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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.

You can view by day, week or month. Click the tabs below and you […]

September 11th, 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 to accept […]

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

Donate Your Vehicle

Autism Empowerment is excited to share with you our partnership with Donate for Charity.

If you donate your car, truck, boat or RV before Dec 31st, 2016, you can get a 2016 tax deduction while helping Autism Empowerment.

You can help our charity with your vehicle donation.
Running or not, we can pick up […]

December 10th, 2013|0 Comments

But you don’t LOOK Autistic

Yesterday I attended the SW WA Volunteer Management Conference on behalf of Autism Empowerment. Of course wearing the “Autism Empowerment” nametag at any conference which includes socialization inevitably brings about the topic of autism, my involvement in the organization, etc. I use it as a positive platform to promote acceptance […]

February 22nd, 2013|Advocacy, Karen Krejcha, Volunteerism|1 Comment

Treatment Options

It is important to remember first that autism is a spectrum disorder. As such, there is no one size-fits-all autism treatment, therapy, intervention or coping strategy.

Therapies and behavioral interventions are designed to remedy specific symptoms and can bring about substantial improvement. The ideal treatment plan coordinates therapies, interventions and coping […]

September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Faking It. Autistic Authenticity or Social Nicety?

by Karen Krejcha **

Faking it. Have you ever heard the expression, “Fake it ’til you make it?” The idea behind this catchphrase is to imitate confidence or positivity when you’re not feeling it, with the hope that by practicing this long enough, you actually will start feeling confident or positive.

As a […]

January 13th, 2016|Acceptance, Aspies, Authors, Karen Krejcha, Mental Health|0 Comments

Finding Your Own Way To Grieve by Karla Helbert

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult for anyone, however for those on the autism spectrum, there are often additional challenges with understanding and working through the intensity of the grieving process. The chaotic experience of grief can exacerbate characteristics and symptoms of autism and leave a […]

Luke’s Ride 2016 raises therapy dollars for Luke’s Journey Fund

Raising Funds for Therapy through Luke’s Ride 2016 –
Luke’s Journey Fund to award grants to local families.-
By Karen Krejcha –

Families in the autism community face a daunting task when it comes to choosing therapy to help their children on the spectrum thrive. Because each person is unique and the characteristics […]

June 16th, 2016|Acceptance|0 Comments

Coexisting Conditions

Individuals affected by autism are at an increased risk of experiencing additional cognitive, emotional, or behavioral disorders. It is very common for individuals on the autism spectrum to be dealing with other challenges and coexisting conditions.

Sometimes these co-existing conditions are noticed and diagnosed before the diagnosis of autism and sometimes […]

September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Counseling / Psychological Therapy

Brooke Psychologists, LLC

400 E. Evergreen Blvd, Suite 208, Vancouver, WA 98660 and 516 E. Morrison St., Portland, OR 97214
Contact Michael Brooke, PsyD or Karlaina Brooke, PSD –

Services for teens and young adults with ADHD or on the Autism / Asperger’s Spectrum. Also has social skills and support groups for […]

August 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Happy Pi Day and Autism Empowerment – A Recipe for Support

Please be forewarned. This blog post shares a smorgasbord of thoughts, some on topic, some tangential. Welcome to my world.

Happy Pi Day of the Century: 3.141592653! At 26 minutes and 53 seconds after 9 o’clock on 3/14/15, we passed a date and time represented by the first 10 digits of π. Very exciting! […]

March 14th, 2015|Acceptance, Advocacy, Self-Advocacy, Support|0 Comments

Leadership Training Kit Online

The Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit was developed by Autism Empowerment in 2013 with the direction of Autism Empowerment staff, volunteers and a Leadership Advisory Committee consisting of scouts, scouting leaders and volunteers from a variety of scouting organizations in the United States and Australia. We included educators, trainers and internationally […]

December 30th, 2013|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 of ways you […]

September 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Girls and Ladies with Autism / Asperger’s, You Are Not Alone

Autism Empowerment Friends…

This is Karen. I am reposting this blog from my personal blog, Aspierations – Come As You Are, Let Your Light Shine.  Enjoy!

This blog entry is for the ladies… those of us gals who are on the autism spectrum, whether we’re diagnosed or not.  Parents, spouses, family and friends […]

Currently It’s Bacon by Phoenix Bennett

Autism Empowerment is happy to introduce a new guest blogger to the community. Phoenix Bennett is 14 years old and will be a freshman at Columbia River High School in Fall 2015. Her blog post, “Currently It’s Bacon” is a dedication to her friend, Austin, an active 11 year old […]

July 11th, 2015|Acceptance, Family Advocacy, Friendship, Inspiration|0 Comments

Jennifer Cook O’Toole

 July 19th, 2012 : Jennifer Cook O’Toole Interview: Aspie Mom, Asperkids Author 

Come listen in as Karen with Autism Empowerment Radio interviews award-winning teacher, parent, author and mom, Jennifer Cook O’Toole about her book, Asperkids – An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome.

This exciting book is full of effective and […]

September 23rd, 2013|0 Comments