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.

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

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club

The SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club is a game night and social club for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19 on the autism spectrum who require minimal adult supervision during socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but this is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and have fun with old and new friends.

Parents or guardians must stay on the premises and are invited to join other parents and facilitators in the parent room for connection and friendship.   

Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.   There is a space for Legos and crafts for those who want to do something creative. We also have a Teen/Tween Book Club that runs concurrently from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Peer mentors ages 11 and up are invited to attend along with siblings.  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.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months ** from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

2017 Schedule

Saturday, March 18th

Saturday, April 15th

Saturday, May 20th

Saturday, June 17th

Saturday, July 15th

Saturday, August 19th

Saturday, September 16th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

** Schedule subject to change based on weather or emergency.

How much does it cost to take part?

The cost for each club night is $10.00 per family. Please also bring a snack to share with others.  We will provide pizza and drinks.  If $10.00 is beyond your capability, please do not let that keep you away. We value you and your family, and we want everyone to feel included and welcome. Bring snacks, offer to volunteer some time assisting with set up or clean up, or talk to us about how you can help our group be successful. There are many ways to contribute if you can. We love our Tweens and Teens and their amazing families!

Where does the group meet?

We are actively seeking a new space to meet that is larger and better accommodates our fantastic group. Currently, the group meets within The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center which is located at 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver WA. (This is the same building where Autism Empowerment has our office.) The Tweens & Teens Social Club is facilitated by Tara O’Gorman with the help of a variety of awesome volunteers!

While tweens and teens have the opportunity to socialize and hang out, parents have the option to participate in a casual support group that meets in the back room. This parent support group is currently facilitated by John Krejcha (also facilitates Dads’ Support Group).

How do you define minimal adult supervision? Would this be a good fit for my son or daughter?

Youth finding success in the Tween/Teen Club usually have an Asperger or similar kind of autism spectrum profile. We welcome youth of varying ability levels and understand that social and sensory challenges may arise.

The expectation is creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees where youth can be social with one another with as little adult interference as possible.

If there is a situation which requires adult mediation, our facilitator, Tara and other volunteers are on-hand to assist. If a situation arises which our volunteers determine to be unsafe or not appropriate and can’t be resolved or curtailed (e.g. swearing, spitting, hitting, property damage), the parent/guardian on-site will be expected to assist.

Tween and Teen Club Wish List

We need your help. If you have old game system that you don’t use, electronic or board games you no longer play and/or small TVs that could be used to support more gaming systems, please consider donating them. Here is a list of what we are looking for. Wish List

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Our social club facilitator and founder is Tara O’Gorman. 

My name is Tara O’Gorman, and I am a proud mom to two sons, including a teenager on the autism spectrum.  
 
I am an independent consultant and advocate for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a group facilitator for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s. I have served on the Board of Directors of Autism Empowerment since October 2016 and am also on the Editorial Advisory Boar for Spectrums Magazine.
My vision for the Tween and Teen Social Club is to provide a fun, independent, peer-mentored social group for youth ages 11-19 and a place for families to interact and find support in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you have questions about the club, please contact Tara.

941-322-4229

taraO@autismempowerment.org

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

If you have questions about Autism Empowerment, please feel free to contact us directly at info@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369.

We also invite you to join the Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open to local families throughout the SW WA and Portland metro area, however you will need to request access as we want it to be a safe environment for all our families. Once you request access, you will be contacted by one of our moderators and will be asked to confirm your connection with autism and our region.

Apr
23
Sun
2017
Strike It Up for Autism Acceptance Bowl-A-Thon 2017 @ Husted's Hazel Dell Lanes
Apr 23 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Strike It Up for Autism Acceptance Bowl-A-Thon 2017 @ Husted's Hazel Dell Lanes | Vancouver | Washington | United States

Strike It Up for Autism Acceptance Bowlathon FUNdraiser 

April is Autism Acceptance month! To celebrate and help raise money for Autism Empowerment’s programs and services, we’re hosting our 1st Annual Strike it up for Autism Acceptance Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser!  Please join us for bowling, a fun raffle and the opportunity to pick up free Autism Empowerment resources.

When: Sunday, April 23th, 2017 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM

Free General Admission for anyone who would like to attend.

Bowling starts at 1:00 PM or 3:00 PM (Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for check-in and to get your bowling shoes and ball.)

Where: Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes, 6300 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98665- Vancouver, WA. The center number is (360) 694-8364 for directions.

Cost to bowl:

$8.00 for an individual (any age)

$28.00 for a family/group of 4

$34.00 for a family/group of 5

$40.00 for a family/group of 6.

So that we can reserve your lane, we need you to pre-register by clicking THIS LINK and then clicking the REGISTER button in green (This allows you to choose the time you want to bowl and the number of people who are registering together.)

Cost includes shoe rental, two games on one lane per person and the chance to win fun prizes for bowling! Every bowler receives a participation certificate and a goody bag! But wait, there’s more!

Prize Raffle: We will be having many items for youth, adults, and families available for raffle at the Bowl-A-Thon FUNdraiser! (Raffle tickets on-site only.)

50/50 Raffle Tickets: Two drawings. One at about 2 pm and one at about 4 pm

eBay Auction Preview: We will be auctioning higher value items at eBay to raise money for Autism Empowerment

We also invite you to FUNdraise and help us reach our goal of $10,000.

The goal for this event is $10,000, although we’re happy to go higher! Funds that are raised will be used to support all the different programs that we offer. To reach and exceed this goal we are hoping for the help of each person that sees this page! You don’t even have to bowl to donate or raise funds!

You can fundraise in multiple ways:

  1.  Start a personal fundraising page for Autism Empowerment at CommitChange at the following link: https://commitchange.com/peer-to-peer?npo_id=4131.
  2. Make a donation using that green heart donate button on the right!
  3. Take a pledge sheet to friends, family and around your neighborhood or workplace to gather pledges. We will email you a packet after you register or you can download the pledge sheet by clicking here.
  4. Mail a donation to Autism Empowerment, P.O. Box 871676, Vancouver, WA 98687. As a 501(c)3 charity, donations are tax-deductible. Check are payable to “Autism Empowerment”. Please indicate “Bowl-A-Thon” with your payment and we will mail you a receipt.

Can’t make the event but want to help out with a donation? Just click that nice looking green donate button on the bottom! THANKS!

Remember, if you’d like to bowl, please pre-register online at THIS LINK! <– 

May
12
Fri
2017
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center
May 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: 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)

May
20
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ The Arc of SW WA Family Center
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club

The SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club is a game night and social club for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19 on the autism spectrum who require minimal adult supervision during socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but this is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and have fun with old and new friends.

Parents or guardians must stay on the premises and are invited to join other parents and facilitators in the parent room for connection and friendship.   

Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.   There is a space for Legos and crafts for those who want to do something creative. We also have a Teen/Tween Book Club that runs concurrently from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Peer mentors ages 11 and up are invited to attend along with siblings.  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.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months ** from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

2017 Schedule

Saturday, March 18th

Saturday, April 15th

Saturday, May 20th

Saturday, June 17th

Saturday, July 15th

Saturday, August 19th

Saturday, September 16th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

** Schedule subject to change based on weather or emergency.

How much does it cost to take part?

The cost for each club night is $10.00 per family. Please also bring a snack to share with others.  We will provide pizza and drinks.  If $10.00 is beyond your capability, please do not let that keep you away. We value you and your family, and we want everyone to feel included and welcome. Bring snacks, offer to volunteer some time assisting with set up or clean up, or talk to us about how you can help our group be successful. There are many ways to contribute if you can. We love our Tweens and Teens and their amazing families!

Where does the group meet?

We are actively seeking a new space to meet that is larger and better accommodates our fantastic group. Currently, the group meets within The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center which is located at 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver WA. (This is the same building where Autism Empowerment has our office.) The Tweens & Teens Social Club is facilitated by Tara O’Gorman with the help of a variety of awesome volunteers!

While tweens and teens have the opportunity to socialize and hang out, parents have the option to participate in a casual support group that meets in the back room. This parent support group is currently facilitated by John Krejcha (also facilitates Dads’ Support Group).

How do you define minimal adult supervision? Would this be a good fit for my son or daughter?

Youth finding success in the Tween/Teen Club usually have an Asperger or similar kind of autism spectrum profile. We welcome youth of varying ability levels and understand that social and sensory challenges may arise.

The expectation is creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees where youth can be social with one another with as little adult interference as possible.

If there is a situation which requires adult mediation, our facilitator, Tara and other volunteers are on-hand to assist. If a situation arises which our volunteers determine to be unsafe or not appropriate and can’t be resolved or curtailed (e.g. swearing, spitting, hitting, property damage), the parent/guardian on-site will be expected to assist.

Tween and Teen Club Wish List

We need your help. If you have old game system that you don’t use, electronic or board games you no longer play and/or small TVs that could be used to support more gaming systems, please consider donating them. Here is a list of what we are looking for. Wish List

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Our social club facilitator and founder is Tara O’Gorman. 

My name is Tara O’Gorman, and I am a proud mom to two sons, including a teenager on the autism spectrum.  
 
I am an independent consultant and advocate for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a group facilitator for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s. I have served on the Board of Directors of Autism Empowerment since October 2016 and am also on the Editorial Advisory Boar for Spectrums Magazine.
My vision for the Tween and Teen Social Club is to provide a fun, independent, peer-mentored social group for youth ages 11-19 and a place for families to interact and find support in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you have questions about the club, please contact Tara.

941-322-4229

taraO@autismempowerment.org

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

If you have questions about Autism Empowerment, please feel free to contact us directly at info@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369.

We also invite you to join the Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open to local families throughout the SW WA and Portland metro area, however you will need to request access as we want it to be a safe environment for all our families. Once you request access, you will be contacted by one of our moderators and will be asked to confirm your connection with autism and our region.

Jun
8
Thu
2017
G6 Airpark and Autism Empowerment Free Sensory-Friendly Jump Night @ G6 Airpark
Jun 8 @ 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, June 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Where: G6 Airpark – Portland Location
10414 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97216, USAA 98661

When: Thursday, June 8th, 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.g6portland.com (Jump waiver can be filled out on-site or at the website.)

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

Jun
9
Fri
2017
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center
Jun 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: 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)

Jun
17
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ The Arc of SW WA Family Center
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club

The SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club is a game night and social club for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19 on the autism spectrum who require minimal adult supervision during socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but this is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and have fun with old and new friends.

Parents or guardians must stay on the premises and are invited to join other parents and facilitators in the parent room for connection and friendship.   

Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.   There is a space for Legos and crafts for those who want to do something creative. We also have a Teen/Tween Book Club that runs concurrently from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Peer mentors ages 11 and up are invited to attend along with siblings.  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.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months ** from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

2017 Schedule

Saturday, March 18th

Saturday, April 15th

Saturday, May 20th

Saturday, June 17th

Saturday, July 15th

Saturday, August 19th

Saturday, September 16th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

** Schedule subject to change based on weather or emergency.

How much does it cost to take part?

The cost for each club night is $10.00 per family. Please also bring a snack to share with others.  We will provide pizza and drinks.  If $10.00 is beyond your capability, please do not let that keep you away. We value you and your family, and we want everyone to feel included and welcome. Bring snacks, offer to volunteer some time assisting with set up or clean up, or talk to us about how you can help our group be successful. There are many ways to contribute if you can. We love our Tweens and Teens and their amazing families!

Where does the group meet?

We are actively seeking a new space to meet that is larger and better accommodates our fantastic group. Currently, the group meets within The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center which is located at 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver WA. (This is the same building where Autism Empowerment has our office.) The Tweens & Teens Social Club is facilitated by Tara O’Gorman with the help of a variety of awesome volunteers!

While tweens and teens have the opportunity to socialize and hang out, parents have the option to participate in a casual support group that meets in the back room. This parent support group is currently facilitated by John Krejcha (also facilitates Dads’ Support Group).

How do you define minimal adult supervision? Would this be a good fit for my son or daughter?

Youth finding success in the Tween/Teen Club usually have an Asperger or similar kind of autism spectrum profile. We welcome youth of varying ability levels and understand that social and sensory challenges may arise.

The expectation is creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees where youth can be social with one another with as little adult interference as possible.

If there is a situation which requires adult mediation, our facilitator, Tara and other volunteers are on-hand to assist. If a situation arises which our volunteers determine to be unsafe or not appropriate and can’t be resolved or curtailed (e.g. swearing, spitting, hitting, property damage), the parent/guardian on-site will be expected to assist.

Tween and Teen Club Wish List

We need your help. If you have old game system that you don’t use, electronic or board games you no longer play and/or small TVs that could be used to support more gaming systems, please consider donating them. Here is a list of what we are looking for. Wish List

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Our social club facilitator and founder is Tara O’Gorman. 

My name is Tara O’Gorman, and I am a proud mom to two sons, including a teenager on the autism spectrum.  
 
I am an independent consultant and advocate for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a group facilitator for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s. I have served on the Board of Directors of Autism Empowerment since October 2016 and am also on the Editorial Advisory Boar for Spectrums Magazine.
My vision for the Tween and Teen Social Club is to provide a fun, independent, peer-mentored social group for youth ages 11-19 and a place for families to interact and find support in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you have questions about the club, please contact Tara.

941-322-4229

taraO@autismempowerment.org

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

If you have questions about Autism Empowerment, please feel free to contact us directly at info@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369.

We also invite you to join the Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open to local families throughout the SW WA and Portland metro area, however you will need to request access as we want it to be a safe environment for all our families. Once you request access, you will be contacted by one of our moderators and will be asked to confirm your connection with autism and our region.

Jul
14
Fri
2017
SW WA Autism / Asperger Support Group for Adults @ The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center
Jul 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)

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

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club

The SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club is a game night and social club for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19 on the autism spectrum who require minimal adult supervision during socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but this is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and have fun with old and new friends.

Parents or guardians must stay on the premises and are invited to join other parents and facilitators in the parent room for connection and friendship.   

Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.   There is a space for Legos and crafts for those who want to do something creative. We also have a Teen/Tween Book Club that runs concurrently from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Peer mentors ages 11 and up are invited to attend along with siblings.  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.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months ** from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

2017 Schedule

Saturday, March 18th

Saturday, April 15th

Saturday, May 20th

Saturday, June 17th

Saturday, July 15th

Saturday, August 19th

Saturday, September 16th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

** Schedule subject to change based on weather or emergency.

How much does it cost to take part?

The cost for each club night is $10.00 per family. Please also bring a snack to share with others.  We will provide pizza and drinks.  If $10.00 is beyond your capability, please do not let that keep you away. We value you and your family, and we want everyone to feel included and welcome. Bring snacks, offer to volunteer some time assisting with set up or clean up, or talk to us about how you can help our group be successful. There are many ways to contribute if you can. We love our Tweens and Teens and their amazing families!

Where does the group meet?

We are actively seeking a new space to meet that is larger and better accommodates our fantastic group. Currently, the group meets within The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center which is located at 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver WA. (This is the same building where Autism Empowerment has our office.) The Tweens & Teens Social Club is facilitated by Tara O’Gorman with the help of a variety of awesome volunteers!

While tweens and teens have the opportunity to socialize and hang out, parents have the option to participate in a casual support group that meets in the back room. This parent support group is currently facilitated by John Krejcha (also facilitates Dads’ Support Group).

How do you define minimal adult supervision? Would this be a good fit for my son or daughter?

Youth finding success in the Tween/Teen Club usually have an Asperger or similar kind of autism spectrum profile. We welcome youth of varying ability levels and understand that social and sensory challenges may arise.

The expectation is creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees where youth can be social with one another with as little adult interference as possible.

If there is a situation which requires adult mediation, our facilitator, Tara and other volunteers are on-hand to assist. If a situation arises which our volunteers determine to be unsafe or not appropriate and can’t be resolved or curtailed (e.g. swearing, spitting, hitting, property damage), the parent/guardian on-site will be expected to assist.

Tween and Teen Club Wish List

We need your help. If you have old game system that you don’t use, electronic or board games you no longer play and/or small TVs that could be used to support more gaming systems, please consider donating them. Here is a list of what we are looking for. Wish List

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Our social club facilitator and founder is Tara O’Gorman. 

My name is Tara O’Gorman, and I am a proud mom to two sons, including a teenager on the autism spectrum.  
 
I am an independent consultant and advocate for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a group facilitator for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s. I have served on the Board of Directors of Autism Empowerment since October 2016 and am also on the Editorial Advisory Boar for Spectrums Magazine.
My vision for the Tween and Teen Social Club is to provide a fun, independent, peer-mentored social group for youth ages 11-19 and a place for families to interact and find support in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you have questions about the club, please contact Tara.

941-322-4229

taraO@autismempowerment.org

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

If you have questions about Autism Empowerment, please feel free to contact us directly at info@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369.

We also invite you to join the Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open to local families throughout the SW WA and Portland metro area, however you will need to request access as we want it to be a safe environment for all our families. Once you request access, you will be contacted by one of our moderators and will be asked to confirm your connection with autism and our region.