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Governor Executive Order No. 15-01

Signed in Feb 2015, Governor’s Executive Order No. 15-01 was developed to further improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, consistent with their abilities and choices, will benefit from individuals with disabilities, their families, our communities, the economy, and the state.

Employment First

In 2008, Oregon adopted the Employment First policy to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. Under the Employment First approach, community-based, integrated employment is the first option for employment services for youth and adults with significant disabilities.

Employment Related Transition Services (Temporary Rules adopted 8/21/14)

In support of Executive Order 15-01, the State Board of Education adopted temporary rules associated with Employment Related Transition Services. Please make note of the changes below. In addition, the new Transition Network Facilitators will be contacting each district, during the month of September, to review the new OARs, and provide support to you and your programs.

Employment Related Transition Services



(33) "Sheltered Workshop" is a facility based service that congregates more than eight adults with disabilities, including intellectual or developmental disabilities. Sheltered workshops are operated by service provider entities. In general, a sheltered workshop employs only individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability or other disabilities except for service or support staff. However, assessments, instruction, and activities that typically occur in public schools and that are provided either directly or by contract by public school districts, by public charter school, by an Educational Service District, or the Oregon Department of Education, in a school setting, are not considered sheltered workshops.


Alternative Placements and Supplementary Aids and Services

(3) Not include sheltered workshops as defined in OAR 581-015-2000(33) and OAR 407-025-0010(16)

For full Temporary Rule associated with Employment Related Transition Services.

Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities - The IDEA 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.