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Program Descriptions

UCEDD CrewChild Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) Our UCEDD houses the Southern Regional Branch of the CDRC, which is a part of the OHSU-UCEDD located in Portland, Oregon. The CDRC is directed by Marianne Taylor, Nurse manager. CDRC has an interdisciplinary, medical focus; its mission is to provide diagnostic services and referral/treatment recommendations to its client base. CDRC serves the 12-county area located in the southern half of Oregon. CDRC services, including assessment and follow-up are offered through the following regularly scheduled clinics: child development, neurodevelopmental, cardiology, spina bifida, feeding and nutrition.

photo of a bakerDirection Service acts as an information clearinghouse on a broad range of disability related topics. The Counseling Center provides the full range of mental health services to adults, children and families. These services include: comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, individual and family therapy, skill building, group therapy and consultation. The Counseling and Assessment and Evaluation Centers are particularly adept at providing service to clients and families facing the following conditions and/or challenges: developmental disabilities in combination with mental illness; anxiety disorders; autism; depression; post-traumatic stress disorder and severe behavioral problems. Referrals may include people who are difficult to diagnose, who appear to have more than one mental health diagnosis, who have been difficult to treat, who are looking for and independent evaluation related to special education or other school-related matters.

Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, Direction Service serves as the lead agency for The Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution In Special Education (CADRE). CADRE operates as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education and supports all fifty states, the U.S. territories and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in utilizing the full continuum of conflict resolution options to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.

The Disability Studies Initiative (DSI) Led by the UCEDD, the Disability Studies Initiative is a cross-disciplinary effort to establish a degree program in Disability Studies at the University of Oregon. Disability Studies aims to broaden students’ perspective of the continuum of human potential by critically examining the assumptions underlying traditional social constructs of disability.

The Mission of Early Autism Research and Learning in Young children (EARLY) is to improve the quality of life for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. The institute is a new collaboration between the centers and institutes of the UCEDD. The primary goals of the institute are to provide evidence based training, service, and research for students, families and the larger community.

Early Childhood CARES  (EC CARES) is located within the UCEDD and contracts with the Oregon Department of Education, through Lane Educational Service District, to provide early intervention and early childhood special education services to children, and their families, aged birth to five years who eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The service catchment area for Early Childhood CARES is Lane County, Oregon. Early Childhood CARES is jointly directed by Val Taylor and Judy Newman and is a major resource for Lane County and the state of Oregon in the area of early childhood screening, evaluation and intervention, and specialized instruction for young children and their families with disabilities.

Educational and Community Supports (ECS) ECS is a research unit within the CHD-UCEDD focusing on the development and implementation of scientifically validated practices that result in valued change(s) in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. ECS is a relatively new organization and emerged from the joining of two highly successful and long standing COE programs: the Specialized Training Program, which for 25 years focused on individuals with severe disabilities, and the Behavior Research and Training Program, which focused on behavioral and instructional strategies in schools. The faculty and staff of ECS are now organized around six work groups that manage federal and state projects in the following areas: a) positive behavior support, b) function based support, c) school and community supports, d) transition, e) the Schoolwide Information System, and f) school restructuring.

Early Intervention Program (EIP) The Early Intervention Program is directed by Jane Squires. EIP engages in interdisciplinary training, program development, service delivery, provision of supports, and applied research on behalf of young children having developmental disabilities and related risk conditions (neglect, abuse, developmental delay, language disorders). The program is strongly person- and family-centered and is both nationally and internationally known. The EI Program focuses on children in the 0-5 age range and maintains a dual emphasis on assessment and intervention with young children and their families. The EIP exemplifies best practices in the fields of early childhood education and early intervention.

Speech – Language – Hearing Center (SLHC) The clinic offers a full range of clinical, diagnostic and treatment services for speech, language and hearing disorders. The mission of the SLHC is two-fold: 1) to provide quality speech/language services to persons with developmental disabilities, and 2) to educate and train speech clinicians and audiologists to work effectively with a full range of disorders and populations. The clinic provides both on- and off-site consulting, evaluations and therapy for individuals with communication disorders. The SLHC is supported through fees generated for its services as well as the UCEDD and is attached to our ASHA-accredited program in Communication Disorders and Sciences.

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Technical Assistance and Consulting Services/ Western Regional Resource Center/National Post School Outcomes Center (TACS/WRRC/NPSO)
TACS is directed by Caroline Moore and focuses on state policy and program development in special education. The WRRC, an OSEP-funded Technical Assistant Program, works collaboratively with Early Childhood Education Lead Agencies and State Education Agencies on special education issues in the western states and pacific jurisdictions. NPSO assists states with data collection systems and improving transition outcomes for students with disabilities.