March 15, 2021

Ep. 13: Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment - Program and Organization Updates for Spring 2021

Ep. 13: Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment - Program and Organization Updates for Spring 2021

To commemorate Daylight Savings Time, this episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast is called Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment. This show will be an update on recent programming changes we have made at our nonprofit organization and will introduce listeners to the Social Micro Grant opportunity we hope to launch in the future.


This episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast is called Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment. This show will be an update on recent programming changes we have made at our nonprofit organization and will introduce listeners to the Social Micro Grant opportunity we hope to launch in the future.

Co-founders Karen and John Krejcha will offer a behind-the-scenes discussion about how our nonprofit charity will serve Autistic and Autism communities in the year ahead.  Autism Empowerment will be doing podcast updates like this every quarter or anytime that there's essential information that we want to share. 

Although we're based in Vancouver, Washington, and many of our local programs have served the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon Metro area over the past decade, our intent from the beginning has always been to be a national organization.

The vision we work toward is an inclusive society that promotes a culture of Autism Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration, and Empowerment. Those tie in with our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire, and Empower. For that vision to come to fruition for all people, we need to share our content locally, regionally, and nationally.

With programs like Spectrum Life Magazine and the Autism Empowerment Podcast, we can reach globally too. Many of our listeners may not realize this, but in addition to being a nonprofit organization serving the Autism community, we're led by the Autistic and Autism community. What that means is we're autistic-led, we're disability-led, and everybody on our Board of Directors and in key leadership roles either identifies on the autism spectrum or has autistic family members.

We truly believe, as a passionate, proactive, and positive autistic and disability-led organization, that we should be deeply committed to including people of all ages, ability levels, and intersecting identities in the work that we do.

Whether someone identifies as a self-advocate, a parent advocate, a family member, a service provider, or an ally, we learn from and value all community members' lived experiences.

Program Topics in this Episode:

  • Quarterly Update and Autism Empowerment Recent Newsletter
  • Spectrum Life Magazine (13:29)
  • Autism Empowerment Podcast (17:23)
  • Autism Serves Kids Care Club (21:01)
  • Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club (24:24)
  • AE Parents of Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults Support Group
  • AWEtism We Embrace Support Group (27:24)
  • Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group (29:01)
  • Autistic Adults Social Club
  • Autism Empowerment Picnic and Special Events (32:04)
  • Future Programming
  • Social Micro Grants (33:46)

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