Community Engagement Grants

In collaboration with the Community Partners Council, the Community Engagement Grants program supports community-based programming befitting people with developmental disabilities. Oregon non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a grant to develop and implement programming in the following areas:

  • Family support for people with disabilities
  • Spirituality and disability
  • Health promotion and disability

More information can be found on the Community Engagement Grants page

Dream it Do It! Summer Academy

The Healthy Lifestyles Dream it! Do it! Academy is a week-long camp designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices for adolescents and young adults with disabilities. Participants will set a health and independence goal and receive support to achieve their goals for six months after the camp. This interactive experience provides resources and training for participants to develop self-advocacy skills during transition to adulthood.

Emerging Leaders Northwest (ELNW)

The goal of Emerging Leaders Northwest is to increase the awareness of young adults with disabilities about the education, employment, and health-related issues associated with transition to adulthood. Comprised of youth and adult mentors with disabilities ages 13-30, the group develops workshops, trainings, mentoring and other support for youth in transition. ENLW Salem works with youth and mentors in the Salem area.

Summer Youth Internship Program

Held every summer, the UCEDD Youth Internship Program provides opportunities for high school or early college students to gain experience in the disability field and learn about health care careers. Participants are assigned to various departments under the Institute on Development and Disability and assist with projects. Participants also gain exposure to health care careers by observing clinicians, taking field trips, attending seminars and conducting informational interviews.