Accessibility in 2022 and Beyond

January 24th, 2022

As 2021 recently came to a close and we embarked on 2022, many have take the opportunity to reflect on the previous year. We can all relate to the challenges of 2021, continuing to navigate a global pandemic, pivoting in so many ways, and coming together with our community in critical and beautiful capacities. We were challenged, we leaned in and activism for individuals who experience disabilities continued to grow.

While the year may have represented a lot of difficulties, there are movements, "that are just starting to garner more widespread attention, those that will continue to gain traction, and inspire meaningful action in 2022 and beyond. Disability accessibility is among those . . . " (Amrich, 2021). This article (linked below in the teal bar/button) by Megan Amrich from the Triple Pundit shares three brief stories about inclusive practices with the following topics:

  • Accurate, inclusive media representation
  • Adaptive Clothing for children
  • Digital inclusion and disability accessibility

As our work in WLWV continues to fundamentally believe in the capacity of all learners, the strength of our community and the power of our students' voices it is exciting to be holding this belief in partnership with a growing traction across media and retail. You are a part of the traction in education, in the community and into 2022 and beyond!

A Look at Disability Accessibility and Inclusion

This article by Megan Amrich shares three short stories about inclusive practices for individuals with disabilities gaining traction in 2021.

Recovery Services Workgroup

Are you interested in supporting the planning and programming for recovery services? We are hoping to bring together a dynamic group of professionals to support in planning and organizing these important services. If you are interested in joining planning sessions on:

  • Thursday January 27th from 3:30-4:30 Primary, Middle, and High School Representatives
  • Thursday February 10th from 3:30-4:30 for Primary, Middle and High School Representative


  • Thursday February 3rd from 2:30-3:30

Middle School

  • Thursday February 3rd from 8:00-9:00

High School

  • Thursday February 3rd from 3:30-4:30

If you are interested in joining each of the times that your level is listed, please email Lauren Brigsby. Thank you for considering think and planning with us!

Upcoming Opportunities

Columbia Regional Inclusive Services has several upcoming workshops.

Culturally and Linguistically Affirming AAC Practices: A Three-Part Online Workshop

Featuring Dr. Gloria Soto from San Francisco State University

February 8th - February 22th - March 8th
Virtual via Zoom - each session runs 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Click, Click Away! Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Use Ability Switches Throughout the Day
Featuring Gretchen Hanser, PhD, MS, OTR/L

February 17, 2022
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM PST
Via Zoom

Autism and the Incredible Power of Peers to Create Social Success (Pre-K to 2nd Grade)
February 9, 2022

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Online (Zoom)

Training Topics

  • Learn a new mindset and how to transform the learning environment to set the stage for social success
  • Explore evidence-based peer mediated strategies that benefit all children
  • Identify strategies to enhance social communication and social interactions for children in preschool to second grade
  • Learn how to successfully integrate the use of peer mediated strategies along with a variety of other research-supported methods
  • Identify how to adjust the environment and "set the stage" for increased social engagement and reciprocity
  • Review and learn how to teach the social skills that many autistic students may need for additional learning and practicing how to use with their peers
  • Review the research on the importance of and the long-term outcomes associated with effective social skills intervention

Updates to Oregon Accessibility Manual

There have been updates to the Oregon Accessibility manual for the 2021-2022 testing year. The accessibility supports have now been updated in ePEP. There have been a few notable changes:

  • the 100s number table is now available for grade 3
  • manipulatives have been added as a support for all grades; please look at the manual for guidelines (page 40 and page 113)
  • dictation (this is now an embedded accommodation and built in to the testing platform)

As a reminder, students need to be using these supports on a regular basis. It will also be helpful to try out some of the embedded supports (i.e.. dictation) on the sample test prior to going into a testing session.

The manual can be found here:

Documenting Recovery Services Discussions

When supporting and discussing recovery services, please document this important conversation. There are three ways that we document the conversation:

  1. On our Special Factors Page.
  2. In the Meeting Notes (Here are some sentence frames)
  3. By Special Education Action. (Here are some templates)

If you need support with drafting a special education action, please reach out to your IC, Stephanie, Allison or Lauren.
Click Here for Student Services School Year Guidance

Templates for Sped Actions have been added. These are intended to be a support In drafting a teams' PWN and will benefit from being Individualized to the discussion, agreements, and disagreements of the team.

Supporting Recovery Services & Accessing Extra Hours

Thank you to those that have already expressed interest in supporting this great work for students!

We are planning for Recovery Services and we want to recruit you! We are recruiting paraedcuators for after school opportunities 1-2 times per week during the school year AND we are recruiting - Paraedcuators, learning specialists, Motor Team, SLPs, ICs - for a robust summer program. If you are potentially interested in supporting the summer program, let us know and we will keep you in the loop. Indicating yes is not a commitment, but a potential interest! Click on this link or the form below to express interest!

You represent the expertise, care, and compassion to create beautiful learning communities. Thank you for all that you do.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Tuesday January 25th - Parent Collaboration Group - 5-6 - via zoom
  • Wednesday January 26th - School Nurses - 8:00 -9:30
  • Tuesday February 1st - ECSE to Kinder Transition - 5-7 via zoom
  • Wednesday February 2nd - ASCA Training with School Counselors via zoom
  • Thursday February 3rd - Social Worker Team Meeting - 12:00-1:30 via zoom
  • Friday February 4th - Panorama Follow-up Training via zoom
  • Tuesday February 8th - SLP Team Meeting - Boardroom - 1:00-3:00
  • Wednesday February 9th- School Nurses - Boardroom - 8:00-9:30