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Rebecca Taft- Event Cordinator


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Tobi Burch Rates - Executive Director


Tobi has been the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Oregon since October 2011. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served on the Board of Directors for ASO as a volunteer. She previously practiced law in the Washington, DC metro area and in Boulder, Colorado.Tobi and her husband are the proud parents of two children, both of whom are on the autism spectrum. Her older son has a relatively mild form of autism, while her younger son is more severely impacted by autism. Tobi has been involved with the autism community since moving to Oregon in 2008. Having contacts in the community was invaluable to learning how to navigate the educational, medical, governmental and community support systems available here. Mentoring parents new to the autism diagnosis and/or new to Oregon and supporting self-advocacy for people on the autism spectrum are areas of particular interest.

Take A Break on ASO


Taking care of a child or adult on the autistic spectrum can be challenging. Parents (including foster parents) often don’t have enough time for themselves and need a break to re-energize.

To help, ASO launched its popular “Take A Break on ASO” program in 2007. Since then, we have provided over 500 parents with gift certificates to wonderful local restaurants, tickets passes to first-run movies and paid for respite care for their child/ren – including adult children – on the autistic spectrum.

Under the Take a Break on ASO program, you and your guest will receive:

• a $25 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice;
• 2 movie tickets to a theater of your choice; and
• up to 4 hours of respite care at $14/hour (total $56)

How to Apply:

To participate in the Take A Break on ASO program, please contact the ASO office by phone at (503) 636-1676 or toll-free at: 1-888-AUTISM-1 (288-4761), or CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ASO from our Contact Page. Any parent/foster parent who is primary caregiver for a person on the autism spectrum anywhere in Oregon or SW Washington is eligible.

To Donate to “Take a Break on ASO”:

We depend on our generous sponsors to make this program possible. If you would like to contribute to “Take A Break on ASO” or donate gift certificates, please contact ASO at (503) 636-1676, or toll-free 1-888-AUTISM-1 (288-4761), or CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ASO from our Contact Page .
A special thank you to our GENEROUS SPONSORS who make this program possible.

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Weight Blankets:


ISAAC Foundation

A non-profit organization that offers free weighted blankets and lap pads to individuals in need, including adults. Individual does NOT need to have an autism diagnosis. Based in Spokane, WA

Sharing the Weight
A non-profit organization that makes and distributes weighted blankets to children with special needs, free of charge. Please see their FAQ page for details. Based in Iowa.

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AAC Funding Help


Adler’s Voice – now statewide!
Adler’s Voice provides augmentive and alternative communication (AAC) devices to children with significant communication difficulties throughout Oregon. Referral Form & Release and Application Form.

Autism Source
From the Autism Society of America is a list of organizations that offer grants and other assistance for individuals with autism who would like to purchase an iPad.

Babies With iPads
For children 6 months to 8 years old with multiple medical and/or developmental issues

Conover Company
Provides iPads to individuals

Developmental Disability Services
Located in each county offers iPds for use as an AAC (alternative, augmentative communication device). Currently limited to $500. It is the funder of last resort, so please check with your service coordinator (ie, case worker) for details and requirements.

iPads for Autism
Provides life-enhancing resources and experiences for children and families with autism/autism spectrum disorders.

Loud Mommy
Our goal is to provide iPad’s for families in need. Finances and child’s condition are the deciding factors for Loud Mommy. Applicants will be reviewed by a committee. Supplies will be limited to donations received.

The Olive You Foundation
Our purpose is to provide grants to help children who have speech and language disorders. Our goal is to allow children with communication difficulties the chance to better express themselves. The Olive You Foundation strives to provide children the opportunity to receive assistance to help improve their communication.

Special Needs Apps for Kids
Has put together a list of iPad funding opportunities.

Zetosch Fund:
Provides funds for equipment to help children with special needs succeed in school, including iPads. Requirements are that children must be under age 21 with a diagnosed disability or special health care need (must be a medical diagnosis), the family has finanical need and and the equipment requested addresses an educational need. Applications must be submitted by educational providers, health care providers or county disability services only. NO DIRECT APPLICATIONS from families. Applications will be taken until funds run out each year. For more information, contact Gillian Freney at, 503-494-8616.

See if you qualify for a FREE download of the Proloquo2go app! This app is pretty amazing and turns an iPad (or iPod or iPhone) into an augmentative communication device. However, the $249 price tag is a hardship for many families. Contact Beth Walkington at the Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region to get an application and the income criteria:

Lend4Health facilitates community-based, interest-free “micro-loans” as a creative funding option for individuals seeking optimal health. Currently, Lend4Health is facilitating loans for the “biomedical” treatment of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Other health issues may be included on Lend4Health in the future.

Maggie Welby Foundation
Children grades K-12 and families in need for camps, medical bills, special needs, etc.

Modest Needs
Modest Needs is a national nonprofit empowering members of the general public to make small, emergency grants to low-income workers who are at risk of slipping into poverty. Self-Sufficiency Grants assist individuals and families who are working and live just above the poverty level, but are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance and who are living one or two lost paychecks away financial catastrophe that can lead to homelessness. They fund unexpected or emergency expenses or monthly bills that can’t be paid due to a “documentable extenuating circumstance” that occurred within the past year.

MyGOAL Inc. Enrichment Grant
MyGOAL Inc. is proud to offer a grant program that will enable families to take advantage of socialization and educational opportunities designed for individuals with special needs. The purpose of the grants is to enrich the body, mind, and spirit of individual(s) with Autism Spectrum Disorders, resulting in a higher quality of life.

Free information on hundreds of Patient Assistance Programs

The Olive You Foundation
Our purpose is to provide grants to help children who have speech and language disorders. Our goal is to allow children with communication difficulties the chance to better express themselves. The Olive You Foundation strives to provide children the opportunity to receive assistance to help improve their communication.

Oregon Helps
To request financial assistance for low income families, go to this website for a pre-screening

Parker’s Purpose
Any family with a minor with a life-altering illness or disability that is in immediate finanacial need due to a crisis.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Find out what is available in your community. Information available on: Children’s Health Insurance Programs, Community Referral, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Food Stamps, Health Care, Insurance, Legal, Medication/Drug Assistance and Special Needs.

Small Steps in Speech
Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with communicative disorders. Our goal is to give children the chance to better express themselves in the world in which we live.

Social Security and SSI Disability Claims
We help individuals WIN Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits. Our informative website provides a wealth of information and support in obtaining SSDI and SSI claims. We have been disability advocates for nearly 40 years and provide an easy and effective way to help individuals successfully obtain disability awards.

Talk About Curing Autism: Family Scholarship Program
The TACA Family Scholarship Program was developed to help families who are pursuing treatment for their children with autism, but are struggling to find the funding. We understand how difficult it is to stretch the family budget to include things like, DAN doctors, independent evaluations or conference registration. It is our desire to provide limited financial assistance to qualified families.

TRICARE: Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration
Under the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration, TRICARE covers Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders for qualifying military families. The demonstration is available in the 50 states and DC to beneficiaries who are 18 months or older, registered or in the process of registering in ECHO, and diagnosed with either Autistic Disorder (AD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS), Asperger’s Disorder (AS) or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD).

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF)
Has two programs for families affected by autism:
1. Giving Tree offers financial assistance which varies for each individual family’s specific needs; and
. Camp Scholarships allow autistic children the opportunity to explore new horizons and are important in the healthy growth of children affected by autism.

United Health Care Children’s Foundation:
Dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. Support is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Frequently asked questions are located here. For information and application, click here

Programs provide life-changing mobility devices, life-saving hospital equipment, and life-enriching experiences to children who are disabled and disadvantaged

Victory Academy (Sherwood, OR): “Victory Academy is a year-round school private school, serving Oregon’s children affected by autism” in grades K-12. In 2018-2019, Victory Academy will offer its first-ever Wings Scholarship Program. The scholarship pays the entire amount of tuition, lasts for consecutive years, and includes transportation and funding for any other barriers facing the student and his/her family. For more information please contact Victory Academy Director Tricia Hasbrook at 503-570-0147 or email: or visit:

Washington Access Fund
For Washington state resident with a physical, mental, or sensory disability and/or caring for a child/other family with a disability.

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Helping Hand Program: National Autism Association


The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child.

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We are very proud to announce our scholarship to help a student with autism go to college. This money will provide financial assistance for the student in covering the cost of his or her books and living expenses.

iPad Funding:

In obtaining an iPad, please keep in mind that in addition to the device, most families will need to purchase a communication app that costs anywhere from $50-$250, a protective case (about $50) and be trained on the app.

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College Scholarships


Financial Aid for Disabled Students
A listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship opportunity from $500 – $2,500 for high school seniors applying to attend college in the coming fall. Must have a documented learning disabilty and/or an ASD Diagnosis. Other requirements apply.

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program:
Accepts applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training. There are 2 options:

• The Schwallie Family Scholarship for more mildly impacted students
• The Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship to support students with more severe autism diagnoses

Coupon Chief

We’ve just published “Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities,” which provides a detailed walkthrough of discounts and special offers for individuals with disabilities. Please check out the guide here:

Edwin Phillips Foundation

Edwin Phillips Foundation Provides grants directly to families who have children with disabilities, including physical and cognitive challenges. Funds can be used for more expensive projects or services such as assistive technology or home modifications.

First Hand Foundation
First Hand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Our mission is to directly impact the health status of a young life.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too!
FODAC is a statewide and national provider of home health care equipment—mobility aids and daily living devices for people with disabilities and the newly injured.

Fund It Forward
Fund It Forward is a volunteer run non-profit organization which believes that parents of special needs children are strong, willing and able to endure daily struggles. Our Mission is to ease the burdens of families with special needs children by raising money for adaptive equipment not covered by health insurance.

Generation Rescue Family Grant Program
This program’s grants are designed to provide support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Each grant recipient will receive: two doctor visits with a specially-trained physician who treats autism; vitamins, minerals and supplements for 90 days; a Generation Rescue Rescue mentor; dietary intervention training.

Hello Foundation
Funds eye gaze systems/speech therapy

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Autism Plugged In

Sets aside money that they make at the autism walks to give back to the community. If your family needs monetary help, they request that you write them and tell them your situation and they will do everything possible to help. Email:

Autism Consortium: Raising A Child with an ASD
All too often, parents of children with ASD incur unexpected and immense out-of-pocket costs for treatments and services. Through the generosity of foundations and some public funding, applicable grants might help parents offset these costs. The Autism Consortium has compiled a list of grant opportunities. Be sure to read each option carefully and understand that specific criteria pertain to each.

Autism Escapes
Autism Escapes will serve as an Angel Network for families of children with autism. Its primary purpose is to arrange air travel on private jets for families in need of medical care for their children.

Blanche Fischer Foundation
Funds education, emergency living expenses, equipment, and other such purposes the Foundation finds appropriate. Must live in Oregon.

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ACT Today! SOS Program


Provides access to treatments for autism through quarterly grant cycles.

Autism Cares
Provides grants for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships. To be eligible, individual must have medical diagnosis of ASD and their family members who have experienced at least one of the following qualifying events in the last 90 days:

• Natural disaster: fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, severe storm or earthquake
• Death or critical illness in the immediate family
• Loss of home through foreclosure, eviction or natural disaster
• Termination of employment for the primary income-earner

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