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Mission Statement

The mission for the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder is to develop appropriate, collaborative and timely supports and services across the lifespan.

This mission is accomplished by the creation and implementation of a long term strategic plan that increases coordination, promotes best available practice, makes efficient use of resources, and both directly engages with, and better responds to the needs of, people on the spectrum and their families.



The Autism Commission Seeks Volunteers

September 03, 2014

The Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders is seeking potential volunteers for its Subcommittees, with emphasis on the Adult Services Subcommittee which is in the process of being re-established.

The Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders is seeking potential volunteers for its Subcommittees, with emphasis on the Adult Services Subcommittee which is in the process of being re-established.  New members of the Adult Services Subcommittee will be asked to select which recommendations they want to focus on as outlined the Commission’s 2010 Report to the Governor (Pages 82-88). The Commission is interested in finding enthusiastic volunteers, both those who experience an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those who are supportive of adults who experience ASD such as family members, service agency coordinators, etc. to be subcommittee members and one to two people who may be interested in chairing the committee.

To learn more, please browse through the Commission’s Subcommittee Charters online at the Subcommittees Page  and the 2010 OCASD Report to the Governor here:
2010 Final Report

It’s easy to get involved. Just follow these three steps if you want to help us take action that will make a positive difference for individuals with ASD, their families and communities!
1. Select the Subcommittee that aligns with your strengths and interests
2. Download an electronic version of the OCASD Volunteer Application Committee_Volunteer_Application_2014_Fillable.pdf or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request an OCASD Volunteer Application
3. Return your completed Volunteer Application via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or mail to OCASD c/o OCDD at 540 24th Place NE, Salem OR 97301

Various factors will be considered when selecting volunteers, including geographic representation and experience. If no volunteer positions are available at the time your volunteer application is received, it will be placed on file for future consideration when volunteer opportunities arise. 

Thank you for supporting the Commission in this recruitment process. We are excited to reach potential new volunteers and look forward to reviewing your application!

Cheryl Cisneros
Chairperson, Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders

2014 OCASD Implementation Grants

September 11, 2014

Announcing the 2014 OCASD Implementation Grants Request for Proposals

The Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders is soliciting responses to several Request for Proposals (RFP) to implement recommendations of the Commission's 10 Year Strategic Plan. Proposals are due by October 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM. RFP 22014 Families: Suggestions and strategies for families by families on home life, environmental accommodations, community participation and service navigation. RFP 32014 Families: Residential environment walk-thru video to help families assess their homes for safety issues and stress factors, and provide demonstrations on helpful environmental techniques. RFP 42014 Health: Disseminate accessible, ASD-oriented, health-related materials to youth and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. RFP 52014 Health: Glossary of terms for interventions on speech therapy and other topics such as occupational therapy and applied behavioral analysis, along with their evidence basis to assist families in making health care decisions. RFP 62014 Health: Survey community speech & language pathologists to ascertain current practices and training needs. RFP 72014 SIA: Develop training modules on differential diagnoses.

Governor’s Executive Order

June 25, 2011

Commission Reports

April 22, 2013

Oregon Commission Autism Spectrum Disorder 10 Year Plan December 2010
OCASD Report December 2010

Report to the Governor March 2013

Commission Events

OCASD Commission Meeting

January 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Meeting:

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: 900 Court Street NE Room 167A
Salem OR 97301

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Community Services for Children and Families Subcommittee Meeting

January 26, 2015 9:12 AM

DD Council Office
540 24th Place, Salem OR 97301

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Healthcare Services Subcommittee Meeting

February 10, 2015 6:00 PM

Providence Child Center Board Room
830 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97213

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Commission Newsletters

Keep up to date on all things OCASD!

October 2014 Newsletter
October Newsletter-Vol. 2 2014_.pdf
This issue features deadline extensions for six RFPs, volunteer information and an opportunity for families to sign up for a photo shoot.

September 2014 Newsletter
2014 OCASD Newsletter Issue 1
Topics: SB 365 & ASD Identification; Volunteer Recruitment; New Commission Leadership

2013 OCASD Update Issue 3
Topics:  Information on Transition and Employment Resources; Introduction of New Commission Members; Request for participants for study of healthcare tool kit

2013 OCASD Update Issue 2
Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization and Alternate Pathway; Openings for new Commission members

2013 OCASD Update Issue 1
Topics: History of Commission; Implementation Grants

October 2014 Newsletter


Navigation Map

The navigation map is a tool to give families with children newly identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder an overview of programs and services available throughout the state of Oregon.  Tailored to services by county and also available in Spanish.  Click here to download a copy:
Oregon Family to Family.


Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder
540 24th Place NE, Salem, OR 97301-4517
(503) 945-9941 (Salem/outside OR) | (800) 292-4154 (Oregon) | FAX: (503) 945-9947

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