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Grassroots Oregon (GO!) is a project of the Oregon Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Coalition

The GO Bulletin is published through the Oregon Disability Network

February 3, 2014

Oregon’s Legislative Session starts TODAY! This is a short 35 day session so there will be a lot happening very quickly.  The GO Project will help you to be informed and engaged throughout the session.


The GO! Project is launching an advocacy campaign which urges legislators to Take Note of Oregonians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.    The GO Project will distribute printed sticky notes to legislators this session and together we will encourage legislators to Take Note!

Support the Take Note Campaign:

  • Wear something yellow when you visit with your legislators.
  • Send a Take Note Print & GO Card to your legislators during the session with a personal story of why DD Services are important to you.
  • Participate in the Take Note Advocacy Photo Rally.  Download and print a Rally Sign and post a photograph of yourself holding the sign to the DD Coalition Facebook Page and share it with your legislator through social media and/or email.   

Find your legislator:

Tips for Successful Legislative Advocacy:

  • Sign up for your legislators’ e-news announcements and attend their community forums.
  • Schedule personal visits directly with your legislator(s) offices.  Bring quarters for parking.
  • Share a short story about why developmental disability services are important to you.
  • Take photos with legislators then share with the I/DD Coalition & legislators via Facebook.
  • Follow the steps outlined in the GO Project’s Adopt-a-Legislator advocacy program. 


February 25, 2014 10A-1P Room 257

Don’t miss the only advocacy event facilitated by the GO Project at the Capitol this session.  Check in at the DD Legislative Advocacy Headquarters in Room 257 before and after your visit for information and support. Advocates will be there to help you!

Top 10 Bills of Oregon’s 2014 Legislative Session relevant to the I/DD Community

  • SB 1523 Requires coverage of applied behavior analysis and treatment of children with pervasive developmental disorder by self-insured plans offered by Public Employees' Benefit Board, Oregon Educators Benefit Board and Oregon Health and Science University
  • SB 1542 Allows private payers to hire home care workers through registry maintained by Home Care Commission
  • SB 1553 Directs Governor to appoint Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator in office of Long Term Care Ombudsman to provide public guardian and conservator services for persons without relatives or friends willing or able to serve as guardians or conservators
  • SB 1566 Declares state public policy to promote coordinated provision of education, employment and job training
  • SB 1577 Requires Department of State Police and all sheriffs and municipal police departments to adopt written policies relating to missing vulnerable adults by 2015
  • HB 4009 Provides that Department of Education is responsible for provision of educational services to students admitted to pediatric nursing facilities and for payment of costs for those services. House Education Hearing: February 3 at 1PM in HR D
  • HB 4088 Modifies crime of criminal mistreatment in first degree to include sexual contact with dependent person by person paid to provide care for dependent person
  • HB 4108 Requires Oregon Health Authority to contract with community-based organizations to operate pilot project to provide used durable medical equipment to medical assistance recipients. House Health Care Hearing: February 3 at 1PM in HR E
  • HB 4114 Authorizes court to appoint protected person special advocate in protective proceeding at any time after appointment of fiduciary
  • HB 4118 Requires qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities to pay state minimum wage and comply with state labor and occupational health and safety laws

2014 Legislative Committee Schedule:

Remember that you can watch live video or listen to audio of the Senate and House chamber sessions and Committee hearings on the Internet via the legislative website

It’s the first day to Oregon’s 2014 Legislative Session and you can make a difference!

Now, Let's GO!

Cheryl Cisneros, GO Project Coordinator


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2014 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Celebration


Dear Molly,

The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities invites you to join us on March 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM as we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the Oregon State Capitol in the Galleria.  The celebration will include guest speakers, the unveiling of our new awareness poster and DD Champion Award Winner presentations.  Refreshments will be available and exhibits will be on display in the Galleria.  Please help us spread the word!

What:  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Celebration

When:  March 7, 2014 beginning at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where:  Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem OR

For more information please contact the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities at:  (503) 945-9941 or toll free (800) 292-4154.


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