Podcasts Count for CECs

ODDS recently approved that Employment First Podcasts​ toward the 12 hours of Continuing Education Credits required for all employment professionals. Listening to four podcasts counts as one hour of CECs.​​

Employment Outcomes Report Published

​The Employment First Outcomes & Successes Report for October 2019 is published online​​. This report highlights some of the outcomes and successes achieve toward the goal of increasing community jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Self-Advocates Guide to Employment

​The Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition has published a Personal Guide to Community Employment​.​​​ OSAC developed this guide with help from the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and with support and funding from the Office of Developmental Disability Services.

Changes to Employment Outcomes System Launched

The Employment Outcomes System has a new website: oregoneos.org. The newest additions to EOS includes a new function for providers to enter capacity for job coaches, developers and Discovery services. This new function can be entered and updated by providers at any time​!​​​​

RFP Posted for Training and Technical Assistance

DHS has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a two-year contract to develop and provide training and technical assistance for the Employment First Initiative​. The contract period is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019, with the possibility of an extension. Training and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposals can apply at ORPIN​.


Employment First Coordinator Hired

Acacia McGuire Anderson has been named as Oregon's permanent Statewide Employment First Coordinator. She has been filling the role on an interim basis since Feb. 2016. In her role, Acacia will report to the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) Program Director, with shared accountability to the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program Director. She will manage the Employment First team, which includes capacity-building efforts and statewide outreach for integrated employment services. She will also serve as lead in the ongoing work with the Lane v. Brown settlement agreement.


20 Hour Policy Guidance

The Department of Human Services has issued guidance to VR counselors, ODDS staff, Community Developmental Disability Programs (CDDPs), and brokerages stating that the recommended standard for planning and implementing supported employment services will be the opportunity to work at least 20 hours per week. The policy and worker's guide is available online​.​​​​​


Peer to Peer Mentoring

Apply now to be part of an exciting new Peer-to-Peer (P2P) employment initiative. Peer mentors are people with developmental disabilities working at a community job who will teach and provide support to peers to help them reach a personal employment goal.
Apply now.

Lane Order Approving Settlement​

A federal court accepted a settlement in Lane v. Brown, the class action involving employment services that Oregon provides to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The judge's order is online​​.



Project SEARCH Request for Application

New deadline for Project SEARCH Request for Application. Deadline for submissions is now Jan. 15, 2016.

Informational Powerpoint is available.

Question & Answer Document​ from the call is also available.​​​


Lane v. Brown Settlement​

The state has reached agreement on a settlement in Lane v. Brown, the class action involving employment services that Oregon provides to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The settlement is available online​ along with the notice​ to class members.​​​​


Central Oregon Event Honors Employers

The central Oregon Employmen​t First team was featured in an article in Cascade Business News for their event honoring employers that hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Community Jobs

​A recent story in the Portland Tribune highlights the Employment First efforts in Oregon and successes with integrated, community jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.