Our Mission and Vision

We 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 Principal #1

We believe disability is a natural part of the human experience.

Guiding Principal #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.

Guiding Principal #3

We believe communities…

  • Are welcoming when everyone is valued.
  • Are better when members act together.
  • Thrive when everyone contributes.

Guiding Principal #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.

Get Involved

We raise awareness, remove barriers and promote inclusivity for people with DD in all facets of community life.

Our Impact

We improve access to essential services like healthcare for people with disabilities.

Policy Priorities

We fight for system and policy change that strengthen self-determination of all people with DD.

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.

Guiding Principles and Beliefs

We believe disability is a natural part of the human experience.

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.

We believe communities…

  • Are welcoming when everyone is valued.
  • Are better when members act together.
  • Thrive when everyone contributes.

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’s 5-Year Plan
for 2022-2026

Planning My Way
to Work Manual

OCDD’s Video
on SB 1606

We develop our work in five-year blocks. Our newest plan covers Federal Fiscal years 2022 – 2026. Our Goals establish our overall direction and what we should achieve in five years. Our Objectives explain the results we will achieve and how they will be achieved.

We’re pleased to share our new 5-year plan. Click here to learn more!

Planning My Way to Work Manual

Dear Students and Families,

We are excited to share the 2022 Planning My Way to Work transition guide. The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities published this manual with help from the Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Vocational Rehabilitation program. This guide will help you be a leader in your life and stay organized as you transition from school to your adult life.

This guide is full of questions, resources and worksheets to help you organize your thoughts, create a vision for the future, make choices and decisions, and make a plan with help from your parents, teachers and others you choose. You can use the sections below based on what you care about most or use a section when the topic relates to what’s happening in your life. Complete the worksheets by yourself, with your family or with your transition planning team. The eight sections are organized as follows:

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: What is person-centered planning?

Section 3: What are my career and college options?

Section 4: How will I make decisions as an adult?

Section 5: How will I live a healthy life?

Section 6: What are my community living options?

Section 7: What services may I be able to get?

Section 8 & 9: Glossary and Appendix

 

View the Planning My Way to Work Guide in English, Русский, Soomaali, Español, 简体中文, and Tiếng Việt.

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!

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