May 2012 CPC Blog Post –Jerry Pattee

This year has been a busy one for me.  Along with fellow  CPC member, Josiah Barber, I attended the Partners In Policymaking seminar.  It was held one Friday/Saturday per month from January through June inSalem.  Conducted every two years, and funded by the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities through The ARC Oregon, the coursework trained participants in the areas of: Disability History, Person Centered Planning, Negotiating, Challenging Behavior Strategies, Grassroots Organizing, and State Legislative Testimony.  24 parents of children experiencing developmental disabilities, along with five adults experiencing developmental disabilities, were chosen from 80 applicants.  The education I received will enhance the volunteer work I do with through both United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and the Community Partners Council.  I believe families and adults in the disability community need each others’ support and need to connect more through the broader community.

Occupying much of my volunteer time, this spring, has been working on the steering committee for  Oregon’s new coalition of advocacy groups for people with developmental disabilities.  Its first statewide meeting has occurred and the mission statement is completed.  Tasks remaining include bylaw revision and election of officers.

Effective July 1, I will be rotating off the CPC’s Executive Committee, but will continue my work on various committees.  Congratulations to continuing EC members, Joe Basey and Emily Holmes, and newly-elected members Heather Brooks, Beth Brownhill, and Rob Wiesenthal!

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