Regional and Statewide Services

for Students with Orthopedic Impairments


RSOI provides equitable access to best-practice knowledge through professional development, forums of collaboration and a supported learning community to OTs and PTs and those who work with them who are supporting children with orthopedic impairments and other motor challenges to improve district and student outcomes.

Emergency Planning for Learners with Disabilities: A History of the RSOI Discussions


The Professional Learning Team to support learners with Orthopedic Impairment consists of representatives from each of the 8 regions across Oregon. The team identified emergency planning/procedures for learners with OI as an area of common concern. We planned to focus on this topic by gathering information and scheduling Professional Development, face-to-face and virtually.
  • PLT member Camille Robinson led a focus group discussion at the annual TIES Conference April 5, 2019 in the format of *What is Going Well?, *What are the barriers? and *How can RSOI support the needs? Click for a summary of the discussion points
  • Suggestions for RSOI support:
  1. Create a form similar to PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan)
  2. Statewide protocols/guidance for evacuation, lockdowns and lock outs
  3. Video resource as training for educators
  4. Statewide recommendations for schools on evacuation plans/access/training
  5. Trainings on evacuation drills for students with Orthopedic Impairment and other disabilities
  6. Widen focus beyond learners with OI: I'd be very interested in additional guidance regarding procedures that address needs specific to low incidence disabilities, helping schools ensure preparedness for children with complex motor needs (OI) as well as those who are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, or who have an autism spectrum disorder.


RSOI and the OI PLT began a partnership with ODE to share information about a federal grant awarded to Oregon for emergency operation planning.

A Partnership with South Coast ESD

RSOI has entered into partnership with South Coast ESD to develop accessible materials as a supplement for the Train the Educator Presentation, Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 Training. The purpose of the materials is to support consideration of accommodations for learners with potential structural, procedural and/or communication barriers in each phase and every scenario of the Emergency Operations Planning and training process. The logistics that must be considered in planning, response and recovery can only be truly realized through discussion at the state, local and individual level, with ALL voices at the table.

Following are the SCESD resource requests RSOI is currently supporting:


1) RSOI added scenarios and an overview of considerations for persons with disabilities to the current ODE training presentation. Discussion of potential barriers to physical, procedural and/or communication that could impede the student's ability to respond in emergency situations is introduced. Goal: Don't overwhelm with too many resources. Begin with a broad overview. Additional resources may be introduced, as appropriate. Click to access the current version of these slides.

2) As an IEP modification to special factors is being considered, such as "Does the student require accommodations for physical, procedural or communication barriers in individual emergency planning?" Beyond yes and no answers, a PEEP, Personalized Emergency Evacuation Plan is being proposed. The actual name of this sample template is a point of discussion. This DRAFT could be used on the individual level. On a statewide level, training could include many stakeholders to the existence of the PEEP and the information it contains that should be available in emergencies. Click for a sample PEEP that has been created with therapist input.

2020-21 Potential RSOI Partnership Supports for Training

  • Develop additional resources for deeper consideration of potential individual student barriers to safety.
  • Consider additional ways to partner to deliver equitable professional development to across Oregon.
  • ECHO TIES will schedule PEEP training for therapists, as well as continue to schedule EOP grant updates.
  • Partner with EOP grant implementers to integrate procedures that can be sustained if/when funding is expended or cut.
  • Co-produce ECHO in Emergencies. This series could include topics brought to you by the ESD trainers, such as the contents of "Go Bags", communicating with non-verbal students, perhaps a vendor session on types of transport equipment or additional grant opportunities to purchase equipment. There may be funding for a partnership like this through the University of New Mexico, where ECHO projects began in the medical realm.
  • Record sessions as resources for additional virtual training opportunities.
  • Use recording clips to develop additional training modules for the virtual Safe Schools Training required by all education professionals at the start of each school year.
  • Provide contact hour credit for licensed professionals who attend training.

Regional and Statewide Services for Students with Orthopedic Impairments

1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Suite 110

Roseburg, OR 97470