#AdvocacyMatters: Magnifying the Moment

By partnering with allies and like-minded organizations across the country, our work can grow and our impact can be amplified. Read more...

April 30, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: A Matter Of Appreciation

“It's a privilege to sit at the table with other advocates for Ohioans with disabilities and to have the opportunity to offer a voice to those our society has tried to silence.” Read more...

April 23, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: A Human Connection

Recently, we began transitioning our intake system to return to live specialists answering the phones instead of the voicemail prompt. Read more...

April 16, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: The Sky Is No Longer The Limit

Stories and headlines, in attempting to project inspiration, often remark on “overcoming” or “moving past” one’s disability. Read more...

April 9, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Why we never gave up

Five years ago, we embarked on a legal journey to improve access to Home and Community-Based Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more...

April 2, 2021Read More

Home and Community-Based Services Funding in the American Rescue Plan Act

Last month, Congress enacted the new federal COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This package includes a number of bills aimed to help Americans with the lasting effects of COVID-19. From $1,400 stimulus checks to increases in SNAP benefits, the package covers a multitude of... Read more...

April 1, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Empowering People, Accelerating Change

As part of Disability Rights Ohio’s mission to advocate for the human, legal, and civil rights of Ohioans with disabilities, our work this month has focused on Ohio’s biennial budget. Read more...

March 26, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: A Month of Awareness, A Year of Work

In March, we recognize Development Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month. To our team, this period of recognition isn’t a time to stop and reflect… it’s a time to speak louder, push harder, and fight more effectively. Read more...

March 19, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Challenges and Changes

As we meet the grim anniversary of COVID-19’s arrival and the devastation it brought to our communities, the struggles and loss experienced over the past year won’t have been in vain. Read more...

March 12, 2021Read More

One Year Later

While we aren’t out of the woods yet, we are confident now more than ever in the fortitude of our staff, the importance of or work, and the vitality of our advocacy. Read more...

March 10, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Speaking Up For Better

Moving towards a society of equity " where people with disabilities are free to live, work, learn, and go where and how they choose " isn’t a dream. This is the guiding force behind our work and the righteous drive behind our fight. There is no “good enough” when it... Read more...

March 5, 2021Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Submits Interested Party Testimony in Budget Review Process

In support of their vison of fostering a society where people with disabilities are free to live, work, learn, go, and receive services where and how they choose, this week Disability Rights Ohio submitted interested party testimony to the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee as part of the budget review process. Read more...

March 3, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: An Attitude of Empowerment

A society of inclusion and equity cannot be possible when so often a diagnosis strips away one’s opportunity to choose where they live and receive care. Read more...

February 26, 2021Read More

DRO Works To Help Residents Of Intermediate Care Facilities Understand Their Options For Community-Based Services

DRO remains committed to helping Ohioans with disabilities who want to live in the community get access to the services and supports that allow them to do so. Read more...

February 24, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: An Uphill Battle

A troubling new study is shedding light on just how deeply-rooted implicit biases may be within our system of healthcare against people with disabilities. Read more...

February 19, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: The Symptoms and the Cause

When faced with a serious diagnosis, common sense dictates that addressing only the symptoms and not the disease is not a cure. Read more...

February 12, 2021Read More

Black History Month: Ends and Beginnings

The fight for racial equity and the fight for justice for those with disabilities don’t exist in separate vacuums, as reaching one goal cannot happen without the acknowledgement of the other. Read more...

February 5, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Hanging in the Balance

Every two years, the state of Ohio goes through an important, priority-altering task: setting the state’s budget. Read more...

January 29, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: A Shot of Hope

Since the arrival of effective, approved vaccines at the end of last year, the monumental task of production, distribution, and prioritization has been underway. Read more...

January 22, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Giving Voice To The Silenced

As imperfect as our systems of justice may be, we believe that the principles behind them- liberty and justice for all- are inherently good. Read more...

January 15, 2021Read More

Protecting Your COVID-19 Relief Check

With a new round of Government COVID-relief payments hitting bank accounts in the new year, it’s important for people with disabilities, and especially people living in long term care facilities, to understand their rights when it comes to those payments. Read more...

January 14, 2021Read More

DRO Announces Results of Probe into Cuyahoga County Corrections Center

DRO’s recently published policy paper, “Pervasive Healthcare and ADA Compliance Issues at Cuyahoga County Corrections Center,” outlines its findings established through site visits, meetings with administrators, and more than 160 inmate interviews. Read more...

January 12, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Reflections Of A Dark Day

This week, we all watched in horror as an armed mob overtook the U.S. Capitol building for the first time in more than 200 years. Read more...

January 8, 2021Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Glancing Back, Charging Forward

There’s little doubt that this past year was the most challenging most of us have lived through. From the first days of 2020, however, we had much to celebrate as we stepped ever closer towards our vision of a truly equal society. Read more...

December 23, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: In All Fairness

As the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Ohio, one question is on everyone’s mind: who is in line? Read more...

December 18, 2020Read More

DRO Advocates for Rapid Inclusion of All Ohioans With Disabilities as State Develops Its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Disability Rights Ohio and its partners urge the Ohio Department of Health to consider its recommendations as it formulates the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Read more...

December 15, 2020Read More

NEWS ALERT: DRO Applauds Action Taken to Shut Down Sequel Pomegranate

“DRO has been aware of the systemic failures at Sequel Pomegranate for some time. It’s why we worked hard to ensure the children were removed from the facility.” Read more...

December 14, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Amplifying Change

While not a topic an organization like ours has focused on in the past, we believe it is incredibly important to acknowledge that a free and equal society cannot be realized until these mechanisms of systemic discrimination are diagnosed and eliminated. Read more...

December 11, 2020Read More

NEWS ALERT: Hospital Visitation and COVID-19

If you have a disability, hospitals are required to make reasonable accommodations to their visitor policy for you. Read more...

December 9, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: The dark before the dawn

As we move into what could be a dark winter, there are several actions that people with disabilities can take to help alleviate complications down the road. Read more...

December 4, 2020Read More

NEWS ALERT: What to know about rationing of care and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to set new records for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, it’s incredibly important for all Ohioans with disabilities to understand their rights when it comes to receiving care. Read more...

December 2, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Forward Together

As we enter this time of appreciation and giving and prepare to send off a year that many would rather forget, it’s important that we pause and reflect on all that was accomplished in 2020. Read more...

November 25, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Better at Home

The Home and Community Based system in Ohio needs additional funding from the state to continue supporting the independence and safety of older Ohioans and people with disabilities. Read more...

November 20, 2020Read More

DRO, other organizations form Home and Community-based Services Coalition

Advocates call for a system that affords all Ohioans the opportunity to thrive and stay connected and engaged in their communities. Read more...

November 18, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: A Needed Change

The facts are inescapable: Data shows that marginalized groups are at high risk for police use of force and death by police"including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and people with disabilities. Read more...

November 13, 2020Read More

Disability Right Ohio Examines the Impact of Police Use of Force on People with Disabilities

Newly published policy statement sheds light on ways that large police budgets can be reinvested into community-based services and supports that address the root cause of systemic oppression Read more...

November 12, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Answering the Call

We don’t measure our success in election outcomes, we measure it in election participation. Read more...

November 6, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: This Is It

Over the last few months, we’ve committed a great deal of our team’s time and energy to ensuring each and every Ohioan with a disability has an opportunity to be heard in this election. Read more...

October 30, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Eleven Days

The decisions we make in eleven days will have an impact for years to come. With so much at stake, it’s critical that every voice is heard and every vote is counted. Read more...

October 23, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Empty Classrooms, Unique Solutions

Adapting to online school can be hard for all children, but what if your child’s academic success depended on seeing their teachers and peers face-to-face? Read more...

October 16, 2020Read More

Helping Us Rise

All of this life-changing work wouldn’t have been possible without our army of supporters. As we continue to maximize the impact we can make on the lives of people with disabilities in Ohio, we’re ready to tackle whatever challenges come our way. Read more...

October 14, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Taking Action, Not Sides

Through the haze of negative campaign ads and catchy one-liners, it can be difficult to figure out exactly where the candidates stand issues of importance to Ohioans with disabilities. Read more...

October 9, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Listening, Learning, Adjusting

Every day that goes by brings with it new challenges and new obstacles for Ohioans with disabilities. Read more...

October 2, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Safer at Home

Thousands of Ohioans face barriers leaving institutions in favor of community care. Read more...

September 25, 2020Read More

DRO Joins 50 Organizations and Individuals to Send Letter to Governor DeWine Advocating for Expanded HCBS Services

Advocates express need to expand in-home care for older adults and people with disabilities as long-term care facilities struggle to combat COVID-19. Read more...

September 23, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Plan Your Vote

We want to ensure that every voice is heard once the ballots are counted, and PLAN YOUR VOTE will help Ohioans across the state participate in this historic election. Read more...

September 18, 2020Read More

Disability Rights Ohio reacts to controlling board decision

Our organization has serious concerns as to the negative impact this decision will have on election access for thousands of Ohioans with disabilities. Read more...

September 14, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Fighting for Peace of Mind

Earlier this year, a concerned family reached out to Disability Rights Ohio on behalf of their son Tanner, who has autism. Read more...

September 11, 2020Read More

Disability Rights Ohio calls for paid postage for Absentee Ballots

Disability Rights Ohio recently reached out to members of the Ohio Controlling Board to express the importance of prepaid postage for absentee ballots in the upcoming general election. Read more...

September 10, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Decoding Medicaid Managed Care

Much like parents, managed care providers can have trouble working through the complex Medicaid managed care system. Read more...

September 4, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Back to School, Far from Ordinary

When a child’s future is at stake, no decision should be taken lightly. Read more...

August 28, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Calm in the Crisis

By rallying our allies, engaging our stakeholders, and partnering with state leadership, we were able to affect real changes and protections. Read more...

August 21, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Growing Our Impact

It’s often said that challenges create champions. The hardships we’ve seen in our clients’ experiences, our communities, and our own homes over the last 6 months haven’t deterred us Read more...

August 14, 2020Read More

DRO names new Legal Advocacy Director

In this role, Kevin Truitt will provide leadership and strategic direction for all of DRO’s advocacy work including planning, leading and coordinating complex litigation, serving as lead counsel on significant legal actions, and supervising attorney team leaders. Read more...

August 13, 2020Read More

DRO names new Policy Director

Advocacy group taps experienced analyst with keen understating of state and federal legislation and issues impacting policy decisions Read more...

August 12, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Advocacy Through Research

A deeper understanding of any problem creates better solutions. We’re proud to have just announced the results of a three-year study we completed with our partners at the Ohio Brain Injury Program on people with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) living in Ohio nursing facilities. Read more...

August 7, 2020Read More

DRO and the Ohio Brain Injury Program Collaborate on Three-year Study of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Residing in Nursing Homes

Data provides key recommendations to policymakers to help TBI patients overcome barriers and live in their communities with support Read more...

August 5, 2020Read More

Help Shape Our Future: Fill Out DRO's Priorities Survey

Disability Rights Ohio strives to provide support to as many people as possible. In order to maximize our impact with the resources available, we seek community input every year to focus our priorities on issues where we can have the most effective impact. Read more...

July 31, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Another Year of Differences Made

The strength of an organization lies in its results, and 2019 was a historic year for Disability Rights Ohio and the communities we serve. Through advocacy, assistance, and action our work made it possible for more Ohioans to live, work, learn, and go where they wanted. Read more...

July 24, 2020Read More

Disability Rights Ohio releases 2019 Annual Report

We will continue to work tirelessly advocating for all Ohioans with disabilities, no matter what else comes our way. Read more...

July 21, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Leading the Charge to Protect Equal Access to Care

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, there have been very serious concerns across the country about equal access to life-saving health care for people with disabilities. Read more...

July 13, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: When keeping her family together was at risk, we helped her fight

Angela didn’t give up and neither did we, because #advocacymatters. Read more...

July 2, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Bringing Abuses to Light

Earlier this week, we released the results of our nine-month investigation into Sequel Pomegranate, a residential treatment facility for children in Columbus. Our findings were shocking: Serious and systemic cases of abuse and neglect, violations of safety and treatment standards, inappropriate use of restraint, peer-to-peer bullying and staff intimidation, and... Read more...

June 26, 2020Read More

DRO Investigates Systemic and Cultural Issues at Sequel Pomegranate Health Systems

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) applauds the recent administrative action taken by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) against Sequel Pomegranate’s residential treatment facility in Columbus, Ohio. Read more...

June 22, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: COVID-19 and Racial Equality

Today, Disability Rights Ohio submitted testimony to the Minority Health Strike Force. The Strike Force was created by Governor DeWine to examine the impact of COVID-19 on minority populations and report on solutions to address the health disparities in our state. Read more...

June 19, 2020Read More

Remembering Sue Willis: The Sue Willis Endowed Camper Scholarship Fund

Last month, the Disability Rights Movement lost long-time advocate Sue Willis. Sue was one of DRO’s founding board members, a communications expert, and professional advocate. To honor Sue, her family is setting up a scholarship with Recreation Unlimited in Sue’s name. Read more...

June 11, 2020Read More

Moving Forward Together

At Disability Rights Ohio, our vision is to create a society where all members are equal participants: where members of any minority enjoy the same rights as the majority. We recognize the impact of generations of oppression and systemic injustice in our work. Read more...

June 9, 2020Read More

A Message of Solidarity from DRO's Executive Director, Kerstin Sjoberg

As an organization whose very existence is rooted in protecting the human, civil, and legal rights of all Ohioans, Disability Rights Ohio recognizes that the path to securing those freedoms and protections can be vastly different experiences based on nothing more than the color of one’s skin. Read more...

June 2, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: A May Like No Other

DRO_AM_5.29.20 As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, it’s easy to feel we’re leaving May with just as many questions as we began with. While we find ourselves in a world full of uncertainty, being aware of our mental health is more important now than ever. Disability Rights Ohio spent... Read more...

May 29, 2020Read More

DRO Releases Compensatory Education and ESY Fact Sheet

One of the most important things you can be doing for your child’s education is preparing for your child’s eventual return to a more typical school environment. An important part of this is making sure you and the school have a plan for how distance learning will be implemented... Read more...

May 27, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: Standing Up For Those Being Pushed Into Nursing Homes in the Age of COVID-19

Imagine, in the middle of a global pandemic, being forced into a nursing home for the care you need instead of being connected to the home and community-based services you prefer. Long before the outbreak of COVID-19, Ohio’s system for evaluating people with intellectual, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities before and... Read more...

May 22, 2020Read More

Honoring a Champion: Sue Willis, Lost but Never Forgotten

This week the Disability Rights Movement lost a champion, Sue Willis. Sue was a powerful figure who always spoke up. Her loss is being greatly felt by all those who loved her and worked with her. Read more...

May 21, 2020Read More

DRO News Alert: New Legislation Could Have Dangerous Implications for People with Disabilities

The Ohio Legislature is moving very quickly on two proposed laws that would have a detrimental impact on Ohioans with disabilities, particularly individuals seeking medical care and employees with disabilities. Read more...

May 19, 2020Read More

DRO Continues Fight Against Care Rationing Because #AdvocacyMatters

Like so many others, Disability Rights Ohio is apprehensive as Ohio begins to “reopen” amidst the ongoing health crisis created by COVID-19. We don’t yet know how lifting stay at home measures will impact both the outbreak here and the potential need for acute care across the state. With this... Read more...

May 15, 2020Read More

Community Integration: A Safer Solution to Ride Out the Pandemic #AdvocacyMatters

“My sister is just so much happier. You can see the difference.” You can hear the relief in Cathy Jordan’s voice when she talks about her younger sister Caryl. Today, Caryl, who was born with an intellectual disability, lives in a small, community-based group home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The staff... Read more...

May 8, 2020Read More

DRO Submits Amicus Brief on Elkton Federal Correctional Institution

Elkton Federal Correctional Institution is one of the deadliest COVID-19 prison outbreaks in the county. 35% of Elkton’s population is over 65 and/or has a disability, which significantly increases the chance of infection"especially in Elkton’s overcrowded cells. Elkton’s response to this crisis simply isn’t enough: inmates can’t social distance, adequately... Read more...

May 1, 2020Read More

DRO's Response to the COVID-19 Correctional Facility Outbreak #AdvocacyMatters

The news from Ohio’s correctional institutions is alarming. Nearly 80% of inmates in two Ohio prisons have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That’s 3,500 people. That makes Marion Correctional Institution the nation’s biggest viral hotspot. It is clear to DRO that the response by Ohio’s correctional institutions is not enough to... Read more...

April 27, 2020Read More

Community Integration Class Action Lawsuit: Final Approval Granted for Settlement

DRO is pleased to announce that the Honorable Judge Sargus granted final approval to a comprehensive settlement agreement in this class action lawsuit on Friday, April 24th, 2020. Read more...

April 24, 2020Read More

How School Closures Are Impacting Special Education. What You Need to Know. #AdvocacyMatters

Have you been trying to teach your kids from home? For parents trying to navigate home schooling AND access to special education services for their children, it's even more difficult. Read more...

April 17, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: DRO Voting Round-Up

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with all aspects of our lives, including voting. If you’ve already voted, well done! If you didn’t vote early for the March 17 primary election, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill that extends the opportunity to vote by mail to April 28, 2020, the date... Read more...

April 10, 2020Read More

What are the COVID-19 Relief Bills?

The Ohio General Assembly and Congress recently finalized legislation to provide relief to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic which included a $2 trillion stimulus package impacting daily life for people with disabilities. Read more...

April 6, 2020Read More

#AdvocacyMatters: DRO Weekly COVID-19 Round-Up

The COVID-19 crisis presents challenges that most of us have never experienced. For Ohioans with disabilities, the outbreak, and measures implemented to slow it, are even more difficult. Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is seeing first-hand how this crisis is further isolating our clients. Read more...

April 3, 2020Read More

DRO Update on COVID-19 "Stay at Home" Order

While Disability Rights Ohio has moved our operations remotely, we continue to monitor the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the care and wellbeing of people with disabilities in Ohio. We are also pleased to see that the Governor's "Stay at Home" Order recognizes other social and health services that our... Read more...

March 23, 2020Read More

Update on DRO's Public Intake Process

DRO has closed our physical office to the public but we are continuing to provide information and advocate for our clients through remote operations. Read more...

March 20, 2020Read More

DRO Files Brief on March 17th's Primary

Late yesterday, DRO filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Ohio’s Supreme Court advocating to protect the safety and rights of people with disabilities during the election process. Read more...

March 18, 2020Read More

Polls are Currently Closed but DRO's Voter Hotline is Open Tomorrow

DRO's Voter Hotline will STILL BE OPEN from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 3/17 please call 800-282-9181 Read more...

March 16, 2020Read More

A Message to Disability Rights Ohio’s Supporters Regarding COVID-19

While we work to address the systemic issues, DRO will continue to advocate for its clients to ensure no one is left behind and all rights are upheld. DRO’s intake operations will continue during the coronavirus outbreak, especially as changes to public services, voting, and schools develop. Read more...

March 13, 2020Read More

They Said He Couldn’t Return Home; We Fought for His Right to Live in his Community. #AdvocacyMatters

Last winter, Francis contacted Disability Rights Ohio for help leaving a nursing facility. Francis has physical disabilities and had been stuck unnecessarily in a nursing facility for years. This restrictive setting was stifling for him; he lost his independence and autonomy and became depressed. Francis desperately wanted to return... Read more...

March 10, 2020Read More

Doe v. State of Ohio Lawsuit Granted Final Approval

A federal judge has granted final approval to the comprehensive settlement agreement in the class action Doe v. State of Ohio lawsuit. The settlement reached will improve integration and academic achievement of Ohio students with disabilities. Read more...

March 2, 2020Read More

Nearing the End: An Update on DRO's Special Education Class Action

A fairness hearing for Doe v. Ohio took place on February 11, 2020, and the following day the Magistrate Judge issued her strong recommendation for approval of the settlement agreement. With partners from the Bazelon Center and the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, DRO negotiated this comprehensive settlement on... Read more...

February 14, 2020Read More

Amy Price, Advocate and Abuse and Neglect Team Leader

After serving over 30 years in nonprofit management, leadership and advocacy, Amy Price joined Disability Rights Ohio as an advocate on the Abuse and Neglect team in April 2019. In September of 2019, Amy accepted a position as the Team Lead for DRO’s Abuse and Neglect team, exemplifying her commitment... Read more...

January 23, 2020Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Names New Executive Director

Columbus, Ohio-January 16, 2020-Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) has named Kerstin Sjoberg its new Executive Director. Sjoberg replaces Michael Kirkman who is retiring after almost 40 years of advocacy for people with disabilities. Sjoberg will assume the Executive Director role March 1, 2020. She has served as DRO's Director of Advocacy... Read more...

January 16, 2020Read More

Important Update Regarding the Proposed Settlement in DRO's Community Integration Class Action Lawsuit

At a hearing in December 2019 to discuss the recent settlement agreement, the Judge asked DRO and the State to include language that addresses concerns of guardians who, while not part of the class itself, are concerned about their family members potentially losing institutional care in Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs).... Read more...

January 10, 2020Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Attorney Alison McKay Appointed to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council

COLUMBUS, OHIO (December XX, 2019)" Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has recently appointed Disability Rights Ohio’s (DRO) Alison McKay"attorney and Team Leader of the Client Assistance Program"to the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council (the Council). The Council consists of 15 members who provide feedback to the state agency Opportunities for... Read more...

December 20, 2019Read More

Sandra's new home and health services were threatened. We gave her the tools she needed to get them back. #AdvocacyMatters

Sandra, an older adult, had recently experienced homelessness but was able to find a home and get necessary health services from an Ohio PASSPORT waiver. However, once she had the resources, the state told Sandra that she no longer qualified for these services. Read more...

December 13, 2019Read More

DODD Waiver Waiting Lists

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities need and want services through Medicaid home and community-based waiver programs. These programs"the Individual Options, SELF, and Level One waivers"provide funding so that people can get the services and support they need in their own homes and communities instead of in institutions or... Read more...

November 27, 2019Read More

Update in Special Education Class Action Lawsuit

On November 15th, Judge Michael H. Watson granted preliminary approval for a settlement agreement in the Doe v. State of Ohio special education class action lawsuit. DRO and it's co-counsel worked with the Ohio Department of Education to reach a settlement that will improve the State’s support for special education... Read more...

November 15, 2019Read More

National Celebration of Pro Bono Week: Spotlight Interview with Erwin Dugasz

DRO is continuing to celebrate the work of our pro bono volunteers. These voluntary legal services are an integral part of the judicial system, and those who volunteer are using the law to protect the most vulnerable people from being exploited or forgotten. To learn more about pro bono work... Read more...

October 25, 2019Read More

National Celebration of Pro Bono Week: Spotlight Interview with Maria Carr

This week, DRO is celebrating all the hard work that our legal pro bono volunteers complete each year. Pro bono work, at its core, is voluntary legal work done “for good” as its Latin translation suggests. To learn more and better applaud these attorneys, paralegals and law students, we sat... Read more...

October 23, 2019Read More

Settlement in Community Integration Class Action Lawsuit Receives Preliminary Approval

DRO is pleased to announce that the judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has granted preliminary approval of a settlement in our community integration class action lawsuit, Ball v. DeWine. The public will have the opportunity to submit comments on the Settlement Agreement... Read more...

October 18, 2019Read More

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