Swindells Resource Center Recommended Resources

Over the years, we've compiled a list of the best websites for common diagnoses and needs: ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, premature infants, special education, speech, augmentative communication and assistive technology, and the transition to adulthood. Following is our current list:


ADDitude – Living Well With Attention Deficit
CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
National Institute of Mental Health
National Resource Center on ADHD


Autism Empowerment
Autism Society of Oregon
Autism Society of Washington
Autism Research and Resources of Oregon
Autistic Community Activity Program (ACAP)
Autism Speaks
Spectrums Magazine
Navigation Map to Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Cerebral palsy

Easter Seals Oregon
United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington
United Cerebral Palsy

Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon
Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA)
Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association

Educational resources

FACT PTI – Oregon’s Parent and Training Information Center
(Federal) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
OrFIRST – Provides parent training and information on special education in Multnomah County
Oregon Department of Education:  Acronyms Commonly Used in Special Education
Oregon Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (E/I and ECSE)
Oregon Standard IEP
Regional Resource Center Programs
Special Education Guide
Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy

Premature infant

Graham's Foundation
Hand to Hold
Peek-a-boo ICU

Recreational resources

Portland Parks and Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation
Harper’s Playground
Vancouver Parks and Recreation – Access to Recreation

Speech, augmentative communication and assistive technology

American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Oregon Department of Education:  Assistive Technology
OTAP - Oregon Technology Access Program

Transition to adulthood

AHTP: Adolescent Health Transition Project, University of Washington

The ARC of Oregon – GAPS Program, (Guardianship, Advocacy and Planning Services)
Disability Rights Oregon
Disability Rights Washington
Got Transition?–National Health Care Transition Center
NCSET: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
NICHCY, Transition to Adulthood
NICHCY, Transición a la Vida Adulta
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Resources for Support Services
Oregon Department of Education, Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities