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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 with hearing impairments, vision impairments, autism spectrum disorders, orthopedic impairments, deaf-blindness, and traumatic brain injury. These are known as low-incidence disabilities, occurring in the general population at such a low rate that it is difficult for individual districts to employ specialized staff and provide a full range of related services needed for these students. Providing these services on a regional basis is both cost effective and assures that the students receive programs and services from qualified staff related to their specific needs.


The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. The primary responsibility for a child always remains with the local school district. Regional Programs work closely with local district, Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, Early Childhood Special Education EI/ECSE, and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) teams to identify and provide appropriate services.

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  • Lisa Darnold Email    (503) 947-5786
    Regional Programs/Best Practices - Director

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