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Resources for Youth with Disabilities

In addition to VR youth services, there are many other resources for youth with disabilities. Visit the links below to learn about some of these options. 

Intellectual and developmental disabilities services

The ODHS Office of Developmental Disabilities Services supports choices for people with disabilities and their families within communities. Services are directed, flexible and in the community. They are supportive of everyone’s gifts, talents and abilities. They work toward options that allow people with developmental disabilities to have lives that are enjoyable and meaningful.

Learn about I/DD services

Inclusive Career Advancement Program (ICAP)

ICAP is a pilot program that helps people with disabilities get the training they need to find a pathway to a career — not just a job. A team of disability and employment experts help eligible clients of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) complete a certificate or degree in one of Oregon’s participating community colleges and find employment. Through individualized support, ICAP opens the door to a living wage and a lifetime of career advancement potential.

Learn about ICAP

Free Social Security benefits counseling

The Work Incentive Network (WIN) helps people with disabilities make informed choices about work, benefits and the use of work incentives to achieve their employment goals. Social Security Benefits, for example, are for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). 

This free service will help you find out:

  • What work incentives are available to you
  • How to report your income
  • How to minimize overpayments
  • How to access and maintain your health insurance
  • What happens when you increase your income

One special incentive for students is the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE). 

  • In 2022, if you are under age 22, regularly attend school and receive SSI, the Social Security Administration will not count up to $2,040 of earned income per month (maximum of $8,230 annually) when they determine your SSI cash payment amount.

Call or email the WIN Help Desk to get answers to your questions.

Call 800-661-2571 Email

Families and Communities Together (FACT)

FACT Oregon is the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) designated Parent Training and Information center (PTI) for Oregon. FACT is dedicated to empowering Oregon families experiencing disability offering family support that is “by families, for families.” It does so with focused work in three interconnected areas: expanding awareness, growing community and equipping families. The outcome is families with high expectations for their child and a vision for the future where all communities are accessible, welcoming and embrace that disability is natural. 

Families and community partners can call 503-786-6082, email or visit the FACT website to find resources, training opportunities and get answers to your questions.

FACT website

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a voluntary federal program administered by states to help people with disabilities find employment. In Oregon, it is part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS). The mission of Vocational Rehabilitation is to assist Oregonians with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and independence. 

In Oregon, VR helps individuals with disabilities find and keep jobs that match their skills, interests and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with the community and businesses to provide services that are individualized to help each eligible person receive services that are essential to their employment success. VR staff provides information to help individuals make decisions about:

  • Career choices
  • Reducing or eliminating barriers to employment
  • Reaching employment goals
  • Connecting with long term support services

Vocational Rehabilitation information