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Taking care of a child or adult on the autistic spectrum can be challenging. Parents often dont have enough time for themselves and need a break to re-energize.

To help, ASO launched its popular Take A Break on ASO program in 2007. Since then, we have provided over *3,500* parents, foster parents, or legal guardians with gift certificates to wonderful local restaurants, tickets passes to first-run movies and paid for respite care for their child/ren including adult children on the autistic spectrum.

Under the Take a Break on ASO program, you and your guest will receive:

a $25 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice 2 movie tickets to a theater of your choice and up to 4 hours of respite care at $14/hour for all of the children in the home under the parent/legal guardians care

Autism Society Of Oregon Holds In

by Will Bertellotti | Aug 15, 2021 | Events, Features, Fundraisers, News, nonprofit, Smile, Upcoming Events

Portland, OR. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Autism Society of Oregon to shift towards a virtual walk fundraiser rather than their standard in-person event. This year the organization is back in full swing for its annual Autism Walk fundraiser at Oaks Park in SE Portland on August 15th. The event will include a wide variety of fun activities for individuals with autism and their supporters.

ASO says the event will be a family-friendly, autism-friendly community event celebrating the people we love on the autism spectrum. Some of these activities include the half-mile walk that gives the event its namesake, a photo booth, a water display courtesy of Portland Fire and Rescue, and sewing/needlecrafts with PDX Stitch. Additionally, the nonprofit has partnered with several local groups and organizations such as Cosplay Characters for Kindness and Portland Ghostbusters who dress up as fictional characters and attend charity events for photos and to make attendees smile. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, the event will not include face painting as it normally would in a non-pandemic year. Those interested in attending the Autism Walk can register for the event to help raise funds for it here.

A group of people dresses as Star Wars characters hold the ASO banner at a previous event.

Welcome To Camp Odakoda By Asd Oregon

We offer a one week typical summer camp experience for 10-18 year old individuals with autism. We provide an opportunity to engage in activities that will help campers grow and expand their social experiences, foster independence, and support positive mental health . We provide opportunities for campers with autism to enjoy their uniqueness, take pride in their strengths, and just have fun!

Camp for 2022 has concluded. We will open registration for next year on March 1st 2023.

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A new book edited by ARIs Executive Director, Stephen M. Edelson, and past ARI Board member, Jane B. Johnson, is now available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

ARI has awarded more than 120 research grants over the past decade. In order to provide parents and professionals with an independent, unbiased assessment of causal and treatment efficacy issues, ARI seeks no financial support from special interest groups or drug manufacturers. Your gift of any size goes directly toward supporting the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education.

We work to advance the biological understanding of autism. Whether youre an individual with autism, parent, professional, or researcher, were here to connect you with information you need.

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Autism Society of Oregon Helps Families Create Normalcy for Kids ...
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  • At, we provide free educational content from Spectrum Life Magazine, Zoom Autism Magazine and Autism Empowerment. We also provide a comprehensive autism and disability resource directory. Other websites of our 5013 nonprofit organization include and

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For Parents

AWE meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month, from 6:30 8:30 pm via Zoom. AWE is a group for adults for those on AND off the spectrum. No diagnosis is required. Each participant, no matter where they are in their journey, shares an interest in forming an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh outlooks. This creates better tools to understand our situations, our loved ones and ourselves. This group supports and respects members in their individual paths toward acceptance no matter where they are on the human spectrum. To get on the listserv, or to obtain the Zoom link for meetings, please email Shasti McLaughlin at or text 503-781-2461.

OFSN Support Group for Parents of Gender Non-Conforming Kids and Teens. Every Thursday at 6:30 pm. Meets by Zoom. Lets build a community and grow in the trauma informed group. Join other parents and guardians in this empowering group meant to support each other through the joy and struggle that parenting a gender non conforming child can be in this world. Learn and share resources and self care strategies. Call 503-983-3519 or email

CHADD Parent Support Group Meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month, at 6:30 pm 8:30 pm, at Providence St. Vincent Hospital, 9205 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225. Open to parents, grandparents, teachers or other caregivers of children affected by ADHD. For more information contact the local coordinator Glenn at .

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Everyones Story Is Different

The experience of Autism is not one thing. It is many things. Its dreams, talents, relationships, victories, hurdles, and everything in between. The connection between those experiences is you.

You break the mold. No matter who you are, the person you are is infiniteand you are the only you there is.

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Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania

The goal of our organization is to share: our contacts, our experiences and our friendships. We will inform you of the many professional agencies that we have in our area. We will notify you of any important news or legislation that could affect your family. We will listen to your concerns, share the fun and laughter at our family gatherings.

We are part of a team that will assist you and your family, as you navigate the world of autism.No one should ever have the feeling that they are alone.

Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania exists to improve the quality of life across the lifespan of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Mercer Counties through:

Advocacy Education Service Support Research

Our activities are driven by the needs of our families. We promote an awareness of autism and other developmental disorders in the community at large and to that end, educators, social workers, and other professionals are welcome as an integral part of our family.

Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania is a 5013 non-profit organizationView our Annual Report. Please contact the office 455-3540 to view a copy of our Form 990

Autism Society NWPA was privileged to receive the Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award. The award was presented to Autism Society NWPA Executive Director, Tish Bartlett, and Board Secretary, Natalie Braddock, at the 2019 Nonprofit Day by Adam Bratton, Executive Director Nonprofit Partnership.

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El Autism Society ofrece al país Información y Referencia 18,12) uno a uno de: 9:00 a.m. a 9:00 p.m. siete días a la semana a través de un número gratis: 800-3- AUTISM oprima 6 o por correo electrónico: .

También disponemos de un amplio contenido en nuestro sitio web y un directorio gratis: de los servicios y suportes disponibles en todo el país.

How To Apply:

Eligibility: Any parent/legal guardian/foster parent who is primary caregiver for a person on the autism spectrum anywhere in Oregon or SW Washington is eligible.

To ensure all families are given a chance to participate, we ask that each family wait for a year after enjoying Take a Break on ASO before applying again.

To Participate: Please contact the ASO office by phone at 636-1676 or toll-free at: 1-888-AUTISM-1 , or . Please be sure to check your JUNK or SPAM folder for responses.

Due to the generosity of our donors, there is NO waitlist and NO lottery.

Parents are responsible for arranging for the respite care, but well try to help find providers if needed. Family members are welcome to provide respite care, so long as they are over the age of 18.

ASO will pay the respite care provider directly. We will send you a form to give to your care provider to fill out and return to ASO for payment after services are provided.

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ASO envisions autistic individuals and families who are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. ASO provides resources, advocacy, education, and support for everyone impacted by autism.

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