Dear Oregon I/DD Community Stakeholders and Partners: You are invited to join our webinar to learn how the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) have partnered to gather input and learn from national best practices in our efforts to improve the process of how people with intellectual…

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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…

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Having a disability like autism means it comes with a lot of preconceived ideas about what someone like me is capable of. For example, since I can’t talk well, people may assume that I have nothing to say. Around the time I learned to communicate, I made a decision that I would share as much…

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It should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of self-determination. I have the same hopes for the future that most people my age do, except my right to fulfill them is at risk because I have a disability. I mostly worry that I won’t be able to live on my own…

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