2017 Oregon AEI Alerts
Here you’ll find general instructions on how to make an appointment with your legislator to advocate for Early Intervention/Early Childhood special education.
The DD Coalition created Grassroots Oregon [The GO! Project] in July 2004 to connect regional advocates, identify issues of concern in communities statewide, and provide technical assistance regarding issues related to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The GO! Project strives to help people with disabilities and their families educate others – including the general public, state and local government officials, and public agency staff – about their stories, their concerns, and the impact of policies effecting people who experience developmental disabilities [DD].
The GO! Project provides an information clearinghouse on state DD issues by maintaining the Oregon DD Coalition website and related materials as well as sending out email bulletins.
GO! is also building a strong network of Oregonians concerned with issues related to people with developmental disabilities through grassroots organizing and training activities. The project works to make sure the perspectives of people with developmental disabilities are represented in statewide forums and discussions about funding and policies.
Oregon Consortium of Family Networks [OCFN]
Families building community; Creating futures
What is OCFN?
We are a network of families building a sustainable future for families.
Family networks share the belief that peer-delivered family support celebrates families as the tremendous resource they are. They recognize that while families build community, community also builds families, and while formal family support programs are crucial, supporting families involves more than a single program.
OCFN, a project of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services, is an association of family networks committed to a set of core values. Each member is an independent, family-led organization working in collaboration with community partners and each other.
Why Create Family Networks?
OCFN believes that when parents connect with other parents that can share a vision of possibility, and help each other find strength, they break the cycle of loneliness and isolation for each other, and in turn, their children, in a unique way that only a parent can.
What do Family Networks do?
1. They facilitate opportunities for families to connect with other families in an organic and fun way, and think creatively to support them in accessing and creating resources in the community.
2. They facilitate opportunities for the community to better engage with families by helping the community to understand that disability is a natural part of the human condition, and that the diversity within the community creates the community.
Who are the Family Networks, and what counties do they serve?
The Arc Lane County, Families Connected: Lane
Families Connected is a program within The Arc Lane County. It exists to connect families in a new way and build peer support through community for families with a child with a developmental disability.
Central Oregon Disability Support Network [CODSN]: Deschutes, Crooks, and Jefferson
CODSN was started by two moms in 2003. In 2010, CODSN developed an official board of directors and received their IRS non-profit status. With sustained growth and a name change in 2011, CODSN has expanded their services to support families experiencing any disability.
Creating Opportunities: Polk, Yamhill, and Marion
Creating Opportunities is a community organization developed for the primary purpose of supporting families of children with developmental disabilities who live in Polk, Yamhill, and Marion Counties.
Families Engaging and Thriving Together [FEATT]: Douglas
We believe that when families unite, they become stronger and share a more optimistic vision of a future without limitations. By promoting a positive understanding of disabilities, our communities are able to share in the belief that our children can achieve their goals and dreams while leading a full, abundant life.
Family and Community Together [FACT]: Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, and Lincoln
Formed in 2002, FACT’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families.
Reaching Our Community Combining Our Strength [ROCCOS] Family Network: Gilliam, Morrow, Grant, Wheeler, Lake, and Harney
ROCCOS Family Network was formed to encourage and equip families to actively engage and embrace their community; creating acceptance and inclusion for all. They believe their children will experience full-abundant lives with opportunities to pursue their passions and follow their dreams.