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Dear Autism Empowerment Community Friend,
Autism Empowerment is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to making life better and more meaningful for individuals and families in the Autism and Asperger communities locally, nationally and globally. We serve all ages and abilities and promote 4 foundational pillars of positivity: Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower.
Our vision is an engaged Autism and Asperger's community that connects individuals, families, educators and care providers with valued resources and with each other. We provide free or low-cost special events, programs, trainings, consulting and support services. Everyone on our Board of Directors is either on the autism spectrum or related to someone who is. We are proactive autism allies seeking to build a better world.
We believe in the power of positive collaboration and welcome the opportunity to develop ongoing relationships and partnerships with autism, educational and special needs related organizations globally.
By offering programs, special events, support and resources that promote acceptance, inclusion, improve life skills and encourage self-advocacy and empowerment, we support and inspire those on the autism spectrum to reach their highest potential. We believe that individuals on the autism spectrum are not 1 in 88 or 1 in "X" statistic. Each person is a 1 in 1 unique, interesting, special individual with something positive and meaningful to contribute, no matter what the age, what the gender, what the background.
We serve the 1 in 1.
The four foundational pillars of Autism Empowerment are Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower.
Accept - We strongly promote the unconditional acceptance of those on the autism spectrum and with related disorders. This includes self-acceptance and social acceptance. By accepting each spectrum traveler for who they are, where they are in the present moment, we are promoting both autism acceptance and autism awareness.
Enrich - Our goal is to provide educational resources, programs and tools to improve and enhance life skills for those on the autism spectrum as well as their families, caregivers, therapists and teachers. We aspire to make life more meaningful and rewarding.
Inspire - We dedicate ourselves to being a positive and uplifting organization that encourages, promotes and celebrates success in all individuals. We believe each person on the autism spectrum has the opportunity to make a positive difference in this world.
Empower - We strive to empower those on the autism spectrum to achieve their highest quality of life academically, emotionally, financially, socially and spiritually.
We were founded in 2011 in Vancouver, Washington by a family with 3 out of 4 traveling daily along on the autism spectrum, including our Executive Director. Autism Empowerment is excited to have the opportunity to serve, connect and partner with local, national and international autism communities.
We are a publicly funded non-profit. We encourage volunteerism and offer a number ways to give and get involved.
Thank you for your interest and support. We are excited about the present and future of Autism Empowerment. We fully believe that together we can promote acceptance, enrichment, inspiration and empowerment within and outside the autism community. Come join us in our journey! We want you with us on our road less traveled.
Autism Empowerment hosts regular community panels on a variety of topics of interest to the Autism & Asperger communities. We also partner with a variety of local agencies and providers.