14 Jun 2019

Monday Shot Gun Creek Picnic and Last Day for Students

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

Wow!  We are so close to the finish line. Monday we are meeting at building 2120 and taking activity vans to Shotgun Creek for a picnic and outdoor games.  We will be having hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, veggie tray, ranch dip, fruit tray and s’mores. Our activities will be badminton, bocci ball, volley ball, bingo, hiking, corn hole, ladder toss and good old socializing.  Feel free to bring games or food, anything you want to share.  We will return to 2120 before 4pm.

Last day of school will be Monday, so on Tuesday you are on Summer break.  We hope you have a fun and safe summer vacation.  For those students moving on the Connections staff wish you all the best for your future!  

On Thursday June 13th we will be watching a movie and eating pizza at the Falling Sky pizzeria at the University of Oregon student union (EMU).  Please bring $5.00 for food and/or arcade games.  Students will be meeting in LCC room 308 at 11:30am, taking LTD to campus and arriving at 12:15pm.  We will be there till 2pm and then going to Level Up! arcade by 2:45pm.  Students may join us for all or part of the activities.  Abilities! class and Grass Roots Garden will take place on Thursday morning as scheduled.  All other seminars are cancelled.

One more week of classes and then on Monday June 17th (our last day of classes) we are having a picnic at Shotgun creek.  More detail to come next week!

Dear Graduating HS Students and Families,

Congratulations on almost completing high school! Now…what will come next?

We plan to hold an informational meeting on Wednesday June 5th between 6:00pm and 7:00pm and this presentation will be repeated in early September. This will take place at 2120 Bailey Hill Rd., Eugene OR 97403. 

If you have any questions, or have contact information changes, you can contact one of the Connections teachers below or ask your current case manager and/or transition specialists at your school.

Thank you, and we are looking forward to working with you next school year!

29 May 2019

Moving on Ceremony Thursday at Noon!

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

Tomorrow is the Moving on Luncheon to celebrate our graduates! We are meeting in the Lane Community College Cafeteria in the Center building at 11:45am and will be seated for lunch at noon. The Renaissance Room management has given us a discount of $10 per person including gratuity! All students are paid for by Connections. This is only for students who are aging out and their prearranged guests.

If you need support getting to LCC be sure to contact your case manager as soon as possible to make arrangements. See you tomorrow!

20 May 2019

See the SPROUT film festival on Thursday!

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

The SPROUT film festival shows Unique and Contemporary Films Portraying People with Intellectual Disabilities in Realistic Imagery

The FREE film festival to inspire the community, promote inclusion, and support film-making as a part of self advocacy and social change. This event focuses exclusively on films that celebrate the diverse lives and creativity of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), strives to challenge assumptions and breakdown stereotypes. By introducing powerful, thought-provoking films from around the world to new audiences, we hope to promote greater acceptance, celebrate difference, and light the spark to help make the invisible, visible.

10 May 2019

Lane Community College Career Fair Thursday May 16th

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

“Follow Your Path to a New Career” Field trip to Lane’s 29th annual Job Fair. May 16, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Center for Meeting and Learning, Main Campus in Building 19​ 

Connections Classes on Thursday morning will not take place due to a We will be meeting in the Lobby of LCC Downtown at 10:00am and taking LTD to main campus.  We should return by noon.  All students are invited to attend even if they do not have classes Thursday morning. Bring your bus pass, resume and wear your interview clothes!

This is a great way for students to network with employers, learn about careers in their chosen field of study, as well as finding full-time, part-time, or summer jobs. This is a FREE event and open to the public, all job seekers, students, graduates, and community members.

3 May 2019

No School Wednesday May 8th

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

Hope everyone enjoyed the looong day in Portland to visit the Zoo! Please be sure to thank Anders and the Connections staff that made this possible.

Eugene School District 4J schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 8, due to a planned teacher walkout strike.

LCC ABSE and credit classes are in session.

The Oregon Education Association has called for teachers to make May 8 a “Day of Action” to advocate for increased state investment in public education. Teachers’ unions in Eugene and in several other Oregon school districts are planning a one-day teacher walkout strike on May 8. We have clear indications that teacher absences and substitute shortages will exceed our ability to provide safe and adequate supervision for our students, and have determined we must cancel the school day on May 8.

17 Apr 2019

Moving On ceremony scheduled for Thursday May 30th

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

Student who are “aging out” of Connections will be honored at our “Moving On” luncheon at the Renaissance Room on LCC main Campus located inside the Center Building. We will be meeting at 11:45am and sitting down at noon.  Connections will pay for students, but each student may invite up to 2 guests who will need to pre pay $17.00.  This includes a four course meal, drink and gratuity.  Please look at the menu below and let your case manager know if you will attend, how many guests you will be bringing and your choices of salad and entree.


Appetizer: Spam Musubi


Mango Carrot Soup or Baby Artichoke Salad with Tomato-Chile Water Vinaigrette or

Learning Garden Salad Your choice of red wine vinaigrette or blue cheese dressing ……………………

Caramelized Salmon with Orange Shoyu Glaze Lemongrass Beurre Blanc, Balsamic-Soy Glaze Sauteed Mixed Vegetables & Fried Basil Leaves Steamed Japanese Rice or

Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahimahi with Wasabi Cream Sauce Sauteed Mixed  Vegetables Steamed Japanese Rice or

Saimin & Teriyaki Meat Sticks Noodles in broth, with Japanese fish cake and Char Sui Pork topped with teriyaki beef skewers


DESSERT: Pineapple Fritter with Maui Mango Sauce Asian Pear and Macadamia Wontons

8 Apr 2019

Transition Fair on Wednesday

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

This Wednesday, April 10th there will be a transition Fair at the Sheldon High School Cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:30pm.  All students and their families are encouraged to attend and the following service agencies with be there to provide information.

Integral Partners Name/Agency   
DD/Services  Lane County Developmental Disabilities Josh Hartley
  Full Access Brokerage Mike Shugrue, Alexei Martina, Mandy Jensen
  Mentor Oregon Brokerage Alexander Heinz
Vocational Vocational Rehabilitation Chelsea Miller, Lauren Riley 
  YTP 4J: Johnna Shotridge and Eric Estling
  Workforce Incentive Network  
  Worksource Oregon  
  CTI from High Schools Shareen Vogel, Peter Lauf, Kristin Gunson
Job Developers Supported Employment Services (SES)    Ryan Southworth
  Key Consulting Adam Vozzola
  Employment Connections, INC Allison Van Wey
Job Developers/Employment Path ARC of Lane County: World of Work Nick Kaasa, Brad Cosby
Employment Path Providers Pearl Buck Academy and Summer Program Barbara Sloat
  Pearl Buck Project Search Holly Powell
  Goodwill Jackie Atkins
Day Service Providers Kindtree Nathan Wobbe
  Allies Ericka Rhodes
  Specialized Advocacy Devin Bretz  
  Inner Potential Kevin Okerlund, Sue Thurston
  Northstar Pathways Sydney Shook
Mobility Lane Transit District John Ahlen
Recreation Eugene Adaptive Recreation Kellie Nemke
  Trips, Inc Leslie Peterson
  Willamalane Tracy Kribs
  Special Olympics Ted Barker 
Family Support Direction Service Doug Herman
  Arc Families Connected Nancy Berge
  Oregon Family Support Network Jessie Carpenter
  LILA: Social Security  
  Guardianship Attorney Sarah Subias
  Cognitopia Tom Keating
General Transition Technical Assistance Network    Josh Barbour (TNF), CJ Webb (Pre-ETS Program Coordinator), Toni DePeel (Pre-ETS Coordinator)
College Lane Community College ABSE Naomi Raven
  Lane Community College Support Services  
  Lane Community College CAR  
  University of Oregon Research James Sinclair
  Ablefind App Tel Woolsey


4 Apr 2019

Welcome to Spring Term!

Author: quitta | Filed under: Uncategorized

We are really excited about Connections Spring Term  and we hope you are also!

This evening there will be a summer recreation informational event at the Eugene School District district office at 200 North Monroe at 5:30pm.  Please see the flyer below:

The Galt Foundation is a non-profit temporary staffing agency that gives priority placement to people with verifiable conditions. They are hiring for University of Oregon – Summer Cleaning $10.75 – $11.29 per hour

These are Full-Time Hours This position starts June 15th. Many positions available. To get started, submit your resume via email to: Galtfoundation.org Please indicate if you have a disability or vocational barrier.

To Qualify for this Position: ● You must be 18 by June 10th, 2019 ● You must be able to walk up and down stairs and carry up to 25 pounds from time to time ● You are required to participate in a background check ● Must participate in a paid orientation June 8th ● We expect that you can maintain good attendance ● You DO NOT need a condition to apply for this role. All interested people are encouraged to apply. Please apply online at www.galtfoundation.org. If you do have a condition (ex: PTSD, anxiety, hearing loss, or anything else that affects your ability to get or maintain a job) please put that in the body of the email.