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Learning Opportunities
and Services for Oregon Families

  • FACT Oregon Family Advocacy
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
  • ABLE Savings Account

    Save for eligible expenses without effecting benefits. This site strives to provide the tools you need to achieve financial empowerment and prepare for a more independent and secure future.

  • Access Technologies Inc.

    This Oregon statewide assistive technologies program is a part of a national network of technology-related assistance programs to increase access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for individuals with disabilities and their families, and to facilitate the development of a consumer-responsive AT service delivery system. Program staff work with consumers, service providers, state agencies, private industry, legislators, and other interested individuals to facilitate the development of a statewide system to provide AT services.

  • The Arc Oregon

    This organization assists individuals and families with issues such as future planning, the Oregon Special Needs Trust, guardianship, Think College Oregon, and participation in public policy.

  • Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living

    Independent Living Centers are non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Each ILC offers independent living skills training, peer counseling, and information about services that can assist a person live as independently as possible in the community.

  • Autism Society of Oregon

    ASO aims to improve the lives of individuals and families living with Autism by providing resources, education, advocacy and support throughout Oregon.

  • The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

    CADRE provides dispute resolution for parents and schools. Their objective is to encourage the broadest possible access to the full range of conflict resolution options, and, to honor individuals and organizations that build schools and communities that are respectful of cultural, linguistic and class differences,

  • Cognitopia

    Cognitopia develops life management applications for people who see the world a little differently. They create cognitively accessible web applications for self-management and executive functioning that help people with cognitive disabilities be more independent while helping caregivers provide better support.

  • Disability Rights Oregon

    DRO is a non-profit law office that provides advocacy and legal services to people with disabilities who have an issue related to their disability and that falls within their goals and priorities, which they set each year with help from the disability community.

  • Down Syndrome Network Oregon

    DSNO is a faith-based support group that provides comfort and acceptance for families, friends and individuals with Down syndrome. It is our goal to use community outreach events to create a vision of hope and awareness to demonstrate that every life brings value to the world. The values that guide our mission are advocacy, inclusiveness, equality and respect for life, compassion, comfort, hope and faith.

  • Epilepsy Foundation Oregon

    The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

  • Families and Communities Together (FACT)

    FACT is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships.

  • Family to Family Health Information Center

    The Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center provides information to families who are navigating the complex world of special health care needs. We are family members ourselves, who have firsthand experience raising a child or youth with a chronic health condition, developmental delay or disability, or emotional/behavioral challenges.

  • Karen Gaffney Foundation

    This is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, communities and the workplace for people with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities. Through a series of personal appearances, motivating speeches, video tapes and resource materials Karen Gaffney, a young woman with Down syndrome, and others like her will...Instill renewed hope for a full productive and inclusive life in the hearts and minds of new parents of a child born with Down syndrome or other learning disability.

  • Hands & Voices of Oregon

    This is a parent driven organization that supports families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology.

  • The Jean Baton Swindells Resource Center for Children and Families

    Connects families, caregivers and friends of children with disabilities to resources, information and training. Families come to the Swindells Center seeking answers to many of the questions that surface in their everyday lives. We offer resources specific to disabilities and conditions, as well as information on respite options, recreation, educational options and other day-to-day issues. Their Care Notebook functions as a personal health record and helps parents coordinate the complex records of their child's care, services and providers. Care Notebooks are available at no charge in English and Spanish.

  • Institute of Development and Disability OHSU

    This center encompasses many programs based in Portland with some satellite sites throughout the state. Their four primary focus areas are: clinical service, public health and outreach activities, education programs, and research projects.

  • Mental Health Association of Portland

    The Mental Health Association of Portland is the Oregon’s impartial and independent advocate for persons with mental illness and addiction. Their task is to help persons with a diagnosis of mental illness or addiction speak up and speak out – and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

  • National Indian Parent Information Center (NIPIC) (Portland)

    Provides education and training to families and provider agencies related to children with disabilities.

  • Northwest Down Syndrome Association

    NWDSA creates and nurtures a loving, inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability, including Down syndrome. We provide a network of supports for families experiencing a wide range of disabilities.

  • All Born In
  • Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder

    The Commission’s charge is to engage stakeholders, identify priorities, promote the efficient use of limited resources, and create and facilitate the implementation of long-term strategic plans, so we can improve the lives of Oregonians who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • Oregon Consortium of Family Networks

    The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks, a project of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services, is an association of family networks throughout Oregon. Each member is an independent, family-led organization working in collaboration with community partners and each other. They foster family to family support and encourage inclusion and leadership with families and communities. Find your local network here:

  • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

    Under federal law, each state and US territory has a Council on Developmental Disabilities. Councils receive federal funds to carry out initiatives for advocacy, capacity building and systems change. Through these initiatives, Councils seek to impact the independence, productivity, inclusion and integration of people with developmental disabilities in their communities.

  • Oregon Deaf-Blind project

    This organization helps children who are deaf-blind to become an integral part of their communities and lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

  • Oregon Department of Education – Special Education Department

    Oregon Department of Education – Special Education Department

  • Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC)

    OSAC brings together self-advocates to have a unified voice about issues that affect their lives. OSAC supports local self-advocacy groups to take action in their communities.

  • Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence

    OSECE provides evidence based approaches for people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges to reach employment goals. They provide technical assistance to employment provider agencies. as well as support directly to individuals.

  • Oregon Training and Consultation (OTAC)

    OTAC provides trainings on topics related to developmental disabilities including, but not limited to: person centered approaches, autism and communication, positive behavior support, sensory integration, becoming an ally, and more.

  • United Cerebral Palsy Family Support

    We believe that in order to serve children, the welfare of the entire family must be addressed. We also believe it is vital for families to have a variety of choices for their children. Parents can make better choices for their children when good information is available.

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Disability is Natural
  • Oregon Alliance for Early Intervention

    Oregon Alliance for Early Intervention offers events, opportunities and resources to help parents and professionals together, engage in efforts to maintain and promote Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education services in Oregon.