Oregon Friendships and Dating Program

In partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Center for Human Development, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at OHSU provides training and support to Oregon adult and high school transition programs and community organizations to teach skills that will promote healthy relationships and sexual health. 

The Friendships & Dating Program (F&D), developed by the University of Alaska UCEDD, is an evidence-based, comprehensive approach to teach individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the skills needed to develop meaningful relationships and prevent interpersonal violence.

Learn more about Friendships and Dating

Are you or someone you know thinking about taking the Friendships and Dating class? Here is a short video that tells you what to expect from the class. We hope that this video will help individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions about their sexual health education needs.

Friendships and Dating Program Training for Oregon Transition Teachers and Community Organizations

The FDP project will include training, curriculum, and financial support for programs to implement FDP within your transition classroom or community setting.  We recommend programs have two teachers attend a training and then co-facilitate the FDP curriculum in their classroom.

Participant benefits:

  • FDP facilitator training   
  • Financial support for participation in training  
  • FDP curriculum with supplementary materials  
  • Financial support for implementation  
  • Additional resources and professional development opportunities  

Participant expectations:

  • Attend the FDP training sessions 
  • Implement 10-week FDP course in transition program or community organization classroom during the time frame provide in the project timeline  
    • Note: at least some of your students must be 16 to 21 years old. This is a grant and data collection requirement. 
  • Collect and submit classroom data (e.g. attendance, demographic data, class surveys) to UCEDD at OHSU  
  • Attend cohort video meetings  
  • Attend informational webinars   

Interested in learning more about implementing the FDP program?  Watch our Friendships and Dating program informational webinar

Further questions about the Friendships and Dating Program? Please contact Angie at stapleta@ohsu.edu 

Friendships & Dating Program in Oregon Transition Programs

As of June 2024, 166 teachers from 57 transition programs and community organizations across Oregon were trained to facilitate Friendships & Dating. Most transition programs have a team of at least two teachers who will teach Friendships & Dating in their classrooms.

Friendships and Dating Program locations

a green outline of the state of Oregon with blue dots representing locations

1. Adult Living Program, Gresham
2. Adult Transition Program, North Clackamas School District
3. Arata Creek, Troutdale
4. Art Tech High School - Adult Transition, Wilsonville
5. Ashland High School, Ashland
6. Bend Senior High School Transition Program
7. Bethel Community Transition Network (BCTN), Eugene
8. Bridges to Independence, Oregon City
9. Canby High School, Canby
10. Centennial Transition Center, Portland
11. Central High School, Independence
12. Central Medford High School, Medford
13. Community Transition Program, Albany Public Schools
14. Community Transition Program, Beaverton School District
15. Community Transition Program, Lake Oswego High School
16. Community Transition Program, Portland Public Schools
17. Community Transitions Program, Fairview
18. Community Transitions Program, Silver Falls

19. Crater High School, Central Point
20. Crook County High School, Prineville
21. David Douglas Community Transition Program, Portland
22. Eagle Point High School VIP Transition Center, Eagle Point 
23. Estacada Adult and Youth Transition Program, Estacada
24. Hermiston High School Next Steps Transition Center, Hermiston
25. Hidden Valley High School, Grants Pass
26. Hood River Valley High School Transition Program, Hood River 
27. Illinois Valley High School, Cave Junction
28. Independent Transition School, Hillsboro School District
29. Jerome Prairie Transition Center, Grants Pass
30. Klamath County Transition Program, Klamath Falls 
31. La Grande High School, La Grande
32. Lakeview High School, Lakeview
33. Madras High School, Madras
34. Neah-Kah-Nie Middle/High, Rockaway Beach
35. Nestucca Valley Middle/High, Cloverdale

36. Newport High School, Newport
37. Online Oregon Schools, Phoenix
38. Parkrose High School, Portland
39. Phoenix Talent Schools, Phoenix
40. Rainier High School, Rainier
41. Roosevelt High School, Portland
Sandy High School Transition Program, Sandy
43. Scappoose High School, Scappoose 
44. Services at Miller Education Center East, Hillsboro
45. Sherwood High School, Sherwood
46. South Albany High School, Greater Albany Public Schools 
47. Step Up Brown Education Center, Redmond
Taft 7-12, Lincoln County School District
49. Tillamook High School, Tillamook
50. Transition 21, The Dalles
51. Transition Co-op, Bend
52. Westmoreland Transition Program, Eugene
53. WINGS Transition Program at Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis

Oregon 2022 Transition Conference presentation

In April of 2022, Oregon Healthy Authority and the UCEDD presented a two-part trauma informed training session at the Oregon Transition Conference. Part one of the training was an introduction to Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and the second part addressed the history of ableism and how societal perspectives of individuals with disabilities are shaped by this history. The presentation described some of the ways in which young people with disabilities may have experienced trauma due to ableism and other forms of systemic oppression. Finally, participants had an opportunity to identify some of the ways in which they can apply the six principles of trauma informed care to supporting the young people they serve and their peers. 

Oregon 2021 Transition Conference presentation

In April of 2021, Oregon Health Authority and UCEDD presented at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference about the Friendships and Dating project. In this presentation, we shared preliminary results from the student and teacher surveys. 

The slides from this presentation are available here