Outside Agency Resources
Special Education Parent PTA (SEPTAP)
SEPTAP is a network of families, caregivers, educators and community members working together to improve the education and well being of PPS students with disabilities in their schools, homes and communities. Through monthly meetings, special events and online forums SEPTAP provide their members with opportunities to connect with each another, as well as the school district, and a variety of community resources and supports
OrFirst is a non-profit Community Parent Resource Center serving special education families located in Portland, Oregon with children birth to age 26. They assist families in English and Spanish in gaining knowledge and resources to understand their fundamental rights
Family and Community Together (FACT)
FACT is an organization aimed at supporting and empowering Oregon families experiencing disability. They offer peer delivered family support, monthly newsletters, parent mentors, trainings and more.
Police Disability Accommodation Registry
The Police Disability Accommodation Registry is voluntary for people with developmental, mental health, or physical disabilities who may have difficulty communicating their needs to an officer because of an acute crisis or a continuing disability. The Disability Accommodation Registry has been a Portland Police Bureau program since 1996.
PHAME Academy is a non-profit organization providing fine and performing art opportunities to people with special needs.
Portland Parks Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
Portland Parks AIR offers community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs. Their services are designed to assist people in developing and using their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, well-being, and independence.
Swindells Resource Center of Providence Child Center supports parents and caregivers of children who have special needs, developmental delays or disabilities. They provide resources, information and education.
Disabilities Rights Oregon (DRO)
DRO aims to uphold the legal rights of individuals with disabilities and support families and individuals with disabilities by providing information, tools and referrals, promoting awareness of civil rights and representing individuals in cases where legal expertise is needed.
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
CADRE encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs. Visit their website for information about trainings, webinars, IDEA and more.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
The ODE website has a wealth of resources for parents. Including access to several important documents and information:
Procedural Safeguards: The Procedural Safeguards document defines a parent’s special education rights for students in school age services (kindergarten through 21). This link provides access to the document in Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Diploma Information: This link provides information for parents about the Oregon Diploma changes and how they affect students, including links to information on modified diplomas.
Oregon Standard IEP: This link provides information about the Oregon Standard IEP. Specifically, it provides a 2 part document, where the Part A provides the guidelines for how to complete the Oregon Standard IEP and Part B provides access to the Oregon Standard IEP. The document is available is Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Motor Activities and Camps
Adventures Without Limits (AWL)
Adventures Without Limits facilitates inclusive, outdoor adventure for people of all ages and ability levels. AWL supports trips for everyone. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has dedicated more than 19 years to getting people outdoors to experience the amazing natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.
Autistic Community Activity Program (ACAP)
ACAP strives to create community resources and opportunities which empower young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), by providing, through summer-long day camps, life skills training, academic and social skill-building and positive recreational and educational experiences in the community.
Camp Easter Seals
Easter Seals Oregon offers two residential camp locations to Oregon campers. Summer camp sessions provide a safe and fun experience for children and adults living with disabilities. Summer camp creates an environment that emphasizes camper’s abilities and independence, as well as development of leisure and social skills, and an appreciation of the outdoors. Campers make friends, learn about and explore nature, sing songs, gain confidence, and create memories that linger long after camp fires have died down.
Challenger Division of Little League
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.
Easter Seals Warm Water Aquatic Program
Through partnerships with area school districts, as well as private lessons, children of all ages and range of ability come to the center weekly for swimming lessons and recreation. For many of these children, the warmth of the water allows their muscles to relax and provides them with flexibility and a range of motion not possible in the cooler temperatures of other pools. For many young clients, especially those with cerebral palsy, the compression they feel from being in the water aids their circulation, respiratory and digestive functions.
Dance Ability International
Dance Ability International’s mission is to encourage the evolution of mixed-abilities dance by cultivating a common ground for creative expression for all people. The mission is accomplished through performance, educational programs, teacher training and workshops. The work of Dance Ability International helps decrease prejudice and misconceptions about diversity in the field of dance, and by extension in society.
First Tee of Greater Portland
The mission of The First Tee of Greater Portland is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC)
MHKC offers children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to leave behind their routine lives and taste the freedom of the outdoors - to go beyond limits that they, and others, have set for them. They provide a caring, welcoming environment where campers are challenged to do their best, yet their special and personal needs are met.
Oregon Disability Sports (ODS)
ODS aims to provide and promote recreational, fitness and competitive opportunities for people with physical disabilities.
Oregon Special Olympics
Special Olympics Oregon offers training and competition opportunities in 14 different Olympic-style sports. There are three sports seasons throughout the year, with statewide competitions and training in winter, summer and fall.
Oregon Summer Camps Resource Guide
This camps resource guides allows you to search for Oregon camps using search criteria (e.g. Special Needs Camps, Academic Camps, etc) in order to find the camp that will best meet your child’s needs.
Pacific Northwest Wheelchair Tennis Association
Wheelchair athletes of all ages and backgrounds are provided with programming and developmental opportunities throughout the United States. This High Performance Tennis Program includes both a National Team comprised of players currently at the top of the ITF world rankings and a Developmental Team that includes players of any age who have demonstrated potential to be successful at a higher level. USTA sanctioned wheelchair tournaments are held throughout the country including A, B and C divisions as well as professional ITF divisions.
Portland Pounders Wheelchair Rugby
The Portland Pounders is an amateur local wheelchair rugby team.
Timber Resort Adaptive Ski Lessons
Instruction is available on request. Experienced instructors are prepared to help those with special learning needs to master a variety of adaptive skiing techniques.
WOW is a non-profit scouting type organization for kids who use wheelchairs. It is a International Organization, based out of Fresno, California. The Oregon Circle was Founded in 1991, and currently carries 21 Winners on the roster, with plenty of room for growth! We have been fortunate to have the community support us in providing a meeting place. The Mission is to Empower todays youth in wheelchairs to be all they can be, and to believe in who they are.