go here to contact the Circuit Court of the county in which you live to find out whether you qualify for a Public Defender.
  • For general information and referrals about various resources in Oregon, please call 2-1-1 or visit



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