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Resources for Parents

Record Retention- Parent Request for Special Education Files 

This page has links to web sites for parents to find additional information on Special Education.


Empowering Families Experiencing Disability

Mission:  Empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families.

Vision:  Families have high expectations and a vision for the future where all communities are accessible, welcoming, and embrace that disability is natural.

Values:  What Drives Our Work

-Disability is natural

-The importance of high expectations

-Self-determine must be assured

-Whole lives happen when families experiencing disability engage with their communities

-Family involvement is critical throughout the life of a family member with a disability

-Equitable access for all and respect for cultural differences



Oregon Department of Education

Procedural Safeguards

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Practice
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended in 2004 (IDEA 2004-PL 108-446), is the federal education law that regulates special education. IDEA was reauthorized in December 2004 and most of its provisions went into effect on July 1, 2005. ODE is implementing projects that will help to disseminate research-based practices emphasized in IDEA.  


Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires the consideration of transition needs for students beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the student is 16 and updated annually thereafter. Transition services are an integral part of the student's education plan and are designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.  

Key Secondary Transition Process
This website provides access to Key Secondary Transition Provisions in Oregon State.    

Transfer of Rights- Procedural Safeguards
This website provides procedural safeguard rights associated with IDEA transfer to the student at the age of majority in Oregon State.  

Tax Exemption for Parents of Children with Disabilities
The Oregon Tax Code provides an additional tax exemption for parents of children with disabilities.  For further details of this tax exemption, please see memo or consult with your tax preparer.