Guardianships and Independence

Disability Rights Ohio gets a lot of phone calls from people who have guardians. Some of the most common complaints happen when guardians don’t give wards enough independence.

December 4, 2018Read More

Your gift on #GivingTuesday will help people like Sadie and Marcus

Today's blog has a special focus on #GivingTuesday. Because of people like you, Disability Rights Ohio is able to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of those we serve. Now is the perfect time of year to reflect and harness the power of giving to create change.

November 27, 2018Read More

The SABE GoVoter Project survey wants feedback from voters with disabilities

Many barriers continue to exist that prevent voters with disabilities from exercising their rights. That is why the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) GoVoter Project is collecting information from voters with disabilities across the United States about their voting experience in 2018!

November 13, 2018Read More

Reminder: DRO's Voter Hotline will be open on Election Day

Tomorrow, November 6, is Election Day, and the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DRO's Voter Hotline will be open the same hours at 800-282-9181. DRO staff will be available to answer your questions, and we may be able to help if you think your voting...

November 5, 2018Read More

Common Questions: Voting if you unexpectedly can't get to the polls

In today's special blog post, we'll answer some more common questions we hear about voting, this time about situations that might keep you from being able to get to the polls to vote on Tuesday. These issues have been a DRO priority for the last several years, both in our...

November 2, 2018Read More

One week until Election Day! Vote early, in person and by mail

Election Day is one week away! You still have several options if you want to vote early, but deadlines are fast approaching.

October 30, 2018Read More

Common Questions: Registered voters, voters with criminal records, and getting rides to the polls

Continuing with our voting series, this week we are answering three more common questions: "I have voted before. Did I have to register again to vote this time?" "Can I vote if I have a criminal record?" "I want to vote in person, but I need a ride to the...

October 23, 2018Read More

Common Questions: Voting with a guardian and getting help in the voting booth

We’re three weeks from Election Day and early voting has started! Today we’ll continue our voting rights blog series by answering two common questions about voting and people with disabilities: Am I allowed to vote if I have a guardian? and Can I get help with my ballot in the...

October 16, 2018Read More

Your Advocacy Matters! Early Voting Has Begun

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, but registered voters in Ohio can cast their ballots early, both in person and by mail. Find out how.

October 12, 2018Read More

Thursday on Facebook Live: Learn about Ohio’s new absentee voting option

Voters with vision impairments and other print disabilities now have a new option to cast an absentee ballot. At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 4, Disability Rights Ohio will host a Facebook Live event at the Franklin County Board of Elections, where we will talk about and demonstrate the new remote...

October 2, 2018Read More

Ohio's voting registration deadline is almost here!

It’s National Voter Registration Day, and our voter education blog series continues! In Ohio, the deadline to register to vote in the November 6th General Election is Tuesday, October 9, just two weeks from today.

September 25, 2018Read More

Watch for your absentee ballot application in the mail

If you are registered to vote, you should have received an application for an absentee ballot in the mail shortly after Labor Day. If you did not get one, it’s important that you check to make sure that you are still registered and that your address is updated. You can...

September 18, 2018Read More

New guide helps advocates serve crime victims with disabilities

Violent crime is unfortunately a terrifying reality for one in five crime victims with a disability. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2009 and 2015 the rate of violent victimization against persons with disabilities was 2.5 times higher than the rate for persons without disabilities.

September 11, 2018Read More

A’loni Wagner gets to graduation with advocacy support from DRO

A’loni Wagner had gone to an alternative school for kids with behavioral disabilities for most of her life, and she did well there. “They treated me like me,” she says, “I had lots of friends there. I was a popular kid. I knew everybody. I knew all the teachers. I liked...

September 5, 2018Read More

Have you moved recently? Be sure to update your voter registration

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and, in Ohio, many important statewide and local issues and races will be on the ballot, including elections for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, all of Ohio’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. Senate seat.

August 28, 2018Read More

Support and Service Animals: A Few Basics

Some of the most frequent questions we get involve disability rights laws and animals. There is widespread confusion, so this post will go over a few basics from two federal laws: the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

August 21, 2018Read More

What are the signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation?

As Ohio’s federally and state-designated Protection & Advocacy system for people with disabilities in Ohio, Disability Rights Ohio has the authority to go into any facility where people with disabilities live to investigate abuse. In the last year alone, we have investigated and reported facilities for unsanitary conditions, disrepair, sexual...

August 14, 2018Read More

From Country to City: A Look at Transportation in Ohio

Accessibility and transportation go hand in hand with my need to get around my community. I am not alone; there are thousands of people around my state who utilize specialized transportation every day. Not everyone can drive or has access to a vehicle or the opportunity to utilize public transit....

August 7, 2018Read More

BILLS TO WATCH: The Ohio Public School Deregulation Act

Education policy has been a major area of focus this General Assembly. Specifically, school administrators have been working through legislation to remove regulations they view as burdensome. They believe the fewer regulations imposed on schools will provide more flexibility to districts and allow them to establish better outcomes for students....

July 31, 2018Read More

Seven Tips for Parents for the Beginning of the School Year

As a parent of a school-age child with a disability, the last thing you may want to think about during the summer is your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the upcoming school year. This is understandable because the process can be daunting and emotionally draining, but summer is a...

July 24, 2018Read More

National Disability Voter Registration Week

As we prepared for National Disability Voter Registration Week this week, I studied some statistics about disabled voters and found it quite interesting. I gathered data from Pew Research Center and Rutgers University and found these facts:

July 20, 2018Read More

Accidental American: Voting as a Disabled Person

The America I grew up in was no place for a kid in a wheelchair, and it never let me forget this; I’d smell the inside of a bakery I could never actually enter, or else I’d read Wikipedia summaries of the newest comics I couldn’t buy from a comic-book...

July 17, 2018Read More

Transition Services Should Begin Early

When a student with a disability reaches age 14, it is time to start thinking about and planning for what will happen after high school. This may seem premature or overwhelming because often times the family is busy trying to make sure the student has the services he or she...

July 10, 2018Read More

Kayla Stacy finds a path forward after being abused by her doctor

Trigger Warning: This story contains discription of sexual assault. People with disabilities depend on doctors. For therapy. For prescriptions. For guidance. Kayla Stacy’s long journey with chronic pain had left her frustrated by many healthcare professionals who didn’t take her complaints seriously. So when she found a doctor who seemed to...

June 26, 2018Read More

BILLS TO WATCH: The SAFE Act: An Opportunity to Stop Suspending and Expelling Kids in Preschool through Third Grade

Education has changed a lot in the past 20 to 30 years. At DRO we’ve seen an increase in calls from parents with kids with disabilities who are facing more and more extreme discipline. While it was almost unthinkable in the past that children as young as 3 years old...

June 19, 2018Read More

Guest Writer: Institutional Life and Community Life Are NOT Equivalent Choices

"The average non-disabled adult does not live with 3 or more unrelated persons. In fact, unless living in an unwed lover relationship, most non-disabled Americans don’t live with even 1 unrelated person (stepchildren I consider related by marriage), especially after the age of 30."

June 12, 2018Read More

Did you know that DRO can be your back-to-work advocate?

Many people with disabilities want to work, but they need some help determining what kind of job they want, gaining the right skills for that job and then finding and keeping that job. The technical term for these types of needs is “vocational rehabilitation services,” or VR services. In Ohio,...

June 5, 2018Read More

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