COVID-19 Vaccinations: Group 1A- updated 2/4

Individuals within Group 1A can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine- and that group includes: “Homecare workers, personal support workers, and personal care attendants, along with the people they support, are eligible to receive vaccinations now at vaccine clinics statewide,” as well as adults with I/DD who receive foster care or group home services and employees of such homes, residents and employees of skilled nursing facilities and memory care facilities, and several other groups relevant to individuals with disabilities. Group 1A includes individuals providing both paid and unpaid care to the vulnerable populations who are a part of this group.

To determine Group 1A eligibility, check here (note that Group 1A was originally separated into 4 subgroups, but those subgroups are currently abolished and all of Group 1A is eligible to receive the vaccine):  

Group 1A(sequencing plan)

Chart of Group 1A and Group 1B

SEIU503 hosted its first clinic with OHSU this past weekend, giving home care workers the opportunity to get the first dose of the vaccine- they have stated more clinics will be planned. There are other clinics planned around the state through different unions/organizations/medical facilities; any clinics we see that are open to individuals with disabilities and/or their caregivers will be shared here. Some medical facilities have indicated they are able to administer the vaccine to Group 1A members at their clinics/hospitals; for example, appointments can be made through Kaiser. If you’re a Kaiser member, and a Group 1A member, you can make an appointment online (simply go to your account, schedule an appointment for “COVID-19 vaccine”), and you can schedule an appointment by phone for non-members.

1/22 update: Clinics are being held 1/25 and 1/26 for individuals with I/DD and their family/caregivers to get the vaccine. They are not accepting walk-ins, appointments can be made here:; Call Center Phone: 971-268-5550

2/4 update: There is now a screening tool to help you determine if you currently qualify for the vaccine, and there are resources to find an appointment.

Some sites giving further info:

Ashe v. Saul- Recent 9th Cir. Social Security decision

On Dec. 28, 2020, the 9th Cir. court decided Ashe v. Saul. Plaintiff and her counsel contended neither ever received notice of the Appeals Council denial, resulting in an untimely appeal. Defendant argued that it was presumed that Plaintiff received the notice 5 days after it was mailed. The Court held that Plaintiff met her burden to rebut the presumption she’d received the notice; Plaintiff and her counsel, as well as counsel’s assistant, signed affidavits declaring they never received notice, and the only proof of the notice Defendant pointed to was the copy of the notice in the record which did not have any proof the notice was actually mailed. The Court held that based on the facts, the burden had shifted to SSA to prove actual receipt of the notice. As the lower court had not performed the burden shifting analysis, the case was remanded.  Read more here:

“Oregon hospitals didn’t have shortages. So why were people with disabilities denied care?” -OPB article

A recent OPB piece looked at the disparate treatment of individuals with disabilities in their medical treatment for COVID and other conditions.  The article highlights a Pendleton patient with an intellectual disability who was encouraged to sign do-not-resuscitate (DNR) and do-not-intubate forms, and her group home who was encouraged to have all residents DNRs. It also highlights the situation of several other patients who were recently denied care due to their disabilities when they were being treated for other conditions such as pneumonia. Read more here:

Giving Back This Holiday Season

The Disability Law Section Executive Committee wishes you all a happy holiday season! As the year wraps up, we wanted to share some opportunities to give back to the community.


Throughout 2020, we have received a few requests for donations from organizations whose missions we support but their missions are not directly in line with our section’s mission. Our section annually donates to the Campaign for Equal Justice, and we have donated in the past to help fund events/causes directly related to disability law and/or serving the disability community. For causes whose missions are not directly in line with ours, we have not donated but wanted to pass on their requests in case you are interested in personally donating to their cause:

Classroom Law Project: Their impact, reported on their site: “Classroom Law Project empowers teachers and students around Oregon with quality civic education programs. Last year we reached over 1,200 teachers and 97,000 students.”

Oregon Minority Lawyer’s Association (OMLA): Their impact, from their site: “OMLA sponsors numerous activities and programs” such as “Networking and Social events,” awarding “Bar Exam Preparation Scholarships,” preparing “Amicus Curiae briefs filed on issues such as Interpreters in the Courtroom and same sex marriages” and more. You can mail a donation to OMLA at Attn: Adam Gamboa,1235 SE Morrison St., Suite 150, Portland, OR 97214.

Lawyers for Literacy (a campaign fundraising for Start Making A Reader Today (SMART)): SMART “brings volunteers into classrooms to read one-on-one with PreK through 3rd grade students,” and they will “give away 140,000 books to kids across Oregon and link those to a digital library of read-aloud videos so kids can practice along.”

Other Causes:


Volunteer with or donate to Every Child, an organization that benefits foster children in most counties in the state:

Volunteer with or donate to Special Olympics Of Oregon:

Volunteer with or donate to Easterseals:


Oregon Food Bank: you can donate to Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger: or volunteer:

Find a local cause in Portland to volunteer with:

Help houseless youth by donating goods, or providing food or baked goods, or more:

Donate clothing, care kits, prepare meals, and more to help houseless Portlanders:


Volunteer or donate to help reduce hunger in Lane County:


Volunteer or donate to reduce hunger in Marion and Polk County:


Volunteer or donate to reduce hunger in Bend:



New DOT rules no longer include ESAs as allowable animals

The final rule still defines psychiatric service animals as service animals, but emotional support animals are no longer considered service animals. The rule allows airlines to limit individuals to 2 service animals, to limit them to animals that fit in the footspace on the plane, to require paperwork be completed regarding the animal’s health and behavior and includes other rules:

Job Openings- Health and Human Services and PPS

The application deadline to apply for the Assistant Attorney General position in Health and Human Services has been extended to Dec. 8, 2020. The Health and Human Services Section advises the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), including the Public Health Division and Oregon State Hospital, the Oregon Department of Human Services, including Aging and People with Disabilities Division, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Division, Self Sufficiency and Vocational Rehabilitation Divisions. The section also represents the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation (DFR), the Home Care Commission, the Psychiatric Security Review Board and the Department of Education Early Learning Division’s Office of Child Care. Learn more about the position and apply here: Health and Human Services Position

PPS is hiring an Assistant General Counsel, with expertise in labor and employment. Read more about the position here: Assistant General Counsel.  Apply at and use job number # 21722. The deadline to apply is Dec. 11, 2020.

Addiction, Recovery and the Justice System: Free Learning Series

CareOregon, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and the Alano Club of Portland are hosting Addiction, Recovery and the Justice System, a free four-part educational series.

Session 1: Understanding Addiction | November 20, 2020. 12-1:30 p.m. PST
Join Judges Ann Lininger and Eric Bloch, District Attorney Paige Clarkson and defense attorney Shannon Wilson as they kick off this series with perspectives from the bench, prosecution and defense. Following, Dr. Steve Delisi from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will examine the neurobiology and neuroscience of addiction and trauma.  |  Register Here

Session 2: Understanding Treatment | December 4, 2020. 12-1:30 p.m. PST
Mae Lee Browning, Legislative Director of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, begins this session with a personal message of recovery. Following, Heidi Wallace from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will explore stages of change and how to recognize a person’s readiness to begin the recovery process.  |  Register Here

Session 3: Understanding Recovery | December 11, 2020. 12-1:30 p.m. PST
Jeremiah Rigsby from CareOregon opens this session, followed by Legislators Tawna Sanchez and Janeen Sollman who will discuss the work ahead in the 2021 legislative session. Karen Kern, Mercedes Elizalde, and Freda Ceaser from Central City Concern will discuss the continuum of care in Oregon for substance use disorders, the role of the justice system in a recovery-oriented system of care, and tools for incorporating equity and anti-racist values into actualizing justice and services delivery.   |  Register Here

Session 4: Understanding Hope | December 18, 2020. 12-1:30 p.m. PST
During this final session in the series, Brent Canode from the Alano Club of Portland and  Monta Knudson from Bridges to Change will moderate a panel discussion with people who have lived experience with addiction and whose recovery journeys have intersected with the Oregon Justice System. Panel members include: Mae Lee Browning, Legislative Director of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Janie Marsh Gullickson, Executive Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon; Hugo Gonzalez Venegas, Attorney and Oregon State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator; and Billy Anfield, Advocacy Coordinator at Central City Concern’s Flip the Script. They will share their experiences in recovery and perspectives on how our justice system can support recovery for justice-involved people with addiction.  |  Register Here

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New American Airlines Rule Prevents Some Individuals With Wheelchairs from Flying

American Airlines has instated new weight limits on wheelchairs on many of its flights. Some planes allow 300 lbs wheelchairs, while others allow 400 lbs wheelchairs. John Morris, who uses a 450 lbs power wheelchair, has been unable to fly some of his normal routes due to the new rule.

Read more on this topic:

UPDATE: Policy has already been reversed.