Enrollment Guidelines

PHAME serves adults ages 18 and up who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students who enroll at PHAME are expected to attend their classes regularly and to make every effort to arrive on time. Students should demonstrate their desire to be here, and should participate to the best of their abilities.

PHAME has compiled the following list of expectations that we have for enrolled students. Based on this list, some students may need to be accompanied by a personal support worker or family member while at PHAME.

Students should be able to meet the following expectations:

  • The student should demonstrate a desire to benefit from the program in some way (i.e., creative growth, skill development, social interacion, etc.)
  • The student should be adaptable to the group/classroom environment. This includes but is not limited to:
    •     Regularly attending the classes in which he/she is enrolled
    •     Actively participating in program activities to the best of his/her ability
    •     Following the instructions of staff and/or volunteers to the best of his/her ability
    •     Maintaining respect for other students, staff, volunteers, and the classroom space
    •     Refraining from behavior that threatens the safety and well-being of other students, staff, and volunteers
  • The student should be able to independently attend to their own needs related to eating, medication, personal hygiene, communication, and mobility OR must be accompanied by a personal care provider. PHAME does not provide personal care services to students. Examples of student needs that require a personal care provider include but are not limited to:
    •     Needing assistance administering medication, eating, or using the restroom
    •     Needing someone to push a wheelchair up a ramp
    •     Needing assistance getting into and/or out of a chair
    •     Needing assistance with highly-technical life-sustaining equipment or apparatus
    •     Needing the assistance of an ASL or ESL interpreter
    •     Needing constant one-on-one supervision
  • The student should be free from medical conditions that may endanger the health and safety of other students, staff, and/or volunteers. These conditions may include but are not limited to fever, open wounds, skin rashes, and infectious or easily communicable diseases, infections, or topical parasites
  • The student should be able to understand their own ability regarding leaving campus alone, and comport themselves accordingly. Due to the open nature of the PHAME campus, staff cannot be responsible for preventing students from leaving campus. Students who cannot make this distinction may need to provide their own personal attendant while participating at PHAME
  • The student should demonstrate a willingness and ability to abide by the PHAME Code of Conduct and other PHAME student policies

PHAME reserves the right to deny or revoke admittance to participants who do not meet these eligibility requirements.

If you have questions about these requirements, please contact Rob Smith at (503) 764-9718 ext. 2 or email him at rsmith@phamepdx.org.