Everyone deserves a chance to succeed. The Department of Human Services’ Employment First program has a treasure trove of stories of Oregonians with disabilities who have found fulfillment and greater independence through work. There’s Bill in Hood River, and Susan and Emanuel in Portland, and Jason in Redmond. Their stories, and many others, illustrate the progress that we’re making… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 4
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Kimberly lives on a farm in Marion County. Audiology evaluations and hearing aids help her go to school, raise sheep, and engage in activities with her peers. She and her mother, Patie, explain why HB 4104 is so critical. Continue Reading Kimberly’s story: Why HB 4104 is so critical.
Every child born in the U.S. is screened shortly after birth for the possibility of hearing loss. The earliest months and years of life offer a limited window of time during which the brain can wire for auditory input to avoid hearing loss. From birth to age three, babies and children can develop those pathways and learn… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 2
I’m happy to report that the first week of this “short session” wasn’t only action-packed, it also delivered a small, yet important, victory for parents with disabilities: Senate passage of SB 1526A. Bills are moving swiftly through committee and to the floors of each chamber. If one of our legislative priorities would impact your life and you… Continue Reading Legislative Wrap-Up: Week 1