News You Can Use – October 2018

News Briefs October 2018

Raven’s: KindTree-Autism Rocks NEW community partner

Our newest community partner is Raven’s located at 790 Willamette Street, Eugene. The store features clothing, art and jewelry, and is owned and operated by the brother of one of our STiLE students. This summer, Raven’s hosted a First Friday ArtWalk fundraiser for KindTree-Autism Rocks. Working collaboratively we have plans for our artists to showcase and sell their work next summer on Saturdays in front of his store. Please visit Raven’s and show your support, and look for his donations in our raffle baskets

Lane Art Council Community Arts Program Grant

This summer KindTree-Autism Rocks was awarded a $1,800 grant to provide three (3) artist workshops, a 2019 “Autism Artism Gala” event in April, and a series of community art shows and sales. The workshops will be held next year and are free and open to artists with and without autism. Go HERE for more information and registration. (link coming soon)
Marketing Your Art: Learn practical tips on using social media, personal connections and family to increase name recognition and sales.
The Art of Display: Learn from professionals’ inexpensive ways to display your art, pricing formulas and ways to increase profit and sales.
Marketing Yourself as an Artist: Learn to write a good artist statement, photograph and digitize your art, and to submit applications to juried art shows. If you are interested in participating in the workshops or helping with the “Autism Artism Gala”, please contact us at 541-780-6950 or email us at

Sensory Storytime Registration

for the Downtown Eugene Public Library’s next Sensory Storytime begins on Sunday Sept. 23rd. The storytime session starts October 6th at 3pm and runs all four Saturdays in October. Storytime is a 30-40 minute program including 20 minutes of early literacy-based activities followed by time to explore interactive materials and browse selected books available for checkout. Sensory Storytime is designed for children ages 2-8 who experience sensory needs, have developmental delays, or are on the autism spectrum. Registration starts Sunday Sept. 23rd at Include your child’s name and age. Space is limited, so please register early. SOON! There will be a Sensory Resource box in the Children’s Department at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. This box will have items such as cloth interactive books, and a variety of fidgets. More items such as sound canceling headphones, dark glasses, weighted vests and lap pads, weighted stuffed animals, a wiggle seat and more will be available by request at the Children’s Reference Desk. Look for these new resources in our Children’s Center after September 15th!

Youth Improv Video

STiLE’s Youth Improv group is alive and kicking. Check out their short video and see for yourself. 

Gender Identity Research Study

My name is Dr. Ruth Milanaik and I’m a developmental pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. Gender identity development remains very under-examined in this population, but a few studies have nonetheless suggested that gender related concerns may be 4-5 times more prevalent in individuals with ASD. In order to examine gender identity development in youth with ASD, my research colleagues and I have developed an anonymous and confidential questionnaire for parents of children ages of 6-25 years who have been diagnosed with ASD. In order to get a large representative sample, please forward the following message and questionnaire link to parents of children with ASD as well as to professionals or organizations that are focused on helping children with ASD. This study has been reviewed and approved by our Institutional Review Board. To participate in this study, please email

Updated: October 8, 2018 — 1:00 pm