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

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What we do...

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

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Why we do it...

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

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Top News & Updates

Alternative Services, Inc. now suitable for Indoor Plant Maintenance

Congratulations to Alternative Services, Inc. which has satisfied the criteria for service suitability to provide Indoor Plant Maintenance Services in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Barring any protest, this service will be added to the QRF Procurement List on November 26, 2014.  Great job ASI for working hard to expand your services and increase community […]

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Harkin Introduces Package of Bills as Part of “Access for All” Agenda for People with Disabilities

Last month, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced three bills as part of his “Access for All” agenda, which seeks to help Americans with disabilities achieve economic independence and reach the middle class. The bills were introduced to coincide with a new report out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which Harkin chairs, that […]

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NW Conference

Our NW Conference on Professional Development in Disability Services was filled with pertinent training, networking and a ton of fun!! Thank you to all who attended, particularly those who presented, displayed their goods or services at vendor booths and congratulations to our Works of Heart winners.        (more…)

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AAIDD Field Notes

SELF-DETERMINATION Family Reflections on the Foundation of Self-Determination in Early Childhood An article in the September issue of Inclusion by researchers affiliated with the University of Kansas, Iowa State University, Montclair State University, University of Vermont, and Keene State College reports on a study of families’ perspectives about, and strategies used to develop, foundational skills for the […]

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Employment First: Central Oregon Employer Recognition Event

Last week I was honored to be invited, along with Joe Miller with Vocational Rehabilitation, to speak at the Third Annual Employer Recognition Event in central Oregon. The Central Oregon Employment First local team started the awards three years ago as a way to recognize and honor local employers and businesses contributing to the community by hiring […]

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Employment First: Butler Automotive Group

It started with a lunch, and turned into a great business relationship. Chuck and Linda Butler, founders of Butler Automotive Group, attended fundraising lunches at Medford-based Living Opportunities for several years. Living Opportunities is a nonprofit organization that provides employment services, supported living services, a working art studio, and behavioral consultation services for individuals with intellectual and developmental […]

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ORA Website: New Design, New Features Part 2

Thank you for taking the time to check out ORA’s new website. So far, people seem to really like the new design. If you haven’t already given me your feedback, I’m anxious to hear what you think! I’ll be writing articles for the next few weeks highlighting some of the site’s new features. This time, […]

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Speaker Feature: John Lipscomb

ORA would like to introduce John Lipscomb as one of our NW Conference presenters. John Lipscomb was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Keystone Alliance and its four Affiliate organizations in October 2009. John also serves as CEO for Glenkirk, Keystone Foundation and Keystone Enterprises and retains his CEO position at Search. The Keystone […]

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I’M IN TO HIRE – Join the awareness campaign

Founded by Best Buddies International and rooted in the key findings of the groundbreaking 2014 Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) report, “Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” I’M IN TO HIRE aims to unify the voices of employers and employees alike in support of hiring the 85% of people with developmental disabilities who do […]

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Resources for Individuals with Disabilities Interested in Self-Employment

Disability.gov’s has a website full of resources for individuals with disabilities and their job coaches to guide them through the option of self-employment. On the site, you will find quick links which include: 20 Questions to ask before starting a business Financing your business The U.S. Small Business Administration‘s link to entrepreneur resources for people […]

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