ASO Region 6
Serving Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah & Wasco counties
Lori Ball(Multnomah and Clackamas counties)
Dori Fenech (habla espanol) (929) 422-9830 (Clackamas)
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! Free Expression Workshop (SE Portland) – Meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month, starting Jan 22, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68 Ave, Portland. A free art workshop for adults on the autism spectrum. Facilitated by Rebekah Hunter. Supplies provided. Registration in advance requested as space is limited. For more information or to register, please call the ASO office at send an e-mail.or
Girl Power Support Group (SE Portland) – Meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except April & December), from 1:00-3:00pm, 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 send an e-mail. $5 suggested donation to cover supplies.or
Teen Girls Support Group (SW PORTLAND). Meets on the 1st & 3th Sundays of each month, from 3:00-4:30pm. 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! Please contact the facilitators for more information, including location. Contact Paula at click here to email; or Kim at or click here to email.or
Young Adult Support Group, (age range: 18-30). Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Autism Society of Oregon office, 5100 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 400 Portland, OR. The vision for this group is that of a hybrid between a facilitator-led group and informal gatherings of friends. For more information contact the Autism Society of Oregon at 503-636-1676, or email@example.com.
Other Support Groups & Activities:
New Location! AWE – AWEtism We Embrace meets the third Thursday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. Portland Medical Center, 4805 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97213 (enter at the Glisan street parking garage/skywalk) Room HCC6 “AWE is a group for adults: parents, partners AND those on spectrum. Each participant, no matter where they are in their journey, shares an interest in forming an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh outlooks. This creates better tools to understand our situations, our loved ones and ourselves. This group supports and respects members in their individual paths toward acceptance no matter where they are on the ‘human spectrum.'” firstname.lastname@example.org 503-781-2461
CHADD Parent Support Group (SW Portland) – Meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month, at 6:30pm, at Providence St. Vincent Hospital, 9205 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225. Open to parents, grandparents, teachers or other caregivers of children affected by ADHD. For more information, see www.stumptownCHADD.org Text for information.
Epilepsy Parent Support Group (NW Portland) – Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00-11:30am at Good Samaritan Medical, Bldg. 2, 1040 NW 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97210 (2nd Floor Conference Room). “Parenting a child 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”. Free Parking Garage. RSVP to Rae Lynn Stewart, email@example.com email:
First Friday (SE Portland) – For parents of children age 5 and younger. Meets the 1st Friday of the month, from 9:15-11:15am, at Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, for their regular indoor park time. It’s in the basement, with lots of ride-on toys, balls, etc. Note: The area is open to all; come early for quietest times. Cost at Mt. Scott is $1 for children 5 and under. Sponsored by the Portland Aspergers Network (PAN). To RSVP, contact Deb Paxton at www.pdxaspergers.org/contact .
Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Support Group – Meets the 1st Monday of the month, from 10:00-11:00am at the Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss, Portland. Please join us for 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. Callfor more information.
New Location! “Me Time, Coffee and Tea” (Milwaukie) sponsored by the Portland Aspergers Network (PAN). Meets from Last Sunday of each month, from 1:00-4:00pm at Spring Creek Coffee House, 10600 SE McLoughlin Boulevard, Milwaukie, OR 97222. “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://pdxaspergers.org/
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
R.E.S.T. (Gresham) – This support group is specifically for Moms with a spiritual emphasis. Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm 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 (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 click here to email.or
Support Group for Parents of Adult Children with Autism living at home: Goals: Decrease feelings of isolation, share ideas, discover fresh perspectives, share resources, learn strategies for shared living, adjust roles in your household, get out the “parenting rut.” Starting January 12, 2018 from will meet the 2nd Friday of each Month from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Synergy Autism Center, 7807 SW 34th Ave, Portland Ave 97219. Facilitators: Peggy Piers, M.Ed counselor and Barbara Avila, M.S. family autism consultant. Cost $30.00 per person per session; Pre-register for 3 months required. Call 503-432-8760 or email Barbara@synergyautismcenter.com.
On-Line Communities –
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 Aspergers Network (PAN) also has a Facebook group. Click here for more information about joining this closed group.
Portland Autism Moms (PAM) – Form mothers of children on the autism spectrum only. 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
Portland Autism Parents (PAP) – Open to all caregivers of people on the autism spectrum in the Portland, OR area. This is a related site to Portland Autism Moms (PAM) group that includes Dads in the Portland/Vancouver metro areas. Click here for more information.
Oregon Special Needs Dads – Facebook support group for the guys called “DAD” to congregate with others who view having kiddos with special needs through a similar lens. Contact on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/groups/
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, click here to email.ext. 28316 or
For Children & Teens:
G6 AirPark (Portland)- Special Needs Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00pm. 10414 SE Washington, Portland, OR, 97216. (503) 255-3334. $5/hr for jumpers, caregivers can jump for free (must be over 18). $2 G6 grip socks required. Click here to email.
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 and young adults 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 and the whole family are welcome. $10 donation per family requested. For more information please visit: pdxaspergers.org/game_club.
North Portland – Come meet up with North Portland families raising children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory needs. The kids can play in a fun and enclosed environment, while the adults talk and support each other. We meet the third Saturday each month from 3-5pm at St. Johns Swap and Play. 7535 N Chicago St. Portland, OR 97203. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sensory Story Times at Multnomah County Library – These storytimes, which are open to all preschoolers, are especially geared to children with sensory integration issues. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, or is just more comfortable in a small, interactive storytime, this program of stories, songs and activities may be just what you are looking for. https://multcolib.org/events/preschool-sensory-storytime. Sensory Story Times are held:
- Hollywood Library: every Thursday @ 3:30pm
- Woodstock Library: every Saturday @ 9:15am
- Fairview Library: every Saturday @ 10:15am
Summer 2017 Social Skill Groups:
Ages 8-12 4 Sessions Tue/Thu, 4-5 pm – August 8, 10, 15, 17. This group focuses on helping children make friends, strengthen communication skills, reduce anxiety, improve ability to manage feeling of frustration, and build confidence so they succeed socially. This group uses a combination of education and hands on activities that are fun and designed to help participants practice self reflection, self management, and social skills. The group is limited to 8 participants. This group may be covered by health insurance and requires an initial assessment for participants new to the clinic. Registration deadline for summer group is June 5th. Registration is possible for either one group or both groups. 503-352-0240 T 971-279-5635 F email@example.com, www.nhws.us 9400 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Suite 210, Beaverton OR 97005.
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: www.pdxaspergers.org/teen_club.
Fire Circle (Youth 14-18). FIRE: Family, Independence, Relationships and Empowerment. Fire Circle, is a therapeutic group that sparks conversations among youth who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum. The group is led by Kimberly Zeszutek, MA, NCC, LPC Intern, and creates space for youth to process presented topics while intentionally cultivating peer support and social skills. Together, we will recognize our own potential by exploring assumptions we have of ourselves and assumption often put upon those with an Autism diagnosis and Aspie traits. Adventure to Mt. Tabor will be incorporated to build connection within the group, and build a personal connection with nature. Six weeks meeting on Tuesdays in the evening at 6:30 pm – 7:50 pm/8pm. How do I sign up? Call Kimberly at 503-558-6809. Group Fee: $180.00 for the total 6 weeks/$30.00 per session.
FOR ADULTS (with or without an ASD diagnosis):
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.
Club Impact (SE Portland) Meets every Monday from 6:000-8:00pm. $2 entry fee, monthly Movie and Pizza Night Out is $5.50. Club Impact is a social club for adults over 18 years old, with disabilities. It is sponsored by Impact Northwest and run by volunteers. Each Monday is a little different but enjoy snacks, music, yoga, board games and ping pong. Monthly events also include Bingo, Pizza Night, karaoke and a birthday celebration. Special events throughout the year. Tabor Square Building, 4610 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR. For more information, call Ralph Gilliam at 503-453-6412 or click here to email.
ClubMates – Special Needs Social Club. Offers social and recreational programs integrating individuals with special needs with their typical peers under staff supervision. Thursdays, 7:30-8:15. www.clubmates.org Meet at Ruby Jewel Scoops, 428 SW 12th, Portland, OR
NEW! Disney Movie Club (NE Portland) – FIRST MEETING will be Thursday, May 18th! Please join us on the 3rd Thursday each month 12:30 – 3 pm for the Disney Group. Any donations welcomed, people with disabilities-friendly. We will be at the United Methodist Church 2620 NE Freemont St, Portland OR 97212. For questions, please contact Brad Newey, 971-901-7437 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorks on Parade – A social group by and 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 event announcements, please join the Meetup group at: http://www.meetup.com/Dorks-on-Parade-A-Social-Group-for-Portland-Autistic-Adults/ (Note: This group is no longer being sponsored by ASO.)
Edwards Center – has been serving adults with developmental disabilities for over 40 years. They have special events, socialization and recreation classes for any individual 18 or older with a developmental disability. They can coordinate transportation for a small fee. Two locations: Aloha Community Center, 4375 SW Edwards Place, Aloha, OR 97006 and Milwaukie Center, 4287 SE International Way, Suite A, Milwaukie, OR 97222
NeuroSisters, ASD Women’s support group facilitated by Sage Owl Therapy. (Age range: currently 23-59 with median age of 30). Meets every other Saturday, from 11:00 am – 12:20 pm in Lake Oswego. A closed group with a limited number of participants, for those who identify as female with ASD. Psycho-educational, process group/support group. Cost: $20/session with 15% discount for 6 sessions. For more information, at no cost, please contact Scarlet Graham, MA. Click here to email.
“Off the Couch Events” (NE Portland) Meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm. $7 for participant, companion(1) is free. Activity Night is a socialization opportunity for differently abled young adults age 18 and over in a non-competitive, hostile free environment. St. Charles Catholic Church, 5310 NE 42nd, Portland, OR. For more information, call 503-702-2394. or click here for 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 Russell Pike at click here to email or visit www.aspdx.org.or John Knoernschid at 503-309-2477, or
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.
Fire Circle (Young adult 19 – 23). FIRE: Family, Independence, Relationships and Empowerment. Fire Circle, is a therapeutic group that sparks conversations among youth who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum. The group is led by Kimberly Zeszutek, MA, NCC, LPC Intern, and creates space for youth to process presented topics while intentionally cultivating peer support and social skills. Together, we will recognize our own potential by exploring assumptions we have of ourselves and assumption often put upon those with an Autism diagnosis and Aspie traits. Adventure to Mt. Tabor will be incorporated to build connection within the group, and build a personal connection with nature. Six weeks meeting on Tuesdays in the evening at 6:30 pm – 7:50 pm/8pm. How do I sign up? Call Kimberly at 503-558-6809. Group Fee: $180.00 for the total 6 weeks/$30.00 per session.
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.