The Shadow Project

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • People with Disabilities


2154 NE Broadway, Suite 130Portland, OR 97232 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Shadow Project envisions an education system that normalizes and celebrates learning differences and supports every student to thrive in school. We have a proven track record of fostering social and academic growth for schoolchildren with learning challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and trauma, many of whom are from communities of color, low-income backgrounds, and/or are English Language Learners. With the conviction that all students can graduate from high school given access to the right supports, The Shadow Project provides innovative tools and techniques tailored to diverse learners and supports teachers in integrating those tools into their classrooms. Together we've helped to unleash the potential of more than 14,000 capable learners in grades K-12 in Portland, McMinnville, and Salem.


Founded by a Portland mom whose son, who has dyslexia, was ready to give up on school in second grade, The Shadow Project has helped foster success for children in pre-K - th grade whose special education needs include dyslexia, ADHD, autism, speech/language challenges, and trauma.

The Shadow Project has evolved from an all-volunteer "mom and pup" operation to a 501(c)3 nonprofit partnered with schools in multiple Oregon counties. The organization has three proven programs ( celebrate the inherent worth of every child.

Check out this video created by one of our interns from Portland State University, about their experience:


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