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Today we will be doing a review of the Autism and Scouting Program and will share the progress that we are making in 2013 to promote Autism Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the scouting world.
As April comes to a close and Autism Acceptance Month ends, we must never forget that Autism Acceptance is an ongoing goal. Each month we have seen an increase in the spreading of autism acceptance and awareness within the scouting world and we look to keep the momentum going.
We will look at many different aspects of the Autism and Scouting program including the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kits and where we are in the process of their development. We'll highlight some of our recent outreach and give you an opportunity to call in with questions about our program and learn how you can get involved as a volunteer.
Join our host and Autism and Scouting Program Director, John Krejcha and Autism Empowerment's Executive Director, Karen Krejcha for an inspiring and informative show.
Autism and Scouting Radio and the Autism and Scouting Program are both part of Autism Empowerment -- a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to providing Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the autism and Asperger communities locally, regionally and worldwide.
Today Autism and Scouting Radio talks with Autism Empowerment co-founders John and Karen Krejcha to get an update on all the excitement behind the scenes at Autism Empowerment over the past few months.
We'll talk about:
The unveiling of the new Autism Empowerment website
How to plug into new Autism and Scouting training and support resources.
Updates on the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit being released in November 2013.
The new Autism and Scouting Unit Locator.
Reported stories of scouting success over the past few months.
We are very excited about the positive momentum Autism Empowerment and Autism and Scouting are achieving and look forward to sharing this with you.
Now Autism and Scouting, a program of Autism Empowerment is also excited to launch its own live station called Autism and Scouting Radio. Our goal and mission of the Autism and Scouting Radio Program is to provide an additional platform for the Autism and Scouting Program to extend its worldwide reach.
Autism Empowerment's Autism and Scouting program had a banner year in helping scouts who are on the Autism Spectrum, their caregivers and the leaders who lead them.
We will take a look back at 2012 to see how we helped in the different areas that Autism Empowerment served.
We will also be looking forward to 2013 to see what is coming down the road and how we are going to be expanding the program to reach even more people. We are very excited about what we have in development!
Please join me along with Autism Empowerment's Exectutive Director, Karen Krejcha for this inspirational show.
Karen with Autism Empowerment will be interviewing Autism and Scouting Program founder, John Krejcha for an overview look at Autism Empowerment's Autism and Scouting Program, Facebook page, blog, upcoming book and new radio station.
Autism and Scouting on Facebook is an online support group that currently has over 600 members worldwide from over 30 countries and is free to join.
John will also talk about the co-founding and success of Cub Scout Pack 2, Vancouver & Washington's first registered Sensory Friendly scouting pack and a group that has received national recognition.
Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting program supports the National Bullying Prevention Center, Unity Day by presenting tips on how to Stop Bullying in your Unit.
John and Karen will provide resouces and tips on how to get rid of Bullying within your unit and having your scouts become an advocate for themselves.
Today we welcome Aaron Krause to Autism and Scouting Radio. Aaron is a new Eagle Scout, recent high school graduate and college student who regularly advocates for himself and for others on the autism spectrum. His Eagle Project was a video called "All Are Welcome" which was produced to help others know that all abilities are welcome in the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA. This video was shown at the Urban Autism Summit and during the opening for the International Summit on Disability Employment held in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2014.
We will be talking about Aaron's journey within scouting. Aaron started as a Tiger Cub Scout and continued for many years in the program, earning his Arrow of Light and later transitioning into Boy Scouts. We will also be asking Aaron abut his self-advocacy work. Aaron is a big believer in promoting autism acceptance and empowerment. He has testified at the Wisconsin state Capitol on a variety of autism-related issues including insurance reform, scholarships and school vouchers. He has also been interviewed on radio and TV. One of Aaron's life goals is to continue learning about autism and to spread Autism Acceptance wherever he goes.
Tune in for a great show with a fine young man!
What is more fun than one scout coming onto Autism and Scouting Radio and sharing their scouting journey? It would be two! Tune in today as twins and Second Class Scouts, Quentin and August visit Autism and Scouting Radio to discuss their scouting journey.Brothers Quentin and Augustus are both 2nd Class Boy Scouts and are both on the autism spectrum. They are not only are brothers to each other but they also have three older brothers and two younger sisters (also twins) who are all on the autism spectrum and all involved in scouting. We are going to get into their world and celebrate their journey through Cub Scouts, their transition to Boy Scouts and how they are liking scouts now. Tune into this great episode from Autism Empowerment and Autism and Scouting Radio’s Inspiration from the Spectrum show series.
Being a scouting Mom can be hard at times when working with a scout who is on the Autism Spectrum. What happens when you have not one, not two but a total of seven kids on the spectrum all in scouting at one time or another? You have a Scouting Super Mom and Autism and Scouting Radio is looking forward to interviewing Linda Horvath today.At the current time Linda has six of her seven kids in scouting. Her 19 year old and 13 year old are in Troop 454 which is a Special Needs Troop, her 16 year old Life Scout is currently taking a break from scouts, her 11 year old twin boys are in Troop 300 and her 6 year old twin girls are both Girl Scout Daisies. Linda is a leader in each of the scouting units of her sons and daughters. We are going to talk to her about how scouting has changed the lives of sons and daughters, how she manages all of the scouting events and celebrate her journey in scouting.
We are thrilled to welcome Temple Grandin back to our show. Our conversation will focus on what she feels best supported her success in life and the advice she has to offer for parents of children with autism.
Arguably the most famous person in the autism community, Dr. Grandin has been advocating for individuals with autism for more than 30 years. In 2010, Grandin delivered the TED talk “The world needs all kinds of minds.” Grandin’s own experience with autism has informed her numerous books on the subject including My Life in Pictures which was adapted for the award-winning HBO film.
Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals.
Grandin has been recognized by the academic community and the general public for her work. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. She is the recipient of several honorary degrees, and has been featured on a range of television and radio programs.
In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on Grandin’s life which continues to strike a chord with audiences. Temple’s willingness to honestly share her challenges as well as share her passionate perspective with depth and resonance has made her a very popular (and busy) speaker and presenter.
Marcia Scheiner is the founder and President of Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership. Prior to founding ASTEP, Ms. Scheiner spent 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as CEO of Centrally Managed Businesses for Zurich Financial Services. She has also held management positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Ms. Scheiner is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome.
ASTEP creates and supports programs that promote long-term employment for individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and similar autism spectrum profiles through:
Educating employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with AS or similar autism spectrum profiles and the accommodations they may require.
Developing partnerships between Employers and Vocational Rehabilitation professionals to create a successful workplace environment.
Providing Managers and colleagues of AS/similar autism spectrum profiles employees with an understanding of the behavioral differences perhaps seen in their autism spectrum co-workers.
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