Dear FACT Families, Friends, and Community Partners,

Pause. Take a deep breath. Check in with yourself. In these uncertain times, it can be easy to forget to take time out of the day to give yourself grace and, whatever that looks like for you and your loved ones right now.

With that in mind, we want you to know that as we all navigate these uncharted waters, FACT Oregon is committed to being available as an ongoing resource for families of children experiencing disabilities.

Keeping in mind the impact this has on our children who receive special education services, we partnered with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to create a letter, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, and resource guide, all of which are available on our newly created COVID-19 resource page . We will continue to update that page throughout the crisis. As you read this, more changes are taking place with ODE's issuance of their Distance Learning for All Guidance to districts. Be on the lookout for additional information on this in the next day or two.

As a reminder, while we have suspended all in-person events and trainings, we are excited to continue to offer our monthly webinars as well as a brand new, weekly video series on our Facebook page titled "We're All in This Together!" FACT Oregon staff share ideas, tips, and resources, as well as host conversations and interviews to help us all stay connected during this challenging time. We've also included information in this month's newsletter about a webinar series from our partners at OHSU surrounding accessing safe, healthy, and tasty food.

Please also know 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 .

We're all in this together!
Roberta Dunn, FACT Oregon Executive Director
P.S: Please don't forget about the 2020 Census! It only takes a few minutes, and your participation directly impacts your local community, and the larger disability community across Oregon! Be like the Count, and make your family count!
COVID-19 Resources
These are uncertain and challenging times, but please know that we are here to help.

While not exhaustive, we've compiled a list of resources on our website surrounding COVID-19: Some, we have partnered on, and others have been recommended and used by FACT Oregon staff and families.

We will continue to update this page as we are able.
Tune In To: Ready, Set, LEARN! Webinars For Busy Families!
On the second Monday of each month, we're hosting a FREE training you can join from ANYWHERE, no travel required!

You can use your phone, computer, or tablet and join us from wherever you are!

Tune in at the time that's most convenient for you!

Featuring our most requested topics!
Tune in at 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM!
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APRIL: Special Education and the IEP
Learn more about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and your critically important role in the process.

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MAY: Behavior and the IEP
What is behavior? Learn more about what it looks like in the IEP.

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

Watch Our Weekly Facebook Video Series: "We're All In This Together"
PLEASE NOTE: Videos scheduled for April 1 and April 3 have been postponed.
In real time, we're receiving important, new information regarding access to education, and are working to share in a meaningful way.
Join us for our weekly video series "We're All In This Together," posted on Wednesday and Fridays on our Facebook page!

We'll be sharing ideas, tips and resources to keep families with disabilities safe, supported to access education and community, and to stay connected with each other during these challenging times.

  • Wednesdays at 2:00 PM
  • Fridays at 10:00 AM
Oregon’s Food Resources : A COVID-19 Webinar Series from OHSU 
Here's another great webinar series to tune in to, from our partners at OHSU and the Oregon Office of Disability and Health (OODH):
Discover how to find the food you need in this time of uncertainty, hosted by the OHSU UCEDD/OODH and our community partners at 2-1-1, OSU Extension Services and the Oregon Food Bank. This ongoing webinar series will answer your questions about accessing safe, healthy, and tasty food during this volatile time. 
Join us for the first webinar from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM on Monday April 8th. 
Zoom Meeting:  
Meeting ID: 869 177 337  
Webinar 1 will feature Diana Rojas, 2-1-1 Food Access and SNAP coordinator, presenting an overview of public and private food resources available to Oregonians.  
Future episodes will cover individual resources in depth, including topics like “What is SNAP and how do I sign up for it?” and “What does the Food Bank do?” 
Future webinars will be held at 12:00 PM every Monday and Wednesday through April 15. 
The webinar series will offer real-time captioning and recorded versions will be available.