Cascade Regional Program provides support for children with vision impairment, hearing impairment, severe orthopedic impairment, and autism spectrum disorder. The program's staff consists of licensed teachers in special education and licensed occupational and physical therapists. The program's mission is to collaborate with school districts and EI/ECSE programs so that children may benefit from the intervention and educational opportunities provided. Services include consultation, assessment, instruction, and adaptive or specialized materials and equipment.
Regional staff provide training and follow-up support to educators and families about specific disabilities. Consultation topics include:
Student assessment is available in the following areas:
Regional program therapists and teachers augment student instruction when specialized training is unavailable among local district staff. For example, instruction includes:
Districts and schools can access adaptive or specialized materials and equipment on a loan-basis. Regional staff assist in purchasing equipment and materials that children need to access their education, including:
The Regional Program is funded by the state of Oregon through legislative action to assist school districts and early intervention county units to meet the needs of children with the following disabilities:
There are eight regions in the state. Cascade Region serves children in Benton, Coos, Curry, Lincoln, and Linn counties. The South Coast Education Service District houses the Cascade Program for Coos and Curry counties. The Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District houses the Cascade Program for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.
Each site employs autism consultants, teachers of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, teachers of the visually impaired, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and augmentative-communication specialists.
Regional services, in cooperation with the local educational agency, provide specialized support for the children to benefit from early intervention and educational opportunities provided in their communities.
The early intervention unit or the school district refers children and students when they suspect the disability and have medical information indicating impairment. A team, using guidelines set by Oregon Administrative Rules, makes eligibility determination.
Services are provided by individual programs within the Cascade Regional Program according to the category of disability generally defined as "low incidence populations." These individual programs include:
Cascade Regional Services are accessed through the local early intervention unit or educational agency where the child attends school. Please click here for more information.