About Oregon Supported Living Program
Our mission at Oregon Supported Living Program is to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by providing person-centered residential, vocational and supported living programs with emphasis on the arts and community integration.
Oregon Supported Living Program began in 1978 through the inspiration of Dan Close and Valerie Taylor, under the auspices of the University of Oregon. The initial endeavor was a semi-independent living program, providing various support services for individuals with mild disabilities who maintained their own residences in Eugene. In 1987 OSLP expanded to serve persons with more complex disabilities who had been displaced by the closure of Siuslaw Care Center in Florence and the downsizing of Fairview Training Center, a state institution in Salem, Oregon. This for many was the end of an era of inhumane treatment and substandard living conditions.
In July of 1988 OSLP separated formal administrative ties with the University of Oregon and became a private non-profit organization. Our 24 Hour Residential Program now includes eighteen group homes, and our Supported Living Program serves adults living independently throughout Eugene and Springfield. OSLP has expanded to offer a Community Inclusion and Employment Program and our new Arts & Culture Program, which serves people with and without disabilities.
OSLP has been nationally recognized as an example of barrier free living for people who use wheelchairs, and maintains a high standard of living for all of our residents. The values of choice, independence, meaningful integration, and quality of life infuse the philosophy of OSLP.