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Welcome, Fall!

December 19, 2023/12:00 pm

Welcome, Fall!

You’ll find upcoming events and resources below and attached. Please reach out if there have been any significant changes or concerns for your child.




  • Fall themed events
  • Swindell’s Resource Center events- Offering workshops/series, to help with IEP/Special Education, Transition to Adulthood more…
  • SOC Flyer for Fall- Learn to Prevent, Recognize, & React Responsibly to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • UPC Family Conference information
  • Inclusive Holiday Calendar

*Resources/Supports/Activities/Events – Recursos/Apoyos/Actividades/Eventos:


  • Oregon Ballet Theatre scheduled a “sensory friendly” 1 hour performance of the Nutcracker on Tuesday December 19th at 12pm.

o   Tickets are $20 and up (plus processing fee).

o   They expect that audience members may make noise, get out of their seats, etc. during the performance which makes this more accessible for some of our clients.

o   Tickets can be purchased now: https://www.obt.org/23-24-season/nutcracker-2023/


  • Friendship Group for Autistic Kids (suggested ages: 7 – 13): Recurring Event Free. Friendship Group for Autistic Kids (suggested ages: 7 – 13): Meets Every Monday, from 6:00pm – 6:45pm. A place to meet, get to know each other, be silly, explore common interests, and make friends. On alternating Monday meetings, the group plays Minecraft. This group is meeting on-line, with occasional in person meetups. To register and get a Zoom link, please go to LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdeGprDwrGt1EtdXjfW6Rd9YSBuvlX8Pj


  • Portland Latin American Film Festival When: Through Nov. 30, 2023 7:30PM Cost: $8 – $12 Where: Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97212
  • What: The Portland Latin American Film Festival (PDXLAFF) serves the community as a non-profit cultural promoter under the guidance of the Hollywood Theatre. We are dedicated to showcasing perspectives of Latin American culture through an exploration of Latin film and increasing the visibility of Latin American cinema locally. PDXLAFF presents films with universal appeal that can be enjoyed by native Spanish, Portuguese, and English speakers, and other lovers of the Latin culture. For details click here


  • Oregon Advocates for Equitable Disability Services: (OA4EDS) – Parent run advocacy group working to make positive changes in disability services. Contact them for more information and/or to get involved. Their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OA4EDS You can also contact their leadership team by emailing: JessaReinhardt@gmail.com (make sure to put “OA4EDS” in the subject line.)

o   OCCYSHN works on behalf of Oregon’s children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). These children and youth either have chronic health conditions, or they are at risk for having them. Their health conditions can be physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional. CYSHCN need more health and related services than other children. One in five Oregon children fits this description.


o   What: Please join Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L, owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies as she presents an introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder.

o   In this class we will learn more about: • The impacts on behavior, attention, learning, and social interactions. • Take away tools for supporting self-regulation and sensory challenges.

o   When: Wednesday October 11th form 6PM-7PM

  • Utility Assistance: The funding year for Utility Assistance starts October 1st. Below are the timelines for when families can apply, depending on age or disability. Our clients and their families can apply October 1st.

o   Household income limits are detailed here: https://www.clackamas.us/socialservices/energy

o   All applications are paper versions and available in PSB first floor near the mail room at the Utility Assistance dept or parents can call in to request one, which may take longer. 503-650-5640

o   “Here is our schedule for when clients can start calling to request an application:

o   Application can be requested starting October 1: Anyone in the home who is either age 60 and older OR has a disability

o   Application can be requested starting November 1: Any kids in the home age 6 and younger

o   Application can be requested starting December 1: All households can apply”

  • Northwest Family Services: Programs and services include health and social service navigation, youth prevention and intervention programs, outpatient alcohol and drug treatment, support for youth and families affected by incarceration, youth education and employment success, restorative justice, mental health services, job readiness and placement, couple’s classes, parenting, and healthy relationship education. Phone: 503-546-6377 Email: service@nwfs.org

o   What: Cozy up with a morning beverage and your computer on the fourth Saturday per month at 10am. We are offering a FREE online group for parents of children on the autism spectrum living in Oregon, facilitated by Barbara Avila, MS, of Synergy Autism Center.

o   Open to: Parents of children on spectrum of any age (birth – adulthood).

o   This month’s topic is: Sex education & reproduction

o   Please contact ASO with questions or for more details at info@AutismSocietyOregon.org or 503-636-1676 (toll-free: 888-AUTISM-1)

o   When: Sat Sept 23rd or Oct 28th

  • The H.E.R.O. (Health Emergency Ready Oregon Kids Registry is a voluntary, no-cost, secure system that lets families and young adults record critical health details that first responders and hospital emergency department providers can quickly and easily access in an emergency.

o   It’s not just for kids! HERO Kids Registry is open to any Oregon child or young adult through age 26. Register now! https://www.ohsu.edu/occyshn/hero-kids-registry

  • Reach Out Oregon: is an organization that offers support to families with children experiencing mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges. Their goal is to help families gain access to a support team of families, friends, and community networks where questions are answered, resources are shared, and needs are understood. https://www.reachoutoregon.org/
  • Fact OregonSpecial Education Support, – On-Demand Trainings on Transition to Kindergarten, The IEP, and Behaviors at School: https://factoregon.org/
  • Cooking Mattershttps://cookingmatters.org/community-resources/Cooking Matters is on a mission to make eating healthier and affordable for families everywhere. Find tips, recipes, lesson plans, and handout activities for kids. Find cooking classes in your area as well. Tips, Recipes, Lesson Plans and fun kids handout activities. Even classes… https://cookingmatters.org/


  • Mental Health Resources
  • Clackamas County Crisis Line – provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. 503-655-8585
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 – 24/7 line.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. Military veterans may press ‘1’ for specialized care. 800-273-TALK
  • The Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Line – for LGBTQ+ youth. 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
  • Oregon YouthLine – a teen-to-teen crisis support and help line. Please let your teens know that there are peers available to listen and support them. Call, text, and chat options are available.
  • Call: 877-968-8491 (24/7 line)
  • Text: teen2teen to 839863
  • Chat: Online (4pm-10pm)
  • Email: youthl@linesforlife.org
  • Suicide Survivor Support Group – Youth Era Drop-in Center. Tuesdays at 4pm. For individuals ages 14-18. Informational flyers attached.


December 19, 2023
12:00 pm
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Diane Karst


Oregon Ballet Theatre