Oregon
This bill requires school districts to provide parents of children with disabilities with information and training resources to remain engaged in the child’s secondary education and post-school outcomes. This information will be provided at each IEP meeting that includes discussion of postsecondary education goals and transition services.
This bill directs the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to convene a work group to analyze and make recommendations on how to address disparities in higher education among traditionally marginalized, underserved and underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities.
This bill establishes that the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities in fully-integrated work settings is the highest priority over unemployment, segregated employment, facility-based employment or day habilitation (i.e. services that assist people in acquiring, retaining or improving self-help, socialization and adaptive skills).
This bill establishes a minimum hourly rate schedule that employers who are authorized to employ individuals with disabilities at subminimum wage must pay their employees.
This program enables students at the Oregon School for the Deaf to learn additional workforce skills until the age of 21. It is divided into the College Bound program, which enables students to take classes through a local community college with additional support, and the Extended Studies Program, which focuses on building independent living skills.
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Education, Oregon School for the Deaf
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Access Technologies Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Oregon Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This week-long, immersive leadership camp helps youth with disabilities develop self-advocacy and social skills while giving them paid work experience and career exposure in the natural resources industry. It is a collaboration between the Youth Transition Program (YTP) within the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Oregon State Parks.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
CCS is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: Portland State University
Entity Type: College / University
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Northwest Disability Support
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides deaf students with independent living skill training and work experience, and trains them on employability skills.
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Education, Oregon School for the Deaf
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides job development assistance, coaching, resume workshops, mock interviews, and English classes to help individuals with disabilities who either have a language barrier or speak English as a second language attain employment.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists young people with early onset psychiatric disabilities by helping them obtain and maintain employment. It is a collaboration between the Center for Human Development and the Oregon Health Authority, with input from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program includes internship programs and job training and coaching services to help people with disabilities attain employment. It also includes the Latino Connection program, which provides training and education to Latino and non-native English speaking participants focusing on employment.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps adolescents and young adults with disabilities to transition from school into productive employment. Services include strengths assessments and planning. It is a collaboration between the Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides financial literacy training to individuals and families with disabilities, with support from MetLife Financial and Capital Area Asset Builders.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program offers a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling for the Deaf (RCD), which is one of only four deafness specialty programs in the United States.
Operating Entity: Western Oregon University (WOU)
Entity Type: College / University
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Oregon Treasurer's Office
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports families and parents of children with developmental disabilities, by connecting them to resources. It focuses on helping them become strong advocates for their children and to build healthier family units, and is made up of 3,500 families who help families connect with other families and their communities.
Operating Entity: Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: Other
This program provides technical assistance to mental health agencies providing Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment. It oversees the fidelity of the 37 programs that currently offer IPS services throughout the state, and educates and advises local and state-level policymakers. It is a partnership between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the IPS Employment Center, and Options for Southern Oregon.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides services to transition-age youth with disabilities to support their employment or career-related postsecondary education or training goals. It services include individualized planning, academic and vocational instruction, instruction in independent living, career development services, and connection to paid employment opportunities. It is a collaboration between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Oregon Department of Education, and the University of Oregon.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This in-depth residential training program provides people who are blind or visually impaired with training and assistance on how to adapt to employment opportunities, utilize adaptive devices, explore career options, and develop various other career preparatory skills. Clients can also learn specific trades, such as woodworking.
Operating Entity: Oregon Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Family and Community Together (FACT) Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides classes and mentoring to help people with developmental disabilities share information and skills to attain employment. It is a collaboration between the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program establishes, implements, and evaluates a multi-level interagency transition model, which includes bringing vocational rehabilitation counselors into high school settings so they can collaborate with special education teachers in the planning and delivery of transition services. It is a collaboration between public high schools in three school districts, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation, and the University of Oregon.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
SWEP includes a five-week foundational program and a six-week more advanced program each summer in which youth who are blind or visually impaired engage in paid employment experiences and live in residences to develop skills in independent living and self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: Oregon Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This seven-week program at Portland State University enables students to live in the dorms, work at paid internships, and engage in activities and classes for career exploration. Through the program, participants develop independent living and work skills, and gain confidence and awareness.
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides job development, job coaching, and employment path services to people with developmental disabilities through county Community Developmental Disability Programs (CDDPs).
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance to support the provision of transition services in school, through a number of Transition Network Facilitators. Services include providing consultation, training, and technical assistance around the development and implementation if IEPs, student goals and plans, and secondary transition curricula.
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Education, Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Universal Access Navigators provide information to WorkSource Oregon staff regarding service delivery for customers with a disability or with multiple barriers to employment. For example, they provide information on assistive technology and accommodations that WSO staff can use to assist employers who will be employing individuals with disabilities. WorkSource Oregon is a statewide partnership with the Oregon Employment Department and state, local, and nonprofit agencies.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Oregon
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides services to help young adults (17.5 to 25 years old) who experience complex behavioral health challenges develop the skills they need for successful transition into adulthood. Services include supported education and employment services.
Operating Entity: Oregon Health Authority, Child and Family Behavioral Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), including instruction in self-advocacy and job exploration counseling, to help youth who are blind or visually impaired prepare for employment. It includes a collaboration with the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) to provide exposure to social and environmental experiences that prepare them for dealing with challenges and opportunities in independent living and work.
Operating Entity: Oregon Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is designed to engage marginalized youth – including those with mental health conditions – through accessible and developmentally appropriate services, including employment support and skills training. It is overseen by the Oregon Health Authority and implemented at a county level.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and other services to help youth with disabilities transition to post-secondary education or employment. The program includes a partnership with AntFarm to provide work experiences in gardening and farming, Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention interviewing to help students gain self-advocacy skills, and benefits planning services. The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation also collaborates with Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) to provide career support services to youth with psychosis.
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This webpage is a culmination of resources for school leaders, families, and caregivers during distance learning. It includes resources helping schools adjust to providing special education services virtually, telehealth services for students with disabilities, virtual mental health services for students with disabilities, and educational and informational resources for families attempting to help their student with a disability adjust to online learning
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Education
The Oregon Department of Education shared a document that lists five ways that parents can support youth mental health during COVID-19.
Operating Entity: Oregon Department of Education
Topic(s): Mental Health