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.

What's New

Oregon Wildfire Resources

Wildfire Resources

We hope that you and your loved ones are taking care. Our thoughts are with all of you and the communities you serve as we face such a tragic time across our state. Please find a list of resources that might assist you during this time below:

General information:

Hub for resources from Oregon State government, including:

Oregon Health Authority wildfire fact sheets in multiple languages

Oregon Regional Resources for Emergency Preparedness

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Oregon State Fire Marshal

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA) Employers urged to protect workers by avoiding outdoor work, following best practices as harmful air quality persists

For emergencies contact 911 or to report a missing person due to wildfire. Do not contact 911 for non-emergencies or to report smoke. 911 Twitter Feed.

211info contact center staff are able to assist callers, who are unable to register themselves, sign up for the Red Cross Safe & Well Registry. Community members who need assistance signing up can contact 211. During times of disaster, there may be long wait times.

  • CALL: 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (Free language interpreters available by phone; Phone hours: 24/7)
  • TTY: dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155
  • TEXT: your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) (text available English and Spanish; Text hours: 9am-5pm)
  • EMAIL: help@211info.org (email available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin)

Local resources:

Information from the Statesman Journal about evacuation levels and current emergency shelter

Air quality updates:

Live Updates and Maps:

Sign up for Alerts Notifications:

Regional flash alerts

What if you have lost your ID?

  • At this time, The State Vital Records office will provide up to three (3) certified copies of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, domestic partnership or dissolution of domestic partnership free of charge if the record is requested in connection with Executive Order 20-35 related to wildfire response. The Executive Order only applies to fires that occurred in Oregon.
  • There is an FAQ on the Vital Statistics Page.

News and updates:

Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness:

Protect Your Health:

Community Resources:



How to help?:

An Update on COVID 19

Dear OCDD Supporters,

Developmental Disability Awareness Month is a great reminder that our communities are strongest when the contributions of each person are valued. Every March, we highlight these contributions and the many ways Oregonians with and without disabilities live and work side by side across Oregon.

Given reports about COVID19, and related guidance, we have decided not to hold this year’s photo rally or to host in-person events for the time being. We ask people to own our shared responsibilities as people with and without disabilities, to focus our energy on ensuring the safety and health of our fellow Oregonians.

With this same intention, we challenge you to value your role as a member of your community: call and check in with your neighbors or friends, offer a supportive word to anyone feeling anxious, connect online if you can’t connect in person, and consider what you do to stay calm in stressful moments.

Oregonians with and without developmental disabilities form strong, diverse communities that come together, celebrate good times, and get through hard times. We are all #BetterTogether.


Beth Kessler

OCDD Interim Director

Niko's August Blog Post

A New Blog Post from Niko Boskovic

“August 28, 2020: Much can be said about this hard, stressful time as we face a pandemic that has no end date, and our society has to finally address the horrible ways in which powerful institutions have repressed the rights of Black people for hundreds of years. For most of the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to the news and hearing how there really isn’t strong leadership in our federal government to either crisis. Mostly we are in reaction mode, and people are tired and stressed out. I can literally see their dull orange waves flickering and petering out, snuffed like a dying flashlight. As starting all over isn’t possible, what can we do on a personal level to make the world a little less stressful and build our human connections?

First, there’s the connection we have to ourselves and our mental health. I, for one, struggle with stress and OCD on a minute-by-minute basis, much to the annoyance of everyone in my household. I go running three times per week with my PSW [personal support worker], and am ridiculously consumed with taking my OCD medicine at the same time every day. The stress of everyone around me makes it worse. I go out so much less than I used to, and rarely see people outside my family. So I say to my fellow autistics, it’s up to you how you cope. Whether that’s cutting paper or organizing other people’s stuff, diving deeper into your mind or sleeping more to escape other people’s stress, that’s what self-care looks like for you. It’s the same for NT’s [neurotypicals], but our coping is, by its very nature, labeled deviant, so you may experience some increased scrutiny.”

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Video and Resources

To stay updated and engaged, we have highlighted a few resources for you below:

To:  All ODDS Staff and Stakeholders

From:  Lilia Teninty, Director, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services

The Oregon Health Authority has identified several counties in Oregon with presumptive positive cases of COVID19. COVID19 is spread from person-to-person through droplets in the air and on surfaces that people touch. More information is on OHA’s website.

This situation is unfolding quickly and the risks for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are high. Under regular circumstances, we use meetings, the ODDS website and other avenues to gather input from our partners and stakeholders before issuing transmittals and other policy guidance. Thank you for understanding that our ability to that right now is significantly limited.

In order to protect the health and safety of the people we serve, and to provide clear guidance to our case management entities, we have issued a transmittal asking for CDDPs, Brokerages, Children’s Residential Services and Children’s Intensive In-Home Services to submit a list to ODDS of individuals at your CME who may at high-risk. This is to help ensure the safety of potentially vulnerable individuals.

ODDS is requesting this information to ensure that we know who may be at high-risk for COVID19 statewide. This information will be used to coordinate with individuals, families, CDDPs/Brokerages, providers and appropriate local Public Health entities. ODDS is available to provide technical assistance, as needed.

The Assessment Spreadsheet can also be found at: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/ODDS-COVID19-Information.aspx under “Case Managers.”

We have also issued transmittals requiring emergency plans for all our provider types, including adult and children’s foster care, 24-hour residential, supported living, employment, and community living/day support activity providers.

Other important information and guidance released this week includes:

  • Information from the Oregon Health Authority on new presumptive positive cases of COVID19.
  • Information from the Oregon Health Authority on infection control guidance for in-home workers.
  • New fact sheet from the Oregon Home Care Commission for Personal Support Workers and Home Care Workers.
  • New guidance from the Aging and People with Disabilities program on limiting exposure to COVID19 for implementation in all nursing facilities.
  • ODDS created a web page with COVID19 guidance and information for case managers, providers and the general public.

We appreciate your hard work. I know we all have the health and safety of the people we support, as well as our coworkers, friends, and loved ones, top of mind. Thank you for your diligence and for prioritizing this important work.

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OCDD works toward a world where all communities welcome and value people with disabilities and their families.

Our Stories

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.

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