Hello FACT families,
The end of the year is inching closer every day. As we start to reflect back on what's been another busy year, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to those of you who have spent your Saturday with us at one of our Regional Learning Summits! The next one will be in Hood River on November 2 (tomorrow!) but we'll be stopping at more locations in the coming year . Regional Learning Summits are one of the best ways to access trainings, local community resources and opportunities to connect with other families, all in one day and place!
We were fortunate to get to attend the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Fall 2019 Special Education Pre-Conference, and bring 20 of our FACT Oregon families with us! Meeting featured speaker Paula Kluth (and getting this fantastic picture) was a particular highlight! In this month's newsletter you'll find updates and highlights from what we learned at the conference- I'd encourage you to read through these carefully and thoroughly and let them inform your advocacy efforts!
Roberta Dunn, FACT Oregon Executive Director
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We know that connecting with the community is an important part of living a whole life, and we are excited to offer opportunities to learn more about local resources and to connect with parents near you!

This day is for you!
Hood River : November 2, 2019
Portland : January 25, 2020
Newport : February 22, 2020
Eugene : February 29, 2020
Baker : March 14, 2020
Hermiston : May 2, 2020
Thank you to our sponsors The Autzen Foundation, Oregon Able Savings Plan, and The Ford Family Foundation!
COSA Conference - Update From the Assistant Superintendent
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We were SO excited to attend the Fall 2019 Special Education Conference put on by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). The two keynote addresses set a powerful cadence for change. Paula Kluth, national speaker, author, and consultant on inclusive practices set the stage sharing research, practice and outcomes of inclusive education. The next morning, Assistant Superintendent Candace Pelt shared that in her Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities, which is the new name for where Special Education lives within the Oregon Department of Education, there will be keen focus on three areas: Results, Equity, and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

This is exciting news! Stay tuned for more to come!
Make your Voice Heard! Help Our Students Succeed!
The Student Success Act (SSA) marks a huge turning point for education in Oregon, with a  $1 BILLION INVESTMENT  in schools each year, and now is the time to make sure your voice is being heard. Attend school board meetings, take SSA surveys from your district, fill out comment boxes; ask your district leadership:  "What is the measurable outcome expected with the SSA investment for students experiencing disability?"
Help Us Continue to Change Lives!
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FACT Oregon is changing lives, changing minds, and changing expectations!

  • Our family support specialists had 9,480 contacts with families -- a new record and 31% more than last year!
  • 98% of training attendees report that our trainings are relevant, useful, and high quality!
  • 93% of families accessing peer support report that family support specialists are knowledgeable, friendly, and provide useful and relevant information.

Now, we need your help! Become a monthly donor and together, we can continue to empower Oregon families experiencing disability to live
whole, inclusive lives!