AUTISM HANGOUT is an online discussion forum that reports news, complies facts and community-submitted personal experiences and invites ongoing discussion to discover insights on how best to deal with the daily challenges of autism.
The Oregon Money Management Program offers free support to people with limited incomes who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with individuals through three core services: Money Coach, Bill Payer, and Representative Payee.
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) provide an opportunity for low-income people to learn the financial skills they need to earn more money, give back to their communities and build Oregon’s economy
Qualified participants set savings goals and make monthly savings deposits. Every dollar they save is matched to help them reach their goals so they can:
- Launch a new business.
- Get the higher education and professional training needed to qualify for a better job.
- Purchase a new home and create thriving, stable neighborhoods.
- Make needed repairs to a home that is no longer habitable.
- Purchase technology needed to work, such as hearing aids or a wheelchair accessible van.
Easter Seals and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) have collaborated to create a 72-page financial planning booklet for parents, caregivers, grandparents or others involved in the care of a special needs child. Included is information on estate planning, finding the right lawyer or knowledgeable financial planner, wills, special-needs trusts, government benefits, savings options insurance plans and other available resources. Easter Seals and NEFE encourage families to start financial planning when their child with a disability is at a young age
Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.
Money Management Technologies that aid people with intellectual disabilities with learning about money concepts and managing money.
The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace. The CBI is for users age 13 and over with Money Smart for Young Adults and Money Smart Adult Financial Education Curriculum. Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. Espanol
The Northwest Tribal FASD Project seeks to reduce the level of FASD through the development of effective programs and multidisciplinary collaborative partnerships. The current project scope includes strategies for identifying and supporting women of childbearing age who are potentially affected by fetal alcohol exposure in utero and increasing community knowledge and developmentally responsive interventions that create prevention for future generations. Project training focuses on prevention and intervention strategies using community, family and individual strengths and resources that can be appropriately designed to meet cognitive and social emotional needs. The development of family focused case coordinated systems continues to be a primary goal of the project, insuring that all activities proceed from a culturally congruent context to truly create circles of collaborative care. The project also provides resources and links for families living with FASD.
Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Oregon mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. CSEFEL offers free downloadable resources on supporting and understanding your child’s social emotional development in their Family Resources Section. En Español. Teachers can also find tips and tools for classroom management here!
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available on the website for you to immediately view, download and use.
Autietots! the one-stop source for autism-friendly reviews around Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Here you can browse reviews, post your own reviews, connect with other families, and find new places and services that work best for your child’s special needs.
COPAK (Central Oregon Parents of ASD/ADHD Kids) is a supportive social group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. While the name emphasizes parents of kids with Attention Defecit Disorder and kids on the Autism Spectrum (including PDD/NOS), parents of a child with any special need is welcome. We will have meetups that offer support, sharing, and even some much needed fun. You don’t have to go through this journey alone. Please join us.
The UCEDD center on Early Autism Research and Learning for the Young Child has produced a very helpful eight-page Frequently Asked Questions document [spanish]. This FAQ organizes resources and under the most frequently asked questions. The document includes links to websites and other documents.
Bridgeway House in Eugene serves over 150 families a month affected by autism by offering home programs, social skill groups and many other resouces. Bridgeway now has an autism school that has been approved for special educational services through ODE.
|The Arc of Lane County advocates to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities, and protect the rights of persons with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. The program advocates for the protection of individual rights and welfare of Oregonians with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities who may need some third-party assistance. The web site offers descriptions of several services offered, with contact information.|
|Direction Service is a multi-program family support agency located in Eugene, Oregon. Their mission is to “assist people with disabilities and special needs to live the fullest lives possible.” Direction Service presently has four major programs: Case Coordination & Advocacy, Information Services, Counseling Center, and Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education.|
|Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Family Resource Institute
The mission of the FAS Family Resource Institute, a non-profit organization, is to identify, understand and care for individuals disabled by prenatal alcohol exposure and their families, and to prevent future generations from having to live with this disability. Visit the FASD Family Preservation Blog to join discussions.
Oregon Parent Training and Information Center (Oregon PTI). Oregon PTI’s mission is to educate and support parents, families and professionals in building partnerships that meet the needs of children and youth with the full range of disabilities ages birth through twenty six. Oregon PTI provides programs and services throughout the state.
|National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) is a grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones.|
Family Caregiver Support Program is available from Senior and Disabled Services in Lane County. Learn how to reduce your stress and develop new ideas about caregiving. These training programs are presented by The Family Caregiver Support Program. All classes are free and open to all types of caregivers and their families.
Medifecta Healthcare Training, formerly Healing Arts Communications, a leading provider of caregiver programs, offers 18 hours of high-quality, standardized educational materials suitable for training family, volunteer, respite, private duty, and staff caregivers.
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility For Your Safety A Guide For People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations. The Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions (CDIHP) at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, has producedd a 36-page guide to help people with disabilities better prepared for large or small-scale emergencies. The guide’s focus helps people with disabilities take responsibility for their own safety during emergencies and evacuations and work effectively with first responders. Print the guide in pdf. from the link above. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Oregon Education, support, and advocacy for people with mental illness, their families and their allies, in Oregon. Free site registration allows visitors to participate in discussion groups. Most NAMI activities are free of charge. You do not need to be a member to participate.
The Oregon Project for Services to Children & Youth Who Are Deafblind (Oregon Deafblind Project), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is coordinated through the Oregon Department of Education. This program provides technical assistance in support of mandated early intervention and special education services to children and youth who are deafblind from birth through age 21.
Ability Online – A computer network designed to enhance the lives of children and youth with disabilities or illness by providing an online community of friendship and support. This is a family friendly safe website for kids with special needs or disabilities to message with one another Computer friendship network where children and youth with disability or illness connect to each other, friends, family, caregivers and supporters for friendship and support kids.
The City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Services recognizes that being involved in meaningful recreation/leisure activities can have a positive and often profound impact on the lives of persons with disabilities. Programs include art classes to outdoor trips, be it small group discussions to large group dances. Check out the site for a brochure, and click RecEnroll to register for activities.
MIUSA – Mobility International USA is a Eugene, Oregon, based organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities around the world by ensuring their inclusion in international exchange and international development programs. This site offers a clearinghouse of resources, publications and tips on travel for individuals with disabilities.
Eugene, Oregon, based Trips Inc. – Special Adventures provides travel outings to adults of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere. Trips are designed for people with developmental disabilities and special needs who require staff assistance for a safe and enjoyable vacation. The average group size is 20.
The Involvement of Students in Their Special Education Mediations identifies some of the benefits and challenges that warrant consideration by families, educators, and dispute resolution practitioners as they create opportunities for students to participate in the mediation process.
Easter Seals currently has a combination of services specifically targeting individuals with the diagnosis of ASD as well as other services that include individuals with ASD among their service recipients. The Easter Seals and Autism site also features a blog with some pretty interesting informational posts. Visit the Oregon Easter Seals website, and find an Easter Seals center near you.
The Autism Society of Oregon strives to empower individuals with Autism, their families and their service providers to improve the quality of their lives through support and information. Their web site provides access to support groups in every county in Oregon, information on autism related events in the state, and information about lending libraries located throughout the state.
AutismOregon.org is a blog for parents, teachers, individuals, family and community to search for autism related resources. Registered users are allowed to post. and comment. A feature on the site allows pages to be translated into Spanish.
United Cerebral Palsey of Oregon and SW Washington offers direct service, information, and advocacy for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities based on an individual’s need and choice.
Oregon Parent Training and Information Center (OrPTI)
OR-PTI’s mission is to educate and support parents, families and professionals in building partnerships that meet the needs of children and youth with the full range of disabilities ages birth through twenty six. The agency offers workshops in various locations around the state, supports a lending library, IEP partners to assist families in the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process, and many other services. The Parent Training and Information Center specifically serving military families can be reached here STOMP National PTI for Military Families.
The Parents as Teachers program provides parents with child development knowledge and parenting support. The organizational vehicle for delivering that knowledge and support is Parents as Teachers National Center. The National Center drives that philosophy, or mission, through four program areas: Born to Learn, Professional Development, Meld and Advocacy. All of these program areas work through a strong network of state leaders and partners. Check here for Parents as Teachers, programs in Oregon.
Welcome to Oregon SafeNet
We are a toll-free, health and social service helpline for Oregon. We connect individuals and families with services in their local community and across the state.
Call Oregon SafeNet if you need information about SNAP (food stamps), WIC, Oregon Health Plan and other government programs. Oregon SafeNet is a great resource to find low cost medical help, immunizations and women’s health needs. In an emergency, Oregon SafeNet can help find resources for basic needs, such as food, shelter, and bills. We are also prepared to assist non-English speaking callers with staff that are bilingual along with the use of an interpretation service with access to 150 different languages.
Call 1-800-723-3638 (SAFENET) for help.
Oregon Family Support Network is a private non-profit resource for Oregon families with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, mental and/or physical challenges and special needs. Locate your local program from the interactive map.
Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network From this site you can locate child care providers, learn how to evaluate quality care, get assistance with applications assistance with child care costs, and learn about other resources in your community.
Relief Nursery in Eugene, Oregon, is a non-profit program that supports high-risk families and keeps their vulnerable young children safe and healthy. Nationally recognized, the Relief Nursery stops the cycle of child abuse and neglect with its blend of therapeutic early childhood services and comprehensive family support, including alcohol & drug recovery support services. The website offers parent information, news about upcoming events and other programs for families with young children.
1720 West 25th Avenue Eugene, Oregon 97405
Downtown site 125 E. 8th St., Eugene, Oregon
The Family Relief Nursery in Cottage Grove Oregon prevents child abuse and neglect by strengthening families under stress. Our goal is to promote a healthy and caring community by working with families to overcome risk factors such as domestic violence, disabilities and teen parenting. Family Relief Nursery is a cornerstone in the network of services for at-risk families in South Lane and North Douglas countries. Our program has a proven record of keeping families together and preventing child abuse and neglect.
Staffed by early childhood intervention specialists, Family Relief Nursery providers a non-judgmental and safe environment that fosters social, physical and emotional growth. Individual classes for infants (from six-weeks of age), toddlers and three year olds are held at the Nursery for three hours, twice weekly.
P O Box 1207, 720 North 14th Street Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424
Phone: (541) 942- 4835
Fax: (541) 942 – 7359
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The American Indian Parent Network provides workshops and individual assistance to parents and professionals, including those from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal and charter schools.
Native Americans with Disabilities – This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of laws affecting American Indians with disabilities and their over-representation in special education. The information presented is intended to identify and recommend tribal and educational strategies to overcome barriers to appropriate care for American Indians with disabilities.
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Council members are appointed by the Governor to promote the independence, productivity, community integration and inclusion of Oregonians with developmental disabilities. Those who benefit from this council’s work are self advocates, parents, direct care providers, case workers, families and individuals, and many others with individual concerns and issues. Their newsletter, the Clarion and the Bulletin are available on their website.
The Bureau of Indian Education provides information on programs, schools, and resources for teaching and learning to teach. The BIE has responsibility for 184 elementary and secondary schools and dormitories as well as 24 colleges, and the Bureau-operated Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute.
The Special Education section of their website offers forms and other information for families.