Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of ALL Abilities – 2015
Autism Empowerment is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities.
Come join us for a FREE inclusive afternoon of acceptance, resources and fun from 12:00 PM – 4 PM on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver, WA! This Easter Egg Hunt, Resource Fair and afternoon of Eggstra fun Entertainment and Acceptance is open to individuals of all ages with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities or special needs of any type. We also welcome families, friends and community members who want to promote inclusion.
This event is MUCH more than just an Easter Egg Hunt, although the plastic chickens which laid the 16,000+ plastic Easter Eggs might cluck in disagreement! It is an opportunity to connect families with meaningful resources within the Southwest Washington and Portland metro region. It is also a chance for us to positively connect with one another! Come enjoy a special afternoon where you can feel accepted, connected and empowered!
This event embraces neurodiversity, differing abilities and promotes Acceptance for ALL.
4/3/15 – 10:00 PM – Online Registration is now Closed. Thank You!
Please register on-site on Saturday, April 4th! Gates open at NOON!
4/3/15 We have over 200 Volunteers and have closed Volunteer Registration! Thank you!
For those that pre-registered to volunteer, please be sure to check your email for further instructions and an email called “** IMPT AE Egg Hunt Volunteer Information for 4.4.15 **. (If you didn’t receive an email, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as a couple volunteers had email addresses which bounced.) We will see you at the event on Saturday, April 4th! THANKS!
Here is a sample map giving you an idea of what the stadium will look like on event day. Please scroll down for more event details and our Q & A section!
Who can attend?
This event is open to all individuals on the autism spectrum or anyone who identifies with ANY special need (developmental disability, physical disability), their siblings, families and friends. We will have multiple hunts each promoting the theme of Acceptance of All Abilities. We believe that each one of us has the power to be a positive Ambassador for Acceptance in our community and acceptance, enrichment, inspiration and empowerment for all!
How much does it cost?
FREE !!! It is important to us that our Acceptance of All Abilities event is accessible to all who want to attend. This event has been free to attendees since 2012, although donations at the event or through our online donation page are greatly appreciated!
There will be optional opportunities at the event to purchase merchandise, purchase raffle tickets and bid on auction items. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Where does the event take place?
The event takes place at McKenzie Stadium which is behind Evergreen High School. The address is : 2205 NE 138th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Parking for attendees is available in the lot adjacent to the stadium and down by the bus depot.
Should I register in advance?
Yes!!!! – If you were at our event last year, we served approximately 1,400 hunters and their families. About half pre-registered. We do our best to be efficient at check-in, however by pre-registering online, you will considerably shorten your wait time in entering the stadium. Good for your kids, good for you! Please pre-register by going to the following link :
This also helps us plan how many eggs, prizes and goody bags to have. It will also help us serve you better, for example if you would like a buddy for the afternoon.
What time does the event take place and what is the schedule?
Please note that we’re going to do our best to stay on time but prepare your family that times listed are best estimates. Actual times may vary a bit on the day of the event. For best parking and maximum enjoyment of the event, we recommend arriving early. There will be sensory break areas in the stands and throughout the stadium.
Gates Open for Resource Fair, Raffle and Entertainment: 12:00
Buddy Pick-up (South Grandstand – see map) : 12:00
D.A.N.A’s Dreamers Performance : 1:00
East / West Martial Arts Performance : 1:30
Disability Art and Culture Project Performance : 1:45
National Anthem and presentation of the USA Colors: 2:00
Official First EGG ROLL with Dignitaries and Featured Event Sponsors: 2:10
- Hunt Area A – Wheelchair / Walker / Mobility Help – (Yellow Wristbands) – If your hunter is in a wheelchair, uses a walker or has mobility challenges, you have the choice to either have them hunt with their age group or you can have them hunt in section “A” which will have extra supervision and allows for a slower paced hunt. Many eggs are on milk crates.
- Hunt Area B – Ages 4 – 6 – Green Wristbands
- Hunt Area C – Ages 10 – 12 – Red Wristbands
After the first hunt, the field will be re-egged. We are estimating this to take about 15 – 20 minutes.
Intermission Show: Disability Art and Culture Project Performance 2:30
Second Egg Hunt: 2:45
- Hunt Area A – Ages 0 – 3 – Blue Wristbands
- Hunt Area B – Ages 7 – 9 – Orange Wristbands
- Hunt Area C – Ages 13 + Purple Wristbands
End of Raffle and Silent Auction: 3:00 p.m. (subject to change)
Third Egg Hunt: 3:15 – Adult Hunt
Event End : 4:00
Event Buddies for My Egg Hunter – What is a buddy and how can I get one for the afternoon?
Our Buddies have volunteered specifically for this role because they enjoy working with others! Your buddy will be an Ambassador for Acceptance volunteer assigned to accompany your son or daughter around the event as their event buddy. (If you have participated before in Miracle League Baseball or TOPSoccer, it is a similar concept.)
If you would like a buddy for your hunter or just need to help you around the event, please let us know on the registration form and we will do our best to provide a one-on-one buddy. We also try to accommodate preferences for male/female buddies.
Buddies are offered on a first come basis and will be depend on how many volunteers show up for the event. Please mention this during your registration. Buddy pick-up is at 12:30 pm in the North Grandstands.
What is going on at the event in addition to the egg hunt?
In no particular order, here are some of the fun things going on throughout the afternoon
- Easter Bunny meet & greet and free digital photo
- Autism Empowerment Raffle
- All Scouting Color Guard presenting the US colors
- National Anthem performance
- Annual Egg Roll with Dignitaries
- Acceptance for All Spirit Rally & Selfie Photo Area
- Performance(s) by Disability Art and Culture Project (from Portland, OR)
- Performance by D.A.N.A. s Dreamers (from Vancouver, WA)
- BIA Construction Sensory Break Area
- Lowes Activity Area
- Kazoodles Toys Activity Area
- Learning Palace Activity Area
- Rojo the Llama, Smokey the Llama and Friends
- Star Wars Oregon Characters
- Kind Bars Sampling Area
- Pockets the Balloon Twister
- Video Booth (Tell us what Acceptance and Inclusion means to you)
- Photo Booth with Costumes (Pack 462)
- Pinewood Derby Car Races (Pack 462 – Cub Scouting for All Abilities)
- Portland Aquarium
- Roaming Characters
- AMR Ambulance
- Vancouver Fire Department Safety Trailer and Activity Area
- Vancouver Police Car and K-9 Unit
- TopSoccer Activity Area
- Martial Arts Demo from East / West Martial Arts
- Massages by Yaimayu Massages
- US Department of Consumer Product Safety – Child Safety Information
Who will be part of the Resource Area? – How can we partner with you?
A variety of cross-disability agencies, clubs, support groups, health care providers and service providers will be exhibiting. Some will be providing resources and some will provide activities. There will also be for-profit organizations that believe in supporting our community. If you are a non-profit or for-profit group or company that would like to attend, please contact John Krejcha at email@example.com or (360) 852-8369. We will add to this list as organizations confirm their space. Here is the list for 2015 as of 2/28/15:
- Amazing Moms
- American Medical Response – AMR Portland
- Autism Empowerment
- Autism Society of Oregon
- Bridgeview Early Learning Program – Part of Vancouver Housing Authority
- Business Leaders Network
- Clark County Disability Coalition
- Clark County Parent Coalition
- Country Financial
- Cub Scout Pack 462 -Scouting for All Abilities
- D.A.N.A. s Dreamers
- Department of Social Health Services (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
- Disability Art and Culture Project
- Doula My Soul
- East / West Martial Arts
- East Vancouver Venom Pop Warner Challenger Division of Flag Football and Cheer
- Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- Innovative Services NW
- Kind Snacks
- Klineline Fishing
- Learning Palace
- Lowes (Activity Area)
- MassMutual Special Care Program
- Miracle League of Vancouver
- Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas
- New Horizons
- Northwest Autism Foundation
- Northwest Eye Care
- Northwest Justice
- Oregon Dream Ponies
- Parent to Parent of Clark County
- Pasitos Gigantes
- PAVE – Parents Are Vital in Education
- Salmon Creek TOPSoccer
- Special Olympics of Southwest Washington
- Specialty Athletic Training
- Southwest Washington Disability Alliance
- Southwest Washington Special Education Alliance
- Swindells Family Resource Center at Providence Hospital
- The Arc of Southwest Washington
- The Great Bacon Race
- The House Church
- TSS Photography
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Vancouver Fire Department
- Vancouver Police Department and K-9 Unit
- Western Psychological and Counseling Services, PC
- Yaimayu Massages
- Yoder Chiropractic Center
Do you need Volunteers for this Event?
YES!! We invite you to get more information at the following link:
Register to become a Volunteer <– Registration Open Now!
How can my company / organization become a Community Partner or help Sponsor this event?
So glad you asked! We are seeking Corporate Donations / Partnerships / Relationships in order for us to be able to continue to offer this free Annual Acceptance Event.
If you would like your organization to become a Community Partner or Sponsor, please contact John Krejcha at firstname.lastname@example.org
To read the Partnership Letter and Levels of request: SponsorAgreement2015EggHunt
Thank you so very much to the generosity of the following Event Sponsors who are financially supporting this year’s event so far:
Featured Event Impact Partners
Thank you so much to the following individual donors and families for either financial or in-kind donation support for this event.
- Please visit our new Donation Page and donate now to support this fantastic event!