Independence Northwest Offering Brokerage 101 Forums in Nov/Dec 2014

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In November and December 2014, Independence Northwest will be offering a series of forums:  Brokerage 101: A Primer on Support Services. The forums are designed for people new to brokerage services – whether just recently referred (in the last year) or considering their options for in-home and community-based supports. You’ll learn where brokerages come from, what we do, and what to expect from our services. These presentations are perfect for students in transition and their families! Topics include: eligibility, funding, the K Plan, the Adult Needs Assessment, case management services, support service options, provider options, person-centered planning, supported employment, and more!

Join us to have your questions answered!

WHEN
Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 16th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

WHERE
Independence Northwest
919 NE 19th Avenue Suite 275 in Portland

RSVP by calling 503.546.2950 or emailing bcooper@independencenw.org. (Space is limited to 30 per session.)

Tomorrow 11/26/2013: Join Us at the Portland Public Schools Community Transition Resource Fair from 12 – 7

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Join Us at the Portland Public School Transition Resource Fair tomorrow from 12 noon to 7PM. The fair will be held on the Green Thumb campus: 6801 SE 60th Avenue in Portland. INW will be there along with the other metro area brokerages. We’ll also be putting on a couple of presentations related to brokerage services. See you there!

SPEAKERS

  • 1:00- Transition Requirements:  Setting the Stage for successful Movement from High School to Adulthood
  • 1:30- PCC Disabilities
  • 2:00-Portland Public Schools
  • Community Transition Program                    
  • 2:30- Brokerage Service Basics
  • 3:15- Changes to Brokerage Services
  • 4:00- Transition Students and Alumni
  • 4:45- Plan for Work: Work Incentives Planning and Assistance- Plan for Work
  • 5:30- Phame/Club Impact

Meet up with many organizations supporting adults with I/DD in our community, including:

  • PPS Transition Program
  • Student-Run Businesses
  • PCC- Culinary Program
  • PCC- Skills Center
  • PCC-Disability Services
  • Incight
  • Trips Inc.
  • Special Olympics
  • Off the Couch
  • Club Impact
  • Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
  • PHAME
  • ARC
  • Oregon RISE
  • 211 Info.
  • IEP Partners
  • Safety Zone
  • SPEAC
  • Oregon First
  • Disability Rights of Oregon
  • Autism Society of Oregon
  • FACT Oregon
  • NAMI
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Portland Habilitation Center- PHC
  • CTP Vocational Training
  • DePaul- Project Search
  • Pathways to Independence
  • Independence Northwest
  • Inclusion
  • Mentor Oregon Brokerage
  • UCP Connections
  • Multnomah County Aging and Disabilities
  • Multnomah County DD
  • WIPA Program
  • RideWise
  • Albertina Kerr
  • On the Move

May 30th, 2013: Great Expectations – Preparing for Life After School Workshop

greatexpectationsflyerFACT (Family and Community Together)Oregon Consortium of Family Networks and the DD Coalition present “Great Expectations: Preparing for Life After School,” a workshop for students and families. It’s scheduled for May 30th, 2013 from 9am to 3pm. The event will be held at the Ambridge Event Center at 1333 NE MLK Jr Boulevard in Portland. Cost is $5 and lunch is included.

The training is for parents, students and professionals.

Apr 17th, 2013: Join PPS Community Transition Program and Portland Brokerages for Evening Info Sessions Throughout 2013

PPSTeasFlyerDo you have questions about school transition services after high school?

Want to learn more about the Portland Public Schools Community Transition Program?

Do you have questions about services for adults with developmental disabilities?

Want to learn more about brokerage services?

Join PPS and the five Portland metro brokerages in 2013 for an evening informational tea! We’ll do a short presentation on the transition program as well as brokerage services. The evening teas will include light refreshments and tea – and an opportunity for you to meet with PPS and brokerage staff. Get your questions answered and learn more about programs available to young adults in transition.

The fourth tea is April 17th. The event will be held at UCP Connections.Please RSVP by calling 503.916.5817. See you there!

Future events:
May 23rd, 2013 – Hosted at Community Pathways

All teas start at 6pm and end at 7:30pm

See flyer for details. Click here: PPSBrokerageInformationalTeas2013

FACT Seeking Parents for Parent Mentor Program

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An important message from FACT’s (Families and Community Together) Executive Director, Roberta Dunn:

On behalf of Family and Community Together, I would like to invite you to become a part of FACT’s Parent to Parent [P2P] Mentor Program!

As you know, sometimes raising a child experiencing disability can be overwhelming, and may leave you feeling like the only person in the world facing these challenges. FACT P2P parent mentors share their experiences as parents and what they have learned – that having a child experiencing disability is just a part of a whole life… A life that will be beautiful, messy, smooth, and bumpy, just like most lives are. Mentors also listen with an empathetic ear because they have “been there.”

FACT’s parent mentors are a special group of volunteers who are trained to help support caretakers, whether they are parents, grandparents, siblings, or anyone else who has a family member experiencing disability. Parent mentors can be extremely helpful when someone is navigating through special education; with this in mind, FACT is particularly interested in identifying parent mentors available to support a family in preparing for and participating in their child’s IEP.

FACT believes that families are our greatest resource! Indeed, it is your personal experience and understanding of the particular challenges, joys, and milestones that come with raising a child experiencing disability that makes you such a powerful ally to a parent, whether s/he is just starting out in this journey or is further along. Because we know parenting does not stop at age 21, FACT continues to provide parent mentors who can assist others across a person’s lifespan.

As a parent mentor, you will join hundreds of other parents who are providing support, information, and resources to others across the country. FACT P2P is the Oregon chapter of the national Parent to Parent USA organization which has roots dating back to 1971. Parent to Parent USA now has chapters helping families in 27 states.

If interested, please see the P2P Mentor Application for the Parent Mentor application (available in English and Spanish). Parents with prior experience supporting families in the IEP process as an IEP partner are highly encouraged to apply!

Mar 20th, 2013: Join PPS Community Transition Program and Portland Brokerages for Evening Info Sessions Throughout 2013

PPSTeasFlyerDo you have questions about school transition services after high school?

Want to learn more about the Portland Public Schools Community Transition Program?

Do you have questions about services for adults with developmental disabilities?

Want to learn more about brokerage services?

Join PPS and the five Portland metro brokerages in 2013 for an evening informational tea! We’ll do a short presentation on the transition program as well as brokerage services. The evening teas will include light refreshments and tea – and an opportunity for you to meet with PPS and brokerage staff. Get your questions answered and learn more about programs available to young adults in transition.

The third tea is March 20th. The event will be held at Inclusion Inc. Please RSVP by calling 503.916.5817. See you there!

Future events:
Apr 17th, 2013 – Hosted at UCP Connections
May 23rd, 2013 – Hosted at Community Pathways

All teas start at 6pm and end at 7:30pm
See flyer for details. Click here: PPSBrokerageInformationalTeas2013

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