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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?

Autism Spectrum Disorder means a developmental disability that includes persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; and restricted; and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.  Characteristics are generally evident before age three but may not become fully evident until social demands exceed limited capacities, or may be masked by learned strategies.  Characteristics cause educationally and developmentally significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.  The term dies no apply if a child’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has an emotional disturbance.  However, a child who qualifies for special education under the category of autism spectrum disorder may also have an emotional disturbance as a secondary disability if the child meets the criteria under emotional disturbance. 


The Oregon Department of Education in collaboration with STAR Autism Support, Inc., and Northwest Regional ESD is continuing development of a statewide network of Oregon Regional Autism Training Sites (ORPATS). The system of training sites provides a proactive approach to individualizing services for children with ASD. 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.

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.


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).

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.

Report to the Governor 2013  
Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder to the Governor.

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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