Hello FACT Families,

It feels like February flew by, but there are lots of exciting new changes ahead! With that being said I'm thrilled to announce "Ready, Set, LEARN! Webinars for busy families!" We understand that life can get busy, and it's not always easy to attend in-person trainings, so on the second Monday of each month you'll have an opportunity to join us for a FREE online training that you can join from ANYWHERE, no travel required! You can register now for this month's topic, which is "Transitioning to Kindergarten!" It will be offered at 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM for your convenience, so you can tune in at the office during lunchtime or from home during your pajamas- we won't judge!

Please also join us at one of our last two Regional Learning Summits for the year, we would love to have you: Baker is happening this month with Hermiston in May.

In this month's newsletter, we're also sharing resources around the 2020 Census, which is right around the corner. Later this month, you'll be receiving an invitation in the mail to fill out the Census; Your participation directly impacts your local community, and the larger disability community across Oregon, so please plan to respond by April 1, 2020.

Happy (almost) Spring!
Roberta Dunn, FACT Oregon Executive Director
Ready, Set, LEARN! Webinars For Busy Families!
We're excited to announce that on the second Monday of each month for 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, whether you're at the office during lunchtime, or at home in your pajamas!

Featuring our most requested topics!
Tune in at 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM!

MARCH: Transitioning to Kindergarten!
Kindergarten is coming! Learn more about the importance of having a vision for the future.

APRIL: Special Education and the IEP
Learn more about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and your critically important role in the process.

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

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

Regional Learning Summits: Give Us a Day...We'll Give You All We've Got!
Baker : March 14, 2020
Hermiston : May 2, 2020
Thank you to our statewide series sponsors The Autzen Foundation, Oregon Able Savings Plan, The Ford Family Foundation. Additional regional or event-specific partners include the OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Wildhorse Foundation, Autism Society of Oregon, Multnomah County, and Providence Swindells Resource Center.
The 2020 Census is Coming! Are You Ready?
A "Census Made Simple" video from the U.S. Census Bureau
The 2020 Census is just around the corner. By Mid-March you should receive an invitation in the mail to fill out the census . Your information is confidential; plan to respond online, by mail, or by phone by April 1, 2020. Your participation directly impacts your local community, and the larger disability community across Oregon.

As you prepare to respond to the 2020 Census here are some great resources to check out:

Written by our Executive Director Roberta Dunn for Oregon Counts 2020!

"Census 101: What You Need To Know" from the U.S. Census Bureau

A quick refresher of what the 2020 Census is and why it's essential that everyone is counted.

"Why the Census Matters for People with Disabilities" from the National Disability Rights Network

A more in-depth guide to the 2020 Census and why it's vital for those experiencing disability.
$2,500 Dream of Mexico Vacation Raffle Package!
****($50 a ticket or $200 for 5)****
Photos of resorts in Mexico with palm trees and sunsets and the clear blue ocean
Valued at $2,500,  this package is a dreamy 8 day/7 night Mexican adventure for you and a guest, plus up to 2 children aged 11 or under!

Choose from one of six luxury resorts in Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Nueva Vallarta, or Cancun/Riviera Maya!  Immerse yourself in the natural wonders, scenic ancient ruins, soaring cliffs, charming people, inspired art, superb food, tangy tequila, and parties along the playa in Mexico!

Proceeds support FACT Oregon.  Raffle participants must be
Oregon residents 18+.   A maximum of 160 raffle tickets will be sold.
Drawing will be held at Dream Big Dreams on March 5, 2020.

No need to be present to win!