Dear FACT Families, Friends, and Community Partners,
It’s hard to believe that it’s July! This summer will undoubtedly look different, but we hope that you and your family make time to rest and recharge as needed.  
We’re excited to announce the All Ability Tri4Youth 2020 Virtual Challenge! Our all Ability Tri4Youth has been a 2.53 mile triathlon - the combined distance of the swim, bike, and run. T his year, for our 2020 Virtual Challenge, join us and

2.53 your way!

Though we will miss seeing everyone in person, take part virtually, from wherever you are, from August 8-22, 2020!

Registration is FREE and EVERY participant will receive a medal!
We all know that the beginning of summer is also the countdown for the start of school. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently released its initial guidance for the 2020-21 school year , and now is a good time to make sure that you are
1) Connected and receiving updates from your school/district- follow them on social media, sign up for newsletters and for updates
2) Participate in school board meetings (virtually). Your voice matters, and it’s important that you give input as your school/district creates individual plans based on ODE’s guidance.   
Now is the time to begin preparation for back to school (don't shoot the messenger). Please check out our Special Education and Distance Learning toolkit as well as our Special Education and Distance for Little Ones toolkit and keep an eye out for other training opportunities in the upcoming weeks!
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Support Specialists with any questions you may have, or just to listen and brainstorm with you. Call (503) 786-6082 or email .
All the best,
Roberta Dunn, FACT Oregon Executive Director
Join Us For The All Ability Tri4Youth 2020 Virtual Challenge!
How will YOU 2.53?

JOIN US for the All Ability Tri4Youth 2020 Virtual Challenge!

Together, wherever we are, we can be HEALTHY, stay ACTIVE, keep SAFE, and feel CONNECTED!

WHY 2.53?

In previous years, the All Ability Tri4Youth has been a 2.53 mile triathlon - the combined distance of the swim, bike, and run. This year, for our 2020 Virtual Challenge, join us and 2.53 your way!

The 2020 Virtual Challenge is FREE and will take place between August 8 and August 22, 2020. Simply register, do your healthy activity, and send us pictures and/or video if you want to be included in a compilation video that will be shared via social media. All Challenge Participants will receive a medal and commemorative t-shirts will be available for $15! Medals and t-shirts (if purchased) will be mailed at no cost to participants, thanks to our generous sponsors.

Join our generous sponsors to ensure FACT Oregon continues to be able to support families with the information, resources, and support they need to effectively advocate for children experiencing disability by setting up a fundraiser!
Put The FUN In Fundraising!
Families experiencing disability NEED SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY more than ever to navigate and access special education and disability services and plan for their children’s future success.

You know what it feels like to connect, be heard, and get the support you need. Many families across the state still struggle to do so. Help FACT Oregon connect with those families!

Set up your fundraising page , and ask your family, friends, and colleagues for their support! Whether you can give or raise $2.53, $25.30, $253, or $2,530, your support will help FACT Oregon equip, engage and empower families experiencing disability in their pursuit of whole lives.

  • From the home race page, look for the profile icon by the Sign Up and Donate Buttons -- Click on it and Click on 'Profile'
  • Scroll down to 'Fundraising'.
  • Personalize your page and share with your family and friends via social media!
And when your fundraiser reaches $253 in donations  by August 31, 2020 , you will receive a FACT Oregon branded thank-you gift!
Start Planning For The Fall With Our Distance Learning Toolkit
From FACT Oregon Program Coordinator, Cori Mielke:

As this school year comes to an end, you may find yourself wondering where do we go from here? This year was anything but standard and the 2020-21 school year is still an unknown.

As we start to turn our attention to the summer and the 2020-21 school year, it’s time to start thinking about the lessons learned from this year. Many families have reached out to us, asking how to log or track their child’s learning.

Logging what and how your child was learning during Distance Learning will be an important piece of the conversations that IEP teams will be having in the future– and remember, that team includes you ! Your ‘logs’ and parent input will provide your child’s team valuable information about your child as it builds the foundation for their IEP and determines appropriate goals for the upcoming year. Logging your child’s learning shouldn’t feel overwhelming or like it’s one more thing to do so we have created our Special Education and Distance Learning toolkit with helpful tips, things you might be thinking about, and examples to guide you as you prepare for the next step of your child’s education. Above all, please remember you are not alone. FACT Oregon parent-led staff are walking alongside this journey with you.
Remember, recordings of our Special Education and the IEP: Distance Learning, Special Education and Distance Learning: What You Need to Know Toolkit, Parent Participation during Remote IEP Meetings, Managing Stress and Building Resilience During Crisis, Distance Learning for Little Ones, Distance Learning and Present Levels: What are they, why does it matter, and preparing for the Fall
and COVID-19, Unemployment, and ABLE Accounts webinars are also available now to watch, no registration required!
**Recordings in Spanish are also available on our website .**