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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Observed at State Capital

State Representative Sara Gelser and her son Sam helped to unveil the 2012 OCDD poster promoting and highlighting self-advocacy.
To honor developmental disabilities awareness month, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities recently held their annual developmental disability awareness celebration in the state capital building. Governor John Kitzhaber took part in the celebration and read a proclamation designating the observance.

This year's theme was to celebrate self advocacy and the self advocates in Oregon whose voices have changed the world. People First, now a worldwide organization for self advocacy began in Oregon. Self advocates
At the event, Kathryn Weit, executive director of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), along with Donna Rabin, Chair of OCDD and Eddie Plourde, Vice Chair of OCDD.

have become a force in Oregon with their theme of "Nothing about us without us." Oregon self advocates have worked in the legislature served on committees and workgroups and are valued members of the DD Coalition, DD Council, and numerous boards and commissions throughout the state.

At the event, the council unveiled its annual awareness poster. For more information, go to the council website at: www.ocdd.org . For more pictures and a story on the event, the Statesman Journal covered the event: