The Portland Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools within the Portland Public School’s attendance area.
Evaluations birth to 5 years The Early Childhood Team conducts comprehensive developmental evaluations for children birth to 5 years old who are suspected of having a disability. The team determines eligibility for Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education and school age eligibilities. Once children are determined to be eligible for services, Multnomah Early Childhood Program (MECP) will work with families to develop an Individual Family Service Plan. For more information about early childhood services, contact MECP at 503-261-5535.
Evaluation Referrals- Multnomah County Early Intervention
For children ages 5-21 years of age, please call Special Education Department at (503) 916-3152
Multilingual Special Education Family Toolkit
The Multilingual Special Education Family Toolkit is a set of cards that show the Special Education process, eligibility categories, and placement/services options in PPS. These procedures and concepts are often complex and create barriers for families that prevent their meaningful participation which is critical to positive outcomes for their students.
The Toolkit currently consists of 4 main components: a Special Education overview, A Roadmap for the evaluation/IEP process, Eligibility cards that describe all of the Disability Categories in PPS and a Placement/Services card.
The cards represent these important ideas in a visual way using universal graphics along with the implementation of language access principles, including: family-friendly terms, plain language and translations.
The cards are available in the six supported languages at PPS: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Somali.
English/Español Special Education Family Toolkit | English/Tiếng Việt Education Family Toolkit | English/中文 Education Family Toolkit | English/Soomaali Education Family Toolkit | Русский Education Family Toolkit
Special Education Office: 503-916-3152
Special Education Records Requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Early Childhood and Kindergarten Transition
Outside Agency Resources and Parent Organizations
Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC)
Special Education Family and Community Specialist
Special Education Service Delivery Models
Special Education Procedures Manual