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Upcoming FACT Oregon Webinars
February 8, 2017

Upcoming FACT Oregon Webinars

Can’t make it to one of our in-person trainings? No matter where you live in the state, you can attend one of our live webinars! We make a point of holding them at different times of the day to accommodate YOUR schedule.

After registering, you will receive an email with details on how to login and access the webinar.

FACT Oregon Presents Legislative Advocacy 101 with the GO! Project

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Launch: Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Understanding Special Education and the IEP Process

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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FACT Oregon Hosts ABLE ACT Webinar presented by Palladio Group

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

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Understanding Your Special Education Rights – AM session

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Understanding Your Special Education Rights – PM session

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Launch: Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

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For more information on events, call (503) 786-6082 or

1 (888) 988-3228, or email registration@factoregon.org.

 

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Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forums
September 2, 2016
Vocational Rehabilitation [VR] is hosting a series of policy forums around the state in September and wants to hear from you! There will be two forums in each of the five locations.

People with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, students with disabilities, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

The forums are free, but people are encouraged to register:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

Participants will:

  • Learn about VR policy and procedures
  • Participate in discussions about VR
  • Contribute to VR future directions

VR Policy Forum dates and locations:

Salem – Tuesday, September 13, 2016

  • 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Chemeketa Community College, Winema Building, Room 210, 4000 Lancaster Dr., NE. It is #48 on the campus map.

Medford – Thursday, September 15, 2016

  • 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Inn at the Common, 200 N. Riverside Ave.

Portland – Monday, September 19, 2016

  • 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Multnomah Educational Service District; Auditorium near the reception desk, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Auditorium

Bend – Friday, September 23, 2016

  • 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, Suite A-115, 1230 N.E. Third St.

Pendleton – Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  • 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Vert Auditorium, Vert Club Room, 480 SW Dorion Ave.

Accommodations, including interpreters, assistive listening devices, and materials in alternative format are available upon request. We request two weeks notice to insure accommodations can be provided. Every effort will be made to provide accommodations with 48 hours of notice. Please fill out the box about what accommodations are needed when you register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

For more information, call (503) 786-6082 or 1 (888) 988-3228, or email jenny@factoregon.org.

DHS Town Hall Meetings This Month
June 9, 2016

 

CALL TO ACTION: Attend a DHS Town Hall Meeting This Month

State leaders from the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be traveling across the state to discuss funding of various programs, which includes Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities Services.

You are invited to provide input to the Oregon Department of Human Services on services, programs, and priorities for the 2017 DHS budget and legislative session.

As the State makes decisions about funding for Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities Services, it is critical that we all participate in these discussions! Anyone concerned about the future of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities should attend these events.

Please share this announcement and make plans to attend a meeting in your local area. If possible wear yellow and/or bring along a yellow sign that says “Support DD Services!”

We have provided priority topics and talking points below. Please select the topic and relevant talking points that are most important to you and share these points at the Town Hall Meeting that you attend.

Monday, June 20
PORTLAND: Creston Elementary School, Auditorium, 4701 SE Bush Street, right off Powell Blvd.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line PORTLAND

Tuesday, June 21
SALEM: Chemeketa Community College, Auditorium, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line SALEM

Wednesday, June 22
EUGENE: Lane Community College, Center for Meeting & Learning #104, 4000 E 30th Avenue

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line EUGENE

Thursday, June 23
MEDFORD: North Medford High School, Auditorium, 1900 N Keene Way Drive

(10:00 am – 12:00 noon)

Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line MEDFORD

Monday, June 27
BEND: The Riverhouse Convention Center, Cascade AJ Room, 3075 N. Business 97

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line BEND

 

Tuesday, June 28
PENDLETON: Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Avenue

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director’s Office – Use subject line PENDLETON
IDD Coalition Priorities & Talking Points for DHS Town Hall Meetings – June 2016

Priorities (in no particular order):

  • Direct Support Professional Wages:  Raise the wage for Direct Support Professionals that help people live, learn, work, play and age in our communities.
  • System Sustainability: Invest in creating a sustainable intellectual and developmental disability system that supports people with IDD to be integrated members of their communities.
  • Employment: Support Lane v. Brown Employment settlement and continue to fund employment outcomes for people with IDD, so that all people have opportunities to work and contribute to their community.
  • Community Inclusion: Support people to access, develop relationships in and be members of their communities.
  • Case Management Reform: Case management should refocus on the person and meeting their goals in an efficient and informed manner. This will require less focus on completing administrative forms or other paperwork.

Talking Points for Priority Issues:

DSP Wages:  Raise the wage for Direct Support Professionals so they can continue to support people with IDD to live and work as members of their communities.

  • Direct support professionals support people to live their lives in a healthy and safe manner while also supporting people to build new skills that can lead to greater independence.
  • Low DSP wages increases DSP turnover, destabilizes the lives of people with IDD and undermines Oregon’s ability provide the essential supports people rely on to live their lives.
  • Support system stability and a living wage for DSPs so they can continue to provide critical community supports for Oregonians with IDD.

System Sustainability: Invest in a sustainable intellectual and developmental disability system that focuses on what people with IDD need to live the lives they choose as integrated members of their communities.

  • Sustainability means viability over the long-term. We support system changes that provide stable, needed supports that people can rely upon year after year.
  • We also would like to see strong services available that may create less ongoing need for formal supports. These services may include assistive technology, environmental modifications, and a focus on skill building with support workers so they are helping people with IDD develop greater independence in a meaningful way for them.
  • Needed investments for a sustainable system: building a sustainable system that supports community life for children and adults means investing in:
    • Essential services to help people thrive at home, at work and in their communities;
    • Strong, effective and efficient case management services that focus on the person or family, not paperwork and forms.
    • Rates that create living wages for direct support professionals;
    • Tools to help adults and children create sustainable natural supports. This includes funding the Regional Family Networks; and
    • Restoring the Fairview Trust to create housing opportunities for people with IDD.
    • The Assessment: We envision a sustainable IDD service system where eligible children and adults get the Medicaid services they need.  No more.  No less.

Employment:  Continue funding to improve employment outcomes for people with IDD and implement the landmark Lane v. Brown settlement.

  • Oregon is strongest when all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are employed in their communities and pursuing careers.
  • As a national leader, Oregon recently settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit which ensures supports to help youth and adults with IDD work in competitive jobs in their communities.
  • Support people with IDD to get jobs in their communities by adequately funding the Lane v. Brown settlement.

Community Inclusion: Support people to access, develop relationships in and be members of their communities.

  • Rich community connections support all people to feel supported by their communities.
  • Many people with IDD and their families depend on IDD services to support them as they create and sustain community connections and exercise self-determination.
  • Support continued strong community inclusion services and policies so Oregonians with IDD will have access to their communities, develop relationships and be members of their communities.

Case Management Reform: The current case management structure must refocus on the person and connecting them to needed services rather than on paperwork.

  • Case management is a critical link between the person with IDD and the services they depend on to be members of their communities.
  • Current case management workloads focus too heavily on administrative paperwork instead of conversations with Oregonians with IDD and their families about what they need to live their lives.
  • Effective case management reform must focus on the individual circumstances of each person and family. This refocus will allow people to access the services they need in an efficient manner.

As always, be prepared, get involved, be heard!

Roberta Dunn

Executive Director
For more information, call (503) 786-6082 or 1 (888) 988-3228, or email registration@factoregon.org.

April 29, 2016

Dear FACT family, friend and community partner,

FACT would encourage you to take part in one of these regional community forums that state and local education leaders are holding in the upcoming weeks.

Parents and caregivers are invited to learn more about Oregon’s education initiatives and help build the Oregon State plan for the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA] which replaces No Child Left Behind. ESSA allows Oregon to create a State Plan with increased flexibility in assessment, accountability, school improvement and educator effectiveness.

Details on upcoming Community Education Forums are provided below.

*Dates and times are subject to change.

Salem
Thursday, April 28, 2016– 6:00 pm
Claggett Creek Middle School (Cafeteria)
1810 Alder Drive NE; Keizer, OR 97303

Eugene
Tuesday, May 10, 2016– 6:00 pm
South Eugene High School (Cafeteria)
400 East 19th Ave.; Eugene, OR 97401

Portland
Thursday, May 12, 2016– 6:00 pm
Sunrise Center (formerly Black Cat Cantina restaurant)
18901 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97233

Portland
Monday, May 16, 2016– 6:00 pm
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (Student Union Building – rooms 202, 203, and 204)
705 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217

Coos Bay
Monday, May 23, 2016– 6:00 pm
Southwestern Oregon Community College (Lakeview Rooms in Hales Center/Empire Hall)
1988 Newmark Ave.; Coos Bay, OR 97420

Oregon Department of Education has additional information posted online at http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/ESSA.

As always, be prepared, get involved, be heard!

Roberta Dunn
Executive Director

FACT: Parent Training in Florence – Early Childhood Transition
April 14, 2016

Surfing through the Waves of Special Needs 

When: Monday, April 18, 2016 

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Early Childhood CARES, Florence

Register