|Name||Disability Rights Oregon formerly OAC|
|Address||610 SW Broadway, Suite 200|
|Address Line 2|
|Address Line 2|
|Name of CAP Director/Coordinator||Ted Wenk|
|Person to contact regarding report||Jamie Jones|
|Contact Person Phone||503-243-2081|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program||14|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||3|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||1|
|5. Other information provided||0|
|6. Information regarding CAP||41|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||59|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||6|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||220|
|3. Describe training presented by the staff. Include the following information:|
Describe the agency's outreach efforts to previously un-served or underserved individuals including minority communities.
CAP Staff Attorney Matthew Denney participated in an art exhibit project with the Portland Art Museum called “Object Stories: Igniting Voices.” The exhibit featured local activists from various minority communities in Portland, and focused on stories of political activism. In this context, I participated with a CAP client and my work as a CAP attorney in helping him to obtain transportation for employment from vocational rehabilitation was highlighted, as well as the work that he is now able to do as an employed individual who organizes other people with disabilities. The “story” will be accessible in an exhibit in the Portland Art Museum until February of 2018, as well as being featured on their YouTube channel.
DRO CAP Attorneys conducted the following outreach in FY2017: - Met with representative of the tribal VR programs as a group, providing CAP brochures - Attended Independent Living Resources (ILR) community summer picnic event, and met with ILR staff and board members to discuss CAP services - Attended quarterly State Independent Living Council (SILC) meetings - Attended monthly ILR Community Advocacy Team meetings, working on issues such as Non-emergency Medical Transportation service shortfalls and pedestrian advocacy to appeal to the City for accessible right-of-ways, which assist community members getting to and from the workplace
For each method of dissemination, enter the total number of each method used by your agency during the reporting period to distribute information to the public. For publications/booklets/brochures (item 4), enter the total number of documents produced. Agencies should not include website hits. See instructions for details.
|1. Agency Staff Interviewed or Featured on Radio and TV||1|
|2. Articles about CAP Featured in Newspaper/Magazine/Journals||0|
|3. PSAs/Videos Aired about the CAP Agency||0|
|4. Publications/Booklets/Brochures Disseminated by the Agency||449|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||1|
|6. Other (specify below)||1|
Describe the various sources and information disseminated about your agency by an external source.
Newspapers/Digital Outlets • The Oregonian, State's biggest youth prison gets $52 million upgrade, including new 'cottages', September 22, 2017 • Vox, My wife chose to end her life after battling cancer. Now I fight for others to have that choice., September 21, 2017 • The Oregonian, When the neediest students get the fewest school hours, September 17, 2017 • Street Roots, CAGED: Inmates raise red flags about Oregon’s solitary confinement, August 25, 2017 • The Oregonian, Community members blast Mayor’s idea for new community police engagement commission (August 4, 2017) • Portland Business Journal, Mental breakdown: Battle rages on over Wilsonville psychiatric hospital (July 20, 2017) • Portland Mercury, Oregon’s mental hospital is being flooded with criminal defendants (July 19, 2017) • The Oregonian, IQ costs Oregon parents their kids, but is it fair? (July 19, 2017) The Lund Report, Multnomah County Homeless Count Reveals Nearly 3 in 4 Unhoused Report Disabilities (June 21, 2017) • The Oregonian, Portland teen with autism will make trip to United Nations after all (June 18, 2017) • The Lund Report, Oregon disability groups warn senators ACA repeal bill will harm Oregonians with disabilities (June 14, 2017) • The Oregonian, Advocates urge county to take jail inmates in crisis to new psychiatric ER (June 6, 2017) • The Lund report, Republican senator wants more veteran psychiatric facilities, but health leaders balk (June 2, 2017) • Portland Tribune, Oregon Pay Equity Act becomes law (June 1, 2017) Portland Mercury, Advocates to Sheriff: Keep your guns out of the Unity Center, May 26, 2017 • AP, Lawmakers aim to shoot down pay discrimination (May 17, 2017), picked up by East Oregonian, U.S. News & World Report • The Oregonian, Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons (May 15, 2017) • Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem-based Odd Fellows faces criticism after rejecting teen with autism (May 2, 2017) • McClatchy, He won an essay contest and a trip. But then he was disqualified — for being autistic, his family says (04/30/2017) • The Oregonian, Tom Hallman: A Portland boy who won a prestigious trip told he can't go (04/28/2017), picked up by Bend Bulletin • The Oregonian, Workers in Oregon prison unit say critical report is inaccurate, April 27, 2017 • The Skanner and the Lund Report published our press release, April 26, 2017 The Oregonian, Severely mentally ill inmates spend too much time in their cells, says new report , April 26, 2017 • Willamette Week, Report finds abuse of mentally ill prisoners, April 26, 2017 The Oregonian, Judge orders DHS to restore in-home care for disabled Oregonians, April 19, 2017 • AP, Judge halts DHS cuts to in-home care for disabled Oregonians, April 19, 2017, picked up by U.S. News & World Report, Register-Guard, KTVZ-News • East Oregonian, Under court order, DHS will restore in-home care services, April 19 2017, picked up by Blue Mountain Eagle • Portland Business Journal, State freezes cuts for disabled services to allow for long-term plan, April 19, 2017 • The Oregonian, People with disabilities sue DHS for cutting in-home care (April 11, 2017) • Bend Bulletin, Lawsuit: Oregon home care cuts violate disabilities act (April 11, 2017) Associated Press, Portland group files disability suit over home care cuts (April 11,2017), picked up by Register-Guard • Portland Business Journal, People with disabilities sue DHS over cuts to in-home care (April 11, 2017) • Willamette Week, New lawsuit says state improperly cut in-home services to disabled Oregonians (April 11, 2017) • The Source, Landmark Disability Rights Settlement, March 29, 2017 • AP story, picked up by Register-Guard, Statesman Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Roseburg News-Review, March 28, 2017 • The Oregonian, ODOT settlement that replaces thousands of curb ramps wins court approval, March 28, 2017 • Bend Bulletin, ODOT must fix thousands of curb ramps around state, March 27, 2017, picked up by MyCentralOregon.com • East Oregonian, ODOT must make all curbs and existing ramps wheelchair-accessible, March 27, 2017 • The Skanner, Report finds harrowing conditions for mentally ill in Multnomah County jail, March 23, 2017 • Wallowa County Chieftain, Local mental health services would decline if ACA repealed, March 22, 2017 • Portland Business Journal, A hidden Oregon casualty of Republican health plan: The disabled, March 16, 2017 • The Oregonian, Judge approves final settlement against Providence Health for denying autism coverage, March 15, 2017 • The Oregonian, Jails not equipped to handle the mentally ill, March 1, 2017
Editorials • Statesman Journal, editorial, Change at Oregon State Penitentiary behavioral unit long overdue , April 28, 2017 • Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, editorial, Lawsuit that forced fixing of faulty curb ramps welcome, March 31, 2017 • Oregonian editorial, Time to focus on mentally ill at Multnomah County Detention Center: editorial, March 5, 2017
• The Washington Post, op-ed, My son has autism. Discrimination almost cost him his life., Sunshine Bodey, August 31, 2017 • The Oregonian, Letter to Editor, Don’t tear families apart, Bob Joondeph, July 23, 2017 The Oregonian, op-ed, The many parallels in our struggle for civil rights, Matthew Denney, June 18, 2017 • The Oregonian, Letter to Editor, Keeping those with mental illness out of jail, Sarah Radcliffe, June 15, 2017 • Eugene Register-Guard, op-ed, New pay equity law a big boost for people with disabilities, Bob Joondeph, June 3, 2017 • Bend Bulletin, op-ed, A victory for the disabled, Ted Wenk, May 23, 2017 Statesman Journal, op-ed, Democracy works best when everyone is involved, Esther Harlow & Gabrielle Guedon, May 3, 2017 • The Oregonian, Letter to Editor, People w/ disabilities also lose, Bob Joondeph, March 17, 2017 • Portland Tribune, op-ed, Jail is no place for the mentally ill, Sarah Radcliffe, March 17, 2018
• KBOO Community Radio, Disability Awareness, Medicaid cuts loom large over disabled Oregonians, July 24, 2017 • OPB News, What the Republican health bill means for Gresham family with disabled daughter June 15, 2017 • KBOO Community Radio, Behind the Eleventh Door, June 5, 2017 (Joel Greenberg, Bob Joondeph) • OPB News, Oregon Governor Kate Brown prepares to sign pay equity bill (June 1, 2017) OPB News, Portland police want to keep their guns - even at psychiatric hospitals (May 26, 2017) • KBOO Community Radio, Changes afoot for mental health treatment at OSP, May 11, 2017 • OPB News, Mentally ill prisoners still in their cells an average 23 hours a day, April 26, 2017, picked up by Jefferson Public Radio OPB News, DHS temporarily restores services for Oregonians with disabilities, April 20, 2017 • Jefferson Smith/XRAY-FM In the Morning, interview with Tom Stenson, min. 1:13, April 19, 2017 • OPB's Think Out Loud, Oregon DHS sued over reducing in-home care for people with disabilities (April 18, 2017) • KLCC-FM (Eugene), Court settlement will make Oregon road crossings safer, more accessible for people with disabilities (March 29, 2017) • OPB News, Judge approves ODOT disability rights settlement, March 28, 2017 (Laura Klinkner) • OPB News, audio only, March 27, 2017 (Amanda Peacher) • Prison Pipeline, KBOO, interview w/ Sarah Radcliffe, MCDC report, March 13, 2017 • Jo Ann Hardesty, KBOO, interview w/ Sarah Radcliffe, MCDC report, March 9, 2017 • Think Out Loud, OPB, interview w/ Sarah Radcliffe, MCDC report, March 8, 2017 • Jefferson Smith/XRAY In the Morning, interview w/ Sarah Radcliffe, MCDC report, March 7, 2017 • OPB News, aired story on MCDC report just audio, March 2, 2017
• KATU News, Pedestrian advocates not surprised by deadly crash in crosswalk, September 25, 2017 • KPTV News, Portland teen with autism will make trip United Nations, June 19, 2017 • KOIN News, Teen with autism will go on UN trip after all, June 18, 2017 • KPTV News, Tigard police arrest school bus driver accused of sexually abusing special needs student, May 4, 2017 • KOIN News, Teen with autism denied trip he won to the U.N. May 1, 2017 • KATU News, Organization rescinds trip to NY for autistic boy who won essay contest April 30, 2017 • KGW News, Portland teen with autism disqualified from national contents April 28, 2017 KPTV News, Family: Portland teenager denied national trip because he has autism April 28, 2017 KOIN News, In-home care cuts tough choices for DHS, families April 21, 2017 • KPTV News, People with disabilities suing DHS after in-home care is cut, April 12, 2017 • KOIN News, DHS sued for cutting in-home care hours (web story, 04/11/2017, on-air 04/12/2017) • KATU News, ODOT required to replace most curb ramps to comply with ADA, March 28, 2017 • KDRV News (Medford), ODOT will reconstruct up to 90% of sidewalk ramps near highways, March 28, 2017 • KTVL News (Medford), ODOT will replace 90 percent of highway curb ramps in coming years, March 28, 2017 • KTVZ News (Central Oregon), Judge Oks settlement of ADA lawsuit, March 27, 2017 • KPTV News, Reports find mental health services lacking at Multnomah County detention facilities, March 27, 2017 • KOIN News, Tigard family fears for son’s future if ACA explodes, March 26, 2017
New Media • Facebook Live, Oregon Justice Resource Center, interview w/ Sarah Radcliffe, March 16, 2017
Stories we pitched with no DRO mention • The Oregonian, Stakes for Oregonians couldn't be higher as historic health care vote nears, Gloria and Les Rogers, June 26, 2017 • Eugene Register-Guard, Op-Ed: Playing catch-up on accessibility , Martha Mae Bryson, April 19/2017 • OPB’s Think Out Loud, What a SCOTUS Ruling Means for Students with Disabilities, March 27, 2017 • The Oregonian, CBO: Ranks of uninsured will jump by 24 million under Republican plan, March 13, 2017 • Portland Business Journal, Walden's district has U.S.'s highest Medicaid expansion enrollment, March 15, 2017
An individual is counted only once during a fiscal year. Multiple counts are not permitted for Lines A1-A3.
|1. Individuals who are still being served as of October 1 (carryover from prior year)||24|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||28|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||52|
|4. Individuals (from Line A3) who had multiple case files opened/closed this year (In unusual situations, an individual may have more than one case file opened/closed during a fiscal year. This number is not added to the total in Line A3 above.)||0|
|5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)||19|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||2|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||15|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||19|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||2|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||1|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||10|
|7. Related to independent living services||1|
|8. Other Rehabilitation Act-related problems||0|
|9. Non-Rehabilitation Act related||0|
|10. Related to Title I of the ADA||2|
(Choose one primary service the CAP provided for each closed case file. There may be more case files than actual individuals served.)
|1. Short Term Technical Assistance||1|
|4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution||0|
|5. Administrative / Informal Review||1|
|6. Formal appeal / Fair Hearing||3|
|7. Legal remedy / Litigation||0|
(Choose one primary reason for closing each case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)
|1. All issues resolved in individual's favor||18|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||4|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||2|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||2|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||0|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||2|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||1|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||1|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||3|
|10. CAP unable to take case due to lack of resources||0|
|11. Conflict of interest||0|
|12. Other (Please explain below)||0|
(Choose one primary outcome for each closed case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)
|1. Controlling law/policy explained to individual||6|
|2. Application for services completed||1|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||1|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||1|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||9|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||2|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||6|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||1|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||0|
|10. Other (Please explain below)||6|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||0|
|2. 19 - 24||3|
|3. 25 - 40||11|
|4. 41 - 64||34|
|5. 65 and over||4|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||52|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||52|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||2|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||0|
|4. Black or African American||3|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||0|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||24|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||4|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||0|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||0|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||0|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||5|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||2|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||1|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||2|
|17. Digestive Disorders||0|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||1|
|20. Intellectual Disability||1|
|21. Mental Illness||13|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||0|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||0|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||1|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||2|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||10|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||0|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||1|
|31. Speech Impairments||0|
|32. Spina Bifida||0|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||1|
|34. Other Disability||1|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||52|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||12|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||0|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||38|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||0|
|5. Transition student/High school student||0|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||2|
|1. Number of non-litigation systemic activities not involving individual representation that resulted in the change of one or more policy or practice of an agency.||2|
|2. Describe the systemic activities conducted by CAP during the fiscal year and its impact on other agency's policies or practices.|
|1. Total number of CAP cases requiring litigation involving individual representation resulting in, or with the potential for, systemic change.|
|a. Number of cases requiring litigation involving individual representation filed during fiscal year.||0|
|b. Number of on-going cases pending at start of fiscal year (carryover from prior fiscal year).||0|
|c. Number of cases resolved through litigation during fiscal year.||0|
|2. Describe the agency's on-going and completed systemic litigation activities involving individual representation.|
|1. Agency Type (select only one option)||External-Protection and Advocacy agency|
|2. Name of designate agency||Disability Rights Oregon|
|3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?||No|
|4. If yes, name of contracting agency:||N/A|
Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)
During FY 2017, seven (7) individuals - Intake advocates, Attorneys and our Communications Specialist - each spent part of their time on activities directly related to CAP eligible clients and objectives.
FTE for Professionals equaled 1.01
One (1) Administrative assistant provided support to these professionals for a total FTE of .08
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
Case Example 1
The client initially contacted Disability Rights Oregon in July of 2016 because she had not heard from her assigned VR counselor in several months. The CAP attorney reviewed the client’s VR case file and determined that this was accurate. Additionally, VR had failed to provide disability-related supports while the client was taking an examination for employment with the postal service, and was therefore unable to complete the examination process.
The CAP attorney contacted VR management regarding the lack of contact from the client’s counselor and the lack of action being taken on the case. They agreed to set the client up with a new counselor and resume the job development listed in the IPE. In November of 2016, the client’s new counselor agreed to set her up with an “On the Job” training program with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There were some delays in setting up this program from the side of the DMV, but the CAP attorney continued to monitor the case. The CAP attorney explored alternative employment possibilities with the client and VR counselor in the event that the DMV program fell through. However, in March of 2017 this proved unnecessary because the client was accepted into the program. The CAP attorney then followed up with the counselor to ensure that the client would have access to ASL interpreters while training in the program. In May of 2017, the client began the training program with the DMV. With that successful outcome, the CAP attorney closed the case.
Case Example 2
The client contacted Disability Rights Oregon in January of 2017 due to concerns about being able to maintain reasonable accommodations for work previously arranged with the client’s employer. The client had worked with a VR counselor to set up accommodations in the workplace needed to maintain employment.
Specifically, the client needed to maintain a “work from home” arrangement that allowed her to work from home intermittently on days she was ill. The client’s manager had changed and was no longer authorizing her to do this. In February of 2017, the CAP attorney contacted the employer to discuss the situation. They agreed that work from home would be allowed, but that a clearer agreement was needed on what work could be performed remotely and how the client would communicate with the employer while performing that work. By early March, the CAP attorney set up a meeting between himself, the client, the vocational rehabilitation counselor, the manager, and the human resources director. Because of the meeting, a communications strategy for days on which the client needed to work from home was agreed upon, as well as onsite equipment that vocational rehabilitation could provide for the client to make working at the worksite easier.
Unfortunately, in mid-April the client became extremely ill due to her disability and was required by a doctor to take a leave of absence from work. This was extended through July 1, 2017. The The CAP attorney assisted the client with communicating with the employer and obtaining a reasonable accommodation for extended leave, after the client’s FMLA leave expired. There was still hope that the client would be able to return to work.
The client was ultimately not released to return to work by her doctor, and the CAP file was closed as a partial success, as the CAP attorney was able to assist client with resolving reasonable accommodation issues under Title I and maintaining employment in the period from January of 2017 until July of 2017.
Case Example 3
The client’s father contacted Disability Rights Oregon in mid-2016 because of concerns about the adequacy of job development services provided by vocational rehabilitation. The client, who has a developmental disability, had been terminated from a group employment program and was having difficulty finding new employment. In September of 2016, the CAP attorney reviewed the VR file and determined that there had been a lack of communication from vocational rehabilitation over the preceding months. The CAP attorney contacted VR regarding the lack of job development services being provided.
The client obtained a job in competitive employment on his own in October in 2016, but was extremely concerned about maintaining employment without supports on the job. The CAP attorney contacted vocational rehabilitation to inform them of the client’s employment and the need to modify the IPE. In December of 2016, the client, the client’s father, the client’s DD services caseworker, the client’s behavioral therapist, the VR counselor , and the vocational rehabilitation branch manager all met. The meeting served to get all involved parties up to date, and vocational rehabilitation agreed to provide a job coach to provide on-site assistance to the client and help with training and efficiency. The client’s DD services caseworker agreed that DD services would provide job coaching as needed after the client remained employed for more than 90 days. Shortly after the meeting, a job coach began to visit the client at work, with the support of the employer, to help improve the client’s performance on the job. The CAP attorney followed up on the case to ensure that job coaching would continue and that the client remained employed. As of May of 2017, the client was still successfully employed. With no further complaints, and the CAP attorney closed this file.
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|Name of Designated Agency Official||Robert C. Joondeph|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||Executive Director|