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Host Applications for Strong Start Leadership Training

OCDD is seeking applications to host local trainings to develop self-advocate and parent leaders!

We are excited to launch the Strong Start Leadership Training, a locally focused leadership training for self-advocates and parents of children experiencing intellectual/developmental disability (IDD).

  • Strong Start will prepare participants to:
    Develop a positive vision for their own or their child’s future,
  • Engage personal networks and available community resources in pursuit of that vision; and
  • Advocate effectively to influence social and policy change so that all people with disabilities have access to a full community life.

Application Details
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, contact carries@ocdd.org to request an application packet. Completed applications are due to OCDD no later than 5pm on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. We strongly encourage organizations that support communities of color, culturally specific organizations and non-traditional partners to apply.

Niko's October Blog Post

A New Blog Post from Niko Boskovic

“September 4, 2019: I have gained a lot of insight into myself over the last few years, but one area that has stymied me completely is getting a handle on my anxiety; namely, my OCD. Like my autism, it’s always been there, and I’ve grown used to its yoke. But as I made my way through high school, I saw it take command of every facet of my waking hours.

There is literally no part of my day that I haven’t ritualized. I need to make my bed the same way every morning, or else it’s not right. Things must be placed in the correct spots before I can go upstairs and start my bedtime routine. Nothing makes me as happy or miserable as completing an urge. I begin to feel like time stands still when I am caught up in a routine.

The thing is, I know how miserable I am making everyone around me due to my rituals. It feels like I have kept some portion of my true self captive as I finish a needed activity. I arguably am my worst enemy. I had a few visits with a psychologist, and tried a few of her suggestions, but when your entire day is governed by OCD, where do you start?

For that reason, I wanted to explore medication. Tomorrow I am meeting with a psychiatrist for a second time to get approved for Prozac. My hope is to return to this essay in a few weeks to share how I am feeling after starting meds. Please let me feel some relief.”

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Review of Oregon's ISP Planning Process

Review of Oregon’s ISP Planning Process:

Oregon joined the National Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families (http://supportstofamilies.org) three years ago.  The CoP is a collaborative partnership between a state’s developmental disability (DD) service system and Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Fourteen states currently participate.  The purpose of the partnership in each state is it to promote systems change using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework (https://www.lifecoursetools.com).  The framework is based on the core belief that all people have the right to live, love, work, play and pursue their dreams just like other members the community.

Since we began the CoP, we have been looking at ways to use the LifeCourse Framework to help people pursue a good life. As part of this process, we met with families and self-advocates across the state to learn about their experience with the service planning process and how it can be improved.  We recently convened a webinar to share our findings and what we learned from other states that have used the LifeCourse Framework to improve the service planning process.  We also discussed how this information will inform efforts to improve the ISP planning process in Oregon per the Office on Developmental Disabilities 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.

You can view PowerPoint slides and the final report in both English or Spanish.

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Join OCDD in Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

“A part of thinking about the future is reflecting on the legacy. I am proud that OCDD is honoring the past achievements to trail blaze employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This video offers a review of our history and highlights the milestones on the federal level.

May the legacy continue, and we be better together.


Daniel Alrick, OCDD Chair”

Check out the entire video on OCDD’s Facebook page

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.

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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