How a Unique Role is Helping Students with Disabilities

by Kailey Fisicaro Working in schools, specialists like physical therapists, occupational therapists, autism specialists and more see ways in which assistive technology could really help young people in need. Assistive technology includes a wide range of devices and...
Fitness Tips for Every Body

Fitness Tips for Every Body

A trainer’s advice on exercise and health Back in 2006, Ryan Lockard was a college athlete trying to finish his degree. He also worked as an aide for a teenage boy named Ben, who had autism. When he saw that the fitness expectations were set lower for Ben than for the...
Success Story: Maxwell Huni

Success Story: Maxwell Huni

Maxwell Huni is a young man with a lot of plans for his future. Huni lives in Sisters, Oregon, and graduated from Sisters High School in 2017. After graduation, he continued at the Sisters School District’s transition program until the summer of 2019, when he turned...
Summer Jobs Lead to Success

Summer Jobs Lead to Success

When Juan Ortega began the summer work experience program last June, he had no idea what an impact it would have on him. Ortega is currently a transition student in Redmond, now in his final year of school. Last June, he enrolled in a state-funded program that helps...
2019 We Read: So You Want To Talk About Race

2019 We Read: So You Want To Talk About Race

High Desert ESD is proud to continue our annual, organization-wide book club and continue to align our content with our organization’s commitment to equity. For this 2019 We Read, we have chosen Ijeoma Oluo’s New York Times Bestseller, So You Want to Talk About...

How One Girl with Albinism Has Excelled

With the wide range of kids High Desert Education Service District serves through local schools, there’s one idea educators have in common: A person’s challenges or limitations don’t define them. Sierra Abbott, who recently graduated Bend High School with honors, is a...