Special Education teacher and Oregon Teacher of the Year Brett Bigham has developed a series of downloadable social stories designed to introduce some of Portland’s most popular destinations to people with communication disorders or other disabilities. Made possible with the help of the Pam Benson Memorial Fund, the PDFs are available through the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) and are designed to “help make our beautiful city accessible to everybody regardless of their disability.”
These guides help families and those on the spectrum access the sights and sounds of Portland by using pictures and text to prepare the reader for their visit to such popular local attractions as the Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island, Lloyd Center, the OHSU tram and more. The books emphasize transitions, proper behavior and safe spots for students to go if they are feeling anxious.
The website is adding new books often and you can contact Brett if you have questions, comments or suggestions.