IMG_4374 IMG_4377 IMG_4397 (1) IMG_4398 IMG_4402 IMG_4401 IMG_4405 IMG_4399 IMG_4400 IMG_4390 IMG_4391 IMG_4392 panelThe success of the May, 2014 Conference was written across the faces of those who attended:  enlightened, enthused, and delighted to be there. There was a wonderful combination of professional service providers, guests with disabilities, families and friends of people with disabilities, clergy and lay leaders, and others who shared the day of learning and appreciation.

IDNO, the Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon, is delighted to have hosted the dynamic conference, Beyond the Ramp 2014:  Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission.

With keynote speaker Bill Gaventa leading the way, it was a day of inquiry, understanding, appreciation, and learning.  Our guests panelists were dynamic and clearly a hit with all who attended, and we all benefited from hearing their personal perspectives on living with a disability.  Each workshop was conducted by talented individuals with grace and expertise that all those in attendance appreciated.

We are grateful to Concordia University for their help in presenting the conference, and for the use of their wonderful facility where everyone had easy access to each room and building.  The vendors, who were so gracious of their time and energy, provided great information and support to the guests, for which IDNO is most appreciative.    Please watch this space for further reports and photos from the remarkable day.   Please click here to see initial  photos.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:    May 15, 2014 Conference Brochure and Registration Information

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The Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon is pleased to announce its next major conference, “Beyond the Ramp 2014:  Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission,”  to be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Concordia University.  This will be our second Interfaith Conference for Clergy, People with Disabilities, Educators, Families of People with Disabilities, Lay Leaders, Professional Service Providers, and others interested in providing a welcoming and fully inclusive religious environment for people with disabilities. The keynote speaker is William Gaventa, MDiv.,  on From Mission to Member to Mission: Everyone’s Got a Call.  Bill is coordinator of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, Associate Editor of Intellectual and Development Disabilities and former editor of the Journal of Religion Disability, and Health.   We will also have 8 workshops throughout the day, including, among others,

  • Dorothy Coughlin, Archdiocese of Portland:  A Toolkit for Religious Educational Inclusion, and  Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope for People with Mental Illness and Their Families
  • Emerging Leaders Northwest,  Panel Discussion:  Developing Independence, Self-determination and Spirituality during Adolescent Transition
  • Sang Lee, MDiv, Well Able: Least Restrictive (Spiritual) Environment
  • Mona Fuerstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities:  Transition to Living Outside the Family Home
  • Angela Weaver:  Self-discovery and Connecting to Spirit
  • Roberta Dunn and Noelle Sisk, FACT Oregon:  Successful Participation in Your Faith Community 

In addition, local agencies and organizations will be on hand to provide information and resources to the community. Registration fees,  $30 including lunch.    A few scholarships are available, contact IDNO for more details.  Sponsorships by local organizations are available, please contact IDNO for more details: