Local Resources

Local Resources

We focus on those in the Eugene-Springfield area,

or as close as we can find for what is offered.

Please contact us to suggest additions to our list. We appreciate it!

Local Events!


Our in-person March meet-up is cancelled due to recommendations for social distancing precautions for the COVID-19 situation. We are looking into options for a virtual meet-up. In the mean time, please reach out if you need to talk!

Get connected with us! We are so excited to grow 4jProParents to meet the needs of more parents. Our last meetup was February 26th, 2020 at Reality Kitchen located at 645 River Road.  These are casual gatherings for us parents (Moms, Dads, Kids, welcome) to get to know each other as well as share support and information with each other. All are welcome.

FACT Oregon

This is Oregon’s federally-designated parent training and information center on issues related to special education. They provide 150+ trainings (including webinars) each year free to families experiencing disability throughout the state. Topics include assistive technology, behavior, visioning your child’s future, and much more! https://factoregon.org/fact-trainings/

Direction Service

This Springfield-based organization offers a range of support for families with and without disabilities. Parents can be assigned a service coordinator who, among other things, can attend IEP meetings to support and advocate. Services are contracted with 4j and are free to parents. https://directionservice.org/yfs

Oregon Family Support Network - OFSN

The local chapter of this organization in Eugene promotes mental, behavioral and emotional wellness for families and youth through training, family to family support, and advocacy. http://www.ofsn.org/online-training/

Families Connected

Our local member of the Oregon Consortium of Family Networks, this organization, based at the Arc of Lane County, helps reduce isolation and build community connections for families experiencing developmental and/or intellectual disabilities living in Lane County.

Website: https://arclane.org/youthservices/families-connected/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamiliesConnectedCommunityCalendar/

There is also a closed group on Facebook that parents can ask to join. Families can search for “The Arc’s Families Connected private group” to find this closed group

Familias en Conexión

Familias en Conexión is the Lane County family network for Spanish-speaking parents who are raising a child with a disability. The group meets the 3rd Saturday of every month at The Arc Lane County in 4181 E Street in Springfield. There is also a closed group on Facebook for this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1174036092785720/

The A Team Justice League

This private Facebook group is a place for local parents to share resources, vent, get support, and problem solve issues related to their children and disability and/or special education.

Northwest Down Syndrome Association

Northwest Down Syndrome Association is a Portland-based family support network that offers a great Transition to Kindergarten training and lots of other resources.


ABI Community is a collaboration of programs, trainings, workshops, resources, and supports that has grown around the All Born (in) movement and the annual Cross-Disability Best-Practices Educational Inclusion Conference. ABI is a program of NW Disability Support. This resource is inclusive of all developmental disabilities.

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