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					 Volume Number 17                                              November 2007
                         September 2004

  It’s time to ADVOCATE!                                  Advocate of the
    Legislators are gearing up for another                   Quarter
 session...the 75th Legislative session will be
 here before we know it! Some progress was
  made in the last session, but we have a lot           We are pleased to honor
       more work to do as advocates!
                                                          Ashley Rose
    What’s important to you?                               Johnson
                                                             of The Dalles!
                      Housing

                     Health Care
                                                           Ashley is an active
                Transportation
                                                       member of The Arc of the
                      Support                            Mid-Columbia, Special
                                                       Olympics, and SAAL! She
                     Employment                         has helped bring training
                                                         around Self-Advocacy
                     Education                          and Self-Determination
                                                       to her town this year! She
                                                        is an amazing volunteer
                                                       and advocate! Thank you,
                                                        Ashley, for all your hard
                                                            work on behalf of
                                                            Oregonians with
                                                             developmental
                                                        disabilities! Keep up the
Contact Us!                                                   great work! 
By mail: SAAL             By phone:
161 High Street SE        503-589-1664
Suite 223                 1-888-589-1664 (toll free)
Salem, OR 97301           email: helvingt@pdx.edu
Website: www.asksaal.org
                                           Partners In Policymaking

                                            Oregon Partners in Policymaking (P.I.P.) is
                                            an exciting and innovative leadership
                                            training program for adults with
   2006 P.I.P. Graduates!                   developmental disabilities and parents of
                                            children with developmental disabilities.
Want to become a stronger advocate          P.I.P. provides participants with the
                                            knowledge and skills they need to influence
For yourself and others? Apply for          the issues, agencies and people affecting
                                            their lives.
Partners in Policymaking! For more

Information, visit: http://www.oregonpartners.org/

    APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NOV. 9TH, SO HURRY AND APPLY!

                              GET OUT AND VOTE!
                         th
                   Nov. 6 is Election Day. We encourage you to vote.
                    The 2008 Presidential Election will occur next year.
           Make sure you are registered to vote, so you can cast your ballot and
                               Advocate for what you want!
                  1. In order to vote, you must be ____________________.
                   2. Our next presidential election will take place in 200_.
         3. In order for your _______ to be counted, it must be received by Nov. 6th.



                    Get Involved in Oregon Special Olympics!
                     For more information, call 503-248-0600
                              Or visit their website:
                                  www.soor.org

                      Life Stories Workshop!
                  Telling your story is a great way to practice self-
                        advocacy! Want to share your story?
                        Stories are featured in the publication,
                             The People First Connection!
                       To set up a workshop in your town, call
                             MARCIE at 503-725-8129 or
                               1-888-589-1664 (toll-free).
            WANT TO BE A BOARD MEMBER?
Many places are looking for great board members. If you have an interest
 in helping your community, think about joining a local board! Here are
                  some places you might want to look:

                    Self Advocates As Leaders (SAAL)

                     Oregon Advocacy Center (OAC)

                    Local Support Services Brokerages

                       Local Self-Advocacy groups

                      Local Chapters of People First

               Local Transportation & Housing Committees



The People First Connection Editorial Board of SAAL understands people with
developmental disabilities sometimes have a hard time finding a job they like.
 This section of our newsletter is devoted to businesses owned by people with
                          developmental disabilities.
      If you would like to have your business featured, contact MARCIE.


                                Marcie Alvarez
                                   PSU-RRI
                                 P.O. Box 751
                              Portland, OR 97207
                            503-725-8129 (Portland)
                           1-888-589-1664 (toll-free)
                              alvarezm@pdx.edu



                           Ashley’s Creative Gifts
          Scarves, Hats, Baby Clothes, Crocheted Doilies, Sweaters and
                                     More!
                                  $7.50 and up
              Contact: Ashley Rose Johnson at 541-978-0093 (cell)
                     Or email: flashathelete_85@yahoo.com
            Ashley is now accepting donations of YARN. Thank you!
  Save these dates!


  Cottage Grove
  Nov. 10th
  Life Stories Workshop &
  Self-Advocacy 101
                                          For more information about
  Dallas                                   these events, or to schedule
  Jan. 21st, 2008                           training in your area, call
  Life Stories Workshop                   MARCIE at 503-725-8129, or
                                            1-888-589-1664 (toll-free)
                                           Email: alvarezm@pdx.edu



  SAAL is sponsored by the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities,
   with support from Portland State University Regional Research Institute.




Self Advocates As Leaders
161 High St. SE, Suite 223
  Salem, Oregon 97301

				
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