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Oregon School for Blind & Deaf Creates Board of Directors

I got this message (see below) earlier regarding creating separate boards for the Oregon School for the Blind and the Oregon School for the Deaf. It is nice that approximately 2000 children in the state of Oregon are served directly or indirectly from these services. If you don't know, they have separate schools for them.

Let's flash over to over 3500 children with autism in the state of Oregon. Now I'm not one to say that we should take away services and buildings that serve other disabilities. I'm not saying that we should take away funding. I'm just asking, other than Regional Services (which does NOT necessarily give direct services to students with disabilities), what do our students with autism get as far as specialized services are concerned?

ANSWER: About 1/2 hour of Speech and Langauge therapy a week - often in group sessions.

Autism specialists, special ed teachers, educational speech therapists, occupational therapists, and regular education teachers really do not have the expertise in the field of autism to be effective. It's sad, really. They may know things about autism but they know nothing about research in effective practices. No kidding.

I think the Oregon public needs to know that these kids are not receiving appropriate, let alone competent treatment or education in our public school system. Why does this matter to the average Joe? Because these kids grow up. We will soon have thousands of adults with autism. For a while, many will live with parents. But parents do not usually outlive their kids, even if their children have a developmental disability. Our prisons are overpopulated and there is no real mental health system. Many folks with autism don't have mental health issues so where do they get assistance? Social Security - which is terribly hard to secure. There is also money from shutting down Fairview State Hospital but there is a several year long waiting list.

It's time to ask about priorities. It's time to ask, wow, are two separate boards and schools for a small minority of disabled kids fair while other children with disabilities fight over scraps?

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TO: All District and ESD Special Education Directors, All Student Learning & Partnerships Staff, State Schools Study Work Group, SACSE Members, EI/ECSE Contractors and County Supervisors, SICC Members, Interested Persons

The message below is being sent to you on behalf of:

Nancy Latini, PhD, Assistant Superintendent, Student Learning & Partnerships
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July 18, 2007

Re: Board of Directors - Oregon School for the Deaf and Oregon School for the Blind

The 2007 Legislative Assembly passed legislation to establish a Board of Directors for the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) and a Board of Directors for the Oregon School for the Blind (OSB). Each Board will be represented by 7 members appointed by the Governor. Membership for the respective Boards is identified in the legislation, and includes:

OSD Board: seven members of whom at least four are persons who are deaf,
and represented by:

* One member who has attended the Oregon School for the Deaf;
* One member who is deaf;
* One member who is a professional with experience working with
persons who are deaf;
* One member who is a professional with experience working with
Regional Programs for persons who are deaf;
* One member of the business community; and
* Two members who are parents of a child who is deaf.

OSB Board: seven members of whom at least three are persons who are
blind, and represented by:

* One member who has attended the Oregon School for the Blind or
was a staff person at the school;
* One member who is a professional with experience working with
Regional Programs for persons who are blind;
* One member of the business community;
* One member who is a parent of a child who is blind;
* One member who serves on the Commission for the Blind or who is
a staff person of the commission; and
* Two members who represent consumer groups that focus on issues
relating to persons who are blind.

If you are interested in serving on either of the respective Boards complete the application "Executive Appointments Interest Form", available online through the Office of the Governor at http://www.governor.state.or.us/Gov/pdf/forms/Interestform.doc. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Governor. The address is indicated on the first page of the document. Submissions should be completed by August 10, 2007. It would be helpful if you also include the role or representation that you would fill if selected (e.g. parent, alumni, etc.).

Details and format for the Boards are not yet established. If you have an interest in serving on the new Boards of Directors for OSB and OSD please apply. The full text of House Bill 2263 is available at http://www.leg.state.or.us/07reg/measpdf/hb2200.dir/hb2263.en.pdf. Sections 47-56 include information about the new Boards, including membership and functions.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone that may be interested. Thank you.

If you have any difficulty opening the enclosed links, please contact Jan Burgoyne at jan.burgoyne@state.or.us or 503-947-5784.

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