SW WA Autism Empowerment Community Support Network

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Southwest Washington & Portland metro Community Support Network

Supporting our local Community

Autism Empowerment is currently headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. We are located in Clark County which is a county in Southwest Washington. For those not familiar with the region, we are right across the bridge from Portland, Oregon and are considered as part of the Portland metro area.

Autism Empowerment is pleased to offer a wide range of support to our local community for individuals who are on the autism spectrum and their families.  On this page you will find a listing of our current support groups, social and game clubs as well as our volunteering initiative for children and their families, the Autism Serves Kids Care Club of Clark County.

Autism Empowerment also offers online programs to support youth, teens and adults on the autism spectrum around the country. This particular page, however, focuses on Southwest Washington / Portland metro area support. Please note that monthly groups will occasionally take a month off or adjust scheduling, so please check with each group coordinator before attending.

Last Updated: September 28th, 2017

Who it the Group for? Adults 18+ who identify as Autistic / Aspie or somewhere on the autism spectrum. Peer to peer support.

When is it? 2nd Friday of most months from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where is it? Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664

Is there a cost? Free but please bring a snack to share.

Who is the contact? Andy Humber – andyh@autismempowerment.org or call 360-852-8369 

Co-Facilitators: Andy and Bianca

Online support at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/adultautismsupportgroup/

Asperger/Autism Parent Support Group (for parents of Tweens and Teens)

Who it the Group for? Parents who have children on the autism spectrum between ages 11 – 18.

When is it? – 3rd Saturday of most months from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where is it? LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684

Is there a cost? Free (meets during Tweens & Teens Social Club)

Who is the contact? Aaron Blackwelder – aaronb@autismempowerment.org 

Who it the Group for? This facilitated support group is for adults, both neurotypical and neurodiverse. We welcome parents raising children of all ages on the autism spectrum. We also welcome adults on the autism spectrum. Members of AWE share a vision of creating a safe space to discuss struggles and concerns related to the autistic experience. Each of us has our own path to a greater awareness of ourselves and our loved ones. This is an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh perspectives and better tools to understand our situations and each other.

When is it? 3rd Thursday of most months from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where is it? Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

Is there a cost? Free

Who is the contact? Shasti McLaughlinshastim@autismempowerment.org or call 503-781-2461. 

Online support at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

Who it the Group for? Dads, grandfathers or male caregivers of children or adults on the autism spectrum. 

When is it? 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Where is it? Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)

Is there a cost? Free

Who is the contact? John Krejchajohn@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369

Online support at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club and AE Tween and Teen Book Club

Who it the Group for? Youth ages 11 – 19 who are on the autism spectrum + siblings & peer mentors 

When is it? 3rd Saturday of most months from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. We also have a Book Club that meets during Social Club from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Where is it? LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684 (New Location as of October 2017)

Is there a cost? $10.00 per family + please bring a snack to share

Who is the contact? Tara O’Gorman – 941-322-8369 – tarao@autismempowerment.org (Teen/Tween Club), Torin Tashima – tashima7@gmail.com (Book Club)

Online support at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aetweenteensocialclub/

Who it the Group for?  Youth on the autism spectrum who want to volunteer with their family and peer mentors. 

When is it? 2nd Sunday of most months from 2:00 – 4:00 pm plus special outside projects throughout the community.

Where is it? Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664

Is there a cost? $30.00 per youth or $50.00 per family for September 2017 – August 2018.  Scholarships are available.

Who is the contact? John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – kidscareclub@autismempowerment.org 

Online group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismserveskidscareclub/