Autism Support for Family, Friends and Caregivers
A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder affects family, friends and caregivers in a variety of ways. Every individual’s journey is unique. Autism Empowerment is here to help support you along your path on the road less traveled.
Individuals living with autism, Asperger syndrome or an ASD truly benefit from having a strong, accepting and loving support network. Autism Empowerment is here to help that network thrive.
Many times family and friends want to positively support their loved ones with ASD and are looking for an encouraging, uplifting and accepting place to do so. We’re not saying challenges don’t exist. We’re not saying you aren’t going to feel sad, angry, frustrated, confused and struggle with conflicting emotions.
What we are saying is that when challenges present, we try to embrace and work through them in a positive way. The autism grief cycle and other factors may make it difficult at different stages of your journey. We get it. We’re here to help with that too.
An individual’s support network often includes parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, extended family, friends and other caregivers. Oftentimes people fall into more than one category. It is not uncommon for parents to be supporting multiple children on the spectrum. It is also realistic to find a parent or grandparent with undiagnosed ASD learning that many of the signs and characteristics of autism or Asperger syndrome resonate with them as well.
No matter what your personal situation is, it is bound to be complex. We respect that your situation is unique and we’re here to help you find information and support as well as be a safe place for you to visit, knowing that people accept you for who you are, where you are at this stage in your life journey.
There is a popular autism community saying, “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Well, that holds true for a person’s support network as well. There is no one-size-fits all support strategy or treatment, however there are quite a few tools and strategies you can implement to help improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum. You will likely find strategies that can help you personally too.
We strongly believe in creating an Autism Empowerment community where all people on the autism spectrum and those supporting those with ASD feel welcome. Of course it does not stop there. We visualize acceptance for those on the autism spectrum throughout the world. Of course it doesn’t stop with ASD either. We visualize a world where neurodiversity is embraced and there is Acceptance for ALL Abilities. You, me, the neighbor down the street, the global neighbor on the other side of the world… Idealistic? Maybe… but it’s a world worth working toward.
While here, we want you to find a home where you feel that you are accepted for who you are, inspired to improve yourself, feel enriched by the information that you find and are empowered to advocate for yourself and live your best life possible.
You can start right now. Embrace an attitude of acceptance with a willingness to learn and be empowered. Be an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities in your home, in your community, in your workplace, in the world. Do it for your child, spouse, parent, neighbor, fellow students and work colleagues. Do it for yourself.
Sounds Great, Show me the Content!
Yes, we’re getting to that! ASD support is here and on the way! Already on our website we have a variety of blog postings, downloadable podcasts through the Autism Empowerment Radio Network, outreach material and training information from a variety of programs and services we offer.
Although Autism Empowerment founded as a 501(c)3 non profit in June 2011, this website you’re on right now just launched in October 2013. We’ve switched platforms, we’ve embraced new technology and our volunteers are working diligently behind the scenes to make daily improvements, additions and edits. We appreciate your patience as we write and evaluate content and work through the process.
Please feel free to look through our website, visit our About Us section and learn more about our organization, our Four Foundational Pillars and our Core Values, Beliefs and Goals. Be sure to check out our Autism Empowerment Radio Network which include Autism Empowerment Radio and Autism and Scouting Radio. For those of you who belong to Facebook, Twitter and other online venues, get connected with us through Social Media.
Here are some other great places to check out:
Autism Empowerment Resource Center
We offer different avenues at Autism Empowerment to help you connect with a wide range of resources.
In addition to the content that is internal (content created for and on our website), we also help individuals, families, providers and professionals connect with outside care providers and organizations in their region.
Some of these external resources include:
- Southwest Washington and Portland Metro Area Resource Guide – Autism Empowerment is physically located in Vancouver, WA. Our Board of Directors and volunteers have many positive connections with cross-disability service providers in this region and gladly provide this information to you through our SW WA / Portland metro Resource Guide.
- United States Resources – There are many national organizations besides Autism Empowerment that are doing amazing work. Many have specialized areas of expertise. We don’t believe it makes sense to re-invent the wheel so it is as this section that you can access that information.
- World Resources – Amazing work is also being done around the globe. If you are coming to our website from outside the United States, it is likely that you want to connect with organizations in your region as well. Here are some fine international autism resources.
- Women’s Resources – A section dedicated toward female Aspies, Autistics, Aspergirls, Asperkids and women on the autism spectrum worldwide. However you choose to identify either as a female on the spectrum or as someone supporting a female on the spectrum, this section is specifically for you and connects you with some of the most well-known and forward-thinking females on the autism spectrum worldwide.
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