Fall Back – Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 6th 2016

ECLATT Clock Reminds you to change clocks for Daylight Savings TimeYep. It’s the first weekend in November again. You know, the week after the climactic end of Halloween fun that begins an hourglass countdown to that body wrenching activity known as Time Change. Even though we go through it every year here in the the United States, you may not have remembered that you need to change your clocks as you go to bed this Saturday (November 5th) (unless you wanted to wait until the official changeover at 2am on the 6th).

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 – the only thing that makes this arcane activity worth doing.

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
  • ___________________

Check your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Also, remember, the Fire department also reminds us that this is a good time to check the batteries in our Smoke Detectors. It’s worth checking your Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors at the same time. 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.

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.

The Speed of Time

Now, if it seems like Sunday’s time change is barreling towards you faster or slower than a normal Sunday would normally approach, then this video on “Why Your Perception of Time Can Change” is just for you!

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Thank you Billy Blues Bar and Grill – $10,487.00 Raised in Rock for Autism Fundraiser

Many thanks to Billy Blues Bar and Grill for a fantastic fundraiser. We can do such amazing things when we come together as a community. Thank you!

The final tally for The Rock For Autism Benefit for ARRO Autism Research and ResRock for Autism benefiting ARROAutism logo of puzzle piece heartources of Oregon was $10,487.00!!! When people come together we can accomplish great things!

We would like to thank all of the sponsors for their contributions, Hard Notched Customs, Entercom Radio and Tim Taylor, Corwin Beverage Company, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Columbia/Young Market, Craig Stein Beverage Vancouver, Tropical Image Tanning, Lunatic Tattoo, Filbin’s Ace Hardware, Vancouver Wa, Cascade Flooring America, LLC, Heathen Brewing Feral Public House, Jorges Tequila Factory, Pioneer Fence, Deck & Patio Covers, Warehouse ’23, Beaches Restaurant and Bar, Mayer’s Custom Meats, Southern Wine & Spirits, Main Event Sports Grill, Maletis Beverage, Kendall’s Pioneer Distributing, Priority Life Chiropractic and Massage, Beard’s Framing Stores, 5 Guys Burger and Fries, Sysco Foods, Pacific Seafood of Oregon, Jakes Meats, Franz Bakery, McDonell & Thomas Accounting, Finish First Innovative Designs & Higher Grounds Coffee. This event was a huge success due to your generosity and we are truly grateful for your donations!

A special thanks goes out to all the musicians! Lovedrive, a tribute to the Scorpions, Metts, Ryan, & Collins, Shoot to Thrill – An ACDC Tribute, & The All Stars Brian Harrison, Kevin Hahn, Jeff Buehner, and David Kendall. It was an incredible night of rock n roll!

A special thanks to Cheryl Bland, Glenna Brown & Kathleen Henly for all their help with the raffle.

Thank you to Mike Branch for all you do and your relentless support of Billy Blues Bar and Grill!

A genuine and heartfelt thank you to Maury Brown for asking us to host this event. It was truly an honor and we are can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

Last but not least thank you to the droves of people who poured through our doors and stepped up and made a magical night. You have made a significant impact for many families and from the bottom of our hearts WE SALUTE YOU!

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Oops! I forgot to renew my Fred Meyer Community Rewards!

It’s an age old story. You’ve done it, I’ve done it – and we’ll both do it again.

So, a few months ago (or, maybe … longer?), Fred Meyer sent out a notice telling us all that we would need to renew our Fred Meyer Community Rewards and re-link it to the Non-Profit of my choice. “Oh,” said I, “That’s a little odd. Why would they want me to re-choose the non-profit instead of just continuing until I say not to? Oh, well. I guess, since I have to, I’ll do it …. later.”

Well, here I am, reading my email, I come across an email from Fred Meyer and I think, huh. Did I ever renew ARROAutism as my chosen non-profit to receive donations? How do I even find out. It’s raining outside, and I should probably be doing something else right now, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, or, something, but, I’d really rather postpone those things, so, yeah – right now, seems like a great time! And, since it is, I find my way to this site :


And, lo and behold, I find a whole page of info. It’s almost too much, but I waded my way through it, and documented what I found so that I could share it with you, and make the whole process much easier (and faster)!

Just four easy steps

Okay, it’s more like six steps, if you include logging in, and the confirmation page. But, really, it’s four steps – which should take about five minutes.

Step 1

Login on the Fred Meyer Rewards Website at : http://fredmeyer.com

Fred Meyer Community Rewards LoginNote, if you’re prompted to change your password, you may be able to just re-use your same password.

Step 2

Click the “Account” button – it’s on the red strip and has the profile of a person on it.

Click the My Account Button - red bar with person profile

Step 3

Check the status of the enrollment. If it’s a yellow exclamation point – click the Enroll button

Check Fred Meyer Community Rewards Enrollment Status

Step 4

To quickly find us, type our id : 94194 and click Search.

ARROAutism ID is 94194 for Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Step 5

Click the little circular radio button next to Autism Research and Resources of Oregon #94194 , which will highlight us in orange, then click the orange Enroll button.

Select Autism Research and Resources of Oregon for Fred Meyer Community Rewards


You should now see your account summary screen and the text “Your enrollment in the Community Rewards Program has been updated. Thank you for participating!” And, given the success of this program, we couldn’t agree more.

Success! Your Enrollment in the Community Rewards Program has been updated. Thank you


Just 5 minutes

Okay, so, it took me longer than that. Actually, considerably longer. But that’s why I put this together. Hopefully you can take a look at this, know exactly where to go and it will take you about 5 minutes. If you ever want to see just how much money this program generates for us, simply through your normal, every day purchases, just check our donation page at http://arroautism.org/donate .

Thanks so much for taking the time, and for your support. We’re here to make a positive difference for Autism Families in Oregon, and we couldn’t do it without you. And, now that I’ve sat down and done my bit, hopefully you’ll take a few minutes to do the same.



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Sean’s Run for ARROAutism – 2016 – August 20th

Picture of Sean Running at Sean's Run for ARROAutismWe are pleased to finally announce that we WILL be holding Sean’s Run for ARROAutism, as planned, on August 20th.

The start and finish lines will be directly down the road from the Concordia University Throw Center. This will be a rare opportunity to run along normally closed routes around the Columbia River Dikes.

So, plan to join us at 8AM on Saturday, August 20th, and help us celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Sean’s Run and help raise money for the ARROAutism Family Holiday Assistance Project!

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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 kcalouri@paceplace.org 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:  kcalouri@PACEplace.org

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 kathyh@arroautism.org, 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 kathy@arroautism.org or call 971-258-2360

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