Autism Empowerment is physically based in Vancouver, Washington. We are considered part of Southwest Washington although we are also very close to the Oregon border and interact frequently with the Portland, OR metro community.
We believe it is important to be actively involved within our community. Community can take on different meanings:
- Geographical Community – The volunteers at Autism Empowerment are often seen hosting or participating in events, training and outreach in the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon metro area. As the organization continues to grow and expand, we look forward to having an Autism Empowerment presence in local communities throughout the world.
- Autism, Asperger and ASD Community – In addition to the work we do online through our website, blogging, social media and through Autism Empowerment Radio, we try to stay actively connected with other autism-related organizations. We look for positive opportunities for collaboration and for ways to help other groups showcase the great work that they do.
- Disability Community (or cross-disability community) – This includes any organizational entity which works with children, teens or adults that have disabilities. This includes visible disabilities, invisible or hidden disabilities as well as temporary disabilities.
Just like individuals without autism, children and adults with autism want to be accepted, respected and included in their community. Through outreach and positive collaborations with local clubs, support groups, resource agencies and a wide range of organizations and businesses, we have an opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and inclusion in a variety of settings.
We believe it is important to promote the positive work of other organizations and to participate in their functions when the opportunity allows. When organizations contact us to pass along information about positive events and resources, we are happy to accommodate them. We also use social media to share information from groups and self-advocates around the world. Although we do a lot of work with individuals directly, this particular page focuses on group, agency or organization collaboration.
Here are just a few of the groups, businesses and organizations we have either worked with, collaborated with or connected with in a positive way:
Autism Related Non-Profits
- Autism Society of Southwest Washington
- Autism Society of Oregon
- Autism Speaks (support of our Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Program)
- Community Autism Network (C.A.N.)
- GRASP – Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
Autism or Disabilities Related Support Groups
We have either presented to or participated in the following Vancouver, WA support groups:
- Amazing Moms
- Autism Social Club
- Building A Better Autism Village / Ladies’ Night Out
- Pasitos Gigantes
Non-Profits specializing in supporting children and adults with disabilities
- ARC of Southwest Washington
- Clark County Disability Coalition
- Clark County Parent Coalition
- Clark County Parent to Parent
- Informing Families, Building Trust – Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration
- Innovative Services NW
- PACER.org – We have been a 2012-2014 Washington State Champion to help support Bullying Awareness and Prevention
- Salmon Creek TOPSoccer
- SEPTSA – Special Education PTsA of Southwest Washington
- SW WA Special Education Conferences and Resource Fair
- Swindells Children Center at Providence Hospital
- The Miracle League of Vancouver, WA
- Vancouver Parks and Recreation Inclusion Program
Not specific to autism or disability
- CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates
- Cascade Pacific Council and other Districts – Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
- Fisher’s Landing Elementary
- LifePoint Church
- Mustangs Unlimited of Vancouver, WA
- The First Church of God – Harvest Party
- Various scouting organizations that serve youth
Businesses that have worked with us to help and serve the autism community through local outreach
- Intel & their IDAN Group
- Kazoodles Toy Store
- Learning Palace
- MassMutual of Oregon
- Spectrums Magazine
- Wimmer Solutions
Businesses or organizations wishing to support the autism community through donations or volunteer time
Organizations supporting nonprofits in general
- Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington
- Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
- Washington Non-Profits
Interested in Collaborating and Connecting with Autism Empowerment?
You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways You Can Help
If you would like to support Autism Empowerment, we would love to have you get involved! Please see our Get Involved section for specific ways you can help!