Below are some agencies and groups, primarily local, which may interest you. The page is currently under construction and we welcome your input on information provided here. For non-regional resources, more information on Down Syndrome, and inspiring stories, please select the buttons below.
The Oregon Parent Training and Information Center
Oregon PTI's mission is to educate and support parents, families and professionals in building partnerships that meet the needs of children and youth with the full range of disabilities ages birth through twenty six. Oregon PTI provides programs and services throughout the state.
The Jean Baton Swindells Resource Center for Children and Families
Connects families, caregivers and friends of children with disabilities to resources, information and training. Families come to the Swindells Center seeking answers to many of the questions that surface in their everyday lives. We offer resources specific to disabilities and conditions, as well as information on respite options, recreation, educational options and other day-to-day issues.
Disability is Natural
Learn more about Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities, Kathie Snow's book that's changing the lives of children with disabilities and their families! But it's not just for parents-people with disabilities, professionals, and universities also enthusiastically rave about this one-of-a-kind manual for living!
Oregon Department of Education - Special Education
A good place to find Oregon specific answers to some of your special education questions. Includes links to Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR's), and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
SAIL Housing (Supporting Access to Independent Living)
Supporting Access to Independent Living (SAIL Housing) is a local charitable organization formed in 2006 to promote sustainable housing for adults with developmental disabilities in a life-enriching environment that fosters dignity and independence. SAIL Housing was formed through the aligned interests of parents and families of adults with developmental disabilities, local agencies, and community members.
SAIL Housing advocates and promotes a model of sustainable housing for developmentally disabled adults know as "independent supported housing." This type of housing physically consists of smaller apartment complexes with 10-15 studio and one-bedroom units and a community room where residents can gather for social and learning activities. Under this model, a local non-profit housing development corporation acquires land and constructs the apartment complex, typically through grant funding, and retains ownership of the complex, while a non-profit community group - such as SAIL Housing - coordinates and oversees the provision of supports and services tailored to the special needs of the individual residents. This model is already successful in other counties in Oregon, and through education and public awareness campaigns, SAIL Housing is working to help make this housing alternative available in Lane County.
A local Lane County organization dedicated to funding independent living for adults with disabilities.
Lane County Developmental Disabilities
The Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services program provides a range of services for eligible individuals and their families including intake and eligibility determination, case management, protective services for adults, community-based residential and employment services, foster care for children and adults, self-directed supports, high school transition services and crisis resolution.
Lane Community College Disability Services Department
Disability Services provides academic accommodations and services to Lane Community College students with documented disabilities
Karen Gaffney Foundation
The Karen Gaffney Foundation is a non profit organization that is dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, communities and the workplace for people with Down Syndrome or other developmental disabilities
Special Olympics Oregon
The mission of Special Olympics Oregon is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community .Special Olympics Oregon offers training and competition opportunities in 15 different Olympic-style sports. There are three seasons throughout the year, with four statewide competitions: Winter Games, Summer Games and Fall Games.