Casino night FUNdraiser for ARROAutism Family Holiday Assistance Project

An Evening for Autism 2016 Monte Carlo Casino NightOur annual “An Evening For Autism” event is Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at The Washington Square Embassy Suites. This year’s event theme is Casino Night!

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event ends at 10 p.m.

We want you to be there!

Share the Event!

We have a variety of Monte Carlo games: including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Let It Ride, and Card Poker! There will also be wine, beer and ale raffles, silent auction, and a live auction. The auctions include trips including one to Disneyland, and one to New York City to the play Hamilton! We also have sports related items like a Trail Blazer Basketball signed by the 2016 team, and a Hillsboro Hops Baseball package!

There will be a great selection of food including:

  • a carved Prime Rib station
  • sea food items
  • cheeses and vegetables
  • a variety of desserts and beverages
  • No Host Bar!

This is the main event to fund the Family Holiday Assistance Project, which provides gift cards to families with Autism in need through the County Case Management Programs during the Winter Holidays. Every 4 tickets purchased helps 3 families this holiday season.


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Sean’s Run 2016 – Still Being Planned

Sean's Run for ARROAutism Logo

Yes, we are still planning on having Sean’s Run this year, with a target for August. Details are still being worked out, so stay tuned for an announcement! =)

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Rest In Peace, Lucinda “Cindy” Waddell

RIP Lucinda Cindy Waddell January 2016We are sad to announce the passing of Lucinda “Cindy” Waddell.

Lucinda Waddell started working as a speaker and advocate with families who have children with Autism in 1981, prior to her daughter receiving a formal diagnosis at 13. She found that by helping other families with their IEP’s, respite care and social skills training she was able to get a broader understanding of Autism. She was employed by Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health as a Job Coach and Social Skills Trainer for several adults with Autism. Within a year’s time, she was consulting with Voc Rehab in four counties. In the early 1990s, Lucinda joined Dr. Steve Edelson’s research project as the after care provider for children who were receiving Auditory Integrative Training. She had the privilege of working with hundreds of children and their families throughout the USA and beyond. In 1994, Lucinda became a licensed minister with United Christian Fellowship. This opened the doors for her to different correctional institutions that housed some individuals with high functioning Autism/Aspergers. She continue to work with churches, teaching congregations the Autism basics and how the church can minister to families affected by Autism.

Cindy is survived by her husband of 41 years, her daughter Heather, and her daughter’s husband John, her son Ryan, his wife Stacey, and granddaughter Kyrie. Cindy will be missed by many, including those she worked with as a consultant, in several schools, and in numerous families throughout her area.

A memorial service for Cindy is scheduled for 2:00 PM on February 5, 2016 in Amity, OR.

Amity Christian Church
1305 Goucher St.
Amity, OR 97101

Jim Waddell’s contact info:
P.O. Box 449
Amity, OR 97101

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Pirate Party 2015 – A Benefit for Pace Place, Inch by Inch, and Speech and Play

Pirate Party


September 12, 2015

We DEMAND (Aaarrgg!) that you attend this year’s Pirate Party on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

This year we are raising money to pay for this Pirate Ship Play Structure, for the enjoyment of our Pirate friends.  It has been completed so come check it out!

Eye Patch Boy This amazing creation has been designed specifically for the children at:

Project PACE Inc.
PACE Place
Inch By Inch Child Development Center
Speech And Play

Please forward this email to any Pirates you know and invite anyone you wish.

Pirate Family Party
Pirate Girl CC

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Bounce pirate ship, zip-line

& games.

Admission:  $5 per person

($20 maximum per family)

Food and raffle items sold separately.


Party Location


2360 SW 170th Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97006

Donations Needed:

Donations Needed  

We need donated items (new items only please) for the day-time, family-friendly event.  We need donations that appeal to kids and adults.  We need your donations:

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Items for a “Theme Basket”  (e.g., baking, golf, scrapbooking, outdoor toys).  We can make the basket for you.
  • Sports equipment
  • Pirate-themed items
  • Technology gifts
  • Toys and educational materials
  • Gift Cards for restaurants and stores (e.g., Olive Garden, Subway, Cold Stone, Old Navy, Target, Best Buy, Costco)
  • Guest passes to Nike, Adidas, Columbia Employee Stores

If you have donations, please contact Kathi Calouri by email at or telephone at 503.356.8334, ext. 2#.   

Or, simply mail or deliver your donation to the address below.  

Of course, all worthy Pirates accept financial donations which will be deposited directly into the play structure fund.  Financial donations can be mailed (or shipped by bottle) to the address below.


Raffle Time 2 CC

Please mail all donations to:

PACE Foundation

2360 SW 170th Avenue

Beaverton, OR  97006

Call For Volunteers:  Join The Pirate Gang
 Q & P

We are seeking volunteers of all ages to join the Pirate Gang.  We accept all offers of assistance, big and small.   


We need help with:

Party set-up on Sept. 11 & 12 

Party clean-up. 

Please contact Kathi if you can help.  You may reach Kathi by telephone (503.356.8334, ext. 2#) or email:

Play Structure Benefits:

The profits from the Pirate Party fund the Pirate Ship Play Structure and will be used by the following children:

The Pirates at … Project PACE Inc. and PACE Place:

The Pirates at … Inch By Inch Child Development Center:

The Pirates at … Speech and Play:

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Donate to ARROAutism Today!

Donate to Autism Research and Resources of Oregon Today!

Autism Research and Resources of Oregon (ARROAutism) is a non-profit organization dedicated, in part, to developing and maintaining, a center of excellence in Oregon. This future location will provide the Autism community with a place to meet, share ideas, offer support, and provide Autism related services. Financial support for the Center will be derived, in part, from Donations from the community, from corporate sponsors, and through fun filled events like annual Sean’s Run for ARROAutism and An Evening for Autism, as well as events including lectures, panel discussions and more.

As part of a new initiative, ARROAutism will also focus new energies on our website, which will soon provide a whole new way to find, and access resources.

Your contribution today can ensure the continuation of all our projects, and the achievement of ARROAutism’s overarching mission; to produce and promote a center of excellence in the field of Autism research and services in the state of Oregon.

Questions? Contact ARROAutism’s Executive Director Kathy Henley at, or call (971) 258-2360 .

Donate now, online, through PayPal:

We also accept snail mail donations!

Autism Research and Resources of Oregon
P.O. Box 4282
Portland, OR 97208-4282

IRS Letter of Determination of Non-profit status for ARRO IRS Letter of Determination

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An Evening for Autism 2015

A Benefit for the

Autism Research and Resources of Oregon

Family Holiday Assistance Project

Saturday, May 23rd

Doors open at 6 pm – Auction starts at 7 pm

at the Pantheon Banquet Hall

5940 SE 92nd Ave, Portland

Music provided by the

Andrew Paul Woodworth –


Brian Harrison


Complementary hors d’oeuvres and No Host bar

Online ticket sales on EventBrite:

Single Tickets =$125

For more information email or call 971-258-2360

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Seans Run 2015 – New Date – New Location

Sean's Run for ARROAutism 2015 Announcement Location and Date
For the first time since its inception in 2007, Seans Run will be held in a new place, and a new date.

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, August 8th, 2015 for Sean’s Run for ARROAutism to be held at Catlin Gabel School at 8825 SW Barnes Rd. Portland, OR 97225.

Stay tuned for more info, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

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ARROAutism News and Updates Email Newsletters are Back | Family Holiday Assistance Project

ARROAutism Logo Ice Square

ARROAutism News and Updates

December 2014

Wow. It sure has been a long time since we sent one of these, hasn’t it? How long? Well, since 2013 when a technical problem interrupted our E-mail Newsletter system. Fixing it was added to our rather sizeable ToDo list (you have one of those, yes?) and work carried on.

Well, here we are in the final month of 2014 and we finally got a Round-To-It and the system is back up and running.

Why Now?

Now, granted, it has been a long time, but, still … why now? What is it about today that makes it so important to have things working again?

Simply put – we’re still here, still working, and we need your help with a very special annual project.

Family Holiday Assistance Project

As we all know, life can sometimes be overwhelming, and, for some of us, life with a family member on the Spectrum can add an enormous financial strain as well. To help ease that burden at the holidays, every year since 2007, ARROAutism has been raising money for our Family Holiday Assistance Project. This project works with county developmental disabilities case managers to identify families in need. ARROAutism then provides selected families with two gift cards; one from Fred Meyer’s to allow a variety of purchases, and one from New Seasons Markets to allow the purchase of quality holiday foods.

I was so filled with gratitude for the kindness and thoughtfulness for the people who support the families with children with Autism like this. It was such an unexpected and beautiful gift, and one that was much needed. I am so grateful. What a gift! – T.M.

You make the difference

And that’s where you come in. With your help, we can help even more families this holiday season. So, please, join us today, and let’s see just how many families we can help.


Donate by Paypal

Special Partnerships

Any conversation about the Family Holiday Assistance Project this year should give ample credit to Monsters of Rock 2014. With their help, this year we were able to raise $2660 towards this year’s Family Holiday Assitance Project.
Another big boost to fundraising this year was from the second annual Evening for Autism that raised money for ARROAutism’s general fund; some of which will be used for this year’s Family Holiday Assistance Project.
Finally, also helping us again this year is the Autism Society of Oregon with a generous contribution that will match up to a certain amount of what we raise here – potentially doubling your donation!
With such great partners, we’ve made a great start. Now it’s your turn. With your help, we can make a real difference to local Autism families in need during the holidays.

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Fall Back – Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 2nd 2014

ECLATT Clock Reminds you to change clocks for Daylight Savings TimeIf you live in the United States, you may not have remembered that you need to change your clocks as you go to bed this Saturday (November 2nd) (unless you wanted to wait until the official changeover at 2am on the 3rd).

This being fall it means it is time to apply that mnemonic “Fall Back,” and turn your clocks back by 1 hour such that 7am is still 6 am – ahhh, another hour of sleep.

Daylight Savings Time – A Brief History

Daylight Savings Time (also known as DST) has been around since the late 1800s, and is probably just as controversial now (check out this article from the Washington Post) as it was likely to have been then . Not every country uses daylight savings time. In fact, in 2011, Russia re-joined Japan, China, India, and 156 other countries by getting rid of daylight savings time. In the United States, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not observe Daylight Savings Time.

What’s more, the start and end dates of Daylight Savings Time vary from time to time, and from country to country. In the United States, Daylight Savings Time was extended several weeks back in 2007 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As a result, Daylight Savings Time in the United States (Oregon included) starts (springs forward) on the second (2nd) Sunday in March, and ends (falls back) on the first (1st) Sunday in November.

Impact of Daylight Savings Time on Autism

Countless Studies have been conducted on the impacts of Daylight Savings Time, not the least of which have been on human health, especially as it relates to the interruption of natural biorhythms and sleep cycles. While I am not aware of any comprehensive studies specifically on DST and Autism, the same health impacts will obviously be at play. In addition, there are routine adjustments to consider. To help minimize those impacts, and any confusion that might come into play, try to walk through your family’s frequently visited places and make a list of clocks that will need to be changed and/or may cause confusion. Here are just a few to consider :

  • Telephones (land line phones and Cell phones)
  • Ipads
  • Tablets
  • Watches
  • Walkmen
  • MP3 Players
  • Bedside Clocks
  • Bathroom Clocks
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator (fridge)
  • Microwave
  • DVD Player
  • Thermostat
  • Computers (most will change themselves)
  • Stereos
  • Car Stereo
  • Coffee Pot
  • Pagers
  • DVRs
  • Voice Recorders
  • Clocks at School
  • Clocks at Therapy
  • Game Systems
  • ___________________

And, remember, the Fire department also reminds us that this is a good time to check the batteries in our Smoke Detectors. This is obviously a significant issue for those with sensory integration issues, so, if you haven’t already, put this on the calendar to do while your sound sensitive family members are at school, work, or another appointment.

Just for Laughs

And, just for laughs, I’ve thrown in this Daylight Savings video sung by a bunch of Dads.

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