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The Gift of Giving

Dear Friend,

This year will be particularly hard for parents and educators of children with autism. In Oregon, funding has been cut for direct services to children and teacher training is almost non existent. Children who used to get 6 to 8 hours of teaching a week are now down to 2 hours a week, hardly a drop in the bucket. Teachers are often expected to pay for other own trainings now.

Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon (POAC of Oregon) is a 503(c) nonprofit that helps educate parents and teachers that work with children with autism. We identify research-based best practices in teaching so children with autism may lead a productive and fulfilled life.

This year we need your help to accomplish this goal. Even $5 can help toward the printing of 3 parent guides for those without computer or internet access (http://poac-or.org/poac-or_files/files/guide2006.pdf). A $10 donation can help purchase a book for newly diagnosed parents (The Verbal Behavior Approach by Mary Barbera). Of course, larger donations contribute to our greater goal of the development of free assessment tools and school curriculum - much like what you see on Wikipedia.

With Christmas around the corner, some families are looking at alternative gift giving methods. Why not suggest giving to a nonprofit?

Any amount is helpful. All contributions tell the IRS that, yes, POAC of Oregon should keep its nonprofit status because the public is willing to contribute to this needed cause.

So please join us in building the most progressive educational development and information center in the country. Your gift is about empowering parents and improving the lives of children with autism in Oregon. It doesn't get any better than that.

Contributions can be made by:

1. Using your Paypal account - click on the ChipIn! button on the right side of the http://poac-or.org website 2. Send a check to: POAC of Oregon, 2913 NW Lincoln Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330

A contribution receipt will be promptly sent to your address in the form of a letter.

Thank you, in advance, for your support and generosity.

Most sincerely,

Katalin Pusztavari
Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon, President

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