Focused Advocates for Choice & Empowering Solutions is a grass roots group of advocates for people with developmental disabilites (DD).

Our mission is to promote self-determination for people with developmental disabilities by advocating for system change and flexibility at the local, state and federal levels.

FACES was formed to unite small grass roots groups throughout Oregon, all working toward similar goals, but all “going it alone”. We joined forces when we discovered several years ago the power of working together to effect change through the legislative process.  We provide a united front for people with developmental or “different” abilities.

FACES is a group of people who are civically engaged to empower people to organize and make changes for good within their local societal structure. One of our goals is to to create community awareness that people with developmental disabilities want to live self-directed, intentionally planned lives with the supports that they need to live safely and with maximum independence; that they deserve the same opportunities that all citizens of the United States expect – freedom to choose where they live, where they work, and who they interact with.

Persons with developmental disabilities want and need to live fulfilling lives within a framework that is new, not the same old entitlement system that serves few well.  FACES is dedicated to make systems improvement, to change the status quo.

Join Us

FACES is a public benefit nonprofit organized as a 501(c)(4) to be effective in the politics of DD issues in Oregon and the nation.  Our coalition of parent driven 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the Willamette Valley is a grassroots effort to improve the plight of persons with DD.  Contact a director for information and meeting dates.

Carol Taylor, 503-789-2921 or email altrego52@hotmail.com 

Gordon Teifel, 503-267-2041 or email gordon@teifel.us