SW WA Autism Empowerment Community Support Network

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Southwest Washington 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.

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? The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Is there a cost? Free

Who is the contact? Karen Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – karen@autismempowerment.org

Co-Facilitators: Andy and Bianca

Who it the Group for? Parents who have adult children 18+ who are on the autism spectrum.

When is it? 2nd Monday of most months from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where is it? The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Is there a cost? Free

Who is the contact? Jason Keesee – 360-560-7700 – keeseejm@msn.com 

Who it the Group for? Parents who have children on the autism spectrum in middle / high school (mainstreamed /homeschooled) 

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

  • Moved in Summer 2016 from 2nd Thursdays to 3rd Saturdays of most months 

Where is it? The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Is there a cost? Free

Who is the contact? Linda Baugess – 360 -852-2321 – lindab@autismempowerment.org 

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

When is it? 3rd Friday of most months from 7:00 – 9:00 pm 

Where is it? The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Is there a cost? Free

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

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. The Book Club is new as of July 2016 and will be meeting from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Where is it? The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Is there a cost? $5,00 per family + please bring snack

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

Who it the Group for? Youth from Preschool to 12th grade who are on the autism spectrum + siblings & peer mentors. 

When is it? Last Friday of most months from 6:30 – 8:30 (Please check to see 

Where is it?  SEARCHING FOR NEW LOCATION as of July 2016. Temporarily, we will be meeting at The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Is there a cost?  $5,00 per family + please bring snack

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

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? The Arc Family Center, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98861

Is there a cost? $30.00 per youth for September 2016 – August 2017.  Scholarships are available.

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