Welcome to OrFIRST

Job Announcement!

OrFIRST is hiring a Spanish/English Bilingual Parent & Community Trainer. The essential functions of this position are to support under-served families living in the boundaries of Portland Public Schools that are accessing early intervention services or special education services for their child(ren) birth to age 26. 1:1 supports for families, attending school based meetings for IEP's, providing small group workshops for families and caregivers on federal IDEA law http://idea.ed.gov/, facilitating meetings with school teams, assisting families with school and care team communication and transition services. Must maintain files and basic data entry. Assist with writing a quarterly news letter and community outreach to families. Other duties include providing resources and referrals in disability awareness. Preferred experience in one or more of the following areas: in early intervention services, early childhood education, case management, social or human services, family advocate, disability awareness, child or family education mentor or advocate. Prefer a candidate that may have experience of a relative child that has experienced a disability. Cultural Competency and working with diverse populations. Some flexibility needed for scheduled workshops that may occur in the evening or weekend. Availability to travel to an annual Federal conference in DC (the last week of July). This position includes paid time off during the PPS winter break and Spring break, Federal Holidays and 4 weeks of accrued paid time off per year and 2 weeks of accrued sick paid time off per year. The average work hours are 32 hours a week and generally during the regular school day. Our office is co-located with Portland Public Schools Early Intervention and Assessment office. Please send cover letter and resume to orfirst.gmbolivar@gmail.com.


We are a non-profit Community Parent Resource Center serving special education families located in Portland, Oregon with children birth to age 26.


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Browse this website to find out more about our mission and upcoming events. We are hoping to make special education services and programs in our neighborhood schools a better place step by step.


Para servicios en español, favor de llamar a Mirsa Lopez 503-232-0302 



Help Line: 503-232-0302

We provide assistance and training in English and in Spanish:

  • understand rights and responsibilities under the federal IDEA 2004 law
  • provide information and training on early intervention services and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP)
  • provide information and training on special education services and Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
  • facilitate conflicts and disputes with schools and special education services
  • understand what a 504 plan is and what an IEP is
  • how to write measurable (quantitative) IEP goals
  • How to request and understand assessments
  • How to communicate with your child's IEP/IFSP team and teachers
  • What is a funcational behavior assessment (FBA) and how is this used
  • What is Positive Behavior Intervention Support and how is this implemented
  • Assistance planning for a manifestation determination hearing (expullsion hearing)
  • How to request an inclusive placement for your child

Our goal is to:

  • assist families in gaining knowledge and resources to understand their fundamental rights and
  • provide professional training to those supporting children experiencing a disability
  • influence the educational advancement of under served students in our communities in special education; and impacting the reducment of disproportianality
  • through training and education, increase the cultural competency of professionals and educators working within the underserved families in our communities
  • provide bilingual English and Spanish services to families and professionals
  • expand and develop culturally sensitive programs and services
  • recognize each person as a capable individual
  • Implement evidenced based research and training for students, families and professionals
  • Provide disability awareness on the full range of disabilities


Support Us!

NWDSA is hosting the All Born In January 15th 2015. There will be lots of very informative sessions & presentations. Gabrielle Bolivar will be presenting a Kindergarten Cohort Training.

More information will be posted soon!

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We depend on help from our community and caring neighbors. Get involved to improve the educational programs and services in your neighborhood schools and support us: every step brings us a little further.

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