intellectual/developmental disabilities

Library of Congress

Even in an age of heated rhetoric, there are terms most people simply don't use anymore. 

But even the U.S. Supreme Court once subscribed to a scale of intellectual impairment that included terms like "moron," "idiot," and "imbecile."  In fact, the court once backed the state of Virginia's decision to sterilize a young woman. 

Lawyer and writer Adam Cohen wrote about the case in his book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

Making Right A Great Wrong

Jul 7, 2016

Our society is, in theory, supposed to protect its most vulnerable members. 

But society failed The Boys in the Bunkhouse for years. 

The boys of the title in Dan Barry's book were men with intellectual disabilities who were warehoused and kept in slavery-like conditions. 

Until, that is, social workers, journalists, and a lawyer took up their case. 

Bringing Sheltered Workers Into The Light

Jan 27, 2016

Oregonians who have worked in sheltered workshops will now be able to move into mainstream jobs. 

The settlement of a court case against the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will undo the decades-long system of separate, and unequal, job sites for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Disability Rights Oregon was a party to the lawsuit in federal court. 

Taking Advantage of "Living Opportunities"

Sep 24, 2014
Living Opportunities

We've traveled a long way from the time when people with developmental and intellectual disabilities spent their lives in "training schools" or other facilities away from the general population. 

Medford-based Living Opportunities is one of the organizations that participated in the shift. 

The non-profit works with clients to live, work and play as independently as possible, and is in the process of training similar organizations for the same work.