Disability Rights Oregon upholds the civil rights of people with disabilities to live, work, and engage in the community. The nonprofit works to transform systems, policies, and practices to give more people the opportunity to reach their full potential. For 40 years, the organization has served as Oregon’s Protection & Advocacy system.

Media contact: 

Elizabeth Seaberry
Communications Specialist
Mobile: 503.444.0026

Press releases/Statements

Press Release-COVID-19: Oregon failing to report the number of people with disabilities tested (6/4/2020)

Statement on horrific killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis (5/30/2020)

Press Release-COVID-19: Native American students not receiving an education during school closure (4/23/2020)

Press Release-Governor Brown: Meet the needs of Oregonians with disabilities (4/1/2020)

Press Release-COVID-19 testing in Oregon remains insufficient (3/30/2020)

Press Release-Holding mentally ill defendants indefinitely in jail (3/28/2020)

Press Release-If COVID-19 floods hospitals with sick patients, people with disabilities could be denied ventilators (3/25/2020)

Press Release-PBOT teams up with Disability Rights Oregon, Rooted in Rights, Lime in new e-scooter safety video (12/3/2019)

Press Release-Report-Independent investigation into the death of Michael Barton: Mental illness & medical neglect in an Oregon Prison (7/22/2019)

Press Release-Report-The-“Unwanteds” (6/18/19)

Press Release-Short school day lawsuit (1/22/19)

Press Release-Columbia County Jail’s use of canines to intimidate, control & punish inmates (11/13/18)

Press Release-Monitoring sites holding children who were separated from parents trying to enter the U.S. (7/2/18)

Release-MCDC Progress Report (5/10/18)

Release-DHS reaches an agreement with disability advocates to strengthen in-home care for older adults and people with physical disabilities (5/9/2018)

Release-Report: Ongoing isolation of prison inmates for nearly 23 hours a day raises alarms (4/10/2018)

Release-ODOT: Historical exceptions to the ADA (3/7/2018)

Release-ODOT survey: 97 percent of curb ramps across state violate ADA standards (2/15/2018)

Release-DHS will temporarily restore cuts to services that help older Oregonians & people with disabilities live independently (2/09/2018)

Statement-VA agrees to temporary extension of in-home services for Springfield vet (2/02/2018)


Media coverage


Op-ed: Make voter registration easier for people with disabilities (Register-Guard, 6/12/18)

Independent Living

Ready for the real world (Gresham Outlook, 6/5/2018)

Rights of people with mental health conditions

Op-ed: Those with mental illness shouldn’t march alone (West Linn Daily Tidings, 7/5/18)​

Jails & Prisons: Multnomah County jail ​

Jails & Prisons: Oregon State Penitentiary

Jails & Prisons: Youth Detention

Editorial: Police shooting shows city still fails those in crisis (The Oregonian, 4/15/2018)


Mother and disabled son get kicked out of movie theater in Eugene (KVAL News, 6/4/18), picked up by CBS News


VA will provide in-home care for vet with Gehrig’s disease (AP, 6/15/18, picked up by the Lewiston Tribune)

VA continues home health care for disabled Oregon vet (The Oregonian, 6/15/18)

VA Extends Home Health Care For Disabled Oregon Veteran For 60 Days To Prevent Nursing Home Stay (Open Minds, 3/4/18)

VA extends home health care for disabled Oregon vet for 60 days (The Oregonian, 2/02/18), picked up by The Register-Guard


Op-ed: How Portland’s KOi Fusion tapped into an overlooked talent pool (Portland Business Journal, 1/03/2018)

Medicaid: Home- and community-based services

Aging & People with Disabilities agrees to temporarily restore cuts to in-home care hours & benefits

Home and community based services for people with disabilities


Bill would prohibit using disability as sole reason to terminate parental rights (The Oregonian, 1/17/2018)

Parental rights for parents with intellectual disabilities  (OPB’s Think Out Loud, 1/16/2018)

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Past coverage

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