Region 6 (Portland Metro Area) Support Groups
Serving Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah & Wasco counties
Lisa Voltolina (971) 295-1024 (Multnomah county)
Diane Cervi (503) 257-7374 (Multnomah county)
Nadia Derhalli (503) 484-6655 (Clackamas county)
If you have a question, comment, or concern that you'd like to share with your Region 6 Reps, please GIVE US A CALL or use the form at the bottom of this page to send us an email.
ASO Sponsored Support Groups
New! Parent Support Group (Portland) - Primarily (but not exclusively) for parents of younger children on the autism spectrum that meets on a varying schedule. If you are interested in meeting parents of other young or recently diagnosed children, please call ASO at 503-636-1676 or click here to send an email to Suzy.
New! Sibling Support Group (SE Portland) - Meets on the 1st Saturday of each month, from 1-3pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee St. Portland, OR 97202*. This group gives brothers and sisters of children on the autism spectrum the chance to have fun while receiving peer support, discussing their sibling relationship and exploring the ways having a sibling with special needs can be frustrating AND inspirational! Facilitated by: Ellen Baltus, LCSW, who has an adult sister with special needs. (For children ages 9-11, limited to 12 participants.) For more information or to register, please call the ASO office at (503) 636-1676 or send an e-mail, $5 suggested donation.
Autism Dads & Men (ADaM) - On-Line Community (for Dads/GrandDads/Men on spectrum): a joint ARROAutism/ASO effort to connect the men of the Autism community.-If you are a Dad/GrandDad with a child on the Autism Spectrum, or are an adult man on the Autism Spectrum, living in Oregon or SW Washington, we invite you to request to join our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/autismdadsandmen/?fref=ts) *AND* send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please let us know how you found us and your connection to autism.
Girl Power Support Group (SE Portland) - Meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except April & December), from 1:00-2:30pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee St. Portland, OR 97202. A social group for girls ages 10 and older with any disability. GPG helps girls develop their social skills in a fun, friendly environment. Facilitated by a rotating group of professionals who work with children with special needs. For more information or to register, please call the ASO office at (503) 636-1676 or send an e-mail. $5 suggested donation to cover supplies.
Teen Girls Support Group (SW PORTLAND). Meets on the 1st & 3th Sundays of each month, from 3:00-4:30pm at Synergy Autism Center, 7739 SW Capitol Hwy, Suite 220, Portland, OR 97229. For girls ages 14-19, looking for an accepting environment in which to hangout with other teen girls. Come chat, relax or just chill. Participate in great discussions and/or activities (or not ) of your choosing! For more information contact Paula at 503-452-1697 or click here to email; or contact Kim at 503-635-5112 or click here to email.
Young Adults with ASD (Downtown Portland) - meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:45 to 8:00pm. We do not meet in July or August. Meets at Portland State University, School of Education building, 615 SW Harrison (between SW 6th and Broadway), in Conference Room ED 202. For more information, contact Carol Markovics, PhD, via e-mail click here to email.
Other Support Groups & Activities:
ASD Caregivers Support Group (N Portland), meets the 4th Sunday of each month, 10:30 am until noon, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. 2801 N. Gantenbein, Room 1035. Parking structure is just before Kerby St. This is a parent-led support group for anyone caring for an ASD child or adult. It is a private time to share our feelings, frustrations and concerns with others on the same journey. Everyone has uninterrupted time to talk without judgment or criticism (including well-intended advice). Free. Please no children. For more information, contact Becky by email by clicking here, or 503-283-5513. On Facebook at: ASD Caregivers Support Group.
UPDATED INFO! Canby Autism Parents (Canby) meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at The Place to Be Cafe from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. This is an unstructured time for parents/guardians of children of any age on the spectrum to chat and decompress (maybe have a cup of coffee!) with others working through similar life situations. We also connect through the private Facebook group "Canby Autism Parents." You are welcome to request to join and chat with us there even if you cannot make the in-person meet-ups. For questions, contact email@example.com.
AWE - AWEtism We Embrace (SW Portland) meets the third Tuesday of every month, 7:00-8:30 pm, at Synergy Autism Center 7739 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR 97219 (503-432-8760) any third Tuesday. "A group for those of us needing balance around what autism can mean in our lives. We often experience fear and tension around this experience, and in that fear we forget that "understanding" autism often isn't necessary. This is a group to support each other in allowing it to exist- and finding what is good in the characteristics within the autistic experience... and in what we have, rather than what we don't." $5 per family for facility use. For more information, contact Shasti McLaughlin by email by clicking here.
CHADD Parent Support Group (SW Portland) Our support groups are open to parents, grandparents, teachers, or other caregivers of children affected by ADHD. Our meetings are the 2nd Thursday of every month, at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held at Providence St. Vincent Hospital, 9205 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225 For more information, go to www.stumptownCHADD.org
Epilepsy Foundation NW Portland Parent Support Group (NW Portland) Parenting a chld with epilepsy is a demanding job that can be isolating and emotionally exhausting. We've created a support group that provides a safe and inclusive place to share the challenges and rewards of raising a child with epilepsy. We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10:00-11:30 am, Good Samaritan Medical, Bldg. 2, 1040 NW 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97210 (2nd Floor Conference Room). Free Parking Garage. RSVP Rae Lynn Stewart, 503-228-7651, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Me Time, Coffee and Tea" (Tualatin) sponsored by the Portland Aspergers Network (PAN). Meets from Last Sunday of each month, from 2:00-3:30pm at Panera Bread, 7149 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin, OR (503) 691-2162. "An unstructured time for givers of care to older teens (looking towards graduating from high school), young adults, older family members who are on Spectrum, to visit and decompress with others working through similar situations. Think of this as a sharing and caring opportunity, a space and time to be with other people who can relate to life with Autism, adulthood and caring for someone. Don't hesitate, or put it off...You need to take care of you, too!" For more information, go to http://aspergersnet.org/me_time.
Native Americans Support Group (Portland)- This Portland area support group is for anyone who is a caregiver of a child that is Native American and on the autism spectrum. Contact: Christine Bruno at (503) 666-1740 for more information and schedule of meeting times.
R.E.S.T. (Gresham) - This support group is specifically for Moms. Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in Gresham. An RSVP is much appreciated! Call Michelle at 971-506-4949 for details. Please click here to see Facebook page.
Sensory Support (West Linn) - meets on the first Wednesday of the month in West Linn. "We are an organization that provides resources and support for families of children with sensory issues." For more information, please see their website at www.sensorysupport.org, and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sensorysupport.
SPD Support Group (SW Portland): Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 7:00-8:30pm at Advanced Pediatric Therapies, 4444 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland.. For more info, contact Sharon Donnelley at click here to email.
"Talk it Over" Family Support Group (Gresham), meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Human Solutions Rockwood building, Community Room, 124 NE 181st, one block north of E Burnside and the MAX station (TriMet #19). For parents, caregivers, and siblings of a child or teen with a serious behavioral disorder. Click for flyer. For more information, contact Margaret Puckette at 503-289-7797 or click here to email.
"Talk it Over" Family Support Group (Portland) meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, from 4pm to 6pm at the Providence Child Center, 830 NE 47th Ave., Portland. The glass doors in the front are locked on Sundays, so ring the little remote bell on our sign taped to the door and someone will come get you. There is plenty of parking in the back. For more information, contact Margaret Puckette at 503-289-7797 or click here to email.
On-Line Community - The Portland Aspergers Network (PAN) has a moderated Internet chat group on Yahoo Groups named "PDXAspergersNetwork" comprised primarily of parents from around Oregon and SW Washington. Group members ask questions, receive feedback, share stories about their children and exchange information about everything from preparing for IEP meetings to medications. Click here for more information.
Portland Autism Moms (PAM) - A group that provides support, understanding and connection to our community of MOMS with autistic children who live in the Portland/Vancouver Metro areas. If interested please request to join our Facebook community by sending an email to: PortlandAutismMoms@gmail.com
For Spanish-Speaking Parents:
PADRES EN ACCION: Reunión de familias latinas para celebrar a sus hijos discapacitados, aprender del uno al otro y así construír una comunidad con poder y apoyo. El grupo se reune en el condado de Multnomah tercer viernes y en el condado de Washington el cuarto viernes de cada mes.Para mas informacion, llame a Adelina Martínez (503) 615-3080. Vea el folleto.
For Grandparents & Other Relatives:
Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising & Parenting Children (SE Portland), held the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, from 10:30am-12:00pm, at the Impact NW - Multicultural Service Center, in the Upper Conference Room, 4610 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97215. "A support group for Grandparents and other relatives (such as aunts and uncles) raising and parenting children. The group is for those who were most likely not expecting to be raising children at this time in their lives. Understanding the stress and finding proper ways to deal with it is vital for our own emotional and physical health as well as for the health of your children." For more information, contact for Lisa P. Heard, 503-988-6300 ext. 28316 or click here to email.
Support Group for Grandparents and Other Relatives (N Portland) -meets every other Friday, from 10:30am-12:00pm at Bridge Meadows, 8502 N. Wayland Ave. Portland, 97203. For grandparents who are raising & parenting children. For more information, please contact Lisa Heard at 503-285-6565, ext. 2.
For Children & Teens:
Game Club in West Linn - Sponsored by Portland Asperger's Network (PAN). Held on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 6:30-10:00pm at West Linn Lutheran Church. "A place where kids, ages 5-18, who are with the umbrella of High Functioning Autism, including Aspergers, HFA and PDD-NOS, can be themselves while engaging in activities they love." Siblings are welcome. $8 donation per family requested. For more information please visit: pdxaspergers.org/game_club.
Teen Club (various)- Sponsored by Portland Aspergers Network (PAN). For ages 13-20. This social activities groups meets at the monthly Game Club in West Linn and about once a month for additional activities, including movies, LAN parties, Laser Tag and more. For more information, please visit: http://aspergersnet.org/teen_club.
FOR ADULTS (with or without an ASD diagnosis):
New! Dorks on Parade a social group for autistic adults 18+, runs two monthly events: a coffeehouse chat group on the third Saturday of the month, and an open artmaking/crafting "parallel play" event on the fourth Sunday of the month. DoP also plans other activities such as movie nights and museum outings. If you are on the autism spectrum and are interested in receiving our event announcements, please join our Meetup group at: http://www.meetup.com/Dorks-on-Parade-A-Social-Group-for-Portland-Autistic-Adults/
A "Now What?" Group for Young Adults Topics covered include: Independence (What it is and what it is not); How to build your team; What to do when they don't "get" you or you don't "get" them; Building a vocabulary to talk about differences; Communication; Managing being right and being wrong. Fee for this 12-week group is $720.00. Feb 26-May 21, 2014. For more information, contact Peggy Piers 503-977-2411 or email@example.com
ASAN Portland Social/Support Group: Brings adults (18 and older) on the autistic spectrum together to share ideas, to work on projects that benefit autistic people, and to learn about effective self-advocacy. Meets every other month. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/ASAN-PDX/.
Asperger (w/Pervasive DD, Anxiety, etc related) Adult Social/Support Group (Portland) An informal social/support group for adults. These meetings are usually scheduled on the weekend of the 1st Saturday of the month. Location vary, but mainly in the Portland Metro area. See website for more details. These links are the same webpage, on different servers. If the first link fails, try the next link.
"Off the Couch Events" (SE Portland) Meets the 3rd Friday of each month at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland (By bus: TriMet bus #71, disembark 60th/Belmont & walk 0.3 mile walk west; or TriMet bus15, disembark Belmont/55th). Activity Night is a socialization opportunity for differently abled young adults age 18 and over in a non-competitive, hostile free environment. For more information, call 503/702-2394 or click here for email.
"Now What?" Group (SW Portland) Tools for post-high school young adults with Asperger's, and other cognitive-social challenges. The group addresses skills that are needed for employment, social relationships, and community involvement. Skills Notebook and other materials included. Contact Peggy Piers for information regarding cost and schedule. For more information, call Peggy Piers at 503-977-2411, or click here to email. For website and newsletter: http://peggypiers.com/
The Portland AS Partners Group - This group is a co-facilitated support group for partners in committed relationships. It is co-facilitated by Roger N. Meyer and Lisa Lieberman, MSW-LCSW. If you are interested in joining, please contact Roger Meyer first at (503) 666-2776, or click here to email
Portland Asperger Support Group (SE Portland)- Meets on the second Sunday of each month from 3:00-6:00 pm. at the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, 6161 SE Stark St., Portland, OR. A peer-facilitated adult support group that is co-facilitated by a number of members from the group. For more information, contact Roger Meyer at 503-666-2776, or click here to email, or visit www.aspdx.org.
U Say Hello (Portland metro area) Empowering young adults with special needs to establish social connections, independently manage their social lives and get together to change the world. (Age range: 15-26) For more information, go to www.usayhello.org. or call 503-291-7085.
Young Adult Support Group, sponsored by Portland Asperger's Network (age range: 18-30). Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 7:00-9:00pm, at Synergy Autism Center, 7739 Capitol Hwy, Suite 220, Portland 97219. The vision for this group is that of a hybrid between a facilitator-led group and informal gatherings of friends. For more information, contact Alexander Case by email by clicking here.
New Seasons Nutrition Tours (various): Will also discuss GFCF foods. For information and tour schedule, please go to www.NewSeasonsMarket.com, or call Karen Siebert at (503)473-8626.
Region 6 Contact Form
If you have a question, comment, or concern that you'd like to share with ASO Region 6 Reps, please use the form below to send us all an email. Or, call us individually using the phone numbers at the top of the page.