Her high school teachers thought she couldn't learn. We stepped in. Now she's thriving in college. #AdvocacyMatters

Jordyn Zimmerman was always told that because she was not able to communicate verbally, college was not on the horizon. Even a modified high school diploma was hardly expected. Her educators believed her autism meant that she couldn't understand them. DRO found that was not the case. Read more...

May 26, 2017Read More

After many years of school, she wanted to give work a trial run. We gave her some good news. #AdvocacyMatters

Marcy was a recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and she had just finished school to become a physician's assistant. She worried about being physically able to work full-time, which would eliminate her SSDI benefits. Read more...

May 19, 2017Read More

Her school had failed her. We helped her learn to succeed. #AdvocacyMatters

Sometimes the only thing standing between people with disabilities and success is the systems that are meant to serve them. In 2012, Alexis had a behavioral incident at school. The school removed her, even though the incident was related to her disability. DRO stepped in and represented Alexis in a... Read more...

May 12, 2017Read More

She wanted help after a sexual assault. We connected her with resources. #AdvocacyMatters

“Brenna” was a patient at a psychiatric hospital who was sexually assaulted by a staff member. The nurse on duty refused to do a rape kit. She also refused to allow the victim to go to the medical hospital, where she would be connected with counseling services. Brenna called DRO... Read more...

May 5, 2017Read More

They needed dental care. We made it happen. #AdvocacyMatters

On a monitoring trip to a psychiatric hospital in March, DRO advocates found that some patients had not received dental care in several months. Some of the problems were serious. Read more...

April 21, 2017Read More

She wanted independence. That's when DRO took her guardianship case. #AdvocacyMatters

"Rebecca," a young woman with a mild to moderate intellectual disability, had a guardian - her mother. Rebecca wanted to maintain the good relationship she shared with her mom, yet felt she no longer needed her to make choices about her life. Read more...

April 14, 2017Read More

A thief stole his car - with his wheelchair inside. We helped him find a way forward. #AdvocacyMatters

On a cold January day, "Mitch" started his car to let it warm up, with his wheelchair inside. Someone stole it. Read more...

April 7, 2017Read More

After five years in a nursing home, a client wanted to move out. Her guardian was hesitant. We helped her find her place. #AdvocacyMatters

"Nancy" (not her real name) had lived in a nursing home for five years. She worked in the community and did not need the level of services that the nursing home provided. Like many who live in institutions, Nancy was isolated and segregated for no reason. Read more...

March 31, 2017Read More

A client needed to find a flexible job. OOD wouldn't accommodate. We helped her gain access. #AdvocacyMatters

A woman with disabilities needed a full-time job with flexible hours that allowed her to work from home. She'd been working as a recruiter, but, to her great frustration, she kept getting laid off. Read more...

March 24, 2017Read More

A student needed an emotional support animal. Her landlord put up barriers. We knocked them down. #AdvocacyMatters

A college student who lived in an off-campus apartment received a letter from her mental health treatment provider recommending an emotional support animal. She gave the letter to her landlord and then got a small emotional support dog. The landlord ordered her to remove the dog immediately, fined her $150... Read more...

March 17, 2017Read More

Missteps led to serious consequences. Our advocacy improved care for patients. #AdvocacyMatters

At Disability Rights Ohio, we are committed to ensuring that the right of people with disabilities to be free from serious abuse or neglect in treatment settings is protected. Recently, we were asked to step in and help a client in crisis. Read more...

March 10, 2017Read More

Aleeha Dudley wanted to be a veterinarian. Her university couldn't help her. We did. #AdvocacyMatters

Aleeha Dudley has loved animals all of her life. She grew up on a farm with all kinds of livestock and wanted to be a vet from the time she was seven. She is also blind. Read more...

March 3, 2017Read More

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