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FREE Summer Meals and Snacks for Kids

The Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 and under. Sites are located at places such as school, parks and community centers.

To find the location and time of Summer Meal sites nearest you, Call the family hotline:

1-888-4-FOOD-WA (1-888-436-6392) or visit to find your Summer Meals sites online


Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors Training

This training is an introduction to behaviors and what can be causing them to occur.

Some topics we will discuss are:

1) Behaviors

2) What could be causing the behaviors?

3) What are the “last straws” that can cause the behavior to happen?

4) Teaching replacement behaviors

When : Wednesday June 22nd, 2011

3-4:30pm Age group – 12 years and under

Where: PRIDE For Kids

Family Center

6511 NE 18th St

Vancouver, Wa 98661

Instructor: Heather Schwartz M.Ed, Certified OIS trainer

Cost : $5.00 – For registration and questions contact Heather Schwartz at 360-759-4917


Mark Your Calendar For

COMMUNICATION RESOURCE FAIR Monday, August 8, 2011 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Providence Child Center 830 NE 47th Avenue Portland, Oregon
  • Learn about Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Hands-on training with Communication books and Ipads
  • Breakout sessions to share technology with other parents
  • Information sessions with vendors and experts throughout the day
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Summer Fund Raisers!

During each Saturday in July when you eat at any of the 43 Panda Express locations in Oregon or Vancouver, ASO will receive 20% of your order! You must either present a coupon or mention the Autism Society of Oregon when you order. Download the coupon at ASO’s site So enjoy a delicious Chow Mein Bowl at Panda Express and help ASO raise some money this summer!


100% of all money raised goes to The Arc!

Friday July 8, 2011 @ The Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, Washington ( Check-in begins at 6pm).

Silent Auction begins at 6:30pm. Games and raffles begin at 7pm.

Poker, delicious foods, raffle prizes, auction fun, and a open wine, beer, & beverage bar ALL INCLUDED!

Space is limited… REGISTER HERE! Or email for registration!

Who is Team Tony? I AM Tony…

I started therapy with The Arc’s PRIDE For Kids program when I was just 6 months old.

It is a center that provides services such as physical, occupational and other therapies for infants and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

NOTHING is as important as the healthy development of a child. The commitment and generosity of donors helps make comprehensive and innovative education, therapy and services at The Arc’s PRIDE for Kids Family Therapy Center.

AMAZING things happen at PRIDE For Kids…

Thank you to Brian Renney at Youngs Columbia for helping us start this fundraiser three years ago. Your support is amazing! Our family and friends have joined TEAM TONY and have helped us to give back to The Arc and help other children in Southwest Washington! So far we have raised over $20,000 for The Arc! -Thank you, Rick & Sandra Sermone


The Arc in Motion Race on July 30, 2011

Visit us at for event info

Register online at: or

Race Day Schedule:

7am – 8am Late Registration

8am 5K Start

8:30am 10K Start

11:30am Prizes & Awards

Course – 5k/10k along the Burnt Bridge Creek Discovery Trail. Alexi’s Run is in The Arc Family Center. Visit for more details.

Celebration – Join us after the run for free food, giveaways, raffles, massages, and more. Activities and games for the entire family.

Awards – Awards to the first, second, and third overall male and female runners. Ceremony in The Arc Family Center.

Volunteer – To volunteer, please contact: The Arc at 360.254.1562 or

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Summer Adventures!

Parent to Parent Play Date in the Park

Vancouver, WA

Meet other parents and other children who experience special needs.

Come play, meet new friends and find support.

On June 24 at 10:00am

Le Roy Haagen Memorial Park on NE 9th St. W of NE 136th Ave in Vancouver

Contact Brenda Tyrrell Parent to Parent Coordinator for more information



The Arc – for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Join us for a fun filled family event celebrating the community partnership of BBSI and The Arc of Southwest Washington. Bring your running shoes for games, skill challenges, and more.

FREE for your entire family!

Capped at 100 participants! Space is limited, so register now !

Event held at Jeld-Wen Field ( 1844 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR) from 2:15 – 3:30 on Wednesday June 29, 2011

Food and drink generously provided by BBSI

To participate in this free and fun family event contact: Russ Kukini • 360.798.5064 • Jill Campbell • 360.901.0132 •

Meadowood Springs
ASD Family Immersion Camp

Weston, Oregon

Families & ASD: Finding Balance

Presented by Eric Hamblen & Steve Ryan MA-SLP-CCC

of PACE Place

*Space Limited To Ten Families (Only Five Spaces Left)

This unique family camp is designed to work intensively with up to ten families (parents and children). This workshop is designed to guide families with a child with a diagnosis that affects social learning (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, NVLD, PDD-NOS). This workshop is appropriate for families with children of all ages and all skill levels with challenges in daily living (e.g., morning routine, chores, family play time, and outings into the community).

This Family Immersion Camp is 4 Days and 3 Nights

consisting of Interactive Adult Lectures with Hands-On Activities


2 -Hour private consultation with your family and one of the presenters

Contact Meadowood at 541-276-2752 or email for fee/scholarship information and a registration form or if you have any questions. More information and the registration form can also be found at . Applications can be returned to us at Meadowood Springs PO Box 1025, Pendleton, OR. 97801

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More Special events in the Pacific Northwest area!

1) Impact of Abuse, Trauma and Neglect

on Child Neurodevelopment

Presenter: David W. Willis, M.D.

Friday, June 17, 2011

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Department of Human Services

4600 25th Avenue NE, Salem, OR 97301

This training is offered to you at no cost through the generous support of

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center, Gem Children’s Foundation and Providence Child Center.

Register with ORPARC at 1-800-764-8367 or

For full information flyers click English or Spanish


2) PUBLIC FORUM: Schools out! Sports and Recreation Opportunities for Developmentally Disabled

TIME: Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Innovative Services Northwest Community Room

9419 NW Fourth Plain Boulevard

Families affected by autism face many challenges. What sports and recreational opportunities are available locally for the developmentally disabled?

This public forum will provide lots of options. Our panelists will describe their organization’s sports and recreation programs for the developmentally disabled.

· Clark/Vancouver Parks & Recreation Inclusion program Teresa Williamson

· Special Olympics Elizabeth Francis

· Boy Scouts John Krejcha

· Columbia River Miracle League Bobby Ferenchak

· Clark County Fair Bridget Schwarz

We are pleased to offer free on-site child care but you must RSVP with your child’s age by June 10 so we have enough staff. E-mail or call 360.980.4019.

We will meet at Innovative Services NW at 9414 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. The building is near the Vancouver Mall but getting there is tricky. Pretend you are going to the Best Western Motel, also on Fourth Plain. The Innovative Services building is the 3 story building next of the motel.


3) SUMMER TIME IN SOUTHERN OREGON! The Autism Society of Oregon, Southern Chapter Representatives, have some fun activties planned for this summer for the Autism Community living in Grants Pass! Sensory Friendly Movie: South Gate Cinema in Grants Pass will show Cars 2 on July 9th. Regular movie tickets apply. Sensory Friendly Swim: At the YMCA in Grants Pass. Saturday, July 30th, 10:30 to 12:00. Only $5 per family! For more information about these events contact ASO Southern Oregon Chapter Rep Rhonda Smerdon at, telephone 541-261-8357.


NORTHWEST AUTISM FOUNDATION GALA & GOLF FUND RAISING EVENTS IN JUNE The Northwest Autism Foundation (NWAF) is having a Gala Banquet and Concert on Saturday, June 25th at the Rose Garden Arena and a Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday June 27th at Pumpkin Ridge. For more information about registering for these events visit or call the NWAF office at (503)557-2111. Both events will raise money for children with autism to help facilitate early diagnosis and effective teatment of ASD.

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Panel Discussion Opportunity


Join ASO for an evening with a diverse panel of adults on the autism spectrum.

Elesia Ashkenazy, Jonathan Chase and Matt Sloan will speak about who they are, discuss topics of personal interest and answer questions from the audience.

Marci Hammel, Autism Specialist, will facilitate this interactive discussion. Adults on the spectrum, parents and service providers are all encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, June 8th

6:00- 8:00 p.m.

United Way Building, 619 Southwest 11th Ave., Portland, 97205

Cost: a suggested donation of $5

For more information call Michelle Ayers, 503 449-6097,

For more information on upcoming events, go to: Autism Society – Oregon
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FREE “Smile at Me” App for Ipad or Iphone!

A friend of mine came across this free app available for the Ipad & Iphone from, and she passed the word on to me.

It’s a great application because it helps kids with Autism/Asperger’s to differenciate between a sad face and a happy face. When they get a certain amount correct, they get to spend a little time at the virtual “zoo” with a virtual “friend,” where they are then encouraged to say something to that friend, or give that friend a gift (using the app of course).

I have found this to be very successful, even for my 4-year-old, so I wanted to pass it on to you…best of all, it’s FREE for about another month! Here’s how to get the promo code to download it:

Contact Abbie Cort (who works at at and just ask her for a code. You can let her know I sent you, because they always like to know where the referral came from. Her company makes apps to help children with ASD practice social skills. You can view most of their apps on, their website. As Abbie says:

“Most of our apps are for children to practice eye contact, but we also have the Smile At Me app and 2 movement apps, Dance Party Zoo and Dino. I also have a FB pages at Autism Aspergers Games for Kids where they can see some screenshots and read some reviews. We also are almost ready to launch our new, highly anticipated Look in my Eyes Steam Train app. I can let you know when this is out and can send you a promo if you would like. All we ask is that folks tell a friend about us, and if they like the apps, they can write us a review on itunes. That is really helpful. We love doing this and feel great job when children can benefit from our apps!”

Don’t forget you have a limited time to request the free app, so do it today…and don’t worry, there’s literally no obligation required!

❤ Kristi

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“My Way Matinee” for Special needs kids

Hi friends,

If you are in the Portland Metro Area, The Autism Society of Oregon is offering a sensory-friendly showing of Kung Fu Panda 2, sponsored by Lloyd Cinemas in Portland.

This is a place where kids with sensory difficulties can enjoy going out to see a movie without worrying about the other people around them. The lights are dimmed, the soundtrack is quieter, and everyone in attendance fully understands the “odd” behavior your child(ren) may be exhibiting.

It’s happening on June 4, 2011 from 10am to 1pm, and you need to RSVP to the Facebook invite at


❤ Kristi

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