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

OCDD's 5 Year Plan Public Input

Help the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities identify its priorities for the next five years!

The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities exists to advance social and policy change so that all 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.

And, our history matters. The Council recognizes that the disability rights movement was built on the momentum of the civil rights movement. Our commitment to racial equity means we must acknowledge the complex intersection of race and disability. We are compelled to interrupt systemic racism and ableism as we pursue our mission and vision.

Over the last few years, as we have heard from Oregonians with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, we have reflected on what was shared, and began to develop our plan for what our work needs to look like moving forward. Every 5 years, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities develops a strategic plan, and submits that plan to the Administration for Community Living, our federal funder. This survey is a part of that process.

We have developed 2 overarching goals for our work in the next 5 years. And each goal has a few key areas of focus, called objectives. What you won’t yet see here is the activities, the steps, we will need to take in order to achieve this work. So as you review this plan, please consider: What have we gotten right in our draft plan? What do you believe should change? What do you believe will need to happen in order for us to succeed?

Tell us what you think!

Take our survey

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 May Blog Post

A New Blog Post from Niko Boskovic

This month, I’d like to focus on my thoughts about the return to not wearing masks and to no longer having to stay home out of fear of getting exposed to COVID. First, it’s a little strange to be outside without a mask on, but I imagine we will keep wearing them out of caution. I would probably feel a lot better if more people would get their shots, but at least the people I care about are fully vaccinated.

Somehow we made it through a year with few face-to-face encounters with those outside our immediate families, and watched an election year unfold into an embarrassing display of lying and attempts to overthrow our government with the former president’s backing. We saw the murder of George Floyd lead to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin. One of my friends was arrested during the July protests, and others did in-patient programs for addiction and suicide prevention. I saw my sister struggle with anxiety, and my parents separate.

I also witnessed some wonderful hours spent at the ocean, more trips to the coast in twelve months than in all the years prior. I switched to purely online classes, and found they are less stressful and fit my lifestyle better. I have enjoyed two semesters of US history and Oregon history, but better yet, so have my parents who take turns reading my assigned work to me and being equally fascinated by Oregon’s troubled past regarding Native Americans, Blacks, Chinese immigrants, and the Japanese population living first in Hood River, then in internment camps scattered throughout the country. I started a new medication that seems to be helping in terms of flexibility and being less rigid. I am lonely, but everyone’s a bit lonely in this era of “the pandemic blues.”

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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.

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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