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“Even When Delayed, Kids Acquire Speech”

Empower Parents of Children With Autism. “A study based on a review of clinical data on 535 children with autism who had no significant speech by the time they turned 4. Majority of youngsters with autism who have severe language delay do eventually learn to talk, researchers say.”

“Are Autism Rising Rates Real?”

Dr. Eric Fombonne, Canada Research Chair in child psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, has spent the past 20 years analyzing the prevalence of autism. He explains that big differences among different states and among children of different ethnicities, driven by the challenge of identifying all children with autism, are likely to be major contributors to the apparent increase in autism rates around the country.

The Beach Center on Families and Disability

Kansas University’s Beach Center on Families and Disability is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through research, training, and technical assistance.

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Free Early Development Evaluation

Do you have a child with autism? With a younger sibling 6 to 18 months old?
Interested in participating in a study to help autism research? In Eugene, OR?

Call 541.346.0738
Research Study Eugene CDRC Infant Toddler Assessment Clinic

Infant & Toddler Assessment Clinic
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MIND Institute Sibling Study

Interview: Dr. Sally Ozonoff on the MIND Institute Infant Sibling Study

Autism Research: onset of autism in an investigation that follows high-risk infants from birth through age 3. Dr. Ozonoff’s research at the UC Davis MIND Institute focuses on very young children with autism. She is also a featured speaker at a free presentation on Autism, June 20 at University of Oregon.

Upcoming Event: Brown Bag Seminar June 20th with Doctors Eric Fombonne and Sally Ozonoff

Are Autism Rates Really on the Rise?

Interview with Dr. Eric Fombonne

Dr. Eric Fombonne is Director, Autism Research Center, OHSU Brain Institute; Professor, OHSU Department of Psychiatry, Portland, Oregon OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Upcoming Event: Brown Bag Seminar June 20th with Doctors Eric Fombonne and Sally Ozonoff

Become a Special Education Teacher

Learn more about the specifications and requirements for becoming a Special ED Teacher and then, look for schools near you where you can earn your Master’s Degree in Special ED !

A Guide to Special Education

Would you like to work with children with special needs? Click on the link to learn how and where to begin!

Help Others by Participating in Developmental Disability Research

The Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation (OTAC) is looking for a limited number of people who receive DD services to interview and video. They will use interviews and video to develop trainings for direct support professionals. Participants will receive a small stipend for their time.
OTAC staff would like to hear from Oregonians with disabilities who receive services and their family members. Participants must be willing to be videotaped talking about their lives. People are encouraged to share only details that they are comfortable sharing.
Here are some topics they may ask you about:

• home life
• work or school life
• job skills or interests
• a “typical good day” and a recent “bad day”
• interests, hopes and dreams
• the role of DSPs in your life
• Other topics of interest to you

OTAC’s goal is to end up with video clips of the person or family member talking to use in the trainings. Good candidates should be able to talk freely (independently or with a support person).
Please call Josiah Barber or email if you are interested! If you are, we will give OTAC your contact information so they can get in touch with you.
Josiah’s phone number is 503-875-9060. His email is

Burton Blatt Institute

“The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities… Given the strong ties between one’s ability to earn income and fully participate in their communities, BBI’s work focuses on two interconnected Innovation Areas: Economic Participation and Community Participation. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in these Innovation Areas, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities.” – From the Burton Institute Website. Click Here or go to to learn more about

Law, Health Policy & Disability Center

The Iowa University Law, Health Policy & Disability Center contains copies of the specific laws and policies surrounding employment, civil rights, taxes, Medicaid, and Vocational Rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

Education Week: On Special Education

Education Week: On Special Education is an online news source which focuses specifically on issues in special education. With an archive of hundreds of articles, organized by subject (ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Early Intervention, etc.) this is a great resource for keeping up with current events in the world of Special Education.

Autism Research Resources & Information

A collection of resources and information on Autism related research.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

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The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001–the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.

Interactive Autism Network (IAN)

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The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project bringing together tens of thousands of people nationwide affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and hundreds of researchers in a search for answers. Individuals with an ASD and their families can share information in a secure setting to become part of the largest online autism research efforts in the United States. The data collected by IAN both facilitates scientific research and empowers autism community leaders to advocate for improved services and resources. In addition, anyone impacted by an ASD can become part of IAN’s online community to stay informed about autism research and make their voices heard.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Outcome Study & Training Project
The Autism Spectrum Disorders Outcome Study and Training Project is a collaborative project between Portland State University and the Oregon Department of Education. This website includes the outcomes of the two cohorts studied in 1998 and 2001.

2009 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce that the 2009 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research was released and posted to the IACC website today in conjunction with the United Nations designated “World Autism Awareness Day” and the Department of Health and Human Services celebration of “National Autism Awareness Month.” The 2009 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of the twenty research articles that the IACC felt made the most significant contributions to autism biomedical and services research in 2009.Please visit the pages below for more information.

Early Autism Research and Learning in Young children (EARLY)
The Mission of Early Autism Research and Learning in Young children (EARLY) is to improve the quality of life for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. The institute is a new collaboration between the centers and institutes of the UCEDD. The primary goals of the institute are to provide evidence based training, service, and research for students, families and the larger community.

Effects of Weighted Vests on the Engagement of Children With Developmental Delays and Autism
The use of weighted vests for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities is a common practice as part of sensory integration therapy programs. The purpose of the current investigation was to extend the research on the use of weighted vests for children with autism and developmental delays in a methodologically rigorous study. The study was conducted using an alternating treatment design. This allowed the comparison of three different conditions: weighted vest, vest with no weight (which served as a placebo), and no vest (which served as a baseline). The results showed no differentiation in engagement between conditions for any of the participants. Implications for practice and future research are provided.

Brief Report: Effects of Pressure Vest Usage on Engagement and Problem Behaviors of a Young Child with Developmental Delays
Brian Reichow, Erin E. Barton, Leslie Good, Mark Wolery
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of wearing a pressure vest for a young boy with developmental delays. An A-B-A withdrawal design was used to examine the relation between wearing the pressure vest and child behaviors during a preschool art activity. Although the data showed moderate variability, no systematic differences were found in child engagement when the vest was worn and when the vest was not worn and problem behavior increased when the vest was being worn. These results are discussed in the context of the study limitations. Implications for future research are provided.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment
Association for Science in Autism Treatment mission is to educate parents, professionals, and consumers by disseminating accurate, scientifically-sound information about autism and its treatment and by combating inaccurate or unsubstantiated information. In doing so, we promote the use of effective, science-based treatments for all people with autism, regardless of age, severity of condition, income or place of residence.