OregonHelps Online Tool is a free and easy program prescreener that can help you find assistance with food stamps, health care, subsidized housing. Available in multiple languages.
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“The mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life…”
Your Special Chef is a site dedicated to teaching people with special needs how to cook for themselves and for guests. The site is divided up into sections for main dishes, breakfast, desserts and even beverages!
Visual Recipes offers instructions on how to cook many delicious meals. Each step comes with a photograph to help you see and read as you go along.
The CDC’s site on Autism, including new studies, free reading material,. statistics and information on screenings to help identify Autism in children as early as possible.
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/
Person-Centered plans are basically brochures which provide information about a person with a disability to other people who are not familiar with the disabled person. They are easy to make, informative, and make wonderful “ice-breakers” for a child or adult who has difficulty explaining their particular disability, especially to a larger group. One mother of a disabled child had this to say about the brochures:
“I did [a person-centered plan] after attending one of the FACT trainings and before we completed [my son's] IEP evaluation. I cannot even begin to tell you how IMPORTANT the addition of this brochure helped during the IEP process (they even reference it in his IEP and direct the reader to look at it for additional information). Additionally, it has helped his school teachers, aids, caregivers, Sunday school teachers, family members etc… They are able to see at a glance helpful information about his strengths and areas that are challenging for him.” -From the website. CLICK HERE to view sample plans or to get templates to help you make your own!
The Iowa University Law, Health Policy & Disability Center contains copies of the specific laws and policies surrounding employment, civil rights, taxes, Medicaid, and Vocational Rehabilitation for people with disabilities.
This resource page addresses one aspect of development that’s important not to ignore with children with or without disabilities—the development of sexuality. There’s so much to know and consider on this subject–what sexuality is, its meaning in adolescent and adult life, and the responsibilities that go along with exploring and experiencing one’s own sexuality. Children need information about values, morals, and the subtleties of friendship, dating, love, and intimacy. They also need to know how to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual exploitation. This is especially true when the young person has a disability.