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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Information

Purpose of Regional Programs

The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with ASD.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is both a category under which children may receive special education services and a medical condition. It is important for parents and caregivers to understand that there is a distinction between an educational eligibility for special education under the category of ASD and a medical diagnosis of ASD based upon criteria set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). A medical diagnosis of ASD does not automatically mean a child with meet the educational criteria, and vice versa.

Regional Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

ASD Criteria and Evaluation Component Revisions

In June of 2018, the State Board of Education approved revisions to OARs 581-015-2130 (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and 581-015-2000 (Definitions). These OAR revisions take effect on 1-1-2019.

These OAR revisions resulted in a refine list of comprehensive evaluation components as well as revised ASD eligibility criteria.


Oregon’s Regional Programs

Each regional program in the state provides professional development in the areas of evaluation and eligibility determination as well as the implementation of evidence-based practices for children age 0-to-21. For more information, visit the regional program website for your area (see list of links above).

The LEAP Preschool Model

The Oregon Department of Education has partnered with Multnomah Early Childhood Program/David Douglas School District and Columbia Regional Program to implement the LEAP Preschool Model in several preschool classrooms. This research-supported comprehensive treatment model (CTM) emphasizes the inclusion of children with ASD among typically developing peers who have been trained to support peers with social-communication impairments. Peer mediated intervention is used alongside several other evidence-based practices.

Oregon Regional Autism Model Training Sites (ORPATS)

The Oregon Department of Education in collaboration with STAR Autism Support, Inc., and Northwest Regional ESD are continuing the development of a statewide network of Oregon Regional Autism Training Sites. The OrPATS training sites implement a combination of evidence-based strategies (including ABA) that provide a proactive approach to individualizing services for children with ASD. Through a system of regional workshops and follow-up, hands-on training in an OrPATS training site, staff receive quality training to implement evidence-based practices for working with students with autism. By building state and local capacity through a systematic training protocol, large numbers of staff can be more thoroughly trained in an efficient, research-based replicable model.

2019-2020 ORPATS Training Schedule

Oregon Program Autism Training Sites and Supports (OrPATS) Project Workshops for 2018-2019

In collaboration with the Oregon Regional programs, the OrPATS Project is conducting workshops on implementation of the evidence-based practices for serving students with autism and other developmental delays. Workshops are being conducted in all eight regions of the state. Training are being scheduled throughout the year and include the following topics:

  • Pre-school/Elementary Evidence-based Practices.
  • Middle/High-School/Post-Secondary Evidence-based Practices.
  • Consistency of Implementation: Advanced Workshop on Evidence-based Practices.
  • Parent Training for Pre-school/Primary School (Train the Trainer Model).
  • New Autism consultant/Specialist Training.
  • Supporting Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays in Early Childhood Education Settings (appropriate for Child Care providers and Head Start program staff).

Get the latest workshop schedule and registration information at:
OrPATS Scheduled Workshops
In addition to these workshops the OrPATS project has also established a network of training sites throughout the state. The training sites are available for teachers and related service staff to visit. Contact information is available on the OrPATS website at: OrPATS.

  • STAR Autism Support

    Strategies for Teaching Based on Autism Research.

  • The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder

    The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center to promote the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

  • Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

    The AIM project will develop a series of 60 modules by the time the project is complete on topics including assessment and identification, characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment. Module authors include experts on ASD from across the nation.

  • Autism Speaks: Video Glossary

    ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

  • Parent Screening Tool

    A parent screening tool developed by University of Oregon’s College of Education Early Intervention Program about child development from birth to 5 ½ years.

  • Secondary Transition Project for ASD

    Columbia Regional’s secondary transition project for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, and Wasco Counties, Oregon.

Oregon Department of Education Disclaimer

These projects have been developed in whole or in part with contract funds from the Oregon Department of Education, Office of Learning/Student Services. This funding does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement by the Oregon Department of Education.


  • ASD TAP ODE Approved 1-29-19

    This technical assistance paper was developed to assist Oregon's educational teams to appropriately identify and make eligible individuals who are suspected to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • OCASD Governor's Report 2018
  • Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder

    The Commission was established by the Governor's Executive Order 09-07 on March 25, 2009, to improve the lives of the thousands of Oregonians experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

  • Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder Report

    This report was created by the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder for the purpose of communicating its recommendations to the Governor, legislature, agencies, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and interested others.

  • National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)

    Informational website on autism.

  • Autism: Center for Disease Control (CDC)

    The Center for Disease Control focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks - babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities.

  • Autism Research and Standards


    1. Promote optimal development and learning of infants, children, and youth with ASD and provide support to their families through the use of evidence-based practices.
    2. Increase the number of highly qualified personnel serving children with ASD through sustainable technical assistance and professional development.
    3. Increase the capacity of states to implement evidence-based practices for early identification, intervention, education, professional development, and technical assistance.
  • TSPC Specialization: Autism Spectrum Disorder

    A specialization on a license in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder will be offered by TSPC. This Q & A document is a collaborative effort between ODE and the ASD Commission to address questions that might arise.

  • Teacher of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities/Autism Specialist

    Educator information - Initial Knowledge and Skill Set.

  • Advanced Knowledge and Skill Set: Developmental Disabilities/Autism Specialist

    Educator information - Advanced Knowledge and Skill Set.

  • PSU Outcomes Study

    The Autism Spectrum Disorders Outcome Study and Training Project is a collaborative project between Portland State University, the Oregon Department of Education, and numerous Oregon special education programs. This study is tracking the educational progress of children with autism spectrum disorders from the State of Oregon. Information collected is being used to improve services for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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