​​Disability Rights Ohio​ FAQ

​​​Who is Disability Rights Ohio?

Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation that provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues.​

Disability Rights Ohio is also Ohio's federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), which is guided by the PAIMI Advisory Council.

What does DRO say in its letter?

July 3, DRO sent this letter​ to Governor Kasich, and Directors McCarthy (Office of Health Transformation), Moody (Ohio Department of Medicaid) and Martin (DODD). In the letter, DRO says it believes Ohio is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision because, they allege, the system favors segregation and institutional placement.

What is DRO asking the state to do?

In its letter, DRO requested the state reduce the number of individuals residing in Intermediate care facilities, reduce reliance on sheltered workshops and increase support for supported employment, and reduce reliance on facility-based day habilitation support and increase support for community-based day supports. DRO requested to meet with the state to discuss its requests.​

How is the state responding to DRO?​

The state is in negotiations with DRO. Both organizations share the same goal – helping individuals with developmental disabilities live and work as integrated members of the community.