Purpose of Regional Inclusive Services
Oregon's 11,000+ students who experience visual impairment, orthopedic impairment, deafness or hard of hearing, deaf-blindness, traumatic brain injury and/or autism spectrum disorder need an appropriate and accessible education in their home school district. Regional Inclusive Services provides training, technical tools, and additional support to educators so that all school districts, no matter their size or location, can deliver an inclusive education.
Regional Inclusive Services recently changed its name from Regional Programs to more specifically and accurately describe its function. Inclusive practices ensure that students with disabilities have opportunities to learn alongside their nondisabled peers in their neighborhood schools and communities. The statewide program consists of the Oregon Department of Education and several education service districts, school districts and other community agencies who work in partnership to ensure educators and schools across Oregon are equipped with the tools, skills and resources to deliver an accessible education for all children.
The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Inclusive Services. Regional Inclusive Services work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with a traumatic brain injury.
The Oregon Department of Education provides a grant to University of Oregon to support the Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury. Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury are available to assist the Regional Inclusive Services in meeting the needs of students with Traumatic Brain Injury who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004).
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury is an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external force resulting in a total or partial functional disability, psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, including a) cognition; b) language; c) memory; d) attention; e) information processing; f) communication and g) speech. The term does not include brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma.
Traumatic Brain Injury Regional Inclusive Services Team
For more information, contact
Linda Brown 503-947-5825.