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The NEW Oregon Project is here!

The Oregon Project, Sixth Edition has several significant changes and additions:

  • More than 200 skills have been added
  • Newly designed recordkeeping with the ability to use a computer to graph the child's developmental profile
  • New teaching activities for every skill
  • An expanded resource section with glossaries and a comprehensive listing of beneficial educational materials
  • Comprehensive list of agencies serving children who are blind or visually impaired
  • Instruction for making toys and teaching materials

For technical questions regarding The Oregon Project Curriculum and Skills Inventory, call (541) 245-5196 or email or_project@soesd.k12.or.us

For ordering questions regarding The Oregon Project Curriculum and Skills Inventory please see the "Ordering Information" link on the right side of this page.  If there are additional questions, call (541) 776-8580 or email Kathy_Gregory@soesd.k12.or.us.

The Oregon Project for Preschool Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (The OR Project) is a comprehensive assessment and curriculum designed for use with children birth to six who are blind or visually impaired. It can be used by parents, teachers, vision specialists, or counselors in the home or in the classroom setting.

The sixth edition of the OR Project includes several significant changes. Approximately 200 additional skills were added, totaling more than 800 distinct developmental skills, each with corresponding teaching activities. This new edition provides computer graphing of an individual child's profile to clearly depict the child's strengths and areas for instruction. The OR Project can be used with any child functioning at developmental levels between birth and six years.

The Oregon Project consists of a:

  • Manual
  • Teaching Activities
  • Reference Section
  • Skills Inventory

The MANUAL contains instructions and procedures which will make best use of The OR Project materials. It includes a philosophical overview of the education and teaching of preschool children who are blind or visually impaired.

The TEACHING ACTIVITIES include ideas for each skill taught either in the home or classroom setting. They are suggestions for the parent and teaching staff, not designed as step-by-step "recipes," but rather, as starting points for instruction. The skills and activities can serve as frameworks for writing prescriptive programs to fulfill IFSP/IEP objectives.

The REFERENCE SECTION includes a Glossary of educational and vision terms needed by those working with children who are visually impaired, a list of references, resources for obtaining educational materials and literature, things to make and do, articles on play and development, and blank copies of all the forms, checklists, and informal evaluations which can be copied and used.

The SKILLS INVENTORY consists of more than 800 behavioral statements, organized in eight developmental areas:

Cognitive Language Compensatory Vision
Self-Help Social Fine Motor Gross Motor

Skills have been developmentally sequenced and arranged in age categories. All major skills needed by a child who is blind or visually impaired are included. The Skills Inventory is a criterion-referenced assessment, and enables educators to find the performance level, select long and short-term objectives, and record the acquisition of information from a completed OR Project Skills Inventory.


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