Figuring out special education and learning how to best support families members in the home is hard. Families start early, well before they are ready to send their kids off to elementary school. There are screenings, diagnosis and meetings, meetings, meetings to be had. It’s a lot to figure out, a lot to balance and it’s hard. It’s emotionally tiring. The good news, parents, is that there are people who want to help. Below is a list of organizations that offer assistance and training in the near future for everything from how to figure out IEP’s to tips for helping you understand your child’s sensory issues. I will add to it as I find more and please feel free to send me info you have at [email protected]

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I am sure there are more trainings and community events, as I find them I will add them. Here are a few links to find info about public schools, advocacy and the like.

Portland Public Schools – Special Education – Resources for families in the PPS system

Early Intervention – PPS – Information for getting pre-k evaluation and starting services

FACT Oregon –  Empowering Oregon families experiencing disability to live their best and most supported lives

OrFIRST  – Non-profit Community Parent Resource Center serving families in the Portland special education community who have kids from birth-26.

Oregon Department of Education – Children with Disabilities – Know your rights and your families rights to education, accommodations and services.

Also — you can check out our Inclusive Calendar for more events around the Portland area for families with a variety of needs.

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