Brokerage and Disability Advocates Testify to Oregon Legislative Ways and Means Committee

Ruth Geislinger

INW Brokerage Customer Ruth Geislinger Testifies at the  Capitol

On Thursday, February 19th, 2015, brokerage representatives once again went before a legislative committee to advocate for our services. This go round, advocates provided input to the Joint Ways and Means Committee. Independence Northwest customer Ruth Geislinger provided moving testimony about how important her services are to helping her live a full, independent life in the community. And brokerage association Executive Director Katie Rose educated lawmakers on the need for appropriate funding to maintain quality services as expectations and regulations increase workloads across the state. Additionally, Leslie Sutton, of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities provided testimony on the Fairview Housing Trust Fund being removed from the Governor’s proposed budget; those funds had been earmarked long ago to provide housing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Other testimony on the video include our friends at the Oregon Rehabilitation Association, Edwards Center, FACT, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, county partners, and several other provider organizations, self-advocates, and family members.

Check out the full video here. Testimony from Leslie, Katie, and Ruth begin at 50 minutes.



02/20/2015: State Offers Provider Agency eXPRS Trainings and Info Sessions at INW

The Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS) will be offering three eXPRS trainings for Provider Agency staff at Independence Northwest on February 20th (9am, 12 noon, and 3pm.) Come meet with state personnel, see the eXPRS interface, and have your questions answered. Please RSVP by calling Brenda at INW at 503.546.2950 or by emailing!


Join Self Advocates Taking Action Group This Friday 02/06/2015 at INW 2pm – 3:30pm


Self Advocates Taking Action is a self-advocate group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group meets at Independence Northwest on the first Friday of each month from 2PM – 3:30PM. The next meeting is Friday, February 6th. This month’s agenda includes Employment First updates, Advocacy Party, a presentation by RideWise and information on Voting Rights. Questions? Contact Gayle Gardner at 503.239.3407 or Kaaren Londahl at 503.287.7946. See you there!