Community Calendar and local Autism Empowerment Outreach

Hello! Welcome to Autism Empowerment’s Community Calendar page.  We are based in Vancouver, WA in Clark County. This section contains a calendar of upcoming Autism Empowerment  events taking place in the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon metro area.

You can view by day, week or month. Click the tabs below and you can view by category, by tag or in a variety of visual viewing formats.

Feb
24
Fri
2017
Autism Social Club / Game Club @ Arc of Southwest Washington
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Autism Social Club / Game Club is a fun monthly event that takes place on the last Friday of most months in Vancouver, Washington. It is a time for kids to play games and have the opportunity to hang out and meet other youth. Parents can relax, share information, play games with their kids and/or get support from each other. The club activities are geared toward ages elementary and up. Siblings of all abilities are welcome.

Snacks, games, bingo, fun!

$5 per family + please bring a snack to share (example: chips, dessert, veggies, fruit). 

The Autism Social Club is a family game night that has been active in Vancouver, WA for many years and has been facilitated by a number of different local autism families. In 2015, Shelly Brands and Amy Smith passed the torch to Autism Empowerment and the club now operates as a program of Autism Empowerment.

We currently meet on the last Friday of most months at The Arc of Southwest WA, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661. We are currently looking for a new location for 2017.

In addition to monthly game night, we also have a closed group page on Facebook for Social Club members. If you live in Southwest Washington and have children or teens on the autism spectrum, we invite you to join. If you are in the Portland metro area and want to attend our group, you are also welcome. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismsocialclub

1) Send a Facebook request to join the group.

2) Send a quick email to socialclub@autismempowerment.org with your name and a little information about yourself and your family or you may also call us at (360) 852-8369. (This is for the protection of all our group members.  We want to make sure that you have a genuine connection with autism and with our region.)

Example: Hi, my name is Jane Doe and my husband and I have a 7 year old son on the autism spectrum and an 11 year old daughter who is typically developing. We live in Vancouver and looking forward to meeting other families. Thanks!

 

Mar
9
Thu
2017
G6 Airpark and Autism Empowerment Free Sensory-Friendly Jump Night @ G6 Airpark
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

G6 Airpark has generously partnered with Autism Empowerment to provide a free Sensory-Friendly Jump Night for youth, adults, family members and friends in the Autism Community within the SW Washington and Portland Metro area on Thursday night, March 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Where: G6 AirparkVancouver Location
2200 NE Andresen Rd Suite J, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

What will make this event more Sensory-Friendly? – We are limiting the number of people who can jump so jumpers can spread out throughout the trampoline airpark. Music volume will be turned down lower than during regular hours. 

How Much: FREE* but a RSVP with the number of jumpers of jumpers is required to attend. A signed waiver is required to jump.

*G6 requires that Grip Socks are worn which they sell for $2.00 a pair or bring your own G6 Grip Socks. If socks cost is a hardship, let us know when you RSVP and Autism Empowerment will cover the cost.

Space is limited and a response in advance is required.

To RSVP or for more information and/or if you would like to help with this event please contact us at: (360) 852-8369 or info@autismempowerment.org

Visit G6 Airpark’s website at www.g6vancouver.com (Jump waiver can be filled out on-site or at the website)

http://g6vancouver.com/events-and-parties/

THANK YOU SO MUCH to G6 Airpark for your GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP of this event!
G6 Airpark Sensory-Friendly Jump Night

Mar
10
Fri
2017
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center
Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Support Group for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Peer to Peer – Resources – Empowerment

Journey

Are you an adult on the autism spectrum looking for support and the opportunity to connect with others who may be traveling a similar journey? Come join us!

Autism Empowerment offer a monthly coed peer-led support group open to adults of all ages with Autism / Asperger’s or who believe they may be on the autism spectrum.  

If there is demand, we may do occasional service volunteer projects or connect for social activities.  Part of the support group is also providing you with meaningful resources that you can take home and connect with.

The goal is a support group where people feel included, accepted and respected and become enriched and empowered along the way. If this sounds like something of interest to you, please feel free to check us out and know upfront that it is okay to be anxious. (Chances are, many of us in the room will feel that way too!)

  • When: 2nd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise below)
  • Where: The Arc of SW WA Family Center Conference Room, 6511 NE 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Cost: Free + please bring a snack to share
  • Pizza, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2016

  • Friday, June 10th
  • Friday, July 8th
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Friday, September 9th
  • Friday, October 14th
  • Friday, November 11th 
  • Friday, December 9th – Annual Holiday Party 

For more information, please contact our facilitator:

Karen Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – karen@autismempowerment.org (email is preferred)

Mar
16
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Concordia University Library, Room 120
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE)

is a group for parents, partners and adults on the autism spectrum wanting a fresh perspective of what autism can mean in their lives. 

This facilitated support group is for adults, both neurotypical and neurodiverse.  We welcome parents raising children of all ages on the autism spectrum. We also welcome adults on the autism spectrum. Members of AWE share a vision of creating a safe space to discuss struggles and concerns related to the autistic experience.  Each of us has our own path to a greater awareness of ourselves and our loved ones. This is an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh perspectives and better tools to understand our situations and each other.

This is not a therapy. It is about relating to our children, our family, our friends and ourselves. The goal is to gain fresh insights rather than imposing existing (possibly limiting) perspectives on others.

We focus on the daily opportunities autism presents that enhance the world we live in.

This is a safe environment to consider and to receive favorably- that is embrace – the pieces of autism that we may not have been taught to value.  When we can do that we are relaxed and open.  From there, trust and self-confidence are allowed to flourish.

AWE is for parents, caretakers, (adult) family members, partners and adults on spectrum interested in assuming achievement is possible.

This is a safe environment for us to feel confused yet gain clarity and support. It is ALSO a place to embrace the idea that not understanding something doesn’t have to create fear. AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) is a support group underneath the umbrella of Autism Empowerment.

When we perceive autism as something to value, we can relax. We then trust, knowing that autism is simply one experience of many.

 Celebrate, embrace and allow autism to be what it is meant to be! Congratulations on being a part of this community!

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[title size=”2″]When does the group meet?[/title]

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Sometimes we’ll stay later if needed.)

Upcoming Meetings for 2016

Thursday, October 20th

Thursday, November 17th

Thursday, December 15th

[title size=”2″]How much does it cost to take part?[/title]

This group is Free to attend. Light snacks are also provided.

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[title size=”2″]Where does the group meet?[/title]

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in North Portland at:

Concordia University Library, Room 120

 2811 NE Holman Street

Portland, Oregon 97211. 

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot)

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[title size=”2″]Who do I contact if I have questions?[/title]

Please contact Shasti McLaughlin if you have questions about our support group!

[fontawesome icon=”phone” circle=”no” size=”medium” iconcolor=”#CD100B” circlecolor=”” circlebordercolor=””]503-781-2461

[fontawesome icon=”envelope” circle=”no” size=”medium” iconcolor=”#FD6300″ circlecolor=”” circlebordercolor=””]ShastiM@autismempowerment.org 

Shasti spent years in public schools as a para-educator, working with deaf children severely impacted by autism. Several years later, she gave birth to her own daughter diagnosed at age 5.

During her time in the school system, Shasti discovered that no matter what level of function a child is diagnosed as having, each child is cognizant of the world around them and paying attention.

She decided to believe in these children and follow their lead in their learning. The discoveries that have followed have been eye-opening for Shasti and others.

She has discovered there is much to appreciate about autism and the possibilities it gives to life.

“Everything has its beauty;

 not everyone sees it.”

~ Confucius

Mar
18
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ The Arc of SW WA Family Center
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The SW WA Tweens and Teens Autism Social Club is a fun monthly event focusing on gaming that takes place on the third Saturday of most months. We currently meet at The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center at 6511 NE 18th St. in Vancouver, WA.

Tweens and teens on the autism spectrum are invited to attend a fun monthly social game club.  Parents must stay on the premises and are invited to join the other parents and facilitators in the parent room for support and socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but the intent is that this club is is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and fun with friends.  Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We will also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.  

Siblings and peer mentors ages 10 and up are also invited to attend.  We are looking for brothers and sisters who are compassionate, understanding, and interested in spending some time socializing with their siblings and making new friends.

Pizza, snacks, games, fun!

$5 per family + please bring a snack to share (example: chips, dessert, veggies, fruit). 

The SW WA Tweens and Teens Autism Social Club launched in October 2015. It is the brainchild of facilitator, Tara O’Gorman who has experience leading an Asperger’s Teen Club in Portland. This club is an addition to Autism Empowerment’s Autism Social Club / Game Club for grades K – 12th that meets the last Friday of each month.

In addition to monthly game night, we also have a closed group page on Facebook for Social Club members. If you live in Southwest Washington and have children, tweens or teens on the autism spectrum, we invite you to join.

1) Send a Facebook request to join the group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/93355201791/

2) Send a quick email to socialclub@autismempowerment.org with your name and a little information about yourself and your family or you may also call us at (360) 852-8369. (This is for the protection of all our group members.  We want to make sure that you have a genuine connection with autism and with our region.)

Example: Hi, my name is Jane Doe and my husband and I have an 11 year old son on the autism spectrum and a 13 year old daughter who is typically developing. We live in Vancouver and looking forward to meeting other families. Thanks!

**** UPCOMING SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGE! ****

No Meeting in June 2016

Next SW WA Tweens & Teens Social Club is Saturday, July 23rd (4th Saturday for this month ONLY)

** NEW for July 2016 – Parents will be able to meet in the back for a support group facilitated by Linda Baugess. (This group originally met the 2nd Thursday of each month but will now meet the same time as the Tween and Teen Club.)

** NEW for July 2016 – Torin Tashima will be starting a Tween/Teen Book Club to meet at the same time and location. This is an option for youth who may prefer reading or discussing books to playing board/video games. More details coming soon!

 

 

 

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Autism Social Club / Game Club @ Arc of Southwest Washington
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Autism Social Club / Game Club is a fun monthly event that takes place on the last Friday of most months in Vancouver, Washington. It is a time for kids to play games and have the opportunity to hang out and meet other youth. Parents can relax, share information, play games with their kids and/or get support from each other. The club activities are geared toward ages elementary and up. Siblings of all abilities are welcome.

Snacks, games, bingo, fun!

$5 per family + please bring a snack to share (example: chips, dessert, veggies, fruit). 

The Autism Social Club is a family game night that has been active in Vancouver, WA for many years and has been facilitated by a number of different local autism families. In 2015, Shelly Brands and Amy Smith passed the torch to Autism Empowerment and the club now operates as a program of Autism Empowerment.

We currently meet on the last Friday of most months at The Arc of Southwest WA, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661. We are currently looking for a new location for 2017.

In addition to monthly game night, we also have a closed group page on Facebook for Social Club members. If you live in Southwest Washington and have children or teens on the autism spectrum, we invite you to join. If you are in the Portland metro area and want to attend our group, you are also welcome. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismsocialclub

1) Send a Facebook request to join the group.

2) Send a quick email to socialclub@autismempowerment.org with your name and a little information about yourself and your family or you may also call us at (360) 852-8369. (This is for the protection of all our group members.  We want to make sure that you have a genuine connection with autism and with our region.)

Example: Hi, my name is Jane Doe and my husband and I have a 7 year old son on the autism spectrum and an 11 year old daughter who is typically developing. We live in Vancouver and looking forward to meeting other families. Thanks!

 

Apr
14
Fri
2017
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center
Apr 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Support Group for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Peer to Peer – Resources – Empowerment

Journey

Are you an adult on the autism spectrum looking for support and the opportunity to connect with others who may be traveling a similar journey? Come join us!

Autism Empowerment offer a monthly coed peer-led support group open to adults of all ages with Autism / Asperger’s or who believe they may be on the autism spectrum.  

If there is demand, we may do occasional service volunteer projects or connect for social activities.  Part of the support group is also providing you with meaningful resources that you can take home and connect with.

The goal is a support group where people feel included, accepted and respected and become enriched and empowered along the way. If this sounds like something of interest to you, please feel free to check us out and know upfront that it is okay to be anxious. (Chances are, many of us in the room will feel that way too!)

  • When: 2nd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise below)
  • Where: The Arc of SW WA Family Center Conference Room, 6511 NE 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Cost: Free + please bring a snack to share
  • Pizza, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2016

  • Friday, June 10th
  • Friday, July 8th
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Friday, September 9th
  • Friday, October 14th
  • Friday, November 11th 
  • Friday, December 9th – Annual Holiday Party 

For more information, please contact our facilitator:

Karen Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – karen@autismempowerment.org (email is preferred)

Apr
15
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ The Arc of SW WA Family Center
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The SW WA Tweens and Teens Autism Social Club is a fun monthly event focusing on gaming that takes place on the third Saturday of most months. We currently meet at The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center at 6511 NE 18th St. in Vancouver, WA.

Tweens and teens on the autism spectrum are invited to attend a fun monthly social game club.  Parents must stay on the premises and are invited to join the other parents and facilitators in the parent room for support and socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but the intent is that this club is is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and fun with friends.  Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We will also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.  

Siblings and peer mentors ages 10 and up are also invited to attend.  We are looking for brothers and sisters who are compassionate, understanding, and interested in spending some time socializing with their siblings and making new friends.

Pizza, snacks, games, fun!

$5 per family + please bring a snack to share (example: chips, dessert, veggies, fruit). 

The SW WA Tweens and Teens Autism Social Club launched in October 2015. It is the brainchild of facilitator, Tara O’Gorman who has experience leading an Asperger’s Teen Club in Portland. This club is an addition to Autism Empowerment’s Autism Social Club / Game Club for grades K – 12th that meets the last Friday of each month.

In addition to monthly game night, we also have a closed group page on Facebook for Social Club members. If you live in Southwest Washington and have children, tweens or teens on the autism spectrum, we invite you to join.

1) Send a Facebook request to join the group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/93355201791/

2) Send a quick email to socialclub@autismempowerment.org with your name and a little information about yourself and your family or you may also call us at (360) 852-8369. (This is for the protection of all our group members.  We want to make sure that you have a genuine connection with autism and with our region.)

Example: Hi, my name is Jane Doe and my husband and I have an 11 year old son on the autism spectrum and a 13 year old daughter who is typically developing. We live in Vancouver and looking forward to meeting other families. Thanks!

**** UPCOMING SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGE! ****

No Meeting in June 2016

Next SW WA Tweens & Teens Social Club is Saturday, July 23rd (4th Saturday for this month ONLY)

** NEW for July 2016 – Parents will be able to meet in the back for a support group facilitated by Linda Baugess. (This group originally met the 2nd Thursday of each month but will now meet the same time as the Tween and Teen Club.)

** NEW for July 2016 – Torin Tashima will be starting a Tween/Teen Book Club to meet at the same time and location. This is an option for youth who may prefer reading or discussing books to playing board/video games. More details coming soon!

 

 

 

Apr
20
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Concordia University Library, Room 120
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE)

is a group for parents, partners and adults on the autism spectrum wanting a fresh perspective of what autism can mean in their lives. 

This facilitated support group is for adults, both neurotypical and neurodiverse.  We welcome parents raising children of all ages on the autism spectrum. We also welcome adults on the autism spectrum. Members of AWE share a vision of creating a safe space to discuss struggles and concerns related to the autistic experience.  Each of us has our own path to a greater awareness of ourselves and our loved ones. This is an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh perspectives and better tools to understand our situations and each other.

This is not a therapy. It is about relating to our children, our family, our friends and ourselves. The goal is to gain fresh insights rather than imposing existing (possibly limiting) perspectives on others.

We focus on the daily opportunities autism presents that enhance the world we live in.

This is a safe environment to consider and to receive favorably- that is embrace – the pieces of autism that we may not have been taught to value.  When we can do that we are relaxed and open.  From there, trust and self-confidence are allowed to flourish.

AWE is for parents, caretakers, (adult) family members, partners and adults on spectrum interested in assuming achievement is possible.

This is a safe environment for us to feel confused yet gain clarity and support. It is ALSO a place to embrace the idea that not understanding something doesn’t have to create fear. AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) is a support group underneath the umbrella of Autism Empowerment.

When we perceive autism as something to value, we can relax. We then trust, knowing that autism is simply one experience of many.

 Celebrate, embrace and allow autism to be what it is meant to be! Congratulations on being a part of this community!

[separator top=”5″ style=”none”]

[title size=”2″]When does the group meet?[/title]

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Sometimes we’ll stay later if needed.)

Upcoming Meetings for 2016

Thursday, October 20th

Thursday, November 17th

Thursday, December 15th

[title size=”2″]How much does it cost to take part?[/title]

This group is Free to attend. Light snacks are also provided.

[separator top=”5″ style=”none”]

[title size=”2″]Where does the group meet?[/title]

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in North Portland at:

Concordia University Library, Room 120

 2811 NE Holman Street

Portland, Oregon 97211. 

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot)

[separator top=”5″ style=”none”]

[title size=”2″]Who do I contact if I have questions?[/title]

Please contact Shasti McLaughlin if you have questions about our support group!

[fontawesome icon=”phone” circle=”no” size=”medium” iconcolor=”#CD100B” circlecolor=”” circlebordercolor=””]503-781-2461

[fontawesome icon=”envelope” circle=”no” size=”medium” iconcolor=”#FD6300″ circlecolor=”” circlebordercolor=””]ShastiM@autismempowerment.org 

Shasti spent years in public schools as a para-educator, working with deaf children severely impacted by autism. Several years later, she gave birth to her own daughter diagnosed at age 5.

During her time in the school system, Shasti discovered that no matter what level of function a child is diagnosed as having, each child is cognizant of the world around them and paying attention.

She decided to believe in these children and follow their lead in their learning. The discoveries that have followed have been eye-opening for Shasti and others.

She has discovered there is much to appreciate about autism and the possibilities it gives to life.

“Everything has its beauty;

 not everyone sees it.”

~ Confucius

Apr
28
Fri
2017
Autism Social Club / Game Club @ Arc of Southwest Washington
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Autism Social Club / Game Club is a fun monthly event that takes place on the last Friday of most months in Vancouver, Washington. It is a time for kids to play games and have the opportunity to hang out and meet other youth. Parents can relax, share information, play games with their kids and/or get support from each other. The club activities are geared toward ages elementary and up. Siblings of all abilities are welcome.

Snacks, games, bingo, fun!

$5 per family + please bring a snack to share (example: chips, dessert, veggies, fruit). 

The Autism Social Club is a family game night that has been active in Vancouver, WA for many years and has been facilitated by a number of different local autism families. In 2015, Shelly Brands and Amy Smith passed the torch to Autism Empowerment and the club now operates as a program of Autism Empowerment.

We currently meet on the last Friday of most months at The Arc of Southwest WA, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661. We are currently looking for a new location for 2017.

In addition to monthly game night, we also have a closed group page on Facebook for Social Club members. If you live in Southwest Washington and have children or teens on the autism spectrum, we invite you to join. If you are in the Portland metro area and want to attend our group, you are also welcome. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismsocialclub

1) Send a Facebook request to join the group.

2) Send a quick email to socialclub@autismempowerment.org with your name and a little information about yourself and your family or you may also call us at (360) 852-8369. (This is for the protection of all our group members.  We want to make sure that you have a genuine connection with autism and with our region.)

Example: Hi, my name is Jane Doe and my husband and I have a 7 year old son on the autism spectrum and an 11 year old daughter who is typically developing. We live in Vancouver and looking forward to meeting other families. Thanks!