About Bridgeway House

Bridgeway House was founded in 2002 by a parent who was unwilling to accept the limited resources available to her child.

Our primary mission is to offer treatments, developmental therapies, enrichment courses, and support to children and families of all income levels who are affected by autism.

Because Bridgeway House knows that raising a child with autism or related abilities can be expensive, scholarships are available for all our services and programs.

Bridgeway House works with a variety of professionals and specialists to bring enriching programs and services to children with autism and their families.

Since 2002, Bridgeway House has grown significantly and attracts clients from various parts of the United States. We are very proud of the services we provide to the children with autism and their families and are always looking for new programs and services to benefit them.

– Patricia Wigney Executive Director

Bridgeway House is a nonprofit organization that was founded to offer treatments, developmental therapies, enrichment courses, and support to children and families of all income levels with autism and related abilities. Our focus has been developing programs and services in direct response to needs seen in our community that are designed to help this diverse group of children meet the challenges of autism, as well as helping their families with the emotional, financial, and social challenges they face.

We require a one-time registration fee for all programs and services. We offer scholarships for all our programs because we are committed to providing services to all families affected by autism regardless of income level. Please call Bridgeway House for more information on the scholarship application process.

Each program has a minimum and maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week prior to the first meeting. If a minimum number of participants have not preregistered, the may be cancelled at the instructor’s discretion.

COVID-19 Update


In consideration of reopening its private school, Bridgeway House is following strict ODE and CDC guidelines, as well as state-specific regulations mandated by Gov. Kate Brown. The agency’s school has continued to operate with very little interruption following the COVID-19 closure on March 13, 2020, though at a different capacity, as online/distance learning is the only approved method of teaching at that time.

All programs are intended to resume at full capacity as soon as possible but the actual dates are uncertain, with Oregon schools tentatively scheduled to reopen for in-person learning in Fall 2020. Numerous factors could extend closure, but the Bridgeway House must have a plan in place as things continue to develop and change.

Please link to Programs & Services for more information

Bridgeway House Board of Directors

Agency Board Members

Mark Cummings – President

Melissa Vigil – Treasurer

Brandon Gibson – Secretary

Neil Mark Harvey – Member

Gaynor Foster – Member

Matt Roberts – Member

Melissa Vigil – Member

Bridgeway House Teachers & Staff

Patricia Wigney
Executive Director

Kristin Collier
Social Group Coordinator / SHAPE Program Coordinator

Phoebe Blume
Finance Manager

Sophia King, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Behavior Analyst

Rachel White, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst | Home Therapy Coordinator

Natalie Townsend, RBAI-OR, RBT
Registered Behavior Technician | Home Therapy Administrative Assistant 

Lesley Christofferson, RBAI-OR, RBT
Registered Behavior Technician

Niki Schering, RBAI-OR, RBT
Registered Behavior Technician

Alex Vanderheid-Nye, RBAI-OR
Behavior Interventionist

Bella Laughlin, RBAI-OR
Behavior Interventionist 

Brandelyn Fowkes
Speech language Pathologist

Jocelyn Hurley
Occupational Therapist

Hannah Bennion
Music Therapist

Sally Bennett

Alecia Wright  
Registered Behavior Technician

Jacey Crane  
Registered Behavior Technician

Chris Holter
Special Ed Teacher

Gina Kaldahl
Special Ed Teacher

Akiko Kato
Special Ed Teacher

Tresa Roberts

Nathelle Comeau
Special Ed Teacher

Jessica Johnson
General ED

Patrick Sinnott
Special Ed Teacher

Kassie Holcomb
Special Ed Teacher

Tammy Miller
Special Ed Teacher

Bridgeway House Business Sponsors

Bridgeway House is grateful to the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of our programs:

Bridgeway House Foundations

Bridgeway House is grateful to the following foundations for their generous support of our programs:

Chambers Family Foundation

City of Eugene Cultural Services Division

Colad Charitable Trust

Faye & Lucille Stewart Foundation

Lane Arts Council

Larson Family Foundation

McKay Family Foundation

MillsDavis Foundation

R&M Clark Family Foundation

Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund

Speers Family Giving Fund

Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Three Rivers Foundation

United Rotary Clubs of Lane County

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