The Spring edition of the KindTree - Autism Rocks newsletter is here!

Spend some time reviewing the contents of the printable newsletter attached, and the links in this message. We're proud to share a small video with you of Mary-Minn sharing her story with our community, reflecting on what KindTree has mean to her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9VCQumoukY&feature=share

 

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming "KindTree-Autism Rocks 20th Anniversary Dance Benefit" taking place on May 20th, when we observe our 20th year celebrating individuals experiencing autism, their friends and families with a fantastically fun, all-ages party.

 

Also take note of the dates for summer camp! Registration for camp will open online on May 1st. Printable forms are attached here for your convenience. Check the calendar dates for support groups and fun activities. Get acquainted with our new newsletter editor extraordinaire, Alisa. Catch up with important issues affecting the autism community. Most of all, share with your friends.

 

We invite you to follow the link below to read a blog post addressing the issue of service animals.

http://kindtree-autismrocks.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-importance-of-service-dogs-and-why.html

 

We also have this invitation from the National Institutes of Health to participate in a study;  The National Institutes of Health Project is inviting parents to join an online study. If you are the parent of a young child on the autism spectrum and would like to learn strategies for managing behavior, please join our research study.  You can receive up to $150 for full participation. To see if you qualify, please visit: http://bit.ly/aptscreen

 

Keep checking the KindTree website for further details about the dance party, a July fundraiser at Oakshire Brewery, and information about new STiLE classes as they are added.

 

Public Advocacy Opportunities:

Department of Education Budget Presentations The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education has been working on the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Budget Bills (SB 5516 and SB 5517) for the past few weeks.  Public Testimony Days are scheduled as follows:

March 16th: Public Testimony Day for K-12 Grant-in-Aid Budget & State School Fund

 

Department of Human Services Budget Presentations

 

On Tuesday, March 14th, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services will focus their attention on the Department of Human Services (DHS) Budget (SB 5526), and that work will continue for the next month or so.  DHS will begin with a "DHS Agency Overview" followed by presentations from each major program within DHS.  The following is a tentative schedule of the budget presentations for the next few weeks:

 

March 15-16:  Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) March 21-22:  Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) March 27:  Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) March 28: Public Testimony Day for APD, ODDS and OVRS -SAVE THIS DATE and please plan to join us at the Capitol to testify about the importance of DD Services and to request continuation of current service funding levels. 

 

Other Upcoming Advocacy Days at the Capitol April 10: Focus on Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Education May 1: Focus on Housing | Fairview Trust Fund May 22: Focus on Case Management & Systems Efficiency June 12: Session Wrap-Up Event: Focus on DD Services Funding

 

Have a great day,

 

www.kindtree.org

 

Stephanie Dahl

Administrative Manager

KindTree - Autism Rocks

 

541-780-6950

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