Dream it Do It! Summer Academy

The Healthy Lifestyles Dream It, Do it! Academy:

For adolescents with disabilities & chronic illness, ages 15-25. Youth who experience all types of disabilities are eligible for this exciting opportunity. The academy is a week long experience packed with fun activities. Each participant will make new friends and learn skills to live a healthy lifestyle, become more independent, develop an exercise plan, take charge of their healthcare, make healthy food choices, and develop self-advocacy and leadership skills. Each participant sets a health and independence goal for themselves by the end of the academy and works on those goals over the following six months.

If you have questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact: or call 503 494-3281.

Emerging Leaders Northwest (ELNW)

As emerging leaders we wish to educate young adults with disabilities about the endless possibilities to better their future. Emerging Leaders Northwest is a community based information and guidance center for people with disabilities ages 13 to 30. We are striving to help young adults to succeed in their future.

ELNW provides opportunities to develop leadership skills through:

  • Workshops
  • Trainings
  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Peer Interaction
  • Resources to Educate Yourself

ELNW Salem is a new chapter of the ELNW group, but created to cater to the Salem and surrounding area.Disability & Health Research Group (DHRG)

The Disability & Health Research Group

The Disability Research Group (DRG) at the IDD provides support for a team of researchers. By developing a team, the DRG is working to improve access to health care, find strategies to address the educational needs of children and adults with severe disabilities, and is leading outreach efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.Emerging Leaders Northwest (ELNW) Salem

National Core Indicators

NCI is a voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. National Core Indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety.

Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program is designed to give exposure to the health and disability field to students interested in pursuing a future career in this field.


The goal of this workgroup is to provide electronic and other resources that address the spiritual needs of Oregonians living with disabilities.

Sibling Support Program

The Community Partners Council is heading up a new program designed to find ways to support people with disabilities and their siblings.

Think College Oregon

In collaboration with other organizations throughout Oregon, we work with the national organization to develop, expand, and improve inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.