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Early Childhood Special Education ~ Investing in Dignity and Capacity

Early Intervention Services in Oregon are vastly underfunded, and we need to let our legislators know how important these services are in our families' lives. Even if your child's days in Early Intervention are in the distant past, please consider taking a few moments to remember how important it was to your early days.

Eleanor Helps Herself: Eleanor Bailey

Eleanor Helps Herself: Eleanor Bailey

I told my teacher that I had an announcement to make. She gave me the microphone and I said: “I have two things to say. First, I have Down syndrome and second, I am really scared that none of you will like me anymore.”

Proposed Cuts to Special Education

Parents, Special Education staff and educators, and concerned citizens have collaborated on a letter to Carole Smith, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools regarding proposed cuts to Special Education.

Inclusion is Joining Together

Inclusion is not a legal term. Inclusion is a dream. In this dream all people matter and all people have a contribution to make; a contribution to their family, their school and their world.

Family Story: Chrystal

Family Story: Chrystal

The kids would ask, “Why doesn’t she talk?” and I would explain, “Chrystal has something called Down syndrome that means that she grows a little more slowly and has her own calendar for doing things. It’s not a big deal.” And, somehow, it wasn’t.