Archive for December, 2009

The Oregon Parent Training & Information Center announces our 21st Annual OrPTI Conference, recently renamed the RISE Conference!

RISE = Respect, Inspire, Support, & Educate

The conference will be held April 30 & May 1, 2010, at the Salem Conference Center.

The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together parents, educators, and health professionals in an atmosphere of cooperation and exploration. The conference program will address issues that intend to expand the capacity of schools and communities, working in partnership with parents and professionals. RISE also promotes
partnerships of nurturing and advocating for children, youth and young adults with disabilities, with a positive focus on their abilities.

The conference seeks to model and facilitate effective relationships between families and service providers. RISE promotes an atmosphere for parents and other professionals with similar interests to interact, to develop partnerships of confident parents and sensitive professionals.

Our conference sponsors are the Oregon Department of Education, Office of Student Learning and
Partnerships and the Jean Baton Swindells Resource Center.

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The following information is to help you in obtaining information concerning the Oregon tax exemption for parents of children with disabilities.  We hope that this basic information will provide you with an understanding of the exemption.

The Oregon Tax Code provides an additional tax exemption for parents of children with disabilities in Oregon.  The procedure for claiming an exemption for the 2009 tax year is explained in the Oregon Individual Income Tax Return and Instructions, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident, and the Full-Year Resident booklets.

Who qualifies for the exemption?

A child qualifies if he or she meets all of the following:

  • Qualify as your dependent for tax year 2009; and

  • Be eligible for “early intervention services” or receive special education as defined by the State Board of Education of the state where the child attends school, and

  • Be considered to have a disability as of December 31, 2009 under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and related Oregon laws.

For purposes of special education:

  • Learning disabilities and communication disorders do not qualify.

  • Eligible disabilities include:

  • Autism
  • Visual Impairment
  • Mental retardation
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hearing impairment
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Deafblind

What documentation must be submitted with a tax return?

The tax booklet explains that your child must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and an eligibility statement for one of the disabilities listed above.  A copy of the IEP or IFSP coversheet and a copy of the student’s eligibility statement may be obtained from the school district.  The coversheet and copy of the eligibility statement should be kept with the child’s permanent health records, as maintained by the family – they DO NOT need to be sent with the tax return.  Write the child’s name on line 6c for “All dependents” as well as line 6d (see page 8 of the Oregon Department of Revenue Full-Year Resident Instructions or page 8 of the Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Instructions at the link below for complete instructions).

Oregon Department of Revenue On-Line Instructions and Forms

You may want to reference the Oregon Department of Revenue Forms 40S, 40, 40N and 40P with Instructions.  They are available at the following link:  http://egov.oregon.gov/DOR/PERTAX/formspit.shtml#2009_Tax_Year

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Legislation will, for the first time, address seclusion and restraint in schools; Embodies principles set by Obama administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today introduced legislation that would, for the first time, protect all children in schools from harmful uses of restraint and seclusion.

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report released last spring exposed hundreds of cases of schoolchildren being abused as a result of inappropriate uses of restraint and seclusion, often involving untrained staff. In some cases, children died. A disproportionate number of these victims were students with disabilities.

“Something is very wrong when our children are at risk in their own classrooms,” said Miller, the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee who requested the GAO’s investigation. “In some cases, the abuses these kids are suffering are nothing short of torture inflicted at the hands of the very staff we entrust with their safety. Today is a critical first step toward finally ending this nightmare of abuse and ensuring that all classrooms are safe for students, their teachers, and the entire school communities.”

“As a parent, when I send my son Cole to school, my husband Brian and I send him with the expectation that he is safe from danger. We entrust him to teachers, principals, and aides. And we know those school personnel have done an outstanding job to help him and keep him safe. Yet, we know this has not been the case for other children, particularly children with disabilities who are the most vulnerable and need the most protection,” said McMorris Rodgers, a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and vice chair of the House Republican Conference. “I’ve looked into this and have come to the conclusion that there is a lack of training. As difficult situations arise, teachers or principals just don’t know what to do. The legislation that we are introducing today gives states the needed guidance and resources to enable teachers and school personnel to handle difficult situations in the most positive manner possible.”

“The tragedies associated with the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint are not only unacceptable, they are unconscionable,” said Dodd.  “There is no place in our schools for what amounts to torture, and we need clear standards for the use of tactics that lead to the physical and psychological abuse of children.  This legislation will set clear guidelines so that children and educators alike can be sure of a safe learning environment.”

Restraint is used to restrict an individual’s freedom of movement. Seclusion is used to involuntarily confine a student in an area alone. Both practices are meant to be used only in situations of imminent danger. Among other things, the GAO found that restraint can become fatal when it restricts breathing, that many of the school staff who used these interventions in abusive ways had not been properly trained, and that these practices are often being used as a routine disciplinary tactic, rather than in response to an emergency.

In some of the cases GAO investigated, ropes, duct tape, chairs with straps and bungee cords were used to restrain or isolate young children.

Unlike in hospitals and other medical and community-based facilities that receive federal health funding, there are currently no federal laws addressing restraint and seclusion in schools. While the Children’s Health Act of 2000 regulates how and when restraint and seclusion can be used on children in these other settings, schools are not covered. State regulation and oversight varies greatly; many states provide no guidance or assistance regarding these behavioral interventions.

The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) would establish the first federal standards to protect students from misuse of restraint and seclusion and ensure the safety of everyone in the classroom. It would apply to public schools, private schools and preschools receiving federal education support. Specifically the legislation would:

Establish important minimum federal safety standards in schools, similar to the protections already in place in hospitals and other non-medical community based facilities; Limit physical restraint and locked seclusion, allowing these interventions only when there is imminent danger of injury, and only when imposed by trained staff; Outlaw mechanical restraints, such as strapping kids to chairs, and prohibit restraints that restrict breathing; Require schools to notify parents after incidents when restraint or seclusion was used; Call on states, within two years of enactment, to establish their own policies, procedures, monitoring and enforcement systems to meet these minimum standards; Encourage states to provide support and training to better protect students and prevent the need for emergency behavioral interventions; and Increase transparency, oversight and enforcement tools to prevent future abuse.

The Education and Labor Committee plans to mark up the bill early next year.

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The website for the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder is now available. Please check it frequently for updated information on the activities of the Commission and Subcommittees.


January 29, 2010
9:00 – 4:30 pm
State Capitol Building
Hearing Room C
900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

March 4, 2010
9:00 – 4:30 pm
State Capitol Building
Hearing Room C
900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

SubCommittee Meetings Scheduled

Community Services for Adults
December 17, 2009
10:00 – 3:00 pm
Department of Human Services Building
Room 160
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Community Services for Children and Families
December 29, 10:00 – 4:00
Location: TBA

Educational Endorsement & Competency Based Certification
December 11, 2009
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Room 260
Labor and Industries Building
350 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Interagency Transition
December 16, 2009
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Department of Human Services Building
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Health Care
OHSU Center for Health and Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239
December 14, 4:00 – 6:00

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