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.
Oregon 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:
Hub for resources from Oregon State government, including:
Oregon Health Authority wildfire fact sheets in multiple languages
- For the latest updates: OSFM Twitter Page
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: email@example.com (email available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin)
- Benton County
- Clackamas County
- Clackamas County Evacuation Live Map
- Douglas County
- Jackson County
- Josephine County – Grants Pass
- Klamath County
- Lane County
- Eugene Emergency Alert with resources
- Lincoln County
- Linn County
- Marion County
- Washington County – Tualatin
Information from the Statesman Journal about evacuation levels and current emergency shelter
Air quality updates:
- Oregon Smoke Interactive Map
- OregonAIR app for iPhone and Android.
- AirNow EPA Air Updates
- Air Quality Map
- Oregon Smoke Info Twitter
- Air quality index: find information about air quality in your area.
Live Updates and Maps:
- Gov up wildfire plan and updates
- OPB Live Update
- Fire & Smoke Map
- FlashAlert Newswire
- NWCC Interactive Map and Twitter Update
- National Weather Service.
- Power outages: Portland General Electric and Pacific Power
- Road closures + travel conditions: Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck
Sign up for Alerts Notifications:
Regional flash alerts
- Public Alerts (official local alert system for the following areas)
- State of Oregon: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia, Linn, Benton, Marion counties
- State of Washington: Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Wahkiakum counties
- VIDEO: Sign Up for Public Alert in some languages
- FEMA Text Alert
- American Red Cross alert app (ARC leads emergency shelters), Twitter link
- Nixle Alerts
- Clark County in Washington State
- Clackamas County
- Marion County
- Lane County
- Malheur County
- Linn County
- Yamhill County
- Clatsop County
- Columbia County
- Hood River County
- Josephine County
- City of Salem
- City of Tigard
- City of Ashland
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:
- Department of Environmental Quality Oregon Smoke Information Blog (English/Spanish)
- Office of Emergency Management Twitter
- Oregon Red Cross Twitter
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Oregon State Fire Marshall Twitter
Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness:
- Resources and information from Deschutes County Project Wildfire, including evacuation overview and basics
- VIDEO: Josephine County “Ready Set Go’
- VIDEO: Prepare for Evacuations
- VIDEO: Webinar on “Ready, Set, Go” by Oregon State Extension Services
- Multnomah County Wildfire Information
- Clackamas County: Wildfire Information
- American Red Cross’ How to prepare for wildfire emergencies
- Portland Evacuation Plan
- City of Ashland’s Wildfire Plan of Action
- Deschutes County Evacuation Guide
- California’s Ready for Wildfire resource site has great preparedness information
Protect Your Health:
- From Oregon Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control stay safe during a wildfire
- VIDEO: OHA Protect Your Health
- VIDEO: OHA Stay Healthy When Air is Smokey
- VIDEO: School outdoor activity during wildfire events
- VIDEO: Cleaner indoor air when skies fill with smoke
- VIDEO: How to make your own clean air fan
- Brochure: What Can I Do When Smokes Rolls In
- Multnomah County’s Smoke and wildfire guide
- US Environmental Protection Agency’s Wildfire Smoke Fact Sheet
- Oregon Health Authority Wildfire Smoke and Public Health
- CDC Wildfire smoke and Covid-19
- PGE Public Safety Power Shut-offs
- Red Cross Find Shelters
- For the latest updates: Red Cross Cascades Region Facebook Page
- SNAP participants who have lost food due to the fires are eligible to have up to $200 of benefits reloaded onto their EBT card. Call DHS Office.
- Multnomah County is providing extra shelter capacity for unsheltered members – Contact 211og.
- State of Oregon temporary shelter guidance
- Covid-19 Resource List for Portland and beyond
- For community resources contact 211org
- Oregon Human Development Corporation
- Support for sheltering, food and services available at several locations. Call 1-855-215-6158 for information.
- Oregon Housing and Community Services wildfire housing damage relief program. Apply for assistance here.
- Pets and Wildfire FAQ and evacuation for pets at fairgrounds
- VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Displaced by Oregon Wildfires
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 COVID–19, 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.
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.”
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 COVID–19. COVID–19 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 COVID–19 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/
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 COVID–19.
- 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 COVID–19 for implementation in all nursing facilities.
- ODDS created a web page with COVID–19 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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