Resources on inclusion, classroom supports and Universal Design for Learning

Video Resources

Downloadable PDFs of Power Point presentations

Financial Planning Resources

Radio conversation about ABLE Savings Plan

Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon 529 Savings Network, and Angela Jarvis-Holland and Steve Holland from NWDSA/ABI, appeared on the radio program “Situations & Conversations with Tra’Renee” to discuss the newly launched Oregon ABLE Savings Plan.

Listen to this very informative conversation

Oregon ABLE Savings Plan

The Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act) established the creation of ABLE accounts for individuals with disabilities. The Oregon ABLE Savings Plan will provide tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals and their families to save for qualified disability expenses without losing their federal and state benefits. The Oregon ABLE Savings Plan will launch in early December 2016 as a financial empowerment tool for people with disabilities.

Oregon Special Needs Trust

The Oregon Special Needs Trust is a pooled trust that was created to offer Oregonians a dependable and affordable vehicle for providing financial security for individuals with disabilities, while preserving the benefits that they depend on in their daily lives.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund was created by the legislature to help address the life-long need that people with developmental disabilities have for supports. Families and advocates have long looked for a way to save money for the future of their loved ones, while protecting the public benefits that they are entitled to receive.

Community First Choice Plan (K Plan) in Oregon

The K Plan title refers to the 1915(k) section of the Social Security Act. The support services that now available through the K Plan are intended to help children and adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities enjoy a full life at home, work and in their community. The K Plan originated as part of the Affordable Care Act and was adopted by Oregon as a Medicaid State Plan to access more federal money and bring more services to eligible Oregonians.

Related Links: Guardianship Alternatives

When a child turns 18, he or she becomes a fully independent adult with important choices to make in the areas of health, education, finances, and residential living. A number of options exist to help adults who have disabilities or other special health care needs with decision-making, including power of attorney, health care representation, and varying levels of guardianship.

Resources from the All Born (in) Conference

Handouts from Elizabeth Stein’s Keynote presentation

Handouts from Michael Bailey’s session about Disability History

Handouts from Dr. Richard Villa’s Sessions

Power Point Downloads from Ricki Sabia’s Presentation

Handouts from Melissa Glover’s Presentation

Handouts from Presentation: Therapeutic and Fun Activities in The Natural Environment

Handouts from Sharon Lewis’ Keynote Presentation

Handouts from Caroline Musselwhite’s Keynote Presentation

Handouts from Michael Callahan’s Keynote Presentation

Handouts from the OTAC Behavior Presentation

Handouts from Patti McVay’s Presentation: Blank forms to print and copy

Handouts from Joy Zabala’s Presentation on Universal Design for Learning

Handouts from Michael Bailey’s Presentation on Individual Education Plans

Handouts from Tracey Hall’s Presentation

Resources from Kathie Snow

Resources from Ann Donaca-Sullivan

Other Resources

Articles & Papers

Other Factsheets, Checklists, Etc

Helpful Websites

Compiled by Kids Together Inc

Wrightslaw
A special education law and advocacy repository for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys; accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

CAST
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit leader in education, working to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Disability is Natural
Disability is Natural is a great source of articles, blog posts and information about new ways of thinking about developmental disability, inclusive education and Kathie Snow’s People First Language.

Peak Parent Center
PEAK provides training, information and technical assistance to equip families of children birth through twenty-six including all disability conditions with strategies to advocate successfully for their children

Here are a few great sites that focus on Positive Behavior Supports:
www.pbis.org, www.modelprogram.com, www.pbisaz.org

The Inclusion Network
Workshops, resources, trainings and articles on inclusion in schools and communities.

Kids Together
Information and resources for children and adults with disabilities. The goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.

David Pitonyak
Finding new stories for people who experience disabilities. David writes, “My practice is based upon a simple idea: difficult behaviors result from unmet needs. In a sense, difficult behaviors are messages which can tell us important things about a person and the quality of his or her life.”

National Disability Rights Network
NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

The Division for Early Childhood
The Division for Early Childhood promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.