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

2022 Planning My Way to Work Manual is Released

2022 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 2022 Planning My Way to Work Guide in English, Русский, Soomaali, Español, 简体中文, and Tiếng Việt.


COVID-19 Outreach Grants Available!

We are excited to announce a new funding opportunity!

The purpose of this funding initiative is to provide person-centered wraparound supports to people with disabilities to increase the number of vaccinations for people with disabilities and those that support them personally and professionally.

What are the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach grants?

These grants are for organizing outreach efforts and vaccination events for traditionally under-served groups of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including individuals with diverse identities and/or individuals that are underserved, as well as their families and supporters.

Learn more and apply at https://www.ocdd.org/covid-19-toolkit/#covid-19-outreach-grants

Reporting Requirements for CDC Funding FAQ-Use Of ACL Funding For Incentives_Final for AoDFINAL COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ – DD Council (4-14-21) – FINAL (508 Compliant)

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 March Blog Post

A New Blog Post from Niko Boskovic

I have heard many derogatory things in my life, but there is nothing I find as offensive as the term “severe autism.” Weather can be severe: just think about the effect of turbulence on an airplane’s ability to offer a smooth ride; waves can cause intense conditions for boaters, and snow can avalanche into danger in seconds. People, however, are not severe in anything but manners or hairstyles.

I think the reason that term is gaining in popularity is because of the lumping in of all autistics on the spectrum under one category instead of labeling the person’s degree of proximity to appearing “normal.” I mean really, there is a very heavy ableist attitude behind any autistic label in that it’s all about how close you are to neurotypical standards of behavior.

When I was younger, the saddest thing I would hear was when someone referred to me as “low-functioning.” I just can’t understand how someone could refer to a child as low-functioning. My parents never called me that, but I’d overhear other people using it to trash talk me at school or when I would have anxiety in public. Given that I have undoubtedly had more therapy in my childhood than most people will ever have in their lifetime, I find this label particularly offensive. It is as if the label slaps a value on your future earnings while you’re a little kid, and then the system removes any paths that might lead to fulfillment. A lot of the burden falls to the autistic person to prove their worth and right to inclusion among non-disabled people.

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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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