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Community Collaborations

CollaborationAutism Empowerment is physically based in Vancouver, Washington. We are considered part of Southwest Washington although we are also very close to the Oregon border and interact frequently with the Portland, OR metro community.

We believe it is important to be actively involved in our community. Community can take on different meanings:

  • Geographical Community – The volunteers at Autism Empowerment are often seen hosting or participating in events, training and outreach in the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon metro area.  As the organization continues to grow and expand, we look forward to having an Autism Empowerment presence in local communities throughout the world.
  • Autism, Asperger and ASD Community – In addition to the work we do online through our website, blogging, social media and through Autism Empowerment Radio, we try to stay actively connected with other autism-related organizations. We look for positive opportunities for collaboration and for ways to help other groups showcase the great work that they do.
  • Disability Community (or cross-disability community) – This includes any organizational entity which works with children, teens or adults that have disabilities. This includes visible disabilities, invisible or hidden disabilities as well as temporary disabilities.

Just like individuals without autism, children and adults with autism want to be accepted, respected and included in their community. Through outreach and positive collaborations with local clubs, support groups, resource agencies and a wide range of organizations and businesses, we have an opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and inclusion in a variety of settings.

We believe it is important to promote the positive work of other organizations and to participate in their functions when the opportunity allows. When organizations contact us to pass along information about positive events and resources, we are happy to accommodate them.  We also use social media to share information from groups and self-advocates around the world. Although we do a lot of work with individuals directly, this particular page focuses on group, agency or organization collaboration.

Here are just a few of the groups, businesses and organizations we have either worked with, collaborated with or connected with in a positive way:

Autism-Related Nonprofits

welcometoacceptanceThese are organizations specializing in supporting children and adults with autism, Asperger syndrome and ASD throughout the lifespan.

  • Autism Society of Southwest Washington
  • Autism Society of Oregon
  • Autism Speaks (support for our Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Program)
  • Community Autism Network (C.A.N.)
  • GRASP – Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
  • US Autism and Asperger Association – World Conference in Portland, OR in 2017

Autism or Disabilities Related Support Groups 

We have either presented to or partnered with in some way the following local support groups:

  • Amazing Moms
  • Autism Social Club
  • Building A Better Autism Village / Ladies’ Night Out
  • Pasitos Gigantes
  • Special Celebrations


Nonprofits specializing in supporting children and adults with disabilities

  • Arc of Southwest Washington
  • Clark County Disability Coalition
  • Clark County Parent Coalition
  • GenerationOn – with our Autism Serves Kids Care Club
  • Informing Families, Building Trust – Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Innovative Services NW
  • – We have been a Washington State Champion to help support Bullying Awareness and Prevention
  • Parent to Parent of SW Washington
  • Parents Empowered and Communities Enhanced – PEACE
  • Salmon Creek TOPSoccer
  • SEPTSA – Special Education PTsA of Southwest Washington
  • Stephen’s Place
  • SW WA Special Education Conference and Resource Fair
  • Swindells Children Center at Providence Hospital
  • The Miracle League of Vancouver, WA
  • Vancouver Parks and Recreation Inclusion Program

familyatpumpkinpatchNonprofits, schools or local groups providing support to children and/or adults

Not specific to autism or disability

  • CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Cascade Pacific Council and other Districts – Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver
  • Fisher’s Landing Elementary
  • LifePoint Church
  • Mustangs Unlimited of Vancouver, WA
  • Northwest Health Foundation
  • Portland State University
  • The First Church of God – Harvest Party
  • Various scouting organizations that serve youth

Businesses that have worked with us to help and serve the autism community through local outreach

  • Comcast
  • Intel & their IDAN Group
  • Kazoodles Toy Store
  • Learning Palace
  • MassMutual of Oregon
  • Spectrums Magazine
  • Walmart
  • Wimmer Solutions

Businesses or organizations wishing to support the autism community through donations or volunteer time

Organizations supporting nonprofits in general

  • Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington
  • TechSoup
  • Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
  • Washington Nonprofits

Interested in Collaborating and Connecting with Autism Empowerment?

AE_Transparent_LogoAutism Empowerment is committed to helping change the world for the better. We are always looking for new groups to work with locally, regionally and throughout the world.

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