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That Great New Library Card Smell

That Great New Library Card Smell! By Kay Richardson Is there anything like that smell? It was library day for grandson Hunter and me. We try to (and usually do) go to the library every other Wednesday. Our outstanding central library building is simply a wonderment of design, information and [...]

2017-07-12T15:36:30+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Acceptance, Education, Family, Spectrums Magazine|Comments Off on That Great New Library Card Smell

Stephen’s Place – Family, Community, Home

Stephen’s Place - Positive Living Solutions A genuine community to call home in Vancouver, Washington By John Krejcha When first entering through the double doors at Stephen’s Place, visitors are met with an inviting reception area, a high vaulted ceiling with open beams and a view of a stunning living [...]

2017-07-12T18:26:58+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Acceptance, Advocacy, Community, Housing, Organizations, Spectrums Magazine, Support|Comments Off on Stephen’s Place – Family, Community, Home

Division in the Autism Community by John Elder Robison

Division in the Autism Community - What’s Next for Us? By John Elder Robison One of the greatest divisions in the autism community is between seekers of a cure, and opponents.  Someone new to the autism community could easily be forgiven for asking how this might be.  Autism is, after all, [...]

2017-07-11T14:54:44+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Advocacy, Authors, Self-Advocacy, Spectrums Magazine|Comments Off on Division in the Autism Community by John Elder Robison

Passion Projects

Passion Projects - How to Engage Your Child This Summer By Aaron Blackwelder As school begins to wind down, my wife and I (like many parents) scramble to figure out how to keep our boys engaged in learning over summer rather than allow them to zone out in front of screens [...]

2017-07-05T17:06:50+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Acceptance, Education, Inspiration|Comments Off on Passion Projects

We Know Who We Are – by Chase Severin

We Know Who We Are We hear the whispers We know the jokes are about us We know people think we are stupid We know who we are We are smart, nice and we matter We are angry We know who we are Our Autism does not make us different [...]

2017-07-04T13:56:30+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Advocacy, Self-Advocacy, Spectrums Magazine, Terrific Teens|Comments Off on We Know Who We Are – by Chase Severin

Transportation and Special Education Students

What legal rights do students have?  By Diane Wiscarson, Attorney at Law  - School transportation is frequently a source of confusion, and even frustration, for students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and their families. When does the district have to provide transportation? Who decides how and when transportation occurs? Is transportation on my child’s IEP? How do I know what my rights are [...]

2017-07-03T15:06:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Family Advocacy, Law, Special Education|Comments Off on Transportation and Special Education Students

Human Trafficking – Protecting our Most Vulnerable

This featured story about Human Trafficking was originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Spectrums Magazine published by Autism Empowerment. by Tara O'Gorman, MSW Michael is a 15-year old teenager in southwest Washington.  He loves reading, anime, and online gaming, typical of many teenagers.  Michael also has Asperger’s Syndrome [...]

2017-07-05T12:33:24+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Bullying Prevention, Education, Mental Health, Safety, Spectrums Magazine|Comments Off on Human Trafficking – Protecting our Most Vulnerable

Spectrums Magazine Summer 2017 Issue – From the Publisher

Spectrums Magazine Summer 2017 issue features include: Passion Projects • Stephen's Place • Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities • Division in the Autism Community • 7 Sensory Friendly Summer Activities • Human Trafficking - Protecting our Most Vulnerable • We Know Who We Are - Stories from the Spectrum [...]

2017-07-04T15:15:34+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Autism News, Karen Krejcha, Organizations, Spectrums Magazine|Comments Off on Spectrums Magazine Summer 2017 Issue – From the Publisher

Are Autism Service Animals Required in an IEP

Autism Service Animals - Required in the IEP? NOT! Which law applies? ADA or IDEA? By Diane Wiscarson, Esq. Service animals, usually dogs, can provide excellent support for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other disabilities. Service animals are individually and specifically trained to perform tasks that help a person [...]

2017-07-04T18:15:53+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Law, Service Animals, Special Education, Spectrums Magazine|Comments Off on Are Autism Service Animals Required in an IEP

Spectrums Magazine Spring 2017 Issue – From the Publisher

Spectrums Magazine Spring 2017 issue features include:  A Journey of Music & Magic • The Big Deal about Small Talk • Autism Does Not Define Me • Consumer Advocacy in Autism Research • Swindells Resource Center • Choose Your Battles • Understanding Neurodiversity • A Parent/Teacher's Guide to an IEP [...]

2017-07-04T15:18:55+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Karen Krejcha, Spectrums Magazine|Comments Off on Spectrums Magazine Spring 2017 Issue – From the Publisher