Oregon Department of Education

Children with Disabilities

As a parent/guardian of a child with a disability, you have unique needs related to your child’s individualized education and may require additional information about your rights as a parent/guardian, the assessment and IEP process, available services and programs, and accommodations during statewide assessment.

Information Related to IDEA, Parents Rights and Eligibility:
  • IDEA - Practice    
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal education law that regulates special education.
  • Laws & Rules    
    Educational rights and responsibilities are defined by federal law, Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), and by Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR).
  • IDEA Compliance and District Resources    
    Parental rights, special education forms for school age and birth to five special education programs, technical assistance documents, question and answer documents and much more.
  • IDEA Eligibility Categories    
    Legal definitions and eligibility criteria for special education disability categories as specified under Oregon Administrative Rule.
  • Special Education - Publications    
    Parental rights, special education forms for school age and birth to five special education programs, technical assistance documents, question and answer documents and much more.
  • Parent Rights/Procedural Safeguards    
    Pamphlets written especially for parents on their rights and the procedural safeguards under Oregon and federal law to ensure a free and appropriate public education to all students.
  • Acronyms Commonly Used in Special Education    
    Special Education is like many areas of work and specialization - it has developed its own list of initials and acronyms over the years. These initials are like shorthand; they can speed up communication when everyone knows them. But, at the same time, the use of this shorthand can shut out people who don't know it. This list of acronyms will help you in the communication maze. Review it before a meeting so you can unravel the code. Use it after a meeting to clarify what you heard. Print it out and keep it with you during a meeting so you can decode the terms used.

Information Related to Special Education Programs and Services:
  • Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education    
    The Oregon Department of Education is the lead agency for the statewide system of early intervention and early childhood special education services for families with children ages birth to five that have developmental delays.
  • Regional Programs / Best Practices    
    Oregon Department of Education Regional Programs / Best Practices web page.
  • Regional Programs    
    Regional programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, families, and community agencies to provide specialized educational support for children, birth-to-21, with hearing impairments, vision impairments, autism spectrum disorders, severe orthopedic impairments, deaf-blindness, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD)  External Link  
    OSD is a residential program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. OSD offers a full range of curriculum and provides individually designed instruction for students leading to a variety of post -high school options, including college, competitive employment and supported work.
  • The Oregon Deafblind Project    
    The Oregon Deafblind Project is a "Technical Assistance and Dissemination" project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Oregon Department of Education is the project’s major partner, collaborating to ensure statewide technical assistance and support to educational teams who are responsible for the education of children who are deafblind, and to reach out to and assist parents and families of this population.
  • Oregon Blind & Visually Impaired Student Fund  External Link  
    The Blind and Visually Impaired Student fund (BVIS) was created by the Oregon legislature when it closed the Oregon School for the Blind (OSB) September 1, 2009.
  • Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities    
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires the consideration of transition needs for students beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the student is 16, and updated annually thereafter. Transition services are an integral part of the student's education plan and are designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.

Information Related to Assessment:
  • Assessment Options for Students with Disabilities    
    When testing students with disabilities, there are options which are considered on an individual basis as determined by the IEP team.
  • Special Education Assessment Website    
    On this main page, you will find various other resources explain the assessment for students with disabilities.
  • Assessment Accessibility Supports (formerly Accommodations)    
    In Oregon, the statewide assessment accessibility supports (formerly the Accommodations Tables) are available to all students--although the decision to apply them must be based on an evaluation of individual student need. There are accessibility supports tables for the Smarter Balanced assessment (i.e., ELA and Mathematics), OAKS assessment, Extended assessment, Kindergarten assessment, and the English Language Proficiency (ELPA) assessment. These tables explain and regulate the allowable supports for all students during the administration of assessments.
  • Extended Assessments    
    The Extended Assessments are alternates to grade level assessments for students with significant disabilities. The decision to administer Oregon’s Extended Assessment (the alternate assessment) can only be made by the student’s IEP team--including the parent.
  • Braille Interface of OAKS Online    
    New for 2011-12, OAKS Online will be available to students who use Braille. Accessing OAKS Online through a new Braille interface, students who use Braille will now have access to the adaptive OAKS Online test and have the same number of testing opportunities as general education students.

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