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Cascade Regional Program

Cascade Regional Program provides support for children with vision impairment, hearing impairment, severe orthopedic impairment and autism spectrum disorder. The program’s staff consists of licensed teachers in special education and licensed occupational and physical therapists. The program’s mission is to collaborate with school districts and EI/ECSE programs so that children may benefit from the intervention and educational opportunities provided. Services include consultation, assessment, instruction, and adaptive or specialized materials and equipment.

Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

The EI/ECSE program provides special education services in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties to children from birth to kindergarten age that are demonstrating a significant developmental delay in one or more areas and/or meet disability eligibility criteria in one of the following categories:

  • Communication Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Mental Retardation
  • Deaf Blindness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Special Education and Evaluation Services (SEES)

The SEES program offers support to students across a broad spectrum of services.

  • SEES develops systems for general education interventions in academics and behavior.
  • Talented and Gifted evaluations (TAG)
  • Evaluations for Special Education identification.
  • Psychologists, speech language pathologists and educational consultants in the areas of learning, autism, and intellectual disabilities are available to support districts, students and families.
  • Interpreter and translator services in Spanish.
  • Response to Intervention systems consultation and training and consortium support.
  • Professional development is offered to all on research based initiatives, special education law and current practices in evaluation by SEES staff and speakers brought in and sponsored through SEES.