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Past Autism Empowerment Outreach Events

Outreach events and activities that we participate in give children, teens, adults and families impacted by autism and Asperger’s to have an opportunity to connect with Autism Empowerment. There are many chances throughout the year to see Autism Empowerment volunteers performing outreach in the community. We host special acceptance events, panels, seminars, trainings and participate in a variety of events around the Southwest Washington and Portland metro area.

We would like our grassroots movement of promoting Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger’s community to expand throughout the USA and worldwide in 2014.

Here are a few examples of where Autism Empowerment and our amazing volunteers have recently been:

Special Events

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  • 2012 – 1st Annual Autism Empowerment Easter Egg Hunt
  • 2012 – Special Needs Harvest Party
  • 2013 – Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities & Resource Fair
  • 2013 – World Autism Acceptance Day Event
  • 2013 – Sensory Play Hour at Kazoodles Toy Store
  • 2013 – Sensory Room for Special Events at local elementary school
  • 2014 – Sensory Play Hour at Kazoodles Toy Store
  • 2014 – 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities & Cross-Disability Resource Fair
  • 2014 – Sensory Play Time at Burgerville
  • 2014 – Lights Up, Sound Down, Sensory Friendly Movie in partnership with MassMutual Oregon
  • 2014 – SW WA Community Picnic in partnership with Autism Soceity of SW WA

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Panels and Seminars and Workshops


  • April 2012 – Autism Acceptance Month panel of local community providers
  • June 2012 – Recreational Resources for the Autism & Special Needs Community
  • October 2012 – Bullying Prevention Panel
  • September 2013 – Special Needs Trusts / Mass Mutual
  • 2014 – Advocate / Family Workshop Series (6 scheduled)
  • October 2014 – Bullying Prevention / Unity Day Event


Local Support

  • Autism Empowerment’s SW WA Men’s Autism Support Group (meets monthly)
  • Autism Empowerment’s SW WA Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group (meets monthly)
  • Emcee / Host for 2014 Clark County Disability Coalition Legislative Candidates Forum 
  • Supporting other local autism and cross-disability groups and events – Clark County Disability Coalition, Community Autism Network, Autism Society of Oregon / SW WA, Clark County Parent Coalition, Special Education Alliance
  • Contributing Writer & Distribution of Spectrums Magazine (Our Executive Director, Karen Krejcha is on the Editorial Advisory Board and has also written for the magazine.)


Training or Speaking to Groups on location


  • Autism Empowerment Autism and Scouting Community Summit 2013
  • Autism and Scouting Training – various events throughout the country
  • BSA Cascade Pacific Council Training Conference
  • CASA of Clark County
  • Intel Fair
  • Special Education Conference and Resource Fair
  • Plus regular training through Autism Empowerment Radio

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Exhibition and Resource Sharing


  • Various health fairs
  • ASO Walk-A-Thon
  • Carnivals
  • Mustang Club Car Show / Club Meetings
  • Secret of the Songshell Book Signings and Launch Party
  • Miscellaneous community events


Additional Support and Outreach

  • Connecting with other organizations throughout the state through volunteerism and advocacy
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2013 Washington State Jefferson Awards Winners (from left to right) Karen Krejcha, Michael Mowat, Julia Sheriden, Olowo-n’djo Tchala, and Jared Costanzo.

2013 Washington State Jefferson Awards Winners (from left to right) Karen Krejcha / Autism Empowerment, Michael Mowat, Julia Sheriden, Olowo-n’djo Tchala, and Jared Costanzo.