Local Resources



Autism Society of Washington SouthWest Chapter (ASWSWA) – Clark/Skamania Counties


We serve families and individuals living with autism.   We do not provide direct services.  We provide referrals, organize educational meetings, network & support groups, public forums, and fun family social events.

For more information, from our home Page click on the Contact Us tab.

Portland State University’s Autism Training and Research Center (ATRC)


Since October 27, 2012 Portland State University’s Autism Training and Research Center (ATRC) has been offering a series of free Parent Education Workshops aimed at parents of young children (birth to age 8) with autism. These workshops are presented by Dr. Helen Young, Tiffany Sanford, M.S., and myself, Jennifer Reinmuth, M.S.

Parent to Parent Program


The Parent to Parent program offers parents a way to connect with other families who share similar experiences in parenting a child with a developmental disability or chronic health conditions.  Through one-on-one support, workshops, parent socials, education, newsletters, etc., this program helps parents better meet the needs of their children and families.

ARC Family Center Bldg A Conference Room
6511 NE 18th Street, Vancouver, WA

For more information, please contact: Parent to Parent  360-759-4917 ext. 104

Parent Coalition Program


The Parent Coalition provides people with disabilities and their families with a support system that helps them link with their natural support system (the community), better understand and access the system, respond to crisis, and become involved in decision making at the state and local levels.

For more information, please contact: Darla Helt  360-759-4917 x109 DarlaH@arcofclarkcounty.org

Special Education PTSA

SEPTSA is a cross-district unit of the WA State PTA, providing support and education.  General meetings are the first Monday of each month during the school year, from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary Media Center
2921 Falk Rd
Vancouver, WA

For more information, please contact: Theresa Ponce Rankin   360-607-4988 growingwize@msn.com

PAVE (Parents are Vital in Education)


Washington PAVE is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals.  wapave9@washingtonpave.com

For more information, please contact: Rhonda Smith 360-944-5683 or 1-866-838-4422   rsmith@washingtonpave.com

The local PAVE mailing address is:

Washington PAVE
P.O. Box 820324
Vancouver, WA 98682

State office info line 253-565-2266 (v/tty) or 1-800-5-PARENT (v/tty)

Autism Community Services

Autism Community Services provides support for adults on the spectrum and training via webcasts and workshops.

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 2553
Vancouver, WA 98668

For more information, please contact: Monica Meyer  360-735-8670  consult4autism@gmail.com

Autism Support Group for Parents – Morning

This group allows parents to socialize with each other and share information and triumphs. Group meets the last Thursday of each month (during the school year), from 9:30 – 11:30am.

Panera Baker
915 SE 164th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

For more information, please contact: Susie Ringstaff  360-891-1038 susieringstaff@comcast.net

Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Meetings

This group features free guest speakers related to Sensory Processing Disorder and related topics.  Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

Advanced Pediatric Therapies WA Office, 11320 NE 49th St, Suite 208, Vancouver, WA

For more information, please contact: Sharron Donnelly donnellyot@comcast.net

Portland group:  Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm.

Advanced Pediatric Therapies OR Office4444 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR

For more information, please contact: Teresa Denney  503-522-8148 tdenney24@verizon.net

Game Club – East Vancouver

Fun for the whole family! Cost is $5/family; bring a snack to share and E-rated video games. Group meets the last Friday of each month except August and December, from 6:30 – 9:00pm.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (SE Mill Plain and SE126th next to Kaiser)
12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA
Kori Gaddis   360-609-2864 kori_gaddis04@yahoo.com

For more information, please contact:

Game Club – North Clark County (Asperger’s and HFA Family Support Group)

Fun activities for kids 5-13 with Asperger’s/HFA and their families.  Group meets the first Friday of each month (except holidays), from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Cost is $5/family; bring a snack to share.

Manor Evangelical Church (across the street from Manor Grange and John Deere Tractor)
17913 NE 72nd Avenue
Battle Ground, WA

For more information, please contact: Tana Fitzthum   360-247-7086 tanafitz@tds.net