Oregon

Learn more about what Oregon is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

COVID-19 Resources for Special Education

Summary: The Oregon Department of Education has provided a list of resources for families and educators participating in distance learning with students with disabilities. It provides families with resources to best engage with their child’s distance learning process, up-to-date policies on Oregon distance learning requirements for special education students and links to telehealth services fulfilling special education needs.

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement, Telehealth

COVID-19 Resources for Special Education

Summary: This web page is a culmination of resources for school leaders, families, and caregivers during distance learning. It includes resources to help 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

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Ensuring Equity and Access Aligning State and Federal Requirements

Summary: This document requires that Oregon school districts provide students with disabilities both telehealth and remote mental health services, as needed. It discusses the legal requirements and limitations of online health services, including telehealth and tele counseling. The document further illustrates requirements for determining whether students with disabilities should return to in-person instruction or continue distance learning. The document requires all IEP services to be held virtually, provides resources and information for IEP teams conducting such virtual meetings and discusses conditions under which IEP teams should adjust student IEPs.

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Mental Health, Telehealth

Five Key Ways to Support Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Summary: This document provides best practices for parents and teachers attempting to support students’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides links to federal websites for additional mental health and COVID-19 information.

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Job Fairs and Events

Summary: The Oregon Employment Department has created a list of job fairs and events to assist transition age youth. However, due to COVID-19, they have adjusted these events to be held completely online.

Operated by: Oregon Employment Department

Topic: Transition

Oregon’s Extended School Closure Guidance

Summary: This resource addresses the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deafblindness, hearing disorders, intellectual disabilities, or other disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides resources for families attempting to engage with their child’s education, as well as resources for schools seeking to better communicate with families of special education students. It also lists programs for students with disabilities accessing disability-support educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It emphasizes the free provision of assistive software to best help the learning processes and practices of students with disabilities

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement, Assistive Technology

Oregon’s Extended School Closure EI/ECSE Medicaid Guidance

Summary: This document provides information on telehealth services available to Oregon students with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. These services include speech and language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, school nurse provided services, and so on. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Education

Summary: This document highlights additional protections for students with disabilities returning to in-person learning, as well as students with disabilities continuing to participate in distance learning. It discuses creating required individual family service plans to encourage family engagement in their child’s education, as well as the best possible assistance for families helping their child with distance learning. It further emphasizes virtual or socially distance mental health supports for students with disabilities, such as virtual counseling. Finally, the document notes available telehealth services for students with disabilities, highlighting virtual school nurse services.

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Mental Health, Telehealth

School Nursing and Telehealth V.2

Summary: This document answers frequently asked questions about Oregon public school telehealth services, specifically highlighting services to students with disabilities. It emphasizes the role of school nurses in providing telehealth services, discusses the protection of privacy regarding IEPs over telehealth services, and emphasizes payment options for low-income families.

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

School Physical Therapy and Telehealth

Summary: This document specifically examines physical therapy and telehealth in Oregon public schools. Multiple sections of this document discuss telehealth services for students with physical disabilities. This discussion includes setting goals for students with physical disabilities, privacy restrictions for helping students with disabilities, and adjusting special education plans to virtual physical therapy requirements. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

School Occupational Therapy and Telehealth V.3

Summary: This document addresses equity concerns related to occupational therapy and telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. It specifically addresses the provision of such services to students with disabilities. It notes legal requirements for providing occupational therapy to students with disabilities, and it notes virtual occupational therapy evaluation criteria. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth, Transition

School Speech-Language Pathology and Telehealth V.3

Summary: This document specifically examines speech therapy and telehealth in Oregon public schools. Multiple sections of this document discuss speech-therapy telehealth services for students with physical disabilities. This discussion includes setting goals for students with speech-related disabilities, privacy restrictions for helping students with disabilities, and adjusting special education plans to virtual speech therapy requirements. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

Guidance for Special Education Evaluation During COVID-19

Summary: This document notes changes to special education evaluations during the COVID-19 pandemic for students with disabilities. The document is framed around IEP teams altering meeting procedures to accommodate virtual needs, as well as adjusting IEPs to COVID-related necessities. It notes requirements for involving family members in such proceedings, and it lists social emotional and mental health considerations for adjusting such plans. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Family Engagement, Mental Health 

Preparing for and Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a Parent or Family of a Child who Experiences Disability

Summary: This document provides information and resources for parents of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It lists both educational and administrative resources for parents seeking to engage in their child’s education. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

Comprehensive Distance Learning

Summary: A section of this document provides the legal requirements for providing educational services for students with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. These services include holding virtual IEP meetings, adjusting IEP services to a virtual format, and providing certain instructional adjustments for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

New Guidance for Limited In-Person Instruction During Comprehensive Distance Learning

Summary: This document provides instructions for helping students with disabilities receive virtual instruction during Oregon’s return to in-person learning. It discusses the legal requirements for providing distance learning services for individuals with disabilities. It also discusses potential IEP updates that may be necessary upon returning to in-person learning. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Mental Health Guidance for School Counselors, Other Mental Health Professionals and Administrators

Summary: This document lists best practices for providing mental health support to Oregon students during the COVID-19 pandemic. It requires school counselors to provide comprehensive mental health services via a virtual format. Tele-counseling services are to be included in Oregon Schools’ comprehensive healthcare services. Additionally, this document provides an assessment to determine the level of mental health risk that a child represents via a virtual format. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health, Telehealth

Supporting Student and Educator Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Distance Learning

Summary: This document provides advice for families, educators, and service providers for providing mental health assistance for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on providing best practices, highlighting shifts in students’ mental and emotional health and learning needs. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Navigating the 2020-2021 School Year: ODDS Guidance for Case Management Entities and Families

Summary: This document provides families of students with disabilities guidance for accessing youth ODDS resources and services during the 2020-2021 school year and the COVID-19 pandemic. It discusses providing either in-person or virtual medical services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities. It provides examples of students with different needs to distinguish between different students’ eligibility for services. 

Operated by: Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services

Topic: Family Engagement, Telehealth