Program Descriptions

Program Descriptions

Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) Our UCEDD houses the Southern Regional Branch of the CDRC, which is a part of the OHSU-UCEDD located in Portland, Oregon. The CDRC is directed by Marianne Taylor, Nurse manager. CDRC has an interdisciplinary, medical focus; its mission is to provide diagnostic services and referral/treatment recommendations to its client base. CDRC serves the 12-county area located in the southern half of Oregon. CDRC services, including assessment and follow-up are offered through the following regularly scheduled clinics: child development, neurodevelopmental, cardiology, spina bifida, feeding and nutrition.

Direction Service helps families who have children with disabilities by serving as a one-stop source for information and assistance. Direction Service presently has four programs: Family Support & Service Coordination, Information Services, Counseling Center and Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution In Special Education (CADRE) operates as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education and supports all fifty states, the U.S. territories and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in utilizing the full continuum of conflict resolution options to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.

The Disability Studies Initiative (DSI) Led by the UCEDD, the Disability Studies Initiative is a cross-disciplinary effort to establish a degree program in Disability Studies at the University of Oregon. Disability Studies aims to broaden students’ perspective of the continuum of human potential by critically examining the assumptions underlying traditional social constructs of disability.

DSI Calendar of Events

Early Autism Research and Learning in Young children (EARLY) is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. The primary goals of this institute are to provide evidence based training, service, and research for students, families and the larger community.

Early Childhood CARES  (EC CARES) is located within the UCEDD and contracts with the Oregon Department of Education, through Lane Educational Service District, to provide early intervention and early childhood special education services to children, and their families, aged birth to five years who eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The service catchment area for Early Childhood CARES is Lane County, Oregon. Early Childhood CARES is jointly directed by Val Taylor and Judy Newman and is a major resource for Lane County and the state of Oregon in the area of early childhood screening, evaluation and intervention, and specialized instruction for young children and their families with disabilities.

Educational and Community Supports (ECS) ECS is a research unit within the CHD-UCEDD focusing on the development and implementation of scientifically validated practices that result in valued change(s) in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. ECS is a relatively new organization and emerged from the joining of two highly successful and long standing COE programs: the Specialized Training Program, which for 25 years focused on individuals with severe disabilities, and the Behavior Research and Training Program, which focused on behavioral and instructional strategies in schools. The faculty and staff of ECS are now organized around six work groups that manage federal and state projects in the following areas:

  • positive behavior support,
  • function based support,
  • school and community supports,
  • transition,
  • the Schoolwide Information System, and
  • school restructuring.

Early Intervention Program (EIP) is directed by Jane Squires. EIP engages in interdisciplinary training, program development, service delivery, provision of supports, and applied research on behalf of young children having developmental disabilities and related risk conditions (neglect, abuse, developmental delay, language disorders). The program is strongly person- and family-centered and is both nationally and internationally known. The EI Program focuses on children in the 0-5 age range and maintains a dual emphasis on assessment and intervention with young children and their families. The EIP exemplifies best practices in the fields of early childhood education and early intervention.

The SIGnetwork is a one-stop connection to resources for states operating under a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). To assist state education agencies and their partners in reforming early intervention, educational, and transitional services systems to improve results for children with disabilities, the aim of the SPDG’s is to use evidence-based professional development practices that will increase implementation of evidence-based practices and result in improved outcomes for children with disabilities; provide ongoing assistance to personnel receiving SPDG-supported professional development that supports the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity; and use technology to more efficiently and effectively provide ongoing professional development to personnel.

The SIGnetwork hosts a web site and convenes regular meetings and events to provide SPDG Project Directors, Evaluators and staff the opportunity to:

  • Explore statewide initiatives and scaling up activities
  • Learn about emerging project findings and best practices
  • Share strategies that are being used effectively in other states
  • Receive assistance with reporting and performance measurement requirements
  • Access relevant evaluation resources and tools, and
  • Learn new technologies to more efficiently provide professional development and technical assistance.

The Speech – Language – Hearing Center (SLHC) offers a full range of clinical, diagnostic and treatment services for speech, language and hearing disorders. The clinic provides both on- and off-site consulting, evaluations and therapy for individuals with communication disorders. The SLHC is supported through fees generated for its services as well as the UCEDD and is attached to our ASHA-accredited program in Communication Disorders and Sciences.