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  • Oregon Evaluating Developmental Disabilities System

    Oregon DHS will be participating in a project to learn how well it is helping individuals and families being served through the developmental disabilities system.

    Learn more about this project.

  • Celebrating Opportunities
    For the past two school years, The Arc Oregon has been assisting students from school districts in Washington County in their transition from school to employment. This program is inspired by Oregon’s Employment First Policy that believes all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities need to pursue employment opportunities as adult citizens.
  • March is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

    Senator Chris Edwards (pictured here) along with Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Executive Director Jaime Daignault recently helped kick off Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Senator Edwards read a proclamation by Governor John Kitzhaber declaring March as IDD Awareness Month.

    Read more about the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month program

  • Employment Teams attend 'Meet at the Mountain'
    Meet at the Mountain participants
    One of Oregon's untapped labor pools consists of skilled, motivated men and women who happen to have disabilities. Department of Human Services, in collaboration with the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) are working together to implement the Employment First initiative.
  • Powerful relationships for kids and parents
    Parker Sampson with his mother Emilie Program Provides Connections for Families and Children with Disabilities
    Emilie Sampson saw a gap in her community and she rallied with others to fix it. When her son was diagnosed with autism, she found there was no formal network of parents in her area to use as a resource for her questions. Working with agencies and community organizations in Jackson county, Emilie developed a program called Families for Community to help create and maintain that support. Today, over 175 families are involved in the program.
  • Report Identifies Abuse Trends in Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services in 2011


    An annual report from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) shows abuse and neglect trends among people who received mental health and intellectual/developmental disability services in 2011.

    2011 Report of Abuse and Neglect for Individuals Who Receive Mental Health and Development Disabilities

    Read more about the 2011 Report...