If you have concerns about your child's development, your local Community Developmental Disabilities Program (CDDP) office can help your arrange an evaluation. With that evaluation, CDDP caseworkers can tell you what services might be available for your child and family. (Examples include equipment, insurance, training, and respite care.) They can also talk with you about what educational supports and services your child might need at school and when they get older.
If your child is eligible for CDDP services, they may be eligible for state and federal financial assistance too. If they are not eligible for CDDP services they may still qualify for some state and federal assistance. Going through the eligibility process will help you understand what they will qualify for.
Personal Support Workers (PSW)
If your child is eligible to have a Personal Support Worker (PSW), you may find the Oregon Home Care Commission registry useful to find the right match for him or her.
Individual Service Plans (ISP)
Leadership and advocacy
Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are urged to get involved in with Oregon’s Developmental Disabilities programs. The best place to start if you want to lend your voice is the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. Learn about the history of the disability rights movement and get involved in changing policies that affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Over 18? You have options for where to get services
Once your youth turns 18, there are even more options for services and support.
Brokerage service agencies offer activities, day programs, PSW's and Career Support Workers.
The Arc Oregon offers events and classes for adults and families
Centers for Independent Living create opportunities for independence for people with disabilities.
Respite and Counseling for Caregivers over 55
If you are raising or caring for a child with special health needs and you are over the age of 55 you are eligible for services through Aging and Disability Services. They provide $250.00 a year in respite funding and free counseling for caregivers of children or adults with disabilities regardless of income. 1-855-673-2372.