For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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The Arc of Polk County Resources

The Arc of Polk County works closely with local families and individuals to provide resource referral, community involvement, education and supports. Some services include but are not limited to

  • Assist and facilitate advocacy for families and individuals
  • Assist families/individuals with documentation and forms upon request
  • Bridge communication and partnerships
  • Foster inclusion in community
  • Provide positive social opportunities for individuals

Oregon Resources

Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities is to create change that improves the lives of Oregonians with developmental disabilities. The Council envisions a state where all people from all the diverse populations of Oregon: 

  • Are valued equally
  • Have the same legal and human rights
  • Have self-determination, choice and control over their own lives
  • Are included in community life
  • Have the supports they need to live healthy, safe and fulfilling lives.

The OCDD web site includes policy statements on disability issues; current editions of the Council quarterly newspaper, The Oregon Clarion; information about the Consumer Involvement Fund, which provides financial assistance for individuals and family members to participate in educational events; sign up forms for the Community Partnerships Project, a grassroots advocacy network; information on Council publications and how to order…and much more.

Disability Rights Oregon

A private not-for-profit corporation founded to protect the legal rights of persons with disabilities.

Lifespan Respite

Lifespan Respite works with community partners to provide respite opportunities for caregivers in Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill Counties.  Staff offers training and information, and recruit and screen both paid and volunteer care providers. CCS implements community outreach efforts to create awareness of Lifespan Respite and works with the community to coordinate a variety of respite opportunities designed to meet the needs of primary caregivers.

Marion – Polk Food Share

Marion Polk Food Share is part of a statewide food banking system of 20 regional affiliates of Oregon Food Bank, a member of Feeding America national food bank network (formerly Second Harvest). Through this network, Marion-Polk Food Share receives portions of large, national corporate donations and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) surplus commodities. These foods supplement what Food Share collects locally from individuals, corporations and community groups who donate food and support food drives.

YMCA – Marion and Polk Counties

Your YMCA is home to over 200 programs that serve thousands of people in our community. Just like the tag line promises, YMCA programs directly impact the entire community through strengthening kids, families and adults.

ORA (Oregon Rehabilitation Association)

The Oregon Rehabilitation Association represents and supports its members: non-profit community organizations that support people with disabilities.

The Arc Oregon

The state chapter of The Arc provides statewide advocacy, guardianship and special needs trust services.


National Resources

The Arc

The national chapter of The Arc provides national advocacy that benefits all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the country. To find out what is going on around the United States, visit The Arc website!

Americans with Disability Act

Besides the full text of the ADA Statute, the Accessibility Guidelines, and other Assistance Documents, this is a very well constructed and reader friendly site containing hundreds of the very best disability (or related) sites for your researching pleasure. 

Autism Resources

Everything you ever wanted to know about autism! Very comprehensive and helpful.

Disability Policy Center

A disability policy web site containing training materials, policy papers and policy briefs prepared by Robert “Bobby” Silverstien. Bobby is the Director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) in Washington, D.C. and former staff director and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin.

  • Advocacy Training Materials
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Disability Policy, In General
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Olmstead Supreme Court Case
  • Personal Assistance Services (PAS)
  • Rehabilitation Act (See Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • State Medicaid Buy-In Programs and State Work Incentive Initiatives.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWWII=A) . Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Fragile X Syndrome

An archive of newsletter articles and some good links to other helpful resources.

Gentle Teaching

Start with the premise that the more we understand about a person the more effective will be our attempts at assistance, and move to a fully articulated philosophy of “interdependence”.

Medicaid information for people with cognitive disabilities

A comprehensive web site devoted to making Medicaid understandable. This site provides state-by-state guides to services available for persons with developmental disabilities.

National Council on Disability (NCD)

This information is provided by the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities.