Dear FACT Families, Friends, and Community Partners,
Listen to Elmo's Dad, Louie! Breathe and appreciate you are doing the best you can!

For this month's newsletter, we are highlighting resources for families we have available on our COVID-19 resource page.

We've designed a Special Education and Distance Learning toolkit to help guide you through what special education and Distance Learning might look like for your child. It includes a one-page handout on Distance Learning, insights on (and the importance of) keeping a Distance Learning log or journal, and a how-to for creating a parent input statement during this time. We hope you'll find this toolkit helpful as we continue to navigate this new landscape.

We are also sharing an update on the Office of Developmental Disabilities' Expanded Family Support Program. If you have a child receiving services through a County Developmental Disability Program (CDDP) or Children’s Intensive In Home Services (CIIS) that has experienced increased support needs as a result of COVID-19, school closures, and having to stay home, this information will be important to you.

Lastly, we're sharing a new blog post from a parent sharing about their experience with Distance Learning.

Remember, you are not alone! You can register for webinars as well as keep up with regular updates on our Facebook page!

Please also remember that our Family Support Specialists are available to answer questions, share information and resources, and to listen and brainstorm with you.   Call (503) 786-6082 or email  support@factoregon.org .

Hang in there!
Roberta Dunn, FACT Oregon Executive Director
Check Out Our Special Education and Distance Learning Toolkit!
We’ve created a toolkit to help guide you through what special education and Distance Learning might look like for your child, and the importance of keeping a log or journal (with examples). Also included in this toolkit is a how-to for creating a parent input statement during Distance Learning.
Recordings of our Special Education and the IEP: Distance Learning, Special Education and Distance Learning: What You Need to Know Toolkit, and Parent Participation during Remote IEP Meetings webinars are also available now to watch, no registration required!
**Recordings in Spanish are also available on our website .**
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6 de Mayo a la 1:00 PM: Participación de los Padres en Reuniones de IEP a la Distancia (En Español)

El personal de FACT Oregon explorará reuniones de IEP alternativas y cómo se vería su participación en ellas durante el aprendizaje a distancia.

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MAY 11: Resilience and the Brain's Response to Stress with Shauna Signorini

Distance learning, employment changes, stay at home orders…..Oh MY! Finding time to manage stress for you and your family can feel like another “task” to add to your day. During this webinar we’ll discuss the effects of stress on your brain, share strategies to incorporate quarantine “self care” into your day, and see how to build resilience in times of uncertainty .

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JUNE 8: Resolving Disagreements
Learn strategies for resolving disagreements and dispute resolution options.

UPDATES to the ODDS Expanded Family Support Program
This is a follow up to information we shared about temporary policy changes the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) has made to support children receiving DD services. These changes aim to assist families in accessing resources, services and supports during this time of uncertainty, recognizing the stress of having children out of school and having to stay home. Lilia Teninty, Director of ODDS shared, “every family is different-we encourage families to reach out to their child’s Services Coordinator to explore together flexible and responsive ways to meet the child’s unique support needs during this crisis.”
Read a Parent's Perspective on Distance Learning
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FACT Oregon Family Resource Specialist, Karen Houston, shares what Distance Learning and meaningful participation look like for her son and family.