Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Meet ‘n Greet, Listening Tour Comes to Oregon Coast Oct. 12-13-14

The COAAST Network is excited to welcome the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) to the Coast! Please join us for Free fun and conversation at one of these times and locations.

CLATSOP COUNTY – Wednesday, October 12 – Gearhart Fultano’s Pizza & Bowling, 3518 Hwy. 101, Gearhart – Noon to 2 pm

TILLAMOOK COUNTY – Thursday, October 13 – North Coast Pinball, 35995 N. Hwy. 101, Nehalem – 10am – Meet/Greet; 11:30 – 1 pm Free Pinball;  Main Street Pizza, 2205 N. Hwy. 101, Tillamook – Pizza 1 – 3 pm

LINCOLN COUNTY – Friday, October 14 – Agate Beach Best Western – Coffee & Tea, Sea Glass Bistro, 3019 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Newport 10 – 11 am; Fogarty Creek Park, South Entrance, South of Lincoln City – 1:30 – 3:30 pm

RSVP Requested – email to julie@oregoncoaast.org

The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities works to create change so that people with developmental disabilities (DD), their families and communities can live, learn and work together. One of the ways that we do this is to listen to people with DD. We are traveling to communities across Oregon to listen to adults with DD tell us about what working in their lives and what is important to them. We also want to hear what they would want to be different or how they would want the system to work differently.

From these community advocacy/listening tours, we hope to draw out regional and statewide themes. These themes may drive future legislation and policy change or flag issues that need immediate attention by state leadership.  No names of people, providers, or supporters will be shared*.

In the next few weeks, we are coming to your community. We would love your support and partnership to help is identify people with DD who would like to be involved in this work.

It is important that the Council hears from diverse voices and people with different support needs.  The Council appreciates all the self-advocates that have come to Salem to share their experiences and have shaped disability policy for years. We also recognize that some voices have not been heard. It is our responsibility to elevate those voices as well.

In six months, we plan to return to the communities we visited to continue relationship building and listening to more voices. We hope that this is an ongoing opportunity for people with IDD to check in with the Council and express what is working, what they would change, and to grow in their advocacy.

If you are receiving Developmental Disabilities services and cannot join us for one of these times please reach out so we can arrange other opportunities. E-mail to julie@oregoncoaast.org or call 503-739-2240.