Dream Big Dreams with FACT Oregon!
Join us for a celebratory evening of mission support, auctions, food and drink, raffles, and more! Your generosity ensures every family experiencing disability can receive empowering, peer-to-peer support to Dream BIG Dreams and pursue whole lives!
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The mission of Family and Community Together (FACT Oregon) is to empower families of youth experiencing disability in their pursuit of whole lives by expanding disability awareness, growing community, and equipping families. FACT Oregon is parent-led and recognizes the complexity of issues that families experiencing disability face. In addition, we acknowledge that additional barriers exist for families at the intersection of disability and inequities due to race/ethnicity, poverty, gender identity, language, culture, and geographic remoteness.
Guided by principles of high expectations, self-determination, equitable access, family empowerment, respecting differences, and the belief that disability is natural, FACT Oregon offers direct peer-delivered support and trainings in English and Spanish and works with partners to provide support in additional languages. Our aim is to provide genuine, empathetic, educational, and culturally competent support, encouraging families to hold high expectations for their kids with disabilities and use proven tools to help vision and plan for a positive future. Through services created by families for families, we help thousands of Oregonians each year navigate barriers, create inclusive cultures in schools and communities, demonstrate that whole lives are possible for individuals experiencing disability, and bring family voice to systems change work.
FACT Oregon has served as Oregon’s Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) since 2012, with contracts from the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Oregon Dept. of Education. We lead Regional Learning Summits and other trainings around the state for families and professionals and provide peer-to-peer support via our Support Line on the topics of special education, navigating service systems, person-centered planning, assistive technology, behavior support, disability awareness, visioning for the future, and transition to adulthood. We host and partner on community-building initiatives such as the All Ability Tri4Youth (a barrier-free triathlon), parent coffees, family-friendly events, disability awareness events, and resource fairs. We also represent the voices of families experiencing disability to legislators and policymakers, and our staff sit on a variety of stakeholder committees, councils, and learning groups.