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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 person’s life, however because of […]

September 21st, 2013|0 Comments

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 when Lorna Wing, an English doctor […]

September 1st, 2013|0 Comments

ASD Signs and Characteristics (Start Here)

puzzlepIndividuals 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

alphabetsoupfapeAlphabet 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 […]

October 18th, 2013|Education|0 Comments

Acronym Alphabet Soup

alphabetsoupfapeAlphabet 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 […]

October 18th, 2013|0 Comments

What are Pervasive Developmental Disorders?

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 before 3 years of age.

Symptoms may include:

  • Problems with using and […]
September 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Women on the Autism Spectrum

womenreadingbooksWhether 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 […]

August 10th, 2013|0 Comments

New Donate Your Vehicle Program

driverwithkeysAutism 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 […]

December 11th, 2013|Charitable Giving, Giving, Holidays, Uncategorized|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 […]

September 16th, 2014|Autism News, Charitable Giving, Special Events|0 Comments

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 […]

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 – […]

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

Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro

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.

The calendar […]

September 11th, 2013|0 Comments

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

Easter Egg Flyer (2)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, […]

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

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 and head growth, problems with […]

September 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Karen Krejcha

Karen is currently serving as President and Executive Director of Autism Empowerment and is the radio host for Autism Empowerment Radio.

Karen considers Autism Empowerment her calling and passion. She is the mother of two sons (8 and 15) diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome respectively. It wasn’t long after her […]

September 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Getting A Diagnosis

quetionmarkAutism 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 appear […]

September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

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July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

What does Acceptance mean to you?

In 2014-2015, Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) funded eight organizations representing communities of people with disabilities. One of NWHF’s goals was to strengthen the capacity of communities o­f people with disabilities to self-organize, and to build relationships with organizations and communities for a broader conversation about disability, race/ethnicity and geography.

September 27th, 2015|Acceptance, Advocacy, AE News, Special Events|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

Autism and Scouting Turns One

Today I am posting a blog from John Krejcha who oversees our Autism and Scouting program. Autism Empowerment recently marked our 1 year anniversary on June 3rd and will be blogging shortly about our accomplishments from the past year.
Here is John’s take on our Autism and Scouting program!
Autism Empowerment and […]