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
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
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!

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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)

[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

May
18
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Concordia University Library, Room 120
May 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 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

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
15
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Concordia University Library, Room 120
Jun 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 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

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
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.

Jul
20
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Concordia University Library, Room 120
Jul 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!

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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

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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

Aug
17
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Concordia University Library, Room 120
Aug 17 @ 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