DD Awareness Month
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Join our Photo rally! To participate, share a photo of yourself – a person with developmental disabilities – alongside a friend, co-worker, sibling, family member or other member of your community. When you share your photo, write a note that captures the spirit of our #BetterTogether18 campaign.
There are three ways to participate in the photo rally:
- Post a picture on the OCDD Facebook page. Use the hashtag #BetterTogether18.
- Tweet a picture to @OCDD with the hashtag #BetterTogether18. Visit OCDD’s Twitter page.
- Post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #BetterTogether18. Visit OCDD’s new Instagram.
You may also email your photos to Ryley.Newport@ocdd.org.
Safe, affordable, and appropriate housing is a key part of everyone’s success. Yet, there is not affordable housing for Oregonians experiencing IDD. This makes it harder for people with IDD to have a job, friends, and a life as a member of their community. It also means:
- People with IDD are living in places they may not want to live or places that are unsafe.
- Some people are being supported in places that are more expensive than if they were supported in their own home or apartment.
- For children with IDD, as families create a vision for their child’s life in community, it becomes difficult to make that a reality without true community housing options when the child becomes an adult.
Order Transition Guides
Planning My Way to Work Transition Guide
Are you (or someone you know) a student or adult with disabilities looking for a job?
Planning My Way to Work is a guide designed to help students and adults navigate services and community resources, both during the transition from school to work and in adult life. Place your order for one or more copies of the manual in English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese. We’ll mail your order for free!
The guide includes 10 sections of helpful information for students and adults with disabilities, families, teachers, service coordinators, personal agents, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and other members of a person’s planning team.
Oregon ABLE Accounts
Oregon ABLE Savings Plans are available!
An Oregon ABLE Savings Plan is a way for Oregonians with disabilities and their families to save for eligible expenses, invest for the future and without impacting state and federal benefits. Learn more…
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to advance social and policy change so that people with developmental disabilities, their families and communities may live, work, play, and learn together. Our vision is that all communities welcome and value people with disabilities and their families.
Guiding Principles and Beliefs
1. We believe disability is a natural part of the human experience.
2. We believe people with developmental disabilities and their families...
Define their own families and sources of support.
Are successful when they make informed choices and control their lives.
Are most effective when they work together for social and policy change.
Are more likely to succeed when we expect them to succeed.
3. We believe communities...
Are welcoming when everyone is valued.
Are better when members act together.
Thrive when everyone contributes.
4. We believe support service systems are most effective when...
Families are supported to raise children in stable and loving homes.
People are supported to live the lives they want in their communities.
Supports are based on individual strengths, goals and community.
They are accountable to the people they serve.
OCDD: Live TogetherWork TogetherLearn TogetherBetter Together
OCDD works toward a world where all communities welcome and value people with disabilities and their families.
People with disabilities are at the heart of OCDD’s mission and work. Watch the videos below to see how these talented Oregonians contribute to the communities where we all live, work, and play.