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What is Autism?

What is Autism? Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a range of complex neurodevelopmental disorders often characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. These disorders are characterized in varying degrees. Autism typically appears noticeable during the first three years of a [...]

September 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Asperger Syndrome

What is Asperger syndrome? Asperger or Asperger's syndrome (AS) is a developmental autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The discovery of Asperger Syndrome (AS) dates back to 1944. Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger described the syndrome when he was treating four boys with similar symptoms. His writings remained relatively unknown until 1981 [...]

September 1st, 2013|0 Comments

ASD Signs and Characteristics (Start Here)

Recognizing Autism / ASD Symptoms, Signs and Characteristics Individuals with autism will have symptoms from a very young age, beginning before the age of three. Some children with an ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms might not show up [...]

September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Alphabet Soup – Acronyms in the Autism and Special Education World

Acronym Directory Alphabet soup is often used as a metaphor for an abundance of acronyms or abbreviations. When it comes to the autism, disability and special education community at large, we have a LOT of alphabet soup. We have enough in fact, that none of us should ever go [...]

October 18th, 2013|Education|0 Comments

Acronym Alphabet Soup

Acronym Directory Alphabet soup is often used as a metaphor for an abundance of acronyms or abbreviations. When it comes to the autism, disability and special education community at large, we have a LOT of alphabet soup. We have enough in fact, that none of us should ever go [...]

October 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Luke’s Journey Fund

Luke's Journey Fund Luke's Journey Fund was established on March 3rd, 2016 by Doug Underwood in partnership with Autism Empowerment. The mission of Luke's Journey Fund is to provide grant opportunities and resources for families in Clark County and Cowlitz County, WA, who need financial assistance to cover costs specifically [...]

March 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Luke’s Journey Fund

What are Pervasive Developmental Disorders?

What are Pervasive Developmental Disorders / PDD / PDD-NOS? The diagnostic category of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) refers to a group of disorders characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is [...]

September 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Women on the Autism Spectrum

Amazing Autism Women Whether they call themselves women on the autism spectrum, Aspies, Autistic or simply (insert their name here), here are a few fabulous accomplished females on the autism spectrum that are making positive change in this world. Many of these women are also mothers. It has been the [...]

August 10th, 2013|0 Comments

New Donate Your Vehicle Program

Autism Empowerment is excited to announce a new partnership with Donate for Charity. Have you been thinking about making a contribution to Autism Empowerment? If so, great!  We are happy to be in your thoughts and thank your consideration. We're also happy to announce that Autism Empowerment is now able [...]

December 11th, 2013|Charitable Giving, Giving, Holidays, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get Involved

Get Involved  & Stay Connected! This section will help visitors get involved and stay connected with Autism Empowerment. Autism Empowerment believes in positive collaboration and community involvement! We strongly believe in creating an Autism Empowerment community where all people on the autism spectrum feel welcome. In this section are a variety [...]

September 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Give More 24! on September 18th to Autism Empowerment

Southwest Washington is going to show off its generosity on September 18th, 2014. It's going to be a big day for our community and for Autism Empowerment too! Give More 24! is our region's first-ever, 24-hour online giving challenge. The event is designed to raise funds for dozens of local [...]

September 16th, 2014|Autism News, Charitable Giving, Special Events|1 Comment

Jennifer Cook O’Toole Interview – Asperkids Author

Hello Autism Empowerment Radio Friends! I wanted to share with you our next broadcast! Thursday, July 19th from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. PST - Interview with Jennifer Cook O'Toole, author of Asperkids, An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome   Listen live online at the above link or [...]

July 19th, 2012|AE Radio, Jennifer Cook O'Toole|0 Comments

Jennifer Cook O’Toole has a Collection of Strategies for Asperkids

I am thrilled to announce that Autism Empowerment Radio has another interview with Jennifer Cook O'Toole this week. She will be talking about a Collection of Strategies for Asperkids (& their parents & teachers). The show will be on Thursday, August 2nd from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. PST / 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. [...]

July 28th, 2012|Authors, Jennifer Cook O'Toole|0 Comments

Volunteers Needed for 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt in SW Washington

Interested in you, your family, your business, support group or organization volunteering for an INCREDIBLE Acceptance event? The 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities (it's a mouthful, but a meaningful one) is on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver, Washington. We're looking for [...]

January 27th, 2014|Acceptance, Easter, Special Events, Volunteerism|0 Comments

Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro

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, [...]

September 11th, 2013|0 Comments

What is Rett syndrome

What is Rett syndrome Rett syndrome is a postnatal neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively and is first noticed in infancy. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain [...]

September 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Karen Krejcha

Karen Krejcha Bio Karen serves as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Autism Empowerment. She is the Editor of Spectrums Magazine and also the podcast radio host for Autism Empowerment Radio. Karen considers Autism Empowerment her calling and passion. She is a self-advocate, parent [...]

September 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Getting A Diagnosis

Getting an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis / The Diagnostic Process Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) varies widely in severity and as it is a spectrum disorder, it will present differently from one child to another and from male to female. Signs and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in what may [...]

September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

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July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

2013 Washington State Jefferson Awards Winner – Karen Krejcha

Although she grew up feeling incredibly different than other children around her, Karen was an energetic young girl who envisioned changing the world.  She was labeled as a genius, a tomboy and an imaginative spirit, yet inside she felt confused and socially awkward.  Of course, Karen didn’t realize back then [...]

February 27th, 2013|AE News, Autism Serves, Karen Krejcha, Programs, Volunteerism|0 Comments