The Oregon COAAST Network was developed to emphasize the uniqueness of the Oregon Coast residents and their needs. Out here where the geography is expansive and the population can be removed from resources, it is paramount for our communities to collaborate, share, support, and connect in order to create a diverse network that highlights many talents. This allows support to individuals, parents, friends, and caregivers of people experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and/or physical disabilities within their community.
We believe by bringing our individuality, we are all better together. It is this embracement of the unique that creates the Oregon COAAST Network. COAAST is working with neighbors, community, and partners to promote peer support and networking; creating local community living and employment opportunities; empowering self-determination; sharing information/resources; listening and participating in community policy and development, and story-telling as to why inclusion is important.
Find our friends and partner work below:
In Lincoln County, Beach Buddies has the mission to provide opportunities for community inclusion to ADULTS with developmental/ intellectual disabilities living on the Central Oregon Coast in the form of social events and community outings.
The Tillamook County Community Development Disabilities Program (CDDP) facilitates an advisory committee and welcomes attendance and participation from interested individuals throughout Tillamook County. Membership of the Advisory Committee is dedicated to working together to support local individuals and families experiencing Developmental Disabilities and their families. Meetings are currently held via Zoom video conferencing quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for February 2, 2021. If you are interested in participating or receiving committee updates email email@example.com. Find your Oregon CDDP here.
Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition is a self-advocacy organization fighting for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Operated by people with disabilities, we organize and advocate for full inclusion in society. We work to reverse the assumption that people with disabilities deserve only limited roles in society.
We represent self-advocates in Oregon. We work to educate others that people with disabilities can contribute to society in meaningful ways. We have a voice in legislation affecting people with disabilities, and lobby our lawmakers on a local, state, and national level.
On behalf of all people with disabilities, we stand for equal employment opportunities, living wages, and affordable healthcare. Visit OSAC’s website here.
One of the best ways to help make Oregon a better and more inclusive place for people with developmental disabilities and their families is to connect with advocates who are working on policy changes at the state level. You can make a positive difference by getting to know the legislators from your Oregon district and communicating with them on a regular basis about issues that matter to people with developmental disabilities and their families. See current legislative work regarding Oregon DD issues and learn how you can be supported to be involved via the Go! Project.
Autism Society of Oregon’s vision is to be Oregon’s leading organization providing resources, education, advocacy, and support for individuals and families living with Autism. Clatsop, Columbia, and Washinton Counties ASO support groups. Lincoln, Coos, and Linn Counties ASO support groups here.
The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) has the mission and vision to advance social and policy change so that people with developmental disabilities, their families, and communities may live, work, play, and learn together. Our vision is that all communities welcome and value people with disabilities and their families.
United Cerebral Palsy Oregon (UCP) has the mission to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. We are UCP Oregon, life without limits for people who experience disabilities.