Although April is Autism Acceptance Month, we practice Autism Acceptance every day at Autism Empowerment. We invite you to join us as Ambassadors for Acceptance of All Abilities! In this episode, we will share easy and helpful ways for you to get involved with and support Autism Empowerment and the work we do with Spectrum Life Magazine and our Autism Empowerment Podcast.
Although April is Autism Acceptance Month, we practice Autism Acceptance every day at Autism Empowerment. We invite you to join us as Ambassadors for Acceptance of All Abilities! In this episode, we will share easy and helpful ways for you to get involved with and support Autism Empowerment and the work we do with Spectrum Life Magazine and our Autism Empowerment Podcast. We’ll share virtual volunteer opportunities and talk about what it means to be an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities. We’re also starting our monthly giveaway to win fun merchandise and prizes. Join hosts Karen and John Krejcha and tune in for your chance to win!
Extended Show Notes:
Since launching our podcast with Episode #1 in January 2021, we’ve received quite a few emails from listeners that want to learn more about Autism Empowerment, and how they can get involved and support the work our nonprofit does. It’s pretty exciting because we’re hearing from self-advocates, parents advocates, professionals, friends and family members who all are looking to be positive allies.
One of the positive movements we’re known for starting and promoting here locally in Southwest Washington and regionally in the Portland Oregon metro area is our pledge to be Ambassadors for Acceptance of All Abilities and building an inclusive culture of acceptance, enrichment, inspiration and empowerment wherever we may be. As many of our listeners are outside our region, we’re going to talk today about how people living in other areas can join in too.
Every person regardless of abilities, disabilities, differences, or challenges deserves to be treated with kindness, respect and dignity.
Being an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities means taking a pledge in your life to treat others with the same kind of acceptance that we would want to receive. Follow the golden rule. We believe that being an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities includes everyone, those with disabilities and those without. It is truly an inclusive community message that we wish to share.
Shirts were originally designed for our volunteers. Colors match our four foundational colors and pillars. Accept = Green, Enrich = Red, Inspire = Orange, Purple = Empower.
A lot of people have asked us about how to get them for friends or relatives and it occurred to us that it made sense to spread the message far and wide. By the end of April, we will have a merchandise store linked to our podcast where listeners can order shirts, decals, mugs and other items with that branding.
Since it’s Autism Empowerment’s 10-year-anniversary in June, we’re also planning to add different designs and products with positive messaging, including merch for the Autism Empowerment Podcast.
But before then, to support the Ambassador movement, we’re going to start off April by giving away some of the t-shirts that we already have!
We are giving away an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities T-Shirt and wristband to three lucky winners.
In the future, we want to promote Virtual Volunteering opportunities in other ways but being an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities is something that you can do and be every day.
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