The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

It is the official resource blog of The Arc. In this space were you can find real-time information on resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other topics The Arc cares about and to give you all the resources you need to help yourself and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live full lives and participate in the community throughout their lifetimes.


The Arc Oregon advocates for the rights and full community participation of all children and
adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The nation's source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism,
other developmental disabilities, and their families. A national initiative of The Arc.


The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) is the federal legislation that authorizes State Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The DD Act says the purpose of Councils is to “engage in advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities.” The aim of these activities should be to “contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered, consumer and family directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.”

The Council strives to fulfill its federal mandate through a variety to strategies. For information about outcomes resulting from these strategies and/or to get involved visit:



Get involved! Become a member of the DD Coalition and stay on top of DD issues statewide. Add your name to The Oregon Network, a statewide network of disability organizations and their members. Members of the Oregon Network share information, receive publications, can learn about training events and empowerment opportunities, and have the chance to voice opinions on policy issues at the local, state and national levels.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. This site was created to provide a one-stop shop for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations.


Plan for the Long-Term Well-Being of Your Loved One: When a loved one has intellectual and developmental disabilities, building a foundation for their financial security and personal fulfillment can be complicated. The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a nonprofit comprised of attorneys who have guided thousands of families through the process of planning for a loved one’s long-term well-being. Many SNA members have children or siblings with disabilities, adding a personal perspective to their legal insights.

disabledtravelerslogo2 is a resource dedicated to accessible travel information. This new site will provide you with information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel.
Image is a one-stop shop to find Federal and State benefit and assistance programs for you and your family. Take the website's pre-screening questionnaire to receive a customized list of programs you may be eligible to receive.

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Disability Compass is a web-based resource for people with disabilities, their families, and their supporters. The site provides access to thousands of disability-related organizations, services, programs, and products. Recognizing the value of all community resources, they have included not only local branches of large national and international organizations but also informal, local support groups.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which builds citizen participation in the democratic process; studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner; and enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues. Click the link to read the Easy Voters' Guide:
Ability Awareness is our non profit organization dedicated to building a world of inclusion for people with health conditionsand disabilities. ABILITY Build is our hallmark program which engages volunteers with health conditions and disabilities to
build accessible low-income homes.
Image is the largest stand-alone resume bank for people with disabilities. We help companies fulfill their affirmative action compliance requirements and are committed to expanding awareness about this job site to as many companies as possible.
ABILITY Magazine is the largest magazine in the U.S. covering disability issues. We are an award-winning publication, distributed by Time-Warner, with a combined online and print readership of more than one million. For nearly 20 years, our mission has been to provide new insights into our individual levels of ability. From Diabetes to Spinal Cord Injury and celebrity interviews to CEO profiles, ABILITY covers the latest on Health, Environmental Protection, Assistive Technology, Employment, Sports, Travel, Universal Design, Mental Health and much more. Our writers include MDs, PhDs, JDs, best-selling authors, U.S. Senators and advocates. Cover interviews consist of Movie Stars, TV Celebrities, U.S. Presidents, First Ladies and more.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA, as many as half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month, with more than 3 billion drugs prescribed annually. At, we aim to educate the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls, medication interactions, and current developments in the medical field.


The State of Oregon's Lifespan Respite Care website provides tool guides for family caregivers to navigate the respite care systems, and for potential individuals seeking potential opportunities to provide respite care in their community.

th was originally built by content from Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. and Allan Schwart, Ph.D, clinical psychologists who aggregated countless studies, clinical best practices and research outcomes into an accessible resource for both professionals and individuals seeking help for mental health and substance abuse problems. They have personally written more than 1,500 responses to questions posed by users in the advice column. After the site's launch in 1999, it quickly turned into a leading authority on behavorial health and has since received more than 40 million visits and a number of notable awards.

Disability and Business Techincal Assistance Center: Disability Law Handbook
There is a Disability Law Handbook available from the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC). This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature.


Unique Resource Makes Self-Advocacy Simple! The University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with I/DD. Self-Advocacy Online is a rich, accessible educational and networking tool targeted to those who are just learning about their rights and responsibilities as well as those who participate in Self-Advocacy groups such as The Arc’s National Council of Self Advocates. The site consists of multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives, a video story wall and a national listing of self-advocacy groups. New resources are continually being added, so bookmark today and recommend it to the people you serve. strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.


Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide! Today, individuals who use a wheelchair can travel by nearly every mode of transportation to virtually everywhere in the world. But whether traveling two hours or two thousand miles away, traveling with a wheelchair still requires a lot of thought and careful planning. Wheelchair users must not only consider how to get from point A to point B, but what they need to do to prepare for the trip, whether they’ll find wheelchair accessible accommodations and attractions at their destination, and even little ways to make traveling with a wheelchair easier. Without proper planning, wheelchair users may find traveling more frustrating than accessible.


The purpose of Upward Bound is to provide on-going Christian based recreational and educational experiences for persons with disabilities, twelve years of age and over in an environment that presents opportunities for growth outside the individual’s usual routine or habitat.


Retail savings guide for people with disabilties at


Autism Community is to provide useful information and resources to individuals, family members and professionals involved with people with autism. Additionally, they strive to help members of the autism community get connected with the support and services they need. Visit:


"Making HomesThat Work, a Resource Guide" is about home design for families with children on the autism spectrum & co-occurring behavior issues. Visit: Making Homes that Work, a Resource Guide