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 new issue of Spectrums Magazine that you will ever see published and distributed from Autism Empowerment.
The good news? We love the autism community! It’s our mission and calling to serve!
So… we have a gift for you! Autism Empowerment elves have been working busily behind the scenes to bring you a brand new website, a robust new resource directory and expanded multimedia content! Starting with our Spring 2018 issue, we are changing our name to Spectrum Life Magazine.
But WAIT, there is MORE! In addition to publishing quarterly Spectrum Life issues, we will be added a very special bonus publication. This 5th issue will be our Annual Resource Directory that will come out at the same time as the Spring Issue. This directory will be the ultimate support guide to help members of the autism community navigate from birth throughout the lifespan.
That’s not all! Our elves are working busily behind the scenes creating a new Spectrum Life website. It will also be ready in Spring: www.SpectrumLife.org
At this new site, you’ll be able to access all Spectrums Magazine articles from the past five years. You’ll be able to quickly search for resources from our annual directory and check for new resources and updates.
We will continue to provide the excellent editorial features, human interest stories, and resources you’ve come to expect.
Additionally, you’ll find this:
- Expanded versions of our most popular articles
- Access to over 125 Autism Empowerment Radio podcasts featuring interviews with autism advocates, changemakers, and local service providers.
- Inspiring and educational videos
- Connection and community
Autism is our journey. We’ll meet you along the way!
Why the change?
Autism Empowerment is all about promoting a culture of acceptance, enrichment, inspiration and empowerment within the autism community. We believe everyone has gifts to give and that when we shine a light on the gifts each of us has, we grow stronger together.
Autism Empowerment serves youth, adults, and families in the autism community throughout the lifespan. We want Spectrum Life to reflect that and to also be a reflection of the unique and diverse people who make a world a better place.
Do you want to see this happen?
Do you want to promote a culture of acceptance? Do you want to be enriched? Do you want to be inspired? Do you want to be empowered? If you said, “Yes” to any of these will you come join us in building and strengthening our community?
We all have gifts to give.
We need your support to make this happen. Spectrums Magazine (soon to be Spectrum Life) is a program of Autism Empowerment. As a growing grassroots nonprofit charity, we rely on the generosity of people like you to help us serve our community.
Did you know that the month of December is when most nonprofits receive the majority of their donations to do their work for the following year?
Now is that time! We appeal to your generosity.
We’re really excited to let you know that Autism Empowerment is part of the Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. It’s a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Newman’s Own Foundation where 501c3 organizations like ours compete to raise the most money with the top team winning a grand prize cash donation of $150,000. There are other smaller prizes too.
From November 21st, 2017 through January 3rd, 2018, you can donate to our fundraiser or join our team and create your own fundraiser for us on the Crowdrise platform! It’s simple, just visit:
If you prefer mailing a gift, please send to:
Autism Empowerment, P.O. Box 871676, Vancouver, WA 98687
And of course, we have lots of fun ways to give and get involved directly at our Autism Empowerment website.
Just look for the green donate button at the bottom of each page or visit the following link:
Help us help you!
Thank you so much for being an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities! May your holiday season be filled with joy, peace, and love. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!