OCDD: 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.
COVID-19 Outreach Grants Available!
We are excited to announce a new funding opportunity!
What are the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach grants?
Learn more and apply at https://www.ocdd.org/covid-19-vaccine-grants/
Check out OCDD's Video on SB 1606!
Oregon Legislature Unanimously Approves SB 1606
“At the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, hospitals were not allowing visitors. Because of this, people with disabilities avoided seeking care because they weren’t certain that they could have support people that they trusted with them at the hospital. Because of this, people with disabilities went to the legislature to change the law. They passed Senate Bill 1606,” says Senator Sara Gelser. Learn more about SB 1606 and your rights to have access to healthcare by watching our new video!
Learn more about your rights to supports at the Hospital by visiting OCDD’s COVID-19 Toolkit
Niko's September Blog Post
A New Blog Post from Niko Boskovic
In many ways, there are a thousand different rules of conduct that I either forget or am not aware of when I go out into the world. In most cases, it’s no big deal, but I usually manage to mess up at least a few times. For example, the racks of gum and candy at checkout stands are like the most addictive drug to me, and I have to arrange them by their displays or I can’t stand being there with empty hands. If I see a rack of gift cards inside a store, it’s unbearable to NOT arrange and organize them neatly. I am really stuck on routines, so to enter a grocery store and follow a new route is truly uncomfortable. The safety and reliability of a known path through a store brings comfort in a very sensory-strong environment.
But life isn’t reliably consistent or forecastable, and so I have to adjust my routines every day. Just now, for example, we were driving my sister to practice, and that was the second time today that we made the trip. It was not a big event by any measure except we went home by a different street, and it bothered me that it was not the same. When I was little, this deviation would have thrown my day off. Now it nags at me like an itchy tag on a shirt sometimes, but it doesn’t ruin my day.
Council Member Spotlight: Meet Lindsay!
Meet Lindsay Stephens!
My name is Lindsay Stephens and I’m from La Grande, Oregon where I was born and raised. I love to craft, listen to audiobooks, take my dog to the dog park and travel. The longest I have traveled was to Norway in 2015!
Why did you want to join the Council?
I have been on the Council for about 5 years. I joined because I wanted to share what I had learned about advocating for myself. I like to listen to other people and understand what their needs are so I can relate to what they are going through, and I can learn something that will maybe help myself too.
Every year, the Council does a campaign for Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month. Why did you decide to participate this year and what does it mean to you?
It gives me a chance to tell people about my disability and how they can understand people with disabilities. I participated in the photo rally so that people could see and hear me and understand me.
Who participated in your photo rally this year?
My family members, friends, providers and other members of my community.
What did you learn about your community when asking them to participate in the photo rally?
I am supported. I am not alone and that people care about me.
What does the term Better Together mean to you?
The more we get to know each other better then the more we can see that we are in it together.
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.