Traumatic brain injuries

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) advocates for people who have or are perceived to have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the service areas listed on our site. We provide information, referral and advocacy addressing the unique needs of people who have TBI.


DRO receives funding from Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) (42 U.S.C. § 300d-53, P.L. 106-310).  PATBI was authorized in the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (last amended and reauthorized in the Children’s Health Act of 2000), and is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau.


This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number and title for grant amount (specify grant number, title, total award amount and percentage financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government


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