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Information About Employment

Career development 101

Many people find themselves in need of some sort of guidance as they encounter problems or must make decisions about their careers.

I Work We Succeed /Employment First

Promoting community jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) work in their communities, everyone succeeds. With the right job and supports, everyone can work. I Work We Succeed is part of the outreach efforts by Oregon’s Employment First initiative to promote the benefits of paid, integrated work in community jobs for people with I/DD.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Answers to questions about workplace accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation.

Job Corps

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Oregon Employment Department

A place to begin searching for jobs in Oregon.

Oregon Supported Employment

The Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment (IPS) for individuals with serious mental illness has been designated an evidence based practice by the Center for Mental Health Services and the State of Oregon. OSECE is the Oregon supported employment center for excellence. It provides supported employment technical assistance to EBSE providers in Oregon.

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Information for OVRS clients and advocates, can also search for a local office and a contact.

The Red Book- A Guide to Work Incentives

The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment - related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

Think Beyond the Label

Think Beyond the Label is a public-private network that works to increase employment for qualified job seekers with disabilities.


Ticket to Work Program

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while that keep their Medicare or Medicaid.  Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.

U.S. Military

What is the military? In simple terms, the U.S. Armed Forces are made up of the five armed service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. There are three general categories of military people: active duty (full-time soldiers and sailors), reserve & guard forces (usually work a civilian job, but can be called to full-time military duty), and veterans and retirees (past members of the military).

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Oregon and Southwest Washington

The employment department at UCP is called Employment Solutions. We assist qualified job seekers who experience a disability to connect with employers who value what they bring to the workplace.

What Do You Want to Do for a Living?

My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options, including growing jobs.

Work Source

This website includes links to workforce, economic development and training information - culled from a vast array of agencies and entities - all conveniently located and easy to navigate. You will also find information on the Governor's Workforce Initiatives.

Community, Oregon and National Resources

ARC of Oregon

Since 1954, The Arc Oregon has been serving Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, we strive make Oregon a place where individuals experiencing I/DD are included and valued in the community.

At The Arc Oregon, in addition to supporting individuals and families through our programs and services, we advocate for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they can live full, productive lives as respected members of our community.


Assistive Technology & Curriculum Solutions

AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids for all ages and situations; and special education classroom curriculum that both enhance and help ensure learning progress.

Assistive Technology-Washington Access Fund

“Do you know someone with a disability, living in Oregon, who could benefit from access to affordable assistive technology?

The Board of Directors for the Washington Access Fund announced that they expanded our successful Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program to include people with disabilities and seniors (and their families) in Oregon. Oregon residents are now eligible for assistive technology loans up to $10,000.


Child Development & Rehabilitation Center

The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) combines clinical excellence with innovative research to provide the best care for children with special health needs.  Our clinics use a family-centered, team approach to care for each of our patients and families.

Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDP)

Directory of community developmental disabilities programs in Oregon.

Data Quality Campaign

10 foundational principles for using and safeguarding student information.

Family to Family Health Information

The Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center provides information to families who are navigating the complex world of special health care needs. We are family members ourselves, who have first hand experience raising a child or youth with a chronic health condition, developmental delay or disability, or emotional/behavioral challenges.

Interim Healthcare

Interim HealthCare®, founded in 1966, is the nation's leading home care, hospice and medical staffing company. Interim’s more than 300 independently owned and operated franchise locations provide a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing services.

Mental Health Programs in Oregon

OHA and its partners are improving mental health services to children by involving parents and youth in decisions, delivering more children's mental health services in the community, improving inter-agency cooperation and acknowledging the child's language and cultural heritage.

Morrison - Child & Family Services

Morrison Child and Family Services is a non-profit organization that delivers specialized services to children, from birth through age 18, and families coping with adversity and trauma. We respect the complexity of human nature and human needs–we guide children and their families through difficult issues by tailoring treatment plans to address individuals' needs and help them live productive lives.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Council on Independent Living

NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

National Parent Center on Transition and Employment (PACER)

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.

Oregon Department of Education: Information on Special Education

The Special Education Data, Fiscal, Legal, & Information Units of the Office of Student Learning and Partnerships are responsible for providing general supervision statewide of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). IDEA 2004 federal mandates include provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE), appropriate evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP) accountability, parent and student participation in decision-making, procedural safeguards, monitoring, technical assistance and enforcement.

Oregon Health Plan or Medicaid

The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) provides health care coverage to low-income Oregonians through programs administered by the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP). Currently, more than 600,000 people each month receive health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.

Oregon Housing and Community Services

Affordable housing resources for Oregon.

OVRS Directory (Directory of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Local Offices)

Service directory for local OVRS Oregon offices.

Partnerships in Community Living (PCL)

The Residential Team brings the PCL mission to life through the implementation of Individual Support Plans (ISP) and Person-Centered Plans for each person supported by PCL. Each team focuses on supporting each person in their home to become as self-reliant and interdependent as possible. We balance individual goals and dreams with the need to monitor and maintain each person's health and safety.

Project Access

Project Access is a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon.The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.
This school-based model is also designed to provide educators and parents with additional resources to assist them in improving the long-term employment outcomes of youth.
The model is a collaborative effort between Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), public high schools in three Oregon school districts, and researchers at the University of Oregon. On this site you will find a variety of resources.

Source for Assistive Technology Information

AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment, and a directory of products.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps

The intent of the Program is to help improve the health and well being of low-income households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Contrary to popular belief, SNAP benefits are not meant to meet all of the food needs of a household or an individual, but to supplement their nutritional needs. People do not need to be destitute to qualify for SNAP benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

Swindell's Resource Center

Swindell's Resource Center of Providence Child Center supports parents and caregivers of children who have special needs, developmental delays or disabilities. We provide resources, information and education to communities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living

Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping adolescents transition to adulthood and live independently.

United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington -- Services

United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington provides support to adults experiencing cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We offer residential and vocational supports, brokerage support services, and supported employment services. We also provide advocacy, information and referral. 


Information About IEP

IEP (Individualized Education Programs)

What is an IEP?

Learn the ins and outs of an individualized Education Program (IEP)

Keeping Special Education Records

Resolving Special Education Issues: Keeping special Education records.

Oregon Standard IEP Form

The Oregon Standard IEP, which includes a Part A: Guidelines for Completion, and a Part B: Oregon Standard IEP form has been revised to comply with IDEA 2004 and the federal regulations. Revisions also include additional enhancements to the both the IEP guidelines and form. ODE now provides a standard IEP for students age 15 or younger when the IEP is in effect; and a standard IEP for students age 16 and older when the IEP is in effect (for students of transition age).

Understanding the Transition IEP Process

Once your child is 16 years old, a transition IEP must be held by the IEP team to discuss future services. This is done through an Individual Transition Plan or ITP.

Post Secondary Education Information

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in post secondary education.

Campus Life

Answers questions about college life: establishing a budget, how to pick a college roommate, arrange a college schedule that you can live with, about your freshman year.

College Options for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

College Resources for Disabled Students

Prospective college students with disabilities will find that many campuses are equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and Assistive Technology for a diverse range of needs. Student services offices and disability coordinators at many colleges work to make campuses inclusive environments through specialized advocacy, support, and academic services.

Education Evaluation Center Services

The EEC utilizes a client-centered approach to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the disabilities that children and adults may have, as well as their individual strengths and weaknesses. The EEC uses a multidisciplinary team approach to evaluate the impact of a disability on an individual's daily life in school, at work, in the community and in the family.

Financial Aid Guide for Students with Disabilities

A financial aid and scholarship guide for students with disabilities, one of the few comprehensive and simple-to-use directories of its kind. It lists numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Disable Students

There are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. This is our guide to the opportunities out there.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Loans

Read about the types of financial aid available from the government and other sources: grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.

For Parents: When My Child Goes to College

Planning for college can be just as intimidating for parents of college-bound students as it can be for the students themselves. eCampusTours has created this section specifically with you in mind. We've included several topics geared specifically toward parents aiding their children in the college planning process.

GED


GED Testing Service Accommodations

Information for Those Planning to Go to College

Welcome to Planning for College where you will learn the ins and outs of what you need to do to plan for college!

Job Corps

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Oregon Community College and Workforce Development

Directory of Oregon Community Colleges information .

Oregon Vocational and Technical Schools

A list of vocational schools in Oregon, by city, by subject, and by school.

Planning for College

With a variety of colleges available, you need to understand your options and choose the right college for you. A little college planning can put you on the road to success. You might need information about choosing a college or what questions to ask on your campus tour. You will also need to know how to prepare for college admission, understand application deadlines, find out about paying for college and financial aid, or maybe consider the available extracurricular activities at your schools of choice.

Students With Disabilities Preparing for College

Questions and answers about the differences in rights for the disabled after leaving high school and their responsiblities.

The First Year at College, the Transition Year

Whether you need help picking a school that is the best fit, are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for a student dealing with an issue like depression, this site has the tools and information you need. The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

Tips on Selecting a Private Career School

Helpful tips on how to select a private career school.

Help Your Student Transition to Adult Life

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

All young adults who are deaf-blind need extensive transition planning and services in order to experience success in adult life. This video offers insight and understanding based on foundational best practices in transition planning: Student-Focused Planning, Student Development, Interagency Collaboration, Program Structure, and Family Involvement.

Fair Housing Council of Oregon

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon.  We promote equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on “protected class status” in any housing transaction and, in fact, any housing situation.

Family and Community Together (FACT)

Empowering Oregon families experiencing disability.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

Oregon Housing and Community Services

Affordable housing resources for Oregon.

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Information for OVRS clients and advocates, can also search for a local office and a contact.

School to Adult Life Transition

Transition from School to Adult Life resources

Transition Resources - Oregon Department of Education

Various links to resources related to transition.

Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living

Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping adolescents transition to adulthood and live independently.

Transition Year

The Jed Foundation knows about the complex transition from high school to college. Our experience shows parents can benefit from having the right information and resources to help them anticipate, plan for, and protect the emotional health of their college-age children.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Affordable housing resources.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Offers a publication that offers young adults guidance on career research, including preliminary exploration, getting and conducting informational interviews, and using internet resources for further inquiry.

Youth Hood

Here you can start thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life. This website was built to help you plan for the future.

While Your Student is Still in High School

Advanced Placement (AP) Classes and Tests

The College Board's Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school. They offer you challenging course work and a taste of what college classes are like.

Checklist for Parents of High School Students

High school goes by quickly for most students – and their parents. And after high school, what then? Regardless of whether your teen plans to go to college, work, apprentice, join the military, travel, or some combination, high school is an important time to prepare. Your student needs your help because his or her responsibilities are mounting. Here are some things you will want to stay on top of. The first is a list of general items for all four years, followed by specific lists for each year.

Getting a Driver's License

This page provides information on obtaining an Oregon Driver License (provisional) if you are under the age of 18. Other requirements apply if you are 18 years of age or older.

Oregon Department of Education: Information on Special Education

The Special Education Data, Fiscal, Legal, & Information Units of the Office of Student Learning and Partnerships are responsible for providing general supervision statewide of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). IDEA 2004 federal mandates include provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE), appropriate evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP) accountability, parent and student participation in decision-making, procedural safeguards, monitoring, technical assistance and enforcement.

Oregon High School Exit Options

A list of high school diplomas and alternatives.

Teen's Health

Teen's Health

Answers questions that teens have about health issues, body changes, mental health and other questions.

The Oregon Diploma Credit Requirements

These refer to state-wide requirements and serve as a minimum for graduation. Local districts may have additional graduation requirements. For the most complete list of requirements for graduation, please contact your local high school.

Transition Planning for Students with IEPs

The transition from high school to young adulthood is a critical stage for all teenagers; for students with  disabilities , this stage requires extra planning and goal setting. Factors to consider include post-secondary education, the development of career and vocational skills, as well as the ability to live independently. The first step in planning for a successful transition is developing the student's transition plan. A transition plan is required for students enrolled in special education who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this article, we will define and describe transition planning and how it can be utilized to maximize your teenager's future success.

Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living

Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping adolescents transition to adulthood and live independently.

Understanding the Transition IEP Process

Once your child is 16 years old, a transition IEP must be held by the IEP team to discuss future services. This is done through an Individual Transition Plan or ITP.

Support Organizations for Families

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

CerebralPalsyGuidance.com is a comprehensive informational website on cerebral palsy. From information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, CerebralPalsyGuidance.com covers all aspects of cerebral palsy. And all of the information is thoroughly researched and cited.


Child Development Institute

Our website is designed to provide the information and tools parents need to understand their unique child/children and to enable them to help each child develop into the successful human being they were meant to be.

E-Ready Special Education Information

This page provides parents, as well as teachers, of children with disabilities with information on specific disabilities, a glossary of special education terms, and links to helpful resources.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

National Parent Center on Transition and Employment (PACER)

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.

Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) strives to improve the quality of life for any child with any special need of any age, through educating, supporting and training their primary caregivers.

Stop Bullying.gov

Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.

Team Of Advocates For Special Kids (TASK)

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential.

The Special Education Process Explained

Parents and educators know that children with special needs have gifts and talents—it’s just a matter of unleashing their full potential, and making sure that their parents and teachers have the right information, tools and support to help them. That’s where Special Education Guide comes in. We are your go-to resource for mastering the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education.





The Sturge-Weber Foundation

The Sturge-Weber Foundation is a non-profit organization for parents, patients, and all others concerned with SWS.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally-recognized center that has pioneered research, training and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. Our mission is “To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture.”

U.S Department of Education: Parents

The Department of Education provides a list of resources pertaining to the needs of children with disabilities.

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