OREGON REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION
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ORA is the hub of the disability community...

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We provide education, training, growth opportunities, and consulting...

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Because we care deeply about the lives of individuals with disabilities...

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Top News & Updates

Message from DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel Trina Lee Named as New Director of Vocational Rehabilitation

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Trina Lee as our permanent Director of Vocational Rehabilitation. After a national search and two rounds of interviews with over 35 staff and stakeholders, Trina rose to the top as the best qualified candidate to lead the VR program through the opportunities and challenges […]

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Message from Statewide Employment First Coordinator – Mike Maley

August 21, 2015 Kendall’s College Success Kendall Gadsden, 21, is a full-time student at Blue Mountain Community College. His dream is to one day own his own auto body shop where he will make sure to hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to prove, in his words, “that they not only can provide as […]

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DSP Week Proclamation

Thank you Governor Brown for proclaiming September 13-19 as Oregon DSP Recognition Week! Tell us how you will be celebrating your DSPs. If you need ideas, click here.  (more…)

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Message from Statewide Employment First Coordinator – Mike Maley

August 14, 2015 Transformation grant update In recent months we have had inquiries about the service provider transformation project. This message is to give a brief update. Oregon will continue its work helping people find integrated jobs in their local communities. In doing this, it is important for service providers to make changes within their organizations […]

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NW Conference

Oregon Rehabilitation Association is proud to present the premier regional event for Professional Development in Disability Services. This educational conference brings together national and regional experts, with leader of service provider organizations and staff. It is the perfect blend of indepth skill-building sessions, keynotes from national leaders to detail national trends, and practical breakout sessions […]

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Message from Statewide Employment First Coordinator – Mike Maley

Aug. 7, 2015 To: Employment First Stakeholders From: Mike Maley, Statewide Employment First Coordinator Re:July 2015 Data Report July Data Report Published The Employment First initiative is focused on two primary areas: improving employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and decreasing the number of people in sheltered workshops. As one way to […]

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GoWise PowerPoint presentation on Employment Training

This powerpoint will provide answers to the “What, Why, When, Who and How of Employment Training”. Employment Training Who, What, When 5.29.15 (more…)

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NW Conference – Speaker Profile

They’re baaaaack! The NADSP team of Joe Macbeth and John Raffaele will expand on skills for DSPs. New this year, training for DSPs on professional communication, person centered documentation and portfolio development, and targeted sessions for management including the NADSP Code of Ethics Encounter for management and much more. Have you registered yet? Click here […]

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VR Gives Opportunity to Review Authority to Work Policy

Vocational Rehabilitation seeks input on the proposed Authority to Work Policy. All input will be reviewed. Where appropriate, the policy will be modified or refined. The comment period begins Monday, July 20, 2015 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015. The proposed policy is posted on the agency website at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/vr/ . […]

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Message from Statewide Employment First Coordinator – Mike Maley

July 17, 2015 Selena Mitchell wasn’t sure what she wanted to do for a job, but she was certain about what she did not want to do:  “I do not want to do janitorial work ever again,” Selena said. “I learned what kinds of jobs would fit me, what I would like to do,” Selena […]

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