Eugene, Oregon – Opening Summer/Fall 2020
A verdant valley, tucked along the folds of the Willamette River between the snow-capped Cascades and the lush Coastal Range, Eugene provides something for everyone. An active college town, Eugene benefits from a robust college culture, great local food, a happening music and arts scene, and a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is welcome. If sports is your scene then watching UO teams, always clad in the hometown favorite, Nike, can be a great attraction. With over 500 tree varieties growing in the immediate vicinity, Eugene is known as the Emerald City, and has long been known for its progressive environmental policies (Eugene banned plastic bags in 2013). With such great schools and so much to do, it is no wonder Eugene, OR, ranks as Sunset Magazines #5 top town in the west
Learning – Explore our local colleges
Eugene offers amazing colleges and universities to choose from, including the University of Oregon, Northwest Christian College, Gutenburg College, and Lane Community College. Having access to a variety of colleges in the community allows our students to find courses, majors, and degrees in their specific area of interest. Students may attend one, or a combination of, colleges throughout their time with Mansfield Hall; and many of these colleges offer access to courses as a non-matriculated student. This means that students do not need to formally apply to, or be accepted into, any local college in order to start out taking real college classes, for real college credit. Our staff can help find the right fit to achieve each student’s education goals. While enrolled in any of these wonderful colleges and universities, our academic experts at Mansfield Hall work closely with the students and the colleges to make sure appropriate accommodations are offered and individualized academic and executive functioning support is provided. Our goal is to help each of our students with learning disabilities become an independent learner and obtain the degree of their choice.
At Mansfield Hall-Eugene, we help students to develop independent living skills. Our students with learning disabilities such as ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders live in high-quality apartments in the center of Eugene. In this environment, our highly qualified staff are able to work closely with the students to develop and strengthen their independent living skills. From cooking classes to laundry instruction, we make sure all our students are learning the skills they will need to gain a greater level of independence. Knowing that no two students are alike, we make sure to individualize our programming and support to meet each student’s specific needs. As students gain a greater level of independence, we are able to transition students to nearby apartments.
There are numerous organizations and agencies dedicated to helping the community through various social, civic, and volunteer causes. A long-time center for progressive, social-justice, LGBTQ, and environmental causes, Eugene provides students with hundreds of volunteer opportunities, events, and activities. While giving back to the community is important in and of itself, we also value the important role volunteering plays in providing vocational skill development and perspective taking opportunities for our students.
From world-class skiing and snowboarding to the east and the coast, dunes, and beaches to the west, and with plenty of rivers, streams, farms and fields – and an amazing city – in between, there is never a shortage of engaging activities in and around Eugene, OR. We work to engage our students in their specific areas of interest. Whether it is sailing or stand up paddling on Fern Lake, biking on one of the many beautiful nearby trails, visiting the local skate park, or hiking and rock climbing at nearby Skinner Butte Park, we are confident each student will find a way to be fully engaged. It could be the, or UO-Duck-mania in Autzen Stadium, or even a Bitforest (the local game designer meetup) gathering at a local coffee shop – it does not matter what you are interested in, there is always something to do in Eugene, and we hope you will come explore exciting Eugene for yourself!
Slated to be custom-built in 2019 and located in the West University District, Mansfield Hall is located in the center of undergraduate housing in Eugene. Just two blocks from the University of Oregon, a few short blocks into downtown, and close to other colleges and public transportation, students are always only a short walk or ride away from all activities and classes. As with all Mansfield Hall locations, Eugene’s building will offer a centralized service delivery model, in which student housing, supports, services, staff offices, student lounges and study rooms, etc are all integrated into the same space, fostering engagement and community.