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DHS news release

February 14, 2007


Program contact: Bill Lynch, 503-945-9941
Media contact: Patricia Feeny, 503-945-6955


State celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month




WHAT: Awards ceremony and dedication


WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, March 12


WHERE: Barbara Roberts Human Services Building
500 Summer St. NE, Salem


DETAILS: Oregon's governor has proclaimed March 2007 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In recognition of the designation, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities is sponsoring a March 12 event that brings together advocates, providers, consumers, policymakers and public employees to celebrate this year's theme, "Every child deserves a family home."


DHS Director Bruce Goldberg, M.D., will read the proclamation and present this year's Developmental Disability Champion Awards to a policymaker and an advocate who have increased awareness and advocated on behalf of people with disabilities and their families. The ceremony also will include the unveiling of a newly refurbished sculpture by renowned Oregon artist Tom Hardy. The sculpture, which originally sat on the grounds of Fairview Training Center, will be placed on permanent display in the lobby of the Barbara Robert Human Services Building.


Approximately 54,000 Oregonians have a developmental disability, including an estimated 12,000 children under age 18. More than 750 children with developmental disabilities currently live outside their family home.