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Autism Spectrum Disorder State Library of Oregon in Hillsboro

The Autism Spectrum Disorder State Library of Oregon has moved from Salem to Hillsboro. To use the library you will need to contact Emma and set up an account.

Autism Rates in Oregon Rise


The first report shows that since 2008-09, the number has risen by 2,727 kids -- a 3.3 percent growth rate, which is faster than Oregon's population growth of 2.6 percent in that period.

Much of the increase has been in autism, which continued an upward trend with an additional 1,115 students during the last three years.

Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon Update Parent Guide

For parents just starting on their autism journey, this booklet can help you figure out where to go and what to do. See either or click on the attachment below for an abbreviated PDF file.

NEW: Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder Report

The Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder Report to the Governor is completed and now available. Please visit the website or click on the link below:

The executive summary includes:

  1. Early identification of young children and the immediate provision of appropriate services.

    • Screen all Oregon children for ASD by their second birthday, and use a consistent process for the identification evaluation.

PSU to offer summer autism training courses

Portland State is offering courses this summer that aim to educate children with autism and educate special education teachers and members of the community who work with children who have autism. The classes can be taken by students working toward a certificate in autism training at PSU. Two different classes will be offered during summer term: the first about educating children with autism and the second on the PSU-developed Strategies for Teaching Based on Autism Research (STAR) program.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Statewide Library in Salem

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Statewide Library in Salem includes books, audiotapes, videotapes, a variety of articles, and sample curriculum materials regarding a wide variety of educational strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The resources are available to checkout to Oregon residents. Click here for a list of library resources you can check out (

NCLB Adds More Exemptions for Special Ed Testing

A new policy was just added April 4th to allow school districts to give alternative testing to an additional 2% of the student population. The change could affect up to 30% of students on IEPs. According to TCTA website:

Medford Parents Advocate for Centralized Program

Another story in the Mail Tribune on autism special education programs in the Mail Tribune. Here, the parents want to centralize elementary autism programs to one school:
To give special education students more stability, Dillard and four other parents recently teamed up to propose to the Southern Oregon Education Service District and Medford School District to keep kindergarten through sixth grade at the same school.

Southern Oregon Autism Classroom

It seems our favorite autism people are in the news: Kelli Schlapfer and Jennifer McBride. The story, titled