Background

The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities exists to advance social and policy change so that all people with developmental disabilities, their families, and communities may live, work, play, and learn together.

Our vision is that all communities welcome and value people with disabilities and their families.

And, our history matters. The Council recognizes that the disability rights movement was built on the momentum of the civil rights movement. Our commitment to racial equity means we must acknowledge the complex intersection of race and disability. We are compelled to interrupt systemic racism and ableism as we pursue our mission and vision.

Over the last few years, as we have heard from Oregonians with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, we have reflected on what was shared, and began to develop our plan for what our work needs to look like moving forward. Every 5 years, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities develops a strategic plan, and submits that plan to the Administration for Community Living, our federal funder. This survey is a part of that process.

We have developed 2 overarching goals for our work in the next 5 years. And each goal has a few key areas of focus, called objectives. What you won’t yet see here is the activities, the steps, we will need to take in order to achieve this work. So as you review this plan, please consider: What have we gotten right in our draft plan? What do you believe should change? What do you believe will need to happen in order for us to succeed?
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