We Have Moved!

Inclusion Inc has moved to an all new building!  Our new address is as follows:

Inclusion Inc.
50 SE 18th Avenue
Portland OR 97214

All numbers and extensions are the same.  Drop in and see our new building sometime!

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Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Services

Invites You to

Customer Art Show and Reception

Thursday December 9, 2010

3:30 PM- 5 PM

At 421 SW Oak Street, 6th floor
Portland OR 97204

Art submission is open to artists in services with Mult. Co. DDSD or a Mult. Co. Brokerage.

Your staff, friends and family are welcome to attend the reception with you (limit 4 guests per artist).

Please do us the honor of displaying your art piece in our office.
Your art will help make our work environment
more creative and inspiring.

Refer to the Registration form here for more details.
Please return registration forms by November 15.
Submit to Natasha Roe: ph. 503.988.6273, FAX 503.988.3648,
email: natasha.r.roe@multco.us

Chance to Explore Your Local Library

Free music and movies?

Free graphic novels?

Free Internet use?

Sound too good to be true? Nope! Your local library has all kinds of free things for you to use and borrow, not just books!

Join Jeff, Inclusion’s most recent volunteer as he gives a tour of the Hollywood Library.  Jeff will be helping you get a library card so you can check out what you want and introducing you to all the great, free
things the library has to offer.

When? July 13, 20, and 27th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
(Jeff will be there all 3 days, you are welcome to come all three, or just one)

Where? Hollywood Library 4040 N.E. Tillamook Street

*If you need to get a library card, please bring your picture
ID and mailing address*

Providers are welcome!

Questions or RSVP to Tracy Hendrick at
thendrick@inclusioninc.org or 503.232.2289 x 115

Some thoughts on the Fairview Center Fire

Hi Everyone,

I’m sure many of you have heard that Fairview burned to the ground on Wednesday in a 3 alarm fire.

http://www.kgw.com/home/2-alarm-blaze-at-abandoned-state-hospital-in-Salem-82845467.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9681449@N05/sets/72157600659175511/

We have customers who lived at Fairview and they certainly are experiencing many emotions today.

This is a good opportunity to remember that there are many states in this country that still run large, segregated institutions.  I have met many people this week who are heads of organizations that manage these and large ICF’s and group homes and describe this week as a “life changing” experience.  They are returning home with plans to close down their residential programs and replace them with supported living, I cannot stress what a huge, uphill, and very risky endeavor this is for them, living in states that have very powerful forces and funding who support this type of living arrangement.

I cannot express how incredibly symbolic, coincidental and powerful this event is.  Please take a moment to read a bit on the history of Fairview, and know that we in Oregon have come a ways, but still have a very long way to go until people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the same civil rights as you and I.

Submission by: Anne Zaccardi, Program Director, Inclusion Inc.

Welcome, Chris and DeeAnn!

Chris Pizzuto joined our team as a Personal Agent on December 7, 2009. DeeAnn Donaldson came on board, also as a Personal Agent, on December 28, 2009. We’re glad to have you on our team!

DeeAnn Donaldson

DeeAnn considers herself a native Oregonian (Go Ducks!). She was born in Arizona and moved to Oregon at the early age of 3 months.  She grew up on a farm in Central Oregon and this is where her passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities began while working as a teacher’s aide in a special educational classroom. After moving to Portland in the early 80’s, she began her career working in vocational and residential settings, which she has been doing for the last 25 years.  DeeAnn had a hard time writing this bio so she went to her “source,” her 7 years old niece, who wrote this next section for her.  My favorite color is blue. My favorite food is Mexican. I like to ski and spend time with my family, especially my 3 nieces who live in Portland and a niece and nephew in Arizona. I love music, especially classic rock, and watching movies and football with her dog Cosmo.  DeeAnn came to work at Inclusion in December of 2009 and is excited to serve individuals as a Personal Agent.

Chris Pizzuto

I was born and raised right here in Portland, OR.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and have been working in the field of developmental disabilities for many years. I started out working in group homes and moved on to a vocational site.  I feel like this field of work is very important and beneficial for the entire community and I feel very lucky to be a part of a great atmosphere here at Inclusion. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, and spending time with my wife and two dogs in the outdoors fishing and camping and enjoying the beauty that Oregon has to offer.

A Letter to the Editor

Here is a letter to the editor of the Canby Herald from one of our customers, Alicia Cantu. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and making your voice heard, Alicia!

Willamette Week article on Measures 66 and 67

Here’s an interesting article from Portland, Oregon’s Willamette Week about the upcoming tax measures 66 and 67. Please read!

Class Warfare?