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OPB on Autism and College

An interesting 8 minute audio story on autism and advocacy, supports, and college.

http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/finding-services-adults-autism/

In the audio program above the ASPIRE program is mentioned. Through Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, ASPIRE offers classes, internships, mentoring, and other services:

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Beginning Reading and Math Software Giveaway Through Dec 15th

Funnix Beginning Reading and Funnix 2 is 220 complete lessons taking children from beginning non-readers to reading at a beginning third grade level.The Funnix reading program can be used with kids 4 or 5 years old through second graders who are having trouble. It can be used by teachers with small groups of kids, or by a parent or tutor. The program is designed so that someone who can read is with the child as the child goes through the program.

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Oregon RISE (OR PTI) Doors Closed Due to Financial Irregularities

Oregon RISE (Respect, Inspire, Support & Educate), previously Oregon PTI (Parent Training & Information Center) and COPE has shuttered its doors as the Executive Director and all board members quit due to "reports of unpaid bills and questionable finances."

The $128,000 per year Executive Director, Janice Roberts, resigned after finding that she was having financial difficulties and loaning herself money. This is a big no-no in the world of nonprofits. The board followed suite by all quitting.

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Oregon families say state falls behind on special needs students

http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8QH6P7O1.html Oregon families say state falls behind on special needs students 07/21/2007 By JULIA SILVERMAN / Associated Press Nearly every area associated with education got a significant budget boost from the Oregon Legislature this year, from pre-kindergarten programs to the state's seven universities. Except, that is, for a fairly obscure regional program that serves an estimated 8,000 or so families across Oregon whose children are autistic, or struggle with orthopedic problems, or were born deaf, blind or both.

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Couple challenges appeals court ruling in 5J schools suit

Couple challenges appeals court ruling in 5J schools suit Published: May 4, 2007 By CHRIS COLLINS ccollins@bakercityherald.com A recent ruling by the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals in a lawsuit which a Baker City couple filed against the Baker School District almost six years ago proves that the district provides quality service to special education students, the district's attorney, Dan Van Thiel, contends.

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District officials say legal bills exceed $175,000

District officials say legal bills exceed $175,000 Published: May 4, 2007 By CHRIS COLLINS ccollins@bakercityherald.com The Baker School District has racked up legal fees of more than $175,000 in a six-year dispute over special education services the district provided to a child with autism. Dan Van Thiel, a Baker City attorney who gives legal advice to the district, told board members in a special meeting Tuesday night that the district should seek additional insurance coverage to help pay these costs.

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Autism Expertise

Autism expertise The lack of a specialized state program for licensing teachers to instruct autistic children worries some local parents and educators By Paris Achen Mail Tribune Autism — the fastest-growing disability among the state's schoolchildren — demands specialized instruction with intervention specifically tailored for the disorder's complex variety of manifestations, experts say. Yet, Oregon, like most other states, neither requires nor offers an autism credential to special education teachers and autism specialists.

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Scholarship for Oregon Teacher

Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon's mission is to educate the community on effective autism treatment. One way of doing this is to create a pool of qualified individuals to conduct trainings, consultation and assessments. We feel there is a tremendous need in the Oregon and SW Washington area and we are looking for an educational professional (preferably a public school special educator) who wants to further his or her contribution to the field of special education.

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Oregon IDEA Part B Application: public notice and comment periods

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is required to complete and submit United States Department of Education (USDOE) applications to be eligible for funds under Parts B (3-21) and Part C (birth-2) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004).

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