ORA is an organization that convenes working groups to define innovation capabilities, develop a professional Body of Knowledge (“BOK”), and create a base and unified voice for disability services in Oregon. This is your opportunity to add your voice to the collective movement of care for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) in Oregon.
Responsive & Interactive
Our call to action is based on the desire of the collective agreement of safe and meaningful lives in Oregon communities for individuals with IDD. We want to assure that people with disabilities are heard and have choice in every day lives – including where one lives, works, and socializes. We do that by actively communicating and interacting with our members on a regular basis, providing guidance, resources and legislative advocacy.
Networking & Information
ORA facilitates quarterly Association Membership Meetings each year. Education, discussion of the latest issues and peer networking are all key components of these quarterly meetings, which rotate around the state to afford equal access to all. ORA offers an add-on membership module of Executive and Manager Cadres. The Executive Cadre consists of Executive Leaders who collaborate regarding current trends, share ideas and share successes. The purpose of the Managers' Cadres is to cultivate future leaders in the I/DD field, provide professional development opportunities and expand networking options for managers.
We are a state-wide organization with working groups such as the Employment Committee and Job Developer Network Groups that develop and cultivate as innovation practitioners, managers, and leaders. ORA provides IDD services/supports representation on various public task forces, committees, and work groups.
Our Northwest Conference on Professional Development in Disability Services is an annual 2-day training that is attended by care providers throughout the Northwest. Watch our event calendar for opportunities.
ORA employment specialists provide representation at trade shows, distribute leads to QRF agencies, works with the Department of Administrative Services, networks with public purchasing officials, accompanies member staff on sales calls, and offers professional consultation.