Welcome to OrFIRST


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


Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orfirst.portland

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 Vanessa Graham 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


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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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