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12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer - We All Have Gifts to Give By Karen Krejcha The holiday season is a time for giving, sharing and spreading holiday joy. As the classic Andy Williams song goes, It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone [...]

2017-12-02T16:32:03+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Holidays, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Some Good News and Some Bad News

This blog post was originally an article on pages 18 and 19 in the Winter 2017 issue of Spectrums Magazine, a nonprofit publication of Autism Empowerment Dear Spectrums Magazine readers and Autism Empowerment friends, We have some good news and some bad news. The bad news. This is the last [...]

2017-12-02T16:00:30+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Charitable Giving, Spectrum Life, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Autism is Agape (Love)

Autism is Agape - Looking through the lens of acceptance By Karen Krejcha Local teenage filmmaker, Imani Chapin, has two younger brothers on the autism spectrum. She loves them immensely and advocates for their acceptance. Recently, Imani created a beautiful short film called Autism is Agape to shine a light on [...]

2017-12-02T15:49:38+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Acceptance, Family, Spectrums Magazine, Terrific Teens|0 Comments

5 Healthy Holiday Exercise Ideas

  Healthy Holiday Exercise Ideas Winter Fun without the Sun by Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS Winter is coming, which means your life is about to be a little more chaotic than it already is. Changes in routine along with the gloomy Pacific Northwest weather during the holiday season can often [...]

2017-12-02T15:40:06+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Holidays, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Before and After School Activities – Legal supports

Before and After School Activities What supports must a school provide? by Diane Wiscarson and Kelsey Coulter, Attorneys at Wiscarson Law After-school clubs, sports teams, carnivals, dances, and other non-academic activities are often a fun reprieve for students. At the same time, these group activities can be important for social [...]

2017-12-02T15:36:57+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Education, Law, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Autism and Mental Health: The Autistic Operating System

Autism and Mental Health: The Autistic Operating System By Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW - As an adult with autism, knowing what will happen during each day is important to me. For children, who have much less life experience, it is often a deal breaker in terms of them being able [...]

2017-12-02T15:33:52+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

All Our Students – Every Child Deserves to Learn

All Our Students Every Child Deserves to Learn By Aaron Blackwelder According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control (2012), about 1 in 68 children are identified on the Autism Spectrum. In the same study, it was estimated that boys are 4.5 more times likely to be identified [...]

2017-12-03T15:16:10+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Education, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Specialty Athletic Training interview with Ryan Lockard

Specialty Athletic Training Physical Fitness for All Abilities   By John Krejcha The benefits of a good physical fitness routine, for the autism population as well as those with special health care needs, are many. Benefits may include better balance and coordination, improved motor function, better self-control, and self-regulation, increased [...]

2017-12-02T15:23:14+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Luke’s Journey Autism Fund Accepting Applications

Luke’s Journey Autism Fund helps Families Grant application deadline is 12/31/2017 By Karen Krejcha Luke’s Journey Autism Fund is now accepting grant applications through December 31st, 2017. Luke’s Journey Autism Fund was named for and inspired by a 12-year-old boy named Luke who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at [...]

2017-12-02T15:22:07+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Charitable Giving, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

#UsToo #MeToo – Sexual Assault in the Autism Community

#UsToo #MeToo - You are not alone - Sexual Assault in the Autism Community - By your sisters and brothers in solidarity -  This article originally appeared on pages 10 -13 in the Winter 2017 edition of Spectrums Magazine from Autism Empowerment. Thank you to all the brave survivors who [...]

2017-12-06T21:51:56+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Advocacy, Mental Health, Safety, Spectrums Magazine, Support|2 Comments

Autistic Characters in Fiction

Autistic Characters in Fiction Audience input leads to progress By Brian Tashima - Fictional characters with autism-like traits have been around for quite a while. Some of the more prominent examples include Ray Babbitt (Rain Man, 1988), Tommy Westphall (St. Elsewhere, 1983-1988), and Christopher Boone (The Curious Incident of the [...]

2017-12-05T10:00:53+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Entertainment, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

The Inside of Me by Matteo Musso

This insightful poem by Matteo Musso was initially published on his website, www.matteomusso.com and with permission, it was reprinted in Spectrums Magazine Winter 2017 issue. The Inside of Me How deep will you look and what will you see? Look past the façade to see the real me. I am [...]

2017-12-01T22:11:45+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Acceptance|0 Comments

An Expedition to Entrepreneurship – Interview with Spencer Kelly

      An Expedition to Entrepreneurship by Karen Krejcha In many ways, Spencer Kelly is a typical teenager. He enjoys talking with friends, riding his bike and playing strategic games. However, Spencer is anything but ordinary. This 16-year-old entrepreneur diagnosed with Asperger’s recently spoke on a self-advocacy panel at [...]

From the Publisher – Winter 2017 Spectrums Magazine

Spectrums Magazine Winter 2017 issue features include: 12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer • Autism is Agape (Love) • An Expedition to Entrepreneurship • Before and After School Activities • Specialty Athletic Training • #UsToo - You Are Not Alone • The Inside of Me - Stories from the Spectrum [...]

2017-12-01T21:10:15+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

New Grant Opportunity at Luke’s Journey Autism Fund

Applications are now open! Luke’s Journey Autism Fund is currently accepting grant applications between now and December 31st, 2017.  The mission of Luke’s Journey Fund is to provide grant opportunities and resources for families in Southwest Washington and the Portland, OR metro area, who need financial assistance to cover costs [...]

2017-11-14T17:02:25+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Charitable Giving, Programs|0 Comments

Tween and Teen Autism Social Club has a New Home!

We are excited to share an update from Autism Empowerment's Tween and Teen Social Club founder, Tara O'Gorman. A very close version of this was sent in email to all families that we have on our Tween and Teen email list. It was also posted in our Facebook group. Hello [...]

2017-10-21T00:01:28+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Acceptance, Programs, Special Events, Support, Terrific Teens|0 Comments

Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities

Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities - By Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW - As an adult with autism, knowing what will happen during each day is important to me. For children, who have much less life experience, it is often a deal breaker in terms of them being able to [...]

2017-12-02T17:25:36+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Support|0 Comments

That Great New Library Card Smell

That Great New Library Card Smell! By Kay Richardson Is there anything like that smell? It was library day for grandson Hunter and me. We try to (and usually do) go to the library every other Wednesday. Our outstanding central library building is simply a wonderment of design, information and [...]

2017-10-20T21:43:30+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Acceptance, Education, Family, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments

Stephen’s Place – Family, Community, Home

Stephen’s Place - Positive Living Solutions A genuine community to call home in Vancouver, Washington By John Krejcha When first entering through the double doors at Stephen’s Place, visitors are met with an inviting reception area, a high vaulted ceiling with open beams and a view of a stunning living [...]

Division in the Autism Community by John Elder Robison

Division in the Autism Community - What’s Next for Us? By John Elder Robison One of the greatest divisions in the autism community is between seekers of a cure, and opponents.  Someone new to the autism community could easily be forgiven for asking how this might be.  Autism is, after all, [...]

2017-10-20T21:43:30+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Advocacy, Authors, Self-Advocacy, Spectrums Magazine|0 Comments