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

FEB 18, 2012: Parent to Parent of Oregon Mentor Training

Announcing the Parent to Parent of Oregon Mentor Training. Parent to Parent of Oregon’s mission is to offer high quality statewide parent to parent connections for families who have children with long-term health, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.

Parent to Parent of Oregon
Mentor Training

When: Saturday, February 18, 2012; 9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Where: East Rose Unitarian Church
1133 NE 181st
Portland, OR

Please call 503 706-0744 or
email p2poregon@gmail.com to register.
Pre-registration required

Lunch Provided. There is no cost for this training. Donations accepted.

Thanks, Evelyn Lowry, for the tip.

Fall Parent Social at On The Move November 30th, 2011

Open to all community members! Announcing the Fall Parent Social put on by On-the-Move Community Integration. Meet and socialize with other parents and caregivers who are caring for an adult with developmental disabilities. Wine & appetizers will be served.

Wednesday, November 30th 2011 6:00 -7:30pm On-the-Move Community Integration, located at 4187 SE Division in Portland, Oregon.

Please RSVP to Deborah Waggoner, Community Inclusion Specialist

deborah@onethemoveonline.org

503.287.0346

Q&A – Asperger Syndrome and Parenting

In early 2006, 12-year-old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger Syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah, at StoryCorps. Their one-of-a-kind conversation covered everything from cockroaches to Sarah’s feelings about Joshua as a son.

Tune into the PBS documentary program POV in August and September to see more StoryCorps animated stories.

National Disability News Resource

Disability Scoop is the first and only nationally focused online news organization serving the developmental disability community including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fragile X and intellectual disability, among others.

Five days each week Disability Scoop sifts through the clutter to provide a central, reliable source of news, information and resources. Plus, Disability Scoop is the only place to find original content and series like “Scoop Essentials” that take an in-depth look at what lies beyond the day’s headlines.

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