Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday January 15th.
Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp registration opens on January 22nd. This camp is open to individuals 12 years old and up. There’s one week designated for kids under 18. This is a KPlan approved camp using relief care days from the ISP. If there is an application fee, that can’t be paid with KPlan funds.
All the details are here: https://mhkc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/2024-Camper-and-Parent-Guide-1.pdf
- Boundaries with Connection on January 16th Register in advance for this virtual training with OrPARC
- Getting Started with IFSPs virtual training on January 9th. Free. Registration required to get link.
- Sleep Challenges virtual Swindells training on January 17th
- Safety Net: Smart Cyber Choices Free virtual training through Swindells on January 18th
- PANDAS/PANS Workshop: A free virtual event through Swindells on January 24th. Part 1 of 2.
- Transition to Adulthood Virtual Summit on February 3rd 8:45am -1:30pm. Registration required for this free event.
Join us for a day of discovery to support youth with disabilities as they transition to adulthood! Designed for families, youth (14-21), and professionals, this Virtual Summit will dive into the following topics: Diploma Options, Financial Empowerment and Literacy, Pre-employment Transition Services, Self-determination, Sexuality, Relationships, and Person-Centered Supports, SSA Benefits and Employment, Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship, Supported Employment, Supported Living and Housing, and Transition Services (18-21).
Do you live in Canby, Oregon City, Estacada, West Linn, or Wilsonville? If you have or know a child under 5 in one of these areas, they can sign up to receive a book each month through the Imagination Library program.
Things To Do:
The Amazing Bubble Man in Sherwood on January 6th. Tickets are $5.
Sibshops-A group for siblings ages 8-12. They meet monthly on Saturdays and the next event is January 20th.
Library of Things –There are so many things available to borrow! Telescopes, bike racks, educational and board games, laminators, sports equipment… All you need is a library card.
Cultural Passes –Visit the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Evergreen Aviation Museum, the Japanese Gardens or other destinations. All you need is a library card.
As a Clackamas County resident, you can also get a Multnomah County library card. This allows you to access Discovery Passes to visit local attractions. 10 things you can get a the library for free and audio and ebooks through the Libby app.
Kids on-line resources. A library card is required for some of these.
Wilsonville Public Library events;
Winter Reading Bingo starting January 2nd through February. Get your bingo card at the library or here.
Scavenger Hunt at the library
Pop Up Portland Winter Ice Rink
Zoo Lights through January 7th
$5 day at OMSI January 7th
Joy Jam A Self-Care Celebration! January 20-21
Unleash the power of mental wellness at Joy Jam! Life isn’t always easy, but dealing with tricky emotions doesn’t have to be so hard. This first-time event will be held at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City and will help girls learn healthy ways to get through stressful situations by practicing self-care. Enjoy self-care workshops involving art, nature, music, and movement. Choose the Joy Jam session corresponding to your age group, and sign up on our events page! You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend—Joy Jam is open to everyone.
Chinese New Year Cultural Fair on February 3rd at the Oregon Convention Center
Music Arthur “Air Fresh” Moore’s Harmonica Party and Oak Lodge Public Library on January 9th
Music: Josh English – Gladstone Public Library on January 23rd
Yamamoto Yarn Art at Oregon City Public Library January 3rd and 17th. Registration required.
Lego Lab some Saturdays each month at the Oregon City Library. Register for a session.
Lego Club at Gresham Library Wednesday January 3rd ages 5-11
Tales to Tails! Read to a dog at West Linn Public Library on Wednesdays and Thursday. Registration required.
Free National Parks Access Pass
Autism Society of Oregon events
- Running Wild Running Club in SW Portland free and open to youth ages 5-14. 5:30-6:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays
- Autism Resources in Oregon occurs every other month, next event is January 3rd 7:30-9pm
- Friendship Group for kids 7-13, meets virtually weekly on Monday evenings with occasional in person meet ups
- Club EMU Game Club 2nd Friday of each month in West Linn
- Food resources in your area: https://foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org/
- Special Education help: Fact Oregon
- Order free Covid tests
- Are you having trouble paying your PGE bill? You may qualify for Utility Assistance.
- $9.95 home internet with xfinity. See if your household qualifies.
- Abby’s Closet Prom Dress Giveaway opens Feb. https://www.abbyscloset.org/giveaway
Save the dates:
Northern Oregon Regional Learning Summit Full day event on April 27th in Hood River. Free. Registration opens soon.
Portland Winter Light Festival February 2-10
Repair Fair: The next event is on February 24th in West Linn. See the full schedule here.
Diane Karst (she/her)
Lead Case Manager
Developmental Disability Program
Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services
Physical address: 2051 Kaen Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045
Mailing address: PO Box 2950 Oregon City, OR 97045
We are open 7am-6pm, Monday-Thursday.
The DD Program is closed on Fridays.
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We are building a safe Clackamas County where all people thrive, are celebrated for their diverse identities, and know they belong.
Provides assistance during the winter months, or as funding allows, with heating costs including oil, natural gas, electricity, wood, propane, and pellets; and assistance throughout the year with heating costs for PGE and NW Natural customers on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-6pm; appointments are offered 7:30am-4:30pm
- Intake: Call 503-650-5640 for an appointment. Leave a message with contact information and details if there is an emergency energy situation. Callers may select the option to have an application mailed to them. Calls are returned in the order received based on the urgency of the request. It may take a few days to several weeks to receive a call back. Some outreach services are available for homebound older adults and people with disabilities.
Provides limited funds to assist with utility payments (PGE only). Provided on a first-come, first-served basis to residents in the Oregon Trail School District. Assistance begins in mid-October each year and ends when capacity is reached for the winter heating season.
- Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm
- Intake: Call 503-668-4746 and leave a message with your full name and phone number. If funding is available, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
Provides limited funds to assist with utility payments (electric, gas and water). Must provide proof of residence (photo ID, piece of mail, rent receipt, rental agreement, utility bill, etc.); Wilsonville residents only. Utility bill must be from within the last 30 days.
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm, Friday by appointment
- Intake: Walk-ins accepted at 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Assistance with PGE, Pacific Power, and NW Natural Gas
- Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
- Intake: Call 503-235-8431
Note: Accepting calls for applicants whose utility service is disconnected and have already contacted utility company for payment plan. Stay on the line until your call is answered; it is not possible to leave a message. Appointment times are limited; not all callers will get through to someone and may need to call back to get an appointment.
PGE has different options available for those who are past due. Please contact PGE to discuss payment arrangements and options that may be available to you.
- Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm
- Intake: Call 503-228-6322
- Income-Qualified Bill Discount Program: www.portlandgeneral.com/income-qualified-bill-discount
NW Natural offers a variety of financial assistance options for customers past due on their accounts. Customers in need may be able to receive assistance and choose several grant options available to help with a past-due balance. Flexible payment plans are also available.
- Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm
- Intake: Call 800-422-4012 for information
- NW Natural Bill Discount Program: www.nwnatural.com/account/bill-discount-program
Friday, January 19, 2024 at 5pm-6:30pm. Rail History of Oregon: It Changed Everything. Location: Oregon City Public Library 606 John Adams St, Oregon City, OR 97045. A presentation and discussion on trains, streetcars and trolleys, the impact they had on Oregon history and the people involved in building them.
January 10-14, 2024 Portland Expo Center 2060 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97217. The 64th annual Portland Boat Show sails into town. Full range of boats, fishing boats, family boats, runabouts, cruisers, personal watercraft, wakeboard and wake surfing boats, inflatables, offshore boats, pleasure boats, deck boats and pontoon boats.
FREE Days at the Museum. Saturday January 27 at 1pm-5pm. Oregon Rail Heritage Center 2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214.
OHSU’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities just launched a new site for preparedness for people with disabilities.
They are hosting a webinar on 1/23/24 from 4-5pm for individuals with disabilities, families, and support networks, to learn about the new online Emergency Preparedness resource hub.
Here is the link for sign up for the webinar https://www.ohsu.edu/university-center-excellence-development-disability/upcoming-and-current-events
Here is the link for the hub https://www.ohsu.edu/university-center-excellence-development-disability/emergency-preparedness-people-disabilities
Applications are open for the 2024 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares autistic students to engage in disability advocacy on their college campuses. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college. This year’s program will be held from July 15th through 24th, 2024. This year’s ACI program will be held virtually. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have held ACI virtually since 2020.
Past students have learned new skills and information about topics in different fields, including disability policy, building student groups, intersectionality in activism, and campaign strategies. After ACI is over, students return to their campuses to share what they’ve learned, improve campus accessibility, and create policy change on a local, state, and national level.
To apply for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI), you must:
- Be autistic. You do not have to have an official autism diagnosis to apply.
- Be a student at a college or university with at least one year left before you graduate. Students in TPSID programs (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities), 2-year community colleges, 4-year colleges, and graduate school are eligible to apply.
- Live in the United States or Canada. This includes all 50 states and DC, all US territories, and all provinces and territories of Canada. (Please note: the policy sections of our program will focus on the United States) You do not have to be a citizen of either the US or Canada.
We especially encourage students of color, LGBT students, low-income students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other marginalized communities to apply.
To apply, please submit a completed application by Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 to Dean Strauss, email@example.com.
If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Dean Strauss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships available for three months of tuition
at a licensed child care facility! Eligibility
Child must be 6 weeks-12 years old
Family must be at or below moderate HUD
Must live in Clackamas County
Care provider must sign on as a vender to
Application online here
¡Becas disponibles para tres meses de matrícula en un
centro de cuidado infantil autorizado por el estado!
Requisitos de elegibilidad:
Niños entre 6 semanas y 12 años
Familias con ingresos en o por debajo de las
pautas de ingresos moderados de HUD
Familias que viven en el condado de Clackamas
El proveedor de cuidad infantil necesita
registrarse como vendedor para aceptar el pago
Bike First! 17th Year Announcement
Bike First! is absolutely our most favorite time of the year and we are thrilled to announce our 17th year of Bike First! will take place the week of SATURDAY, June 29th through WEDNESDAY, July 3rd. information.bikefirst.net
In 2005, Bike First! started with then ten-year-old, Cody Sullivan, so badly wanting to ride a bike with his friends. With great determination, we created Bike First! and have since taught the skills needed to ride typical bicycles to over 650 children, youth, and adults with disabilities. We have also opened our doors to individuals “without” disabilities in our Quick Start! and Refresher courses. Our volunteers have devoted this week- running at top speeds- to the spirit of community with their deep dedication to spreading their belief of inclusion. This year, we plan to include 50 participants who will take steps toward independent riding of typical bikes.
Mandatory Parent/Guardian Meeting: Friday, June 28, 7-8:00 PM, Parkrose Middle School Gym
Celebration: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 (end of each session)
Bike First! full week dates: Saturday, June 29-Wednesday, July 3, 2024
- Five sessions per day (participants attend one session daily for one hour and 15 minutes)
- Fee: $250
Quick Start / Refresher Course dates: Monday, July 1-Wednesday, July 3, 2024
- Five sessions per day (participants attend one session daily for one hour and 15 minutes)
- Fee: $150
- Parkrose Middle School Gym
11800 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220
Register Here: registration.bikefirst.net
Volunteer: Is there someone in your friend / family group that would like to volunteer? We offer community service hours! volunteer.bikefirst.net
Sponsor Leads: With the growing demand for scholarships, the cost of bringing bikes to Oregon, and the cost of running a quality camp, we are always in need of new sponsors. donate.bikefirst.net
Send leads to email@example.com
Bike On! because Inclusion Matters!