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Katu.com: OHSU doctors partner with hundreds of families for in-depth autism study

Katu.com: OHSU doctors partner with hundreds of families for in-depth autism study

by Jackie Labrecque, KATU News

PORTLAND, Ore. — 

A massive autism study called SPARK is underway at Oregon Health and Science University, and researchers say they’re hoping to unveil more about the developmental disorder.

Julie and Richard Sterrett’s identical twin boys Andre and Jordan have been enrolled in OHSU’s

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Katu.com: Police say missing 15-year-old with autism was spotted near Springwater Corridor Trail

Katu.com: Police say missing 15-year-old with autism was spotted near Springwater Corridor Trail

Photo of Lucas Cole from Gresham Police

GRESHAM, Ore. – Police say a missing 15-year-old boy with autism was seen Tuesday evening near Springwater Corridor Trail.

Gresham police say a Gresham High School staff member saw Lucas Cole on Southeast Dowsett near the trail around 6:30 p.m.

The staff

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Katu.com: Parents appeal PPS over autism program

Katu.com: Parents appeal PPS over autism program

PORTLAND, Ore. — 

Several parents with students with autism have filed an appeal with the Portland Public Schools board.

They say this past fall the district stopped a partnership with behavior therapy providers, known as ABAs, that gave services in schools.

ABAs are often paid by insurance at no cost to

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Katu.com: 'Sensory Santa' at Lloyd Center helps children with autism experience Christmas tradition

Katu.com: 'Sensory Santa' at Lloyd Center helps children with autism experience Christmas tradition

When a member of the family has autism, it can be hard to visit Santa. Crowded malls and loud music may prevent those with sensory sensitivity from enjoying the childhood tradition.

But at Lloyd Center, they’re making a special effort with Sensory Santa.

“By holding the event early in the

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Katu.com: Gresham police searching for missing 12-year-old with autism

Katu.com: Gresham police searching for missing 12-year-old with autism

Maliki Skutley, 12, is missing from Gresham. If you’ve seen him, call 911. Photo courtesy Gresham Police Department{ }

GRESHAM, Ore. – Gresham police officers are asking for the public’s help locating a 12-year-old boy who ran away from his parents early Tuesday morning.

According to police, Maliki Isreal Skutley

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Katu.com: Police seek runaway Vancouver teen with autism, concerns over cold weather

Katu.com: Police seek runaway Vancouver teen with autism, concerns over cold weather

Photos of Kaleb Guenther from Vancouver Police

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Officers are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teenage boy with autism.

Police say that Kaleb Guenther ran away from his Vancouver home on Saturday, October 28.

Investigators believe he is in the Portland area because

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Katu.com: Oregon insurer agrees to $100000 fine over autism claims denials

Katu.com: Oregon insurer agrees to $100000 fine over autism claims denials

by Steve Benham, KATU.com Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — 

Providence Health Plan has agreed to pay the state of Oregon $100,000 in civil penalties over how it handled requests for health insurance coverage for treatment of autism in 2012, the state announced Thursday.

Autism patients, or their families, filed claims

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