For parents of newly diagnosed children with disabilities it can be very difficult but these resources can help you learn your rights as a parent as well as your child’s rights and give you a place to start looking for family support. You are not alone!
The Take a Break on ASO program, provided by the Autism Society, helps to give the parents of children (and adults) with autism a break to get their bearings straight. They provide the parents with services that allow the parent to take a little time for themselves and still be sure their child is being taken care of.
The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks presented on the importance of Family Network Supports for individuals with DD and their families. Check out their PowerPoint presentation: Shaping Supports to Fit the Person
Putting Families First
The Arc’s Families Connected Program fosters, collaborates, and coordinates connections to service providers in order to reduce isolation and build community.
Don’t Forget to check the FACT Oregon Calendar for upcoming learning opportunities such as Preparing for a Successful Transition to Kindergarten, It Starts with a Dream! The Person-centered Plan, and Understanding the IEP.
“Great Start! Parent Empowerment Training Series: An interactive four-part training kit intended for families with children receiving early intervention/early childhood special education.” -From the FACT Oregon website.
This is a four part series designed to help the parents of children with disabilities to find resources and understand that “disability is a natural part of the human experience.” Each module explores the topic in easy-to-understand language, and includes videos of families telling their stories, links to important handouts, and online resources. CLICK HERE or go to http://factoregon.org/events/online-learning-opportunities/ to learn more
Early Childhood CARES offers many parent trainings and fun family events throughout the school year. Some of the events include; sign language workshops, behavior management trainings, and autism support groups. Please visit the calendar by CLICKING HERE or going to http://earlychildhoodcares.uoregon.edu/trainings-and-events/
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