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.