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Oregon Penitentiary Inmate with Autism Dies

http://tinyurl.com/6u5jcoo

The Oregon State Penitentiary may have failed to give services and appropriate supervision to an inmate with autism. Of interest in this article is the fact that over the next few years more children with autism will be joining the adult ranks.

We all know that with the "three strikes you're out" law, poor education for children with autism, lack of funds, and lack of general supports and services in the state of Oregon, this problem will only get worse.

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People with Autism Uniquely Qualified as Software Testers

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/21/scitech/main20109294.shtml

"Traits that make great software testers - intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail - also happen to be characteristics of autism."

Although I don't think all people with autism have the needed skills to be software testers, I suspect some would be very good at it.

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ASO Benefit

All Panda Express locations in OR and Vancouver WA to donate 20% proceeds to ASO during Saturday's in July.
http://www.oregonautism.com/pdf/panda_express.pdf

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Whole Foods Fundraiser for Autism Society of Oregon

Through April 10th, the Whole Foods at the Hollywood location in Portland will have an option to donate your bag refund to ASO

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Children’s Intensive In-home Services (CIIS) - What is it?

The Medically Involved program is part of the Oregon Developmental Disability Services Children’s Intensive In-Home Services Program. It was developed to provide flexible, family-friendly, culturally sensitive service choices that families need in order to support children who are significantly medically involved in their own home. It is designed to use State Resources more efficiently while providing fair, equitable services based on the needs of the child and family

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Arin's House Teen Center and Project PACE Join Forces

From Beaverton Times: Arin's House, a teen center, has found an ideal roommate in a longtime friend. The nonprofit teen center is moving in with Project PACE (Parent and Child Enrichment), a Beaverton organization that specializes in working with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

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Proposals requested for Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants

(located this on the web. Please check the Autism Speaks website for specific application/proposal information) Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants Proposal deadline October 12, 2007. http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/grants.php

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Bridgeway House Looking to Expand Across Oregon

An interesting story on Bridgeway House's desire to expand across Oregon. Of interest is the fact that they actually want to serve Oregon, not the state of Portland:

The center started in Eugene five years ago, opened another center in Baker and has set up administrative headquarters in Talent while it looks for a local home, said its president for Southern Oregon, Janel Salazar.

And look! They support behavioral services:

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Bridgeway House will open in Southern Oregon

Press Release For Immediate Release Bridgeway House will open in Southern Oregon Serving people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Talent OR, August 30, 2007: Bridgeway House of Southern Oregon (BWH-SO) will open an autism center in Southern Oregon, announced by Executive Director, Frank Liva and President, Janel Salazar. Modeled after Bridgeway House in Eugene OR, BWH-SO will offer comprehensive therapy and support services to children and adults affected by an autism spectrum disorder.

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Request for Oregon Parents to fill out Surveys

A request from Bill Lynch, Executive Director of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities who does not feel children with autism should receive services in Applied Behavior Analysis: Dear Friend, The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Oregon would like your feedback regarding planned activities in human services for a 5-year grant application that will be prepared later this fall. There are three /fast/ surveys that ask for your top priorities in three areas. You may respond to as many of the surveys as you would like.

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