Saturday, April 9, 2011

Vancouver / Southwest Washington Area Autism Awareness Events & Resources

Being that April is Autism Awareness month, I wanted to share some events happening in the Vancouver / Portland area for the month of April.   

Our family participated in the Klineline Kids Fishing Event at Klineline Pond yesterday and had a great time. Friday's event was for kiddos with special needs and then today's event was open to kids throughout the Vancouver / Clark County area.

Ryan & Justin each caught their first fish!

April 11-- SEPTSA General Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm, Roosevelt Elementary Media Center, 2921 Falk Rd, Vancouver. Please note this is the SECOND Monday, due to Spring Break. Our guest speaker will be Kathy Weber from Parent Coalition (, providing an overview of her organization and a Legislative update. SEPTSA Facebook page: Special Education PTsA of SW Washington (SEPTSA)

April 12-- Board of Clark County Commissioners Proclamation, 9:45am, 6th floor of the Public Service Center building in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver. Bring a crowd and show your support! Free pancake breakfast at 8:00am at Dulin’s Cafe, 1708 Main Street, Vancouver, with ASW and Commissioners Tom Mielke and Marc Boldt. Requires RSVP to Bridget by April 10 with headcount, children welcome.

April 16—Autism Awareness Potluck, 3:30-5:30pm, Pioneer Park, LDS Church, 10509 SE 5th Street, Vancouver (covered pavilion in back parking lot). All are welcome to celebrate with Special Kids and Special Mothers (visit Facebook page for more details). Bring food to share (GFCF appreciated) and outdoor games/toys.

April 17 -- 9th Annual Autism Society Walk-a-Thon, 10:30am start, Oaks Park, Portland. Register your family or team at, online registration deadline is April 14 at 5:00pm, day-of-event registration begins at 9:30am. Adult $12/kids $9 for individual registration. Discounted ride bracelet available for $12 and rides will open to our families at 11:00am. ASO’s website is

April 18-- Vancouver City Council Proclamation, 7:00pm, Vancouver City Hall, 210 East 13th Street (1st floor)Free pizza party hosted by ASW, 5:00pm, Vancouver Pizza, 2219 Main Street, Vancouver. RSVP to Bridget with headcount. Bring the whole family, and please visit for upcoming ASW events.

Thanks to SEPTSA - the Special Education PTA of Washington and to all the other organizations that contributed by providing this information.

Here are some additional resources available for Southwest Washington families that have children living with Autism / Asperger's or an ASD.

ARC of Clark County: Parent to Parent
A program offered to families who have a family member with a developmental disability. Services offered
* Emotional Support for parents.
* Information and referrals to community resources.
* Bi monthly Newsletter.
*Trained Helping Parents whose parenting experiences match yours as closely as possible.
* Social and recreational events (Halloween Party, Holiday Party, summer BBQ)
* Current information on disabilities, medical conditions and community resources.
* Training for parents who would like to become Volunteer Helping Parents.
For more information call Darla Helt 823-2247 or Kathy Weber 823-2236.

Clark County Parent Coalition
The Parent Coalition provides people with disabilities and their families with an array of services that link families with their natural support system, help families to better understand and access the system, respond to crisis, involve families in decision making at both state and local levels, provide information and networking opportunities, form a power base to advocate for the needs of people with disabilities in our community and state, and help new parent groups get established.  For more information call Darla at (360) 823-2247.

Special Education PTSA (SEPTSA) is a PTA open to anyone with an interest in supporting special education. Parents, teachers, administrators, students work together to learn and support one another. Variety of topics with speakers over the school year. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month, 6 to 7 PM. at media center of Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School 2921 Falk Road, Vancouver.  We are pleased to offer a supervised coloring and puzzle table at no charge.   To get on our e-mail list, e-mail If questions, call Mona at (360) 693-7013.

Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation
invites people of all ages with disabilities to fully participate in any programs that are offered. Inclusion services provide opportunities for people with and without disabilities to recreate together. They have freedom to focus on needs, interests, and abilities instead of disabilities. There is extra staff support (at no charge) to include people with disabilities in community recreation. If interested, please call inclusion services at (360) 487-7057 or Teresa Williamson at (360) 487-7060.  For information on our classes see our website at or pick up a current catalog at any one of our facilities.

This list is not all-inclusive but I hope someone out there finds these resources of use! If you have any questions or have any local resources to add, please let me know.

Best wishes,

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