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Autism Support

Autism Society Support Groups in Oregon


Oregon has one of the highest rates of autism in the U.S. If you haven't already, you will meet someone with autism. People with autism want to lead fulfilling lives and make a meaningful contribution to society. Together, we can make that happen.

For Information and Resources Call
888 - Autism - 1
888 - 288 - 4761



The Autism Society of Oregon would like to see autistic individuals addressed appropropriately and successfully with emergency personnel, i.e. police, fire departments, paramedics, etc. Each county has their own programs so contact them directly. 

In Portland and Multnomah county, the Additional Needs Registry is a  voluntary program for those persons  who may need specific disability-related assistance and/or accommodations following a major disaster, or when interacting with public safety officials or calling 9-1-1.   For more information and to sign up, CLICK HERE.  

Some ideas to consider when giving information about a person on the autism spectrum to an emergency responder: 

  • Include physical description such as height, weight, eye and hair color, any scars or other identifying marks
  • Sensory, Medical or dietary issues
  • Inclination for elopement and any atypical behaviors or characteristics that may attract attention
  • Favorite attractions and locations where person may be found
  • Likes, dislikes--approach and de-escalation techniques
  • Methods of communication, if non-verbal-sign language, picture boards, written word
  • ID wear-jewelry, tags on clothes, nonpermanent tattoo
  • Map and address guide to nearby properties with water sources and dangerous locations highlighted



As part of grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the Autism Society of America provides a series of fact sheets specifically for 



For more information on Autism and Safety, including wandering and elopment behaviors, please see the National Autism Aoociation's AWAARE website by CLICKING HERE.