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Laddie Reid, a man with a developmental disability in his 60s sitting in a wheelchair, with his service provider, Joy’e Willman, standing behind him

“Being able to live at home with a support service provider gives me independence and makes me feel like I’m part of my community. Everyone who wants this choice should be able to have this basic right.”

—Laddie Reid, with service provider Joy'e Willman, Portland, OR

Partners for Dignity, Autonomy, and Choice is dedicated to uniting front line support service providers with advocates and the people we serve to realize our shared vision for well-funded, high quality support services.

Over 250,000 SEIU members nationwide, including 8500 in Oregon, provide support services to people with developmental disabilities so they can live fulfilling lives as part of their communities. We believe the well-being of workers and the people we support are inextricably linked. This principle informs our values and our actions.

Dignity. We affirm the right of people with disabilities to live in dignity. We advocate for public policies that encourage community inclusion and self-determination. 

Autonomy. For many people with disabilities, access to quality support services makes the difference between staying independent and being forced into an institution. We are committed to fighting for services that allow people to stay in their homes. 

Choice. The ability to choose where and with whom you live is a basic human right. We advocate for models of service delivery that maximize choice for people with disabilities — including real choice about what kind of services they receive, and in which settings.

Partners for Dignity, Autonomy, and Choice includes legislative proposals, worker organizing, contract negotiations for SEIU members who work in the DD services system, and working in coalition with disability advocacy groups in Oregon and nationwide.

Together, we can work toward our shared belief in justice for all. That means full human and civil rights for everyone in our community, improved funding for the supports and services we need, and better jobs to keep skilled support service workers in the profession.

Legislative Proposals

Exciting news! Two bills that provide common sense fixes to Oregon’s developmental disabilities program have passed the Senate and House and are now on their way to the Governor. Click here for more information.

Worker organizing

  • Organize workers to improve working conditions and service quality in group homes and supported living facilities

Bargaining 

  • Pursue bargaining proposals to improve working conditions, including higher pay and better access to benefits. Improved wages and benefits decrease turnover, ensure stability for people who receive services, and improve the system as a whole.

Working in coalition with disability advocates 

  • Continue to partner with disability advocacy groups we have worked with in the past, including Disability Rights Oregon and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Build relationships with additional disability advocacy organizations, with a focus on self-advocate groups. 
  • Center the voices of people receiving services in Oregon’s DD system, and help ensure that these voices are heard by policy-makers.

Empowering Oregonians with Developmental Disabilities
Direct support workers testify
at DD Lobby Day