Strong Start Parent Leadership Training

Get Help to Change the World for Your Child

We envision a world where all people are welcomed and valued as contributing members of their communities. We work towards this idea by engaging with self-advocates and family members as leaders to advance social and policy change. Social and policy change is most effective when it is created in partnership with people experiencing disability and their families.

To this end, we recently launched the Strong Start Parent Leadership Training, a collaborative and locally-focused pilot project. This training is targeted to emerging parent leaders of children who are experiencing developmental disability (DD) and are 10 years old or younger (or in 5th grade or below).  The 2018 classes include four cohorts in Central Oregon, Eugene, Medford and Portland.

Strong Start prepares these leaders to:

  • Develop a positive vision for their children’s future
  • Use personal networks and community resources to help their children develop full lives
  • Advocate effectively to influence social and policy change so that all people with disabilities have access to a full community life


If you have questions about Strong Start, contact Carrie at 503-339-4758 or email us at

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