The Benton County Developmental Diversity Program invites the community to an open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Benton County Sunset Building. The program has settled into its new office location after moving in February.

The event is open to all ages and will include free food, music and fun activities. Community members are invited to tour the new space, learn more about the Developmental Diversity Program, ask questions and get to know the team.

The Sunset Building is located at 4077 SW Research Way in Corvallis.

“We’re excited to welcome folks in to share our new space, build community and celebrate developmental diversity together,” said Jasper Smith, Developmental Diversity Division manager.

The event coincides with National Disability Employment Month, celebrated every year in October to highlight the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees.

The Benton County Developmental Diversity Program provides support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that meet state criteria for eligibility. The program serves as the point of access to services and support for people in Benton County, including employment connections and supports.

Benton County was the first county in the state to launch a program for people with developmental disabilities. It began in 1971 as a pilot and after two years, Oregon counties began adopting the program. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the statewide program.

For more open house information and accommodations, contact

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.