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 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.
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.
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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:
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 Enhancing Student Opportunities. This funding does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement by the Oregon Department of Education.
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..
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
- 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.
- Increase the number of highly qualified personnel serving children with ASD through sustainable technical assistance and professional development.
- 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.
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder Evidence Based Practices
National Autism Center