Links to Additional Resources

Ability Magazine
A leading magazine covering Health, Disability and Human Potential.

Here, young people with disabilities and illnesses connect with all kinds of possibilities that address their needs for friendship, support and information.

ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Administration for Community Living
All Americans - including people with disabilities and seniors - should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions.

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally-competent needed community services, individualized supports, etc.

Adventures Without Limits (AWL) / Community Based Activity Program (CBAP)
Adventures Without Limits is mission-directed to empower people of all abilities through quality outdoor experiences. The Companion Program provides one-on-one staff support for individuals with disabilities who want to take part in community activities.

Alliance for Full Participation
A partnership of leading developmental disabilities organizations with a common vision—to create a better and more fulfilling quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities
The AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

Arc of Multnomah County
Provides advocacy and direct services to help improve the quality of lives of over 5,000 adults and children with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities each year.

Arc of Oregon
The Arc of Oregon, together with its network of members and affiliated chapters, advocates for the rights and full community participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Arc of Oregon -- Guardianship Information
Guardianship is an important legal issue for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.

Arc of Oregon -- Staley Agreement
A must-read for customers, case managers, and providers new to self-directed supports.

Arc of Oregon -- Support Service Brokerage List
A list of the support service brokerages in Oregon, sorted by region.

Art Beyond Sight
Online learning experiences and an extensive collection of teaching materials, networking and community building tools, and an advocacy and grassroots forum.

Art Beyond Sight -- Disability Awareness Training
Online learning experiences and an extensive collection of teaching materials, networking and community building tools, and an advocacy and grassroots forum.

Artists with Disabilities Oral History Project
Propelled by a powerful history rooted in the struggle for civil rights, artists with disabilities are creating a vibrant arts culture which embodies the individual and collective experience of disability.

Autism Consortium
The Autism Consortium catalyzes rapid advances in understanding of autism by fostering collaboration among families, researchers, clinicians, and donors.

Autism NOW Center
Find information on learning about and understanding autism, living with autism throughout life, how autism can affect your family life and how it can effect your relationships.

Autism Society
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

Autism Society of Oregon
The Autism Society Oregon goals are to increase awareness of needs, interests, problems and solutions for people living with autism across a lifespan.

Autism Speaks
An autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, treatments and curing autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep
We’ll look at some of the most common sleep issues among adults and children with ASD, as well as some suitable treatment options and tips for managing ASD and sleep on a regular basis.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for inclusion, information, and support; to keep parents, family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and autistic individuals apprised of news and information.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)
ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism.

Best Buddies
Establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Breast Cancer and Women with Disabilities
Women with a disability are more likely to die from breast cancer-- even when diagnosed at the same stage as women without a disability. Regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.

Breath & Shadow
Breath & Shadow is a quarterly journal of disability culture and literature.

CDC - Disability and Health
People with and without disabilities can be healthy and well. CDC works to promote health and wellness and improve the quality of life for people of all different abilities.

CDC - National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
The program helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.

CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Our Center is dedicated to helping people live to the fullest. Much of our work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks - babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities.

Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine
Non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality healthcare to the low-income uninsured of Clackamas County.

Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDP) by County
Seniors and People with Disabilities contracts with each County to provide a variety of services to individuals with developmental disabilities, through local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDP).

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
A coalition of ~100 national disability organizations working to advocate for public policy ensuring self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Dental Lifeline - Oregon
DDS volunteers provide comprehensive treatment to eligible patients.

Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS is Oregon’s principal agency for helping Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

DHS - Community Developmental Disability Program (CDDP) list by County
Eligibility and access to Brokerage services are determined through local County Developmental Disability Programs

DHS -- Developmental Disability Services
ODDS strives to support choices of individuals with disabilities and their families within communities by promoting and providing services that are person-centered and directed, flexible, community inclusive, and supportive.

DHS -- Employment Support
Employment Support is a service that assists an individual to get, learn and keep a paid job/career in an integrated work setting where most of your co-workers are persons without disabilities.

DHS -- Support Service Brokerage List
A list of the Brokreages sorted by region.

Direct Supports Training
The Oregon DD Coalition provides information on current trainings for people who support individuals with developmental disabilities, including direct support providers, family members, self advocates and related professionals.

Disability Art and Culture Project
The mission of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) is to further the artistic expression of people with both hidden and visible disabilities.

Disability is Natural
The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions.

Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) program connects nearly 13,000 students and job seekers with disabilities to thousands of employers each year.

Disability Rights Advocates
DRA is a non-profit legal center dedicated to securing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO)
"Our mission is to promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities. We envision a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice."

DO-IT Center
The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool.

An e-mail pen pal program pairing people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities in one-to-one e-mail friendships with peer volunteers who do not have I/DD.

Edwards Center, Inc.
Edwards Center offers living arrangements in single-family homes, duplexes and apartments with 24-hour support. Our day centers offer a safe, inviting environment for adults to socialize and create networks of friends.

Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for Persons with Disabilities
The National Fire Protectin Association's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities was developed with input from the disability community.

Emerging Leaders NW
As emerging leaders we wish to educate young adults with disabilities about the endless possibilities to better their future.

Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

Every Body Athletics
Every Body Athletics’ mission is to make a lasting impact on the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) by increasing physical, social, and emotional wellbeing through group athletic training.

Exceed Enterprises
Exceed is a non-profit organization that facilitates both career and personal development for adults with disabilities in the Portland metropolitan area.

Exceptional Parent
EP provides practical advice and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

FACT Oregon
FACT (Families and Communities Together; formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing developmental disabilities.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.

Family Voices
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

Full Access Brokerage (FAB)
Full Access is a support services brokerage. Full Access envisions a world where equal access ensures that all people live, work, and recreate in their community, consistent with their preferences and choices.

Generation Rescue
Dedicated to recovery for children with ASD by providing guidance and support for medical treatment to directly improve the child’s life for all families in need.

Go Voter
The National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access assists protection and advocacy systems, election officials and people with disabilities to make voting accessible for all citizens.

Going to College
This web site contains information about living college life with a disability.

Imagine Possibilities
Imagine Possibilities provides progressive daytime services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through care, creativity and community.

IMPACT - Feature Issue on Disaster Preparedness and People with Disabilities
In this Impact issue they seek to address a need for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts by providing strategies, stories, and resources of use to disability service providers.

Incight’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to become contributing members of society, by leading them through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.

Inclusion Press
We want to begin a dialogue on the expectations about personal behavior that go along with a commitment to Inclusion.

Inclusion, Inc.
Inclusion, Inc. is a support services brokerage. Mission: "Offering people resources and education to direct their lives. The first of its core values is self determination."

Independence NW
Independence NW is a support services brokerage. The mission of Independence Northwest is to support people with developmental disabilities to access resources necessary to ensure equality, respect, independence and complete ownership over their lives.

Institute for Community Inclusion
Ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunity to dream big, and make their dreams a fully included, integrated, and welcomed reality.

Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
The IHDD works with people who have disabilities and others, to ensure that all people can achieve their highest capacity and quality of life.

ISN Support Services Brokerage
The ISN Support Services Brokerage is a leader in the transformation of our health and human services and believes in the ability of people to determine and direct their own lives.

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
KASA is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. Teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out.

Kids Together
We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.

Life My Way
We are people whose lives have been touched by a developmental disability in one way or another. We are extraordinary, just like you.

Listen to Our Stories
Step into the lives of some thirty young people with disabilities through poetry, essays, interviews, songs, journal writing, letters, and pictures.

Mentor Oregon
MENTOR Oregon Brokerage Service's Mission: "... is to empower people with developmental disabilities to achieve their goals and dreams based on the principles of self-determination."

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
MIUSA's mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

Mothers With Attitude
Humor and help for adoptive moms, special-needs moms, any old moms at all.

Mouth Magazine
We're a bi-monthly disability rights-oriented magazine.

MS Connection
An online community for those with Multiple Sclerosis.

MS World
Support and information about living with multiple sclerosis. Chat, message boards, resource center, arcade & a Creative Center

National Association for Down Syndrome
We provide information about Down syndrome, conferences, products, publications, and an online Discussion Forum.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.

National Council on Disability
NCD is a small, independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
A provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHCY is to offer a wealth of information on disabilities! We serve as a source of info on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

National Down Syndrome Congress
We provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society
The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.

National Fragile X Foundation
Committed to helping families, spreading awareness, finding improved treatments, and supporting research toward cures for Fragile X-associated Disorders.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
A collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
An advocacy organization that develops and implements innovative ideas in prevention, education, intervention, and public policy

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is a youth-led organization. We work to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 years old.

Needy Meds
A resource devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS)
OVRS is a statewide resource for people with disabilities and is part of the Department of Human Services. We assist individuals with disabilities in getting and keeping a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)
A singular resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism & PDD/NOS.

Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB)
Our mission is to assist Oregonians who are blind or visually impaired in making informed choices and decisions to achieve full inclusion and integration in society through employment, independent living, and social self-sufficiency.

Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
The mission of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities is to create change that improves the lives of Oregonians with developmental disabilities.

Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition
The Oregon DD Coalition promotes quality service and supports which respectfully further the rights, equality, justice, and inclusion for all Oregonians with developmental disbilities.

Oregon Disability Sports
To provide and promote recreational, fitness and competitive opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

Oregon Family-to-Family Health Information Center
The Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center provides information to families who are navigating the complex world of special health care needs.

Oregon Home Care Commission
The Oregon Home Care Commission supports homecare workers, personal support workers and consumer/employers

Oregon Home Care Commission - Home Care Worker Training
Oregon Home Care Commission's Training page for Home Care Workers.

Oregon Special Needs Trust
Oregon Special Needs Trust provides an affordable and dependable means to support individuals disabled under Social Security Guidelines and enhance quality of life by providing supplemental wants and needs without jeopardizing governmental supports.

Oregon Support Services Association
The Oregon Support Services Association represents and supports its members: community organizations that support people with disabilities.

Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation (OTAC)
OTAC helps people gain the skills and supports they need to live an ordinary life. That includes meaningful work, a home of their choosing, friends, joy, belonging, choices, hobbies and other common, everyday experiences available to most people.

Parent to Parent of Oregon
High quality, statewide parent to parent connections for families who have children with long-term health, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.

Parent to Parent USA (P2PUSA)
Promoting access, quality and leadership in parent to parent support across the country.

Parenting Special Needs Magazine
Providing parents of special needs children, of all ages and stages of life, both information and inspiration.

Parents with Disabilities Online
Providing information, support and resources to parents with disabilities.

Partners in Policymaking
An innovative training program called Partners in Policymaking® teaches parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.

People Working
This site is designed to celebrate the success of people with significant developmental disabilities who are working in paid jobs throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Planning for Individuals with Disabilities or Special Needs
Emergency planning and preparedness for individuals with disabilities or special needs.

Portland Aspergers Network
Portland Aspergers Network is a parent support organization in Portland, Oregon. We assist families and people living with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism (HFA), PDD-NOS and an umbrella of high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Portland Commission on Diability
The mission of the Portland Commission on Disability is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all.

Portland Commission on Disability (PortlandOnline)
The mission of the Portland Commission on Disability is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
An organization of families and professionals working to raise awareness, offer support, provide education and advocacy, and promote research to enhance the lives of those with Prader-Willi syndrome.

Quiet Waters Outreach
QWO is dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and caregivers by providing services to restore their spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health.

Ragged Edge Online
Disability-related articles & blogging.

Real People, Real Jobs
The Real People, Real Jobs website offers success stories about individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) getting and keeping jobs in their communities.

Resource Connections of Oregon (RCO)
Through a partnership with RCO, individuals and their families will enrich and control their own lives based upon the principles of freedom, authority, autonomy and responsibility.

Self-Advocates As Leaders (SAAL)
SAAL is an organization of people with developmental disabilities interested in becoming strong leaders, training and developing leadership skills, and becoming equal partners in policy and legislation that affect our lives.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States.

Special Child
An online resource dedicated to parents of children with special needs.

Special Needs Alliance
Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena.

Special Olympics - Oregon
giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing gifts, skills, and friendship with families, other athletes, and the community.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well known adults with autism.

The Medicaid Reference Desk
Your sourcefor state Medicaid information. The Medicaid Reference Desk is a tool to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find out what Medicaid can offer them.

The R-Word
Spread the Word to End the Word!

The Riot!
The Riot is about self-advocacy. We offer a newsletter, a blog where self-advocates can share opinions, an online art gallery, toolkits, games and services to help individuals become stronger self-advocates.

Think College!
Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Through the Looking Glass
At Through the Looking Glass, we emphasize a life cycle approach which integrates perspectives gained from personal and family disability experience.

Transition Coalition
Providing online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

“We support the employment choices of people with disabilities. TVW’s clients receive developmental guidance in practical, social, vocational and academic skills while earning a wage and developing pride and self-sufficiency.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
United Cerebral Palsy educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Waisman Center
Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Washington County -- Developmental Disabilities
The Washington County DD Program is the starting place for everyone pursuing brokerage services. The County performs the initial intake and eligibility assessment prior to entry into brokerage services.

Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud (YO!)
YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities! YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources and more.

Zac Browser
ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS.