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What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine

Posted by on Jan 7, 2021 in 2021, Advocacy, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, News, Pandemic, Resources, Uncategorized, Vaccine | 0 comments

What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine

People with Developmental Disabilities, their families, and all direct support workers (PSWs, DSPs, and unpaid supports) are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine! COVID vaccines have been tested and proven effective and are arriving now in Oregon. We all have questions about how vaccines will get to all the people who need them. We gathered some information to share about the unfolding COVID-19 vaccination process. Our goal is to provide people with the most accurate information so that they can be healthy, safe and informed about the process. The COVID-19 Vaccines are here and Oregon gets more doses each day. Oregon has a plan that says who can get the COVID-19...

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An Introduction to the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by on Dec 7, 2020 in Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, Oregon Health Authority, Pandemic, Uncategorized, Vaccine | 0 comments

An Introduction to the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 rages on in Oregon and across the nation. We are all tired of being careful, having to think and rethink every basic routine. Adapting to new realities and understanding of how we stand to contract and spread this disease. Please, give yourself a pat on the back for how compliant and diligent you have been. But keep in mind that our risk of overrunning our hospitals, killing our front-line medical workers, and harming the people we love is as high as it has ever been. The same protective measures we are all so familiar with are still our best–do not gather indoors with people outside your household, wear a mask when you leave the house, and wash your...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in 2019 changes, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions, Uncategorized, Vice President | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Calling Sarah Noack “new” does not seem right. Truly, all of our new faces in leadership have been a part of important moments in Brokerage history from our inception. Sarah has always been ready for more–more responsibility, more progress, more challenge, more growth. She visualizes her goals with a clear and steady eye; the entirety of the Brokerage community has benefited from her vision. Sarah...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Jennifer Santiago

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in 2019 changes, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions, PResident, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Jennifer Santiago

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. In August, the Oregon Support Services Association elected Jennifer Santiago as our new President. Jennifer may be new to the position, but she is not new to the field, or to the Brokerage community. She has been bringing her thoughtful contributions based on lived experience, shrewd insight, and tireless dedication to her work for years. We are excited to have Jennifer step into this new leadership role, and look...

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Senate Bill 274 Opens Brokerage Services to People 14 and Up

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in 2019 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Engagement, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, SB 274, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Senate Bill 274 Opens Brokerage Services to People 14 and Up

With the end set for June 20, the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session is in its final month. Oregon Support Services Association has been actively engaged in advocacy since the session’s January 22 start. Legislators come to public service with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and the Brokerage association works hard to enrich their understanding of services for people with developmental disabilities. This session has been different for us–we brought forward a legislative concept that was introduced by chief sponsor Senator James Manning Jr.  (North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City), and co-sponsored by Representative Rob Nosse (Portland),...

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Back to the Future

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Back to the Future

Let’s get one thing straight up front: this isn’t new.  Not at all.  In fact, this has been around for years.  In Oregon, we started to dream this dream fifteen years ago and more.  Support Services Brokerages started here.  Take a moment to read this treatise/article/manifesto/guide by Ellen Cummings, a national consultant on Self-determination.  What jumps out at you?  Do you see Oregon’s past reflected in these descriptions?  Do you see Oregon’s future?  Ellen begins by speaking to archaic systems that have yet to see change in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities services: “There are many in current unchanged...

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