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2021 Legislative Session Halfway Point: Advocacy Tools to Raise Your Voice

Posted by on Apr 23, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Community information, Engagement, featured, Legislative Session, Resources | 0 comments

2021 Legislative Session Halfway Point: Advocacy Tools to Raise Your Voice

Here at the mid-point of the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session, we take the chance to reflect on this unusual year of virtual hearings and Zoom meetings, and the progress we have made thus far. Many of the nearly 2,500 bills introduced this session have died, meaning that they will not move forward this session to become law. The work of creating and approving the state budget for the next two years, a major item on the session to-do list, is moving into high gear. There is still a lot of advocacy left to do to share your perspective and priorities with legislators as they make decisions about how to spend money over the coming biennium. Let’s talk about what is...

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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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Testing, Vaccines, and Risk Levels: The Latest on COVID-19 In Oregon

Posted by on Dec 4, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, News, Oregon Health Authority, Pandemic, Resources, Vaccine | 0 comments

Testing, Vaccines, and Risk Levels: The Latest on COVID-19 In Oregon

Winter is fast approaching, and we find ourselves in the middle of a very nasty spike in COVID-19 infection, statewide. This poses a deadly risk to every Oregonian–but not all risk is equal. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our state leadership and public health officials have been working to adapt our guidance to incorporate new information and understanding of how this disease spreads. With this spike, the Governor and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have created new guidance that takes into consideration the risk levels present in each county in the state, and what they mean for the people living there. We’ll walk through some of the major headlines...

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Social and Emotional Wellness While Staying Home

Posted by on Apr 28, 2020 in 2020, Case Management, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, History, Resources | 0 comments

Social and Emotional Wellness While Staying Home

Oregonians all across the state have worked hard to keep up with the changing rules and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asks of us a near-constant recalculation that is exhausting: is it okay for me to engage in this action? How can I get this need met safely? Am I doing everything I can do for the people who matter to me? What can I do now to prepare for what’s next? Our logical brains are overloaded, and our emotions are all over the place, as we grieve habits and people lost to us, and worry about the world around us. How do we maintain our emotional and mental wellness, in this time and place? It starts with introspection. To know what you need to do to...

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Questions Corner: Medical Support in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Planning, Resources | 0 comments

Questions Corner: Medical Support in the Time of COVID-19

Many of our usual ways of getting things done have been up-ended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meeting our medical needs has been affected by our efforts to contain the disease, and the tremendous stress that illness is putting upon our health systems. We’ve put together some tips and resources to help you nevigate the changing world, and get the help you need. Do you have additional questions about what services are allowed? Put them in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. We will do our best to get the answers for you in a future post! Keep the key symptoms of COVID-19 in mind, and be aware of your own health and the health of those around you. The CDC says:...

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COVID-19: Staying Apart, Getting Together

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in 2020, Community, COVID-19, featured, Recreation, Resources | 0 comments

COVID-19: Staying Apart, Getting Together

You’re being good. You’re following the Governor’s Executive Order to stay home and save lives. You have checked out some amazing virtual tours and resources, and now all that is missing is . . . someone with whom to talk it over. Good news: video chatting is easier than ever before. Thanks in large part to the improvements in phone cameras, and a couple of new video chat applications, you can be face-to-face with a friend in no time. This article walks you through the pros and cons of Zoom versus Google Hangouts. Note that, if you already have a Gmail account, or use Google Calendar, then you already have a Google account. You can use that same log-in...

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