October Newsletter

In This Edition:

  • Upcoming Trainings
  • All Ability Tri4Youth
  • Meet The Staff
  • Join Our Team
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Discover and Discuss
  • Share Input and WIN!
  • Donate

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It’s officially Fall! I hope you and your family are falling into a routine after the barrage of new school year schedules, meetings, celebrations, and challenges. How are YOU doing? What support do YOU need to navigate disability, school, and community? A reminder that you can talk to one of our parent specialists on our Support Line today! 

With the changing season, we offer a new opportunity to JOIN OUR TEAM as a Family Network Program Specialist.

It's also National Hispanic Heritage Month, and we want to highlight the work many of you do to connect and support Hispanic and Latino/a/x families and to improve access and equity. To everyone who raises disability visibility, joins councils, committees, and other decision-making circles, or shares their stories so we can all do better, we honor you. 

And now for what’s coming up... Read on for more about these great training opportunities:

  • All About Behavior Summit
  • Understanding the Essentials (presented in Spanish)
  • IEPs vs. 504s: key differences  
  • Activate Your Advocacy Parent Leadership

Lastly, we need YOUR input to make sure trainings are accessible to you and your communities. Please complete our survey for a chance to win one of five gift cards. 

In service to you,

Christy Reese, Executive Director

Upcoming Trainings

All About Behavior Summit: Addressing Behavior in the Classroom and Throughout Life

Wednesdays, October 26 and November 2, 9, and 16, 6:00-7:30 PM

October 26: Understand the Why's and How's of Behavior 

November 2: Learn About Behavior and Special Education Services with ODE

November 9: Tips and Resources to Help Navigate Behavior Concerns by Age.

November 16: Listen and Learn: A behavior-focused expert panel discussion.

All About Behavior Summit

Understanding the Essentials

(in Spanish)

Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 6:00-7:30 PM

This series of 3 trainings supports Spanish-speaking families and partners to understand and engage in special education services.

November 1: The Importance of Having High Expectations and an Introduction to FACT Oregon

November 8: Special Education and the IEP: What You Need to Know 

November 15: Dispute Resolution Options in Special Education

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This or That? Examining the Differences Between IEPs and 504 Plans

Wednesday, November 30, 6:00-7:30 PM

Join us for an overview of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans. During this training, you will learn: 

  • The purpose of each program and plan 
  • How the programs are the same and how they are different 
  • How to prepare for meaningful parent/caregiver participation 
IEP vs 504 training

APPLY NOW: Activate Your Advocacy Parent Leadership

Apply by January 6 for Winter 2023 Session (February 6-March 15)

Activate Your Advocacy supports families to have a stronger voice in not only their child’s education and future planning, but also in systems change work that will help disrupt ableism and center equity for all children experiencing disability.  

Candidates must commit to all 12 sessions.  

apply to activate your advocay

It's a Wrap: All Ability Tri4Youth

We had so much fun at the Southern Oregon All Ability Tri4Youth Bike-Run! Over 90 athletes with and without disabilities participated, as well as 50 volunteers. Thanks to partners Bridging Communities and Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission and sponsors The Standard, OnPoint Community Credit Union, CareOregon, Jackson Care Connect, Becker Capital Management, City of Ashland, Walmart Foundation, Columbia Bank, Palladio Consulting LLC, Rogue Valley YMCA, OHSU UCEDD, MGP 4 Peace, REI Co-Op, Autism Society of Oregon, Rogue Community Health, and The Arc of Jackson County.

A reminder for Virtual Challenge athletes to return their activity logs! We're extending our deadline to 10.10.22!

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Meet the Staff: Maria Rangel

Our staff and their collective knowledge are FACT Oregon’s greatest asset. This month, Maria Rangel (she/her/ella), who joined FACT Oregon as a Bilingual Program Specialist in August, shares:

  • how she learned to advocate for her daughter Ruby;
  • her passion for supporting Spanish-speaking families.

“I still remember the strength it took for me to first voice my concerns during an IEP meeting, to do so in contrast to everything I had been taught.”

Read Maria's Story

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Join Our Team: We're Hiring

WE'RE HIRING: Family Network Program Specialist 

The Family Network Program Specialist is a new position that provides administrative and programmatic support to help meet Family Network goals in Multnomah and Washington counties. Help us empower, engage, and equip families experiencing disability to navigate disability and pursue whole lives in community!


NOTE: This role is to support families in Multnomah and Washington Counties. Applicants must live in one of these counties due to funding requirements.  

Join our team
Apply Now

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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We recognize and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino/a/x Americans and celebrate the history, culture and influence of Hispanic and Latino/a/x communities here in Oregon and across the United States. 

Get to know Maria Rangel and Britania Vazquez-Elorza, program specialists at FACT Oregon! Maria is featured above. Britania's blog post is linked here.

RespectAbility: Reflecting for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

Joy St. Juste shares what it means to “hold the layered identities of being Mexican-American and disabled.” 

RespectAbility: Fighting for the Rights of Disabled Latinas While Also Remembering How Far We’ve Come

Krista Ramirez-Villatoro writes: “I often think of how having access to mobility aids such as hand controls and curb cuts came at the price of my culture. 

Discover and Discuss! All About Behavior

Articles, videos, and podcasts to inform and spark conversation and creativity!
Neurodiversity Podcast with Emily Kircher-Morris

Neurodiversity Podcast, Episode 116: Understanding Behaviors and Emotional Regulation with Mona Delahooke

What is top down behavior, and how does it differ from bottom up behavior? Why is emotional regulation more difficult for neurodivergent people? How impactful or traumatic can a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis be? Dr. Mona Delahooke, author of the new book Brain-Body Parenting discusses these questions and more.

Uniquely Human podcast

Uniquely Human: Supporting Happy and Positive Sexual Lives (MATURE CONTENT)

Michael John Carley discusses the great possibilities that sexual behavior offers for persons on the autism spectrum, based on his new book, “The Book of Happy, Positive and Confident Sex for Adults on the Autism Spectrum…and Beyond!”

Share Your Input and WIN!

Since March 2020, FACT Oregon has provided trainings virtually. As we plan our programming calendar for 2023 and beyond, we are reflecting on what we’ve learned and how we hope to serve families and partners moving forward. We'd like to hear from you about what works best for your family, or in your position. 


Please share your thoughts and enter to win our gift card drawing! ONE (1) person will win a $500 gift card. FOUR (4) people will win $100 gift cards.

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Give So We Can Do More!
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Families experiencing disability across Oregon need help.

Donate today so FACT Oregon can support and EMPOWER families to help their children thrive.

Together, we can do more.

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