Co-Occurring Disorders Conference: Diagnoses, Treatments: Then What?

REGISTER NOW for ORA's 12th Annual Co-Occurring Disorders Conference

The 12th Annual Co-Occurring Disorders Conference offers two full days (June 17-18, 2014) of expert and compelling training and information on Mental Health Issues pertaining to individuals with I/DD. This year's focus will be on the pressing diagnostic and treatment issues related to those with dual diagnosis - but will also include sessions on how new laws, rules, guidance and policies will impact the availability of treatment in Oregon. Come join support professionals for this once a year, must-attend event.  

ORA Position Paper on Employment

No topic is more discussed in developmental disability services right now than employment. After much deliberation, the Oregon Rehabilitation Association has adopted the following ORA Position Paper on Employment Policy. Our hope is that this paper adds a voice to the ongoing debate that balances both choice and options for people with disabilities. We encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to give it a careful read.

2014 Kaiser Permanente Community Fund Cycle

Now accepting applications for Learning Together and Connecting Communities.

Northwest Health Foundation is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to strengthen the capacity of communities of people with disabilities to self-organize, and to build relationships with organizations and communities for a broader conversation about disability, race/ethnicity and geography.

Learn more about the application process here.

Northwest Health Foundation wants to:

  • Learn more about efforts in Oregon and Southwest Washington that are engaging and led by people with disabilities;
  • Promote self-Determination and build relationships among and with these communities;
  • Inform the Foundation's organizational practices.


Crash Reel: The Ride of a Lifetime



The Crash Reel


Crash Reel: The Ride of a Lifetime






Crash Reel:  The Ride of a Lifetime
The Kevin Pearce Story


Training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered severe traumatic brain injury from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damag... Moreed life. Kevin's determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.


Limited number of tickets  can be purchased here.



April 26th, 7 pm




5th Ave Cinema

510 SW Hall St.

Portland, OR 97201









"It's all part of the perplexing question: what if the thing you love the most may kill you?"




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Albertina Kerr's Race for the Roses Fundraiser provides jobs at Eastco Screen Imprints

 ORAs Marketing Department visited Eastco Screen Imprints Shop this week and enjoyed the photo opportunity provided by a contract between Eastco and Albertina Kerr.  Albertina Kerr is participating in the Race for the Roses half marathon, 10K and 5K races on April 13th, 2014.  Since each registrant receives a t-shirt, Albertina Kerr had a need for over 4,000 printed t-shirts so they called on Eastco Screen Imprints, a QRF which specializes in silk screening.  This contract provided work for the 7 individuals with disabilities employed at Eastco.

 Click here to learn more about Eastco Screen Imprints:

Click here to register for Albertina Kerr's Race for the Roses:


Call for Personal Stories

ORA’s Marketing Department is creating a marketing piece focused on personal stories from the individuals served by member organizations.  We hope to magnify the benefits of having a full array of employment options available to fit the diversity of needs of individuals with disabilities. Send your stories to Julie [email protected]

Click here for more information: Personal Stories Template




Live Resume is a networking event that connects job seekers with disabilities with local employers who are interested in diversifying their workforce.  Each job seeker gets three minutes to present his or her experiences and credentials to the attending HR professionals and after the presentation there will be forty-five minutes of networking where job seekers can meet with recruiters one-on-one. We’re hoping to attract around 15 large Oregon employers and we have 20 spots for job seekers.  Currently, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Hospital, Wells Fargo, Safeway, DHS, Lowes, and USDA Forest Service are all signed up to attend.

Autism Awareness Day- April 2nd, 2014


People with Autism are just as diverse and complex as those without this diagnosis.  We often make the mistake of thinking that the disorder defines the person and this is not the case.  However, there are some key traits that have come to characterize this disorder including severe and persistent social awkwardness paired with a fixation on a narrow interest or group of interests or activities. No one knows precisely what causes Autism (now Autism Spectrum Disorders), but genetics, mutations, brain changes, sensory problems, diet, environmental contaminants and many other possible causes are under investigation.  

Tapping Fresh Talent - 2014 Career Expo

career expo flyer
Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services and their Expo partner, Incight, announce the 7th annual Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo to be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Thursday,  Aprill 10th at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

  • Workshops on Networking and Self-Empowerment will begin at 9:00 am
  • Student Central, workshops for students with disabilities, will run 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

OSLP Snapshot

Check out this great video from Oregon Supported Living Program and what they are doing in the Springfield and Eugene communities.


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