Autism Community Links

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Here you found links to local and other resources for people on the spectrum and their families, support workers, and caregivers.
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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Developmental Disability Services programs and services. ODDS provides free help. Some examples of the free help ODDS can provide are written materials in other languages, braille, large print, audio, or a format you prefer. If you need help or have questions, please email ODDS.Engagement@dhsoha.state.or.us or call at 503-945-5811. ODDS accepts calls from all forms of relay service. 


New Webinar (June 2020) from the Autism Society of Oregon about accessing Developmental Disabilities Services. An awesome 90 minutes


Need Help with just about anything? Aunt Bertha has a huge database of resources of all kinds you can search with your own zip code. Try it.


This is Fun! Autism Live on Facebook – videos, interviews, podcasts, too.

Autismworks YouTube Channel with Best Selling author and founder of Autismworks, Tyler McNamer.


Tech Tools and Tips for Teaching Coding to Students with Learning Disabilities
Understanding how to work with computer and coding software will be an in-demand skill for employers. However, teaching coding to children is about more than just improving their job prospects. Coding may also teach kids of all abilities and learning styles how to problem-solve, how to be creative and how to collaborate, among other skills.
From: mastersindatascience.org


Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services

Have you ever considered seeing if your child would qualify for Developmental Disability Services? If they were to qualify for our services, there could possibly be some funding available for them to utilize for supports, along with a case coordinator who could help you navigate services that could be available.

We have eligibility specialists who could help you through the process. You would just call 541-682-6564 and talk to Courtney Boyce, who could help you begin the process.

Also, here is a link to the website that will give you information about DD services and what we have to offer.

https://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/health_and_human_services/developmental_disabilities


The National African American Autism Community Network (NAAACN).  We empower and support African American families affected by autism. Through our network of community partners, we advocate for increased awareness, screening, and treatment of autism in underserved communities.


As interest in autism spread from scholarly journals to dinner tables and the evening news, UO historian Ellen Herman saw a gap.

The internet is full of research and debate, but Herman found little in the way of context. Always on the lookout for ways to use research to meet a common need, she decided to help fill that gap with a project tracing the modern history of autism from its early recognition to today.

 The Autism History Project highlights the people, ideas and topics that were instrumental in shaping autism during the 20th century in the United States. She hopes the website fills a void in the conversation about autism, which has surged in recent years as more families, educators and workers are touched by those diagnosed with the disorder.


Allies, Eugene. Utilizing a “whole life” approach, Allies empowers, encourages and educates individuals with exceptionalities by providing high quality supports with daily living skills at home and in the community.

Smart Living, Learning & Earning with Autism SLLEA serves adults with higher functioning autism, working with them to achieve and maintain meaningful independence and self-sufficiency in their lives. Our comprehensive program of autism-specific direct supports, skills and social training, and use of self management technology is carefully designed to foster sustained personal growth and self-confidence across three pivotal adult transition areas: (1) Independent living, (2) Higher education, and (3) Career exploration and meaningful employment.

Autism Society of Oregon The Autism Society of Oregon is Oregon’s leading organization providing resources, education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with autism.

How does someone over the age 18 get evaluated for Autism Spectrum Disorder?
There are 2 ways to obtain an autism evaluation: (1) either through a private practitioner; or (2) through Vocational Rehabilitation (“Voc Rehab”), a state agency and, in some cases, through your county Developmental Disability Services (“DD Services”) offices.  There is a fee for a private practitioner but the results are released only to you. An autism evaluation through Voc Rehab or DD Services is free, but the results will also be released to Voc Rehab to see if you qualify for their services.
How do I find a private practitioner for an autism evaluation? 
There is a list of providers who do adult autism evaluations on the ASO website at:  https://autismsocietyoregon.org/directory/. Click on +Adult Resources, then click on +Adult-Diagnosis. Providers are listed by county.

ASO “Take a Break” Program Providing parents of children on the Autism spectrum, foster parents, and parents of adult children a night out to relax and recharge. 888-288-4761, TAB@AutismSocietyOregon.org.
 

Bridgeway House, Eugene. Bridgeway House serves the needs of children with autism and related abilities while educating and supporting their families.

Full Access Brokerage, Eugene. Full Access envisions a world where equal access ensures that all people live, work, and recreate in their community, consistent with their preferences and choices. 

Central Oregon Autism Movement, Redmond, Oregon
Our Mission: To lead Central Oregon in Support and Community Acceptance for Individuals and Families with Autism
Our Vision: A Thriving Autism Community
Supported by Resources, Acceptance and Awareness

Lane County Developmental Disabilities, Eugene. The mission of Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services is to support individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities by coordinating self-directed support services. We encourage individuals to exercise their independence, seek personal growth and development, enjoy meaningful relationships, and lead fulfilling lives.

Direction Service Counseling Center – Our Counseling Center provides a full range of mental health services to very young children, children and adolescents, families, and adults of all ages with a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or mental health and behavioral disorders. We specialize in comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, skill building, individual and family therapy, and group therapy and consultation. In Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder The Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder works to serve and support people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Oregon Department of Education Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Information The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with ASD

Affordable Colleges Online – provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation.

www.workability.one a new, inclusive job board which connects neurodiverse job seekers with inclusive employers.

Utilizing Mobile Technology for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from Verizon
Using mobile technology for children with autism spectrum disorder has a variety of benefits from core issues faced by children with ASD to other functional life skills. Using a tablet, laptop, or another mobile device for learning on-the-go can help connect the dots where traditional learning may lack. You will also want to ensure that your child’s mobile phone — or other mobile devices — has adequate accessibility support for their individual needs.

From Wondermoms.org
What to Look for in Accessible Rentals
Helping Kids in Traumatic Experiences
Simple Home Modifications for Kids with Special Needs
Special Needs Trusts Guide
Tips for Coping with Covid Stress
Finding Accessible Housing
Making Special Education Work for Your Child During COVID

A Medical Guide to Autism by Dr. Mary Williams, R.N. D.C. Comprehensive information for those who are new to autism.

How Nurses Can Support Children With Autism During Medical Visits
from Nursing License Map:
barriers to care can have negative effects on the health of individuals on the autism spectrum: Research suggests that many young people with ASD are less likely to receive critical preventive services, such as flu shots and other vaccines. Anxiety about medical visits can become a lifelong challenge, as many adults with autism struggle to communicate with providers and are less likely to have their routine health needs met

NewMouth – Dental Care Information: NewMouth is an informational web guide for those seeking general, orthodontic, pediatric, or specialty dental care. NewMouth is owned and funded by Dentistry Brands LLC, an informational marketing company that specializes in producing authoritative medical content based on dental literature, accredited scientific journals, and current dental research data.

Autism and Dental Care  – Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism. Our dental experts Dr. Greg Grillo and Dr. David Hudnall have spent countless hours helping patients and caregivers prepare for upcoming dental visits as well as helping them with tips and techniques that ensure proper oral health habits in the future.

Enroll Education – Teaching Education Guides that include lists of scholarships, comprehensive degree program data, licensing & certification info by state, and career profiles for the industry.

Additional links below this photo of Riley Campbell and his mom Dyan…


OTHER LINKS 

Learning to Drive – Thorough and helpful if you are considering seeking a driver’s license. By Carmen Adams, a masters student at SDSU.

The Dealhack PWD Discounts Guide is the ultimate savings guide for persons with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities. Every three months, we update the lists to include the newest offers to help you save on your purchases. The list currently consists of more than 80 stores and services divided into 19 categories. This comprehensive PWD discount guide can be saved in PDF format so it can be accessed from any device.

GUIDE TO SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS “qualifying for SSDI or SSI can be difficult for various reasons, and help from a lawyer to get approved for benefits may be necessary.”

Parents’ Guide: So Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Autism…If you’ve just learned that your child has autism, it can be an incredibly daunting and confusing time. You likely have a lot of questions about what autism is, what it means for your child and for your family, and how to move forward. This guide will help you get started.

Project DART – Project DART (Disability Assault/Abuse Response Team) is a group of advocates and volunteers joining together to provide direct services to people with disabilities in the Portland Tri-County area.

Sensory-Friendly Home Modifications for Autism – In order to best support people with autism, there are a number of home modifications families can make. This guide covers reasons why you should consider modifying your home, what to evaluate before making any changes to your home, and potential modifications you can make. And here is a crew to make it happen. And on Facebook HERE.

The Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms 

Teaching Math and Computer Science to Kids with Special NeedsWhat Can Teaching STEM for Students with Special Needs Look Like?
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OREGON RESOURCES

Meadowood Springs Camp. We offer a camp specific to those with hearing, speech and language disorders as well as a camp centered around kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, NVLD, PDD-NOS and other social learning disorders. In Eastern Oregon. 

Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)

Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation

STATE OF OREGON GOVERNMENT SITES

Oregon’s state portal with links to Oregon State Government

Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Legislature with links to all Legislators

Department of Human Services, People with Disabilities

Department of Education

Office of Medical Assistance Programs Client Assistance

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Information about the Americans With Disabilities Act.

National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils