Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro

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Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro 2017-10-20T21:43:21+00:00

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.

Dec
15
Fri
2017
SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group @ Stephen's Place - Front Conference Room
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group

Autism Support Group for Dads & Male Caregivers

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has hosted and facilitated a support group for dads and male caregivers living or working in the Southwest Washington area. Men from the Portland area or outside this region are also welcome to attend.

Casual – Impactful – Meaningful Support

Monthly casual meetings with periodic events and other connection opportunities

Open to Dads and male caregivers who are supporting children, teens and adults of all abilities on the autism spectrum and/or with neurological differences. This is a peer to peer group and topics range widely but often include: parenting, school, employment, social opportunities, healthcare, housing, guardianship and community resources.

We also occasionally bring in guest speakers.

Free free to also join our online Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

  • When: 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)
  • Parking available in front and side. Meeting is in front conference room.
  • Bring: Yourself and any resources you might like to share
  • Snacks, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment with space provided by Stephen’s Place
  • Cost is free, however donations to Autism Empowerment are always appreciated and tax-deductible.

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • Friday, December 15th

For more information, please contact:

John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – john@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

Please join us at our next meeting! Newcomers are welcome at any time

 

Dec
16
Sat
2017
Autism Support Group for Parents of Teens & Tweens @ Lifepoint Church
Dec 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Asperger’s / Autism Parent Support Group

Autism/Asperger Parent Support Group (Tweens and Teens)

Positive, Casual, Impactful and Meaningful Support in Southwest Washington

This group helps support parents with students on the autism spectrum that would be considered tweens or teens (ages 11 – 19).  It is geared toward those who are wanting a positive place to talk about successes and challenges that they and their children may be facing.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months from 6:30 –  8:30 pm. 

2017 Schedule

 

Saturday, December 16th

2018 Schedule

No meeting in January 

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

TBD

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is free for parents and caregivers to attend, however if you have tweens or teens attending our social club the same night, the cost for them is $10 per family. Snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

The group meets within a conference room at LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. (Next to Costco) The group meets during our Tween & Teen Social Club (which runs from 6 – 9 pm) so that parents can take part in support and education while youth socialize and connect. Please park in the parking lot behind the church and enter through back door. The conference room will be one of the first rooms on the right.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Aaron BlackwelderPlease contact Aaron Blackwelder if you have questions about our support group!

360-852-8369

AaronB@AutismEmpowerment.org 

Dec
21
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6
Dec 21 @ 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 the autism 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!

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings for 2017

Thurdsay, October 19th

Thursday, November 16th

Thursday, December 21st

How much does it cost to take part?

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

Where does the group meet?

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in Portland at:

Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot – Enter through Glisan Street Parking Garage)

Who do I contact if I have questions?

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

503-781-2461 or ShastiM@autismempowerment.org

Please also join our Facebook group online at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

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

Jan
12
Fri
2018
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ Stephen's Place
Jan 12 @ 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: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Rd, Vancouver, WA  98664 (New Location as of April 2017)
  • Cost: Free + please bring a snack to share

Pizza, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017

  • Friday, April 14th, 2017
  • Friday, May 12th
  • Friday, June 9th
  • Friday, July 14th
  • Friday, August 11th
  • Friday, October 13th
  • Friday, December 8th 

For more information, please contact our facilitator:

Andy Humber – andyh@autismempowerment.org (email is preferred) or 360-852-8369

Jan
18
Thu
2018
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6
Jan 18 @ 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 the autism 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!

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings for 2017

Thurdsay, October 19th

Thursday, November 16th

Thursday, December 21st

How much does it cost to take part?

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

Where does the group meet?

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in Portland at:

Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot – Enter through Glisan Street Parking Garage)

Who do I contact if I have questions?

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

503-781-2461 or ShastiM@autismempowerment.org

Please also join our Facebook group online at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

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

Jan
19
Fri
2018
SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group @ Stephen's Place - Front Conference Room
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group

Autism Support Group for Dads & Male Caregivers

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has hosted and facilitated a support group for dads and male caregivers living or working in the Southwest Washington area. Men from the Portland area or outside this region are also welcome to attend.

Casual – Impactful – Meaningful Support

Monthly casual meetings with periodic events and other connection opportunities

Open to Dads and male caregivers who are supporting children, teens and adults of all abilities on the autism spectrum and/or with neurological differences. This is a peer to peer group and topics range widely but often include: parenting, school, employment, social opportunities, healthcare, housing, guardianship and community resources.

We also occasionally bring in guest speakers.

Free free to also join our online Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

  • When: 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)
  • Parking available in front and side. Meeting is in front conference room.
  • Bring: Yourself and any resources you might like to share
  • Snacks, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment with space provided by Stephen’s Place
  • Cost is free, however donations to Autism Empowerment are always appreciated and tax-deductible.

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • Friday, December 15th

For more information, please contact:

John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – john@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

Please join us at our next meeting! Newcomers are welcome at any time

 

Feb
9
Fri
2018
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ Stephen's Place
Feb 9 @ 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: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Rd, Vancouver, WA  98664 (New Location as of April 2017)
  • Cost: Free + please bring a snack to share

Pizza, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017

  • Friday, April 14th, 2017
  • Friday, May 12th
  • Friday, June 9th
  • Friday, July 14th
  • Friday, August 11th
  • Friday, October 13th
  • Friday, December 8th 

For more information, please contact our facilitator:

Andy Humber – andyh@autismempowerment.org (email is preferred) or 360-852-8369

Feb
15
Thu
2018
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6
Feb 15 @ 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 the autism 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!

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings for 2017

Thurdsay, October 19th

Thursday, November 16th

Thursday, December 21st

How much does it cost to take part?

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

Where does the group meet?

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in Portland at:

Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot – Enter through Glisan Street Parking Garage)

Who do I contact if I have questions?

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

503-781-2461 or ShastiM@autismempowerment.org

Please also join our Facebook group online at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

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

Feb
16
Fri
2018
SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group @ Stephen's Place - Front Conference Room
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group

Autism Support Group for Dads & Male Caregivers

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has hosted and facilitated a support group for dads and male caregivers living or working in the Southwest Washington area. Men from the Portland area or outside this region are also welcome to attend.

Casual – Impactful – Meaningful Support

Monthly casual meetings with periodic events and other connection opportunities

Open to Dads and male caregivers who are supporting children, teens and adults of all abilities on the autism spectrum and/or with neurological differences. This is a peer to peer group and topics range widely but often include: parenting, school, employment, social opportunities, healthcare, housing, guardianship and community resources.

We also occasionally bring in guest speakers.

Free free to also join our online Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

  • When: 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)
  • Parking available in front and side. Meeting is in front conference room.
  • Bring: Yourself and any resources you might like to share
  • Snacks, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment with space provided by Stephen’s Place
  • Cost is free, however donations to Autism Empowerment are always appreciated and tax-deductible.

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • Friday, December 15th

For more information, please contact:

John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – john@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

Please join us at our next meeting! Newcomers are welcome at any time

 

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Autism Support Group for Parents of Teens & Tweens @ Lifepoint Church
Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Asperger’s / Autism Parent Support Group

Autism/Asperger Parent Support Group (Tweens and Teens)

Positive, Casual, Impactful and Meaningful Support in Southwest Washington

This group helps support parents with students on the autism spectrum that would be considered tweens or teens (ages 11 – 19).  It is geared toward those who are wanting a positive place to talk about successes and challenges that they and their children may be facing.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months from 6:30 –  8:30 pm. 

2017 Schedule

 

Saturday, December 16th

2018 Schedule

No meeting in January 

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

TBD

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is free for parents and caregivers to attend, however if you have tweens or teens attending our social club the same night, the cost for them is $10 per family. Snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

The group meets within a conference room at LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. (Next to Costco) The group meets during our Tween & Teen Social Club (which runs from 6 – 9 pm) so that parents can take part in support and education while youth socialize and connect. Please park in the parking lot behind the church and enter through back door. The conference room will be one of the first rooms on the right.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Aaron BlackwelderPlease contact Aaron Blackwelder if you have questions about our support group!

360-852-8369

AaronB@AutismEmpowerment.org