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The Shadow Project

Cause Area

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


2165 ne broadway, suite 130PORTLAND, OR 97232 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Shadow Project's mission is to make learning more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges so they can achieve their full potential. We partner with teachers at schools across the Portland Metro to create equitable school environments and improved academic outcomes for students with learning challenges, like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. The majority of the students we serve are from communities of color, low-income backgrounds, and are English Language Learners. Since 2003, Shadow has empowered more than 11,000 students to be confident, engaged learners who thrive in school and life. Check out this video created by a Shadow Project 2021 Spring Term PSU CYFS Student intern, regarding their experience working with The Shadow Project:


Founded by a Portland mom whose dyslexic son was ready to give up on school in second grade, the 15-year-old The Shadow Project has helped foster success for nearly 11,000 children in grades pre-K to eight whose special education needs include dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and speech/language and sensory disorders. With the conviction that all students can graduate from high school given access to the right supports, the nonprofit Shadow Project provides innovative tools and techniques tailored to diverse learners and supports teachers in integrating those tools into their classrooms.


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