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20th Anniversary of Olmstead

Join OCDD in Celebrating Olmstead’s Legacy

Since June 22nd, 1999, the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C. has increased community participation and independence of people with disabilities and older Americans who are moving out of nursing homes and other institutions and back into the community.

This week marks the 20th Anniversary of Olmstead, a landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled that people with disabilities deserve the right to be in “the most integrated setting possible.” OCDD created a video in honor of Olmstead’s legacy and it’s impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

Check out the entire video on OCDD’s Facebook page with audio from people living out in the community.

Niko's June Blog Post

A New Blog Post from Niko Boskovic

Right now, I don’t think I could be happier. I graduated from high school, my family threw me a huge party, and I finished my PCC [Portland Community College] poetry class yesterday. I have been sleeping in, and my mom hired two awesome PSW’s [personal support workers] to support me this summer. One of them is the mom of a classmate, so she is going to be in my life too. I feel like things have lined up nicely for the first time in my life. It’s amazing to think that this all came together so well. It has been a lot of stress, and my OCD is through the roof, but I am proud and happy to be able to say that I am an Oregon graduate!

It’s probably one of the last times I will see some of my classmates, and that makes me think back to my first year of high school where I didn’t know anyone, and they didn’t know me. It took months of being there and making a point of explaining how autism affected me before any of them tried to interact with me. I think the first two years were the best ones because I had an amazing paraeducator who bridged the social gap between me and the other kids.

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Oregon ABLE Account Resources

How Oregon ABLE works:

Created with the support and collaboration of self-advocates, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others working with the disability community, Oregon ABLE ensures you can easily and inexpensively set up a plan that works for you.

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Oregon ABLE makes it possible for people with disabilities to save money without risking their benefits.

Learn more about Oregon ABLE at oregonsavingsplan.com.

Taking Charge of My Healthcare Videos

The Taking Charge of My Health Care Toolkit provides information, resources and skills-building strategies for individuals interested in learning how to best advocate for their health and health care. The toolkit offers 9 modules of different topics that can be used for individual learning or in a workshop or group format. Each of the 9 modules can also be used individually as a stand-alone lesson, or any combination of the modules can be used for a workshop or class format.

The toolkit is a collaboration between the Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition, OCDD, the Oregon Office on Disability and Health and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.


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.

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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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