Bridgeway House Offers New Program

EUGENE, Ore. — Bridgeway House introduced a new program, SHAPE, for youth with autism. SHAPE, which stands for Sexuality, Health, and Personal Exploration, will launch in January 2015. SHAPE is designed to provide education, build relationship skills, and encourage personal exploration to help youth with autism increase their self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. “We are very … Continue reading »

OHSU Study Identifies Autism Risk Factor

PORTLAND, Ore. — Researchers at OHSU say they’re making huge progress, in identifying genetic risk factors for autism. Scientists say there are about 400 genes associated with autism. A study published Wednesday identified 27 of those genes. Researchers say if they’re mutated, they will either cause autism or contribute to its risk. Scientists say this … Continue reading »

Parent Reacts to Pesticide-Autism Study

MEDFORD, Ore. — One in 68 kids is on the autism spectrum and researchers at the University of California, Davis, are warning about a possible new cause. The just-released study found women who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy were 60 percent more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum … Continue reading »

Raising Awareness for Kids With Autism

EUGENE, Ore. — Each April during Autism Awareness Month, runners race to show support for those in the community diagnosed with autism. “Autism is really here in our community and there needs to be a lot of support and acceptance as well,” said Patricia Wigney, Bridgeway House Executive Director. Around 300 people gathered at Alton … Continue reading »

Interview: Autism Artism

EUGENE, Ore. — April is Autism Awareness Month, and to celebrate, an event called Autism Artism is displaying works of art. Tim Mueller with KindTree joined us live in the studio for KEZI 9 News This Morning to tell us more about the event. The Gala Opening is happening Saturday, April 5 at Territorial Vineyards … Continue reading »

Home Depot Donates to Autism Research

EUGENE, Ore. — Home Depot is shedding some light on autism research this month. Stores all over the nation are donating one dollar from every blue Phillips light bulb purchase to research with Autism Speaks. There’s a display table set up at the entrance of the store on Seneca and West 11th in Eugene. Employees … Continue reading »

Support for World Autism Awareness Day

EUGENE, Ore. – Wednesday April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. Throughout April, local organizations will shine a light on autism as a growing global health crisis. One event to help show support will happen at Alton Baker Park. The Bridgeway House is having a run for Autism on Sunday. The nonprofit agency offers a … Continue reading »

Show Displays Work From Autistic Artists

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A new local art exhibit is shedding light on some unique artists. The Best of Autism Artism show will be displayed at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center this year. Organizers say work was drawn from more than ten years of shows by artists with Autism and the pieces aren’t just from the … Continue reading »

Autism Study Granted Funding

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a new treatment option for children with autism. Western Oregon University has received a federal grant for a study to teach parents daily massage techniques that have been shown to reverse sensory difficulties and improve behavior. Families can sign up to take advantage of the more than 1,500 worth of treatments … Continue reading »

Bridgeway House Moving to Springfield

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bridgeway House in Eugene is packing up its classrooms and is ready to move its school to a new building. In just two years, the school has grown from 8 students to 45 and the executive director, Patricia Wigney, says the expanding school now needs a bigger building. The Bridgeway House … Continue reading »

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