Oregon Governor Creates Commission on Autism

June 11, 2009

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The commission is charged with creating greater coordination and planning to better engage and provide services for individuals experiencing ASD and their families."Oregon, like other states, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder," Governor Kulongoski said. "This

commission is an important first step in ensuring that individuals experiencing ASD and their families receive the services they need to face the challenges that come with the disorder."

Across Oregon, services to people experiencing ASD have been fragmented and inconsistent, resulting in poor coordination with the various agencies and entities that provide services. The commission will make recommendations to increase coordination and collaboration by identifying policies and strategies that will improve interagency agreements and address funding issues. The commission is charged with presenting a 10-year strategic plan to address ASD to the governor, the legislature, and the superintendent of public instruction by May 1, 2010.