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Although April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day and April is Autism Acceptance month, every day of the year promotes acceptance when you work at Autism Empowerment.
Today's show features Karen & John Krejcha, Autism Empowerment founders talking about their recent Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities (over 1000 egg hunters turned out), the launch of a special new program called Autism Serves and all the great events that Autism Empowerment will be participating in throughout the month of April 2013.
The four foundational pillars of Autism Empowerment are Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower. Autism Empowerment makes life better for those within the Autism & Asperger communities locally, regionally and worldwide.
April was an incredibly meaningful and productive month for Autism Empowerment. Our Community Outreach program had us presenting, exhibiting and being a part of a variety of different programs, trainings and special events.
It started with the Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities on March 30th (not technically April but a good roll in!) where Spectrums Magazine debuted and so did Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. (Our Executive Director, Karen has a story on page 13.)
Other events for the month included a World Autism Awareness day event, Sensory Play Day, a trip to Seattle for the Jefferson Awards and meeting with HeART of the Spectrum, local trainings and consultations, the Secret of the Songshell relaunch party and benefit concert, the Autism Society of Oregon walkathon and the Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair.
Our Autism and Scouting program made great strides and also debuted a new Acceptance and Awareness patch which is now being shipped around the world with the proceeds to benefit the Autism and Scouting program.
We also had the chance to meet some very fascinating people and add some great new shows to our Autism Empowerment Radio library.
We're even launching a Dad's group in May. Lots of great stuff going on.
Listen in as we share highlights from the past month and talk about where we're headed in May.
The Autism Empowerment community belongs to ALL of us! Please join in and be part of our Acceptance Village!
Special Guest Sean Williams who this past spring produced and ran the The Great Race for Autism Awareness at the Three Fires Council in St. Charles, IL. Sean is also founder of a Special Needs Venturing Crew which has emphasis on Social Skills This will be an amazing half an hour.
We will be joined by Dawn Cromwell a Boy Scout leader from Denver area. She has recently been to Woodbadge, the BSA's advanced training course for adult leaders. To finish the training, each adult has to complete what are called tickets. These are tasks (in different areas) to help better improve scouting for youth and other leaders that lead them. Dawn, for her Inclusion Ticket is working on a training course that will help spread Autism Awareness. We will be talking to her about her jou
Autism is a developmental disorder that generally appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. Statistics show that 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and almost 5 times more common among boys than girls. Statistics also show that about 1 in 6 children within the U.S. has some sort of developmental disability ranging from speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. The month of April has been dedicated “Autism Awareness Month” . Listen to the overview and meet those affected by this serious condition and how it’s changed their lives.
Autism and other disorders on the autism spectrum are difficult to understand. Although we don't know with any certainty what causes autism, parents and educators of children with autism have come up with remarkable strategies to support their children and nurture their gifts, and to be advocates for their children.
My guests, Kerry Dillman and Markeycion McKinney, of LEARN Behavior Consultation Services, will talk to us about their work to equip parents and caregivers with the tools they need to support children with autism. Tamara Kassabian, incredible mommy to a child with autism, will share insights from her experiences working to give her child the love and care that he needs.
Host, Allison R. Brown, is a civil rights attorney and owner of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC).
Sandi Anderson has been an active Autism Tree Project Foundation volunteer since its inception 9 years ago. She and her husband, Jeff have two adult sons on the autism spectrum. Her many years of experience advocating, homeschooling, and special needs trainings in academics; health and life skills enable her to encourage others in their journey with a vast resource of connections and creative solutions. Sandi is a founding member/chairman for Jeremiah's Ranch, a group home community being established in Fallbrook, CA.
Together with her son Joel, Sandi enjoys many ATPF projects including resource fairs, public speaking at schools, art shows, golf tournaments, television and radio shows, fundraising, and Parent Mentor programs.
Their all time favorite accomplishment has been founding the ATPF & University of San Diego Football Mentor Program in 2009, where football players volunteer to be matched up with a child of any age with autism to have fun throughout the football season and special events. All these experiences have provided Sandi and Joel to now travel internationally sharing autism awareness and acceptance.
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.
Join Candi and Randy as they honor Autism Awareness Month.
1 in 88 children are now diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What exactly is this disorder and why is it so widespread?
Tune in to find out how Autism Spectrum Disorder has personally touched the hosts.
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970's
This week we do our best to explain, define and bring our listeners up to speed on Autism and related developmental disorders. The Foundation is a show featuring a group of strong african american men who are using internet media & social networking to address the concerns, as well as celebrate the accomplishments, within our community.
Today we are delighted to welcome well-known and respected autism expert, Dr. Stephen Shore to Autism Empowerment Radio.
We will be talking about his personal journey with autism and will also be discussing autism advocacy for youth and adults, disclosure, education and employment.
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalization back in the 1960s. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.
President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, United States Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.
come join us live for our third show as we traverse the avenues of the mind, and pathways of uniqueness, and stroll down that autism highway.
This week's show we will speak about the Artistic and literary side of Autism. Kelly and friends will have a book signing August 17that the oldest bookstore in Southern California! Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. Debra Hosseini will call in to tell us about her Art of Autism books and showcasing adventures. ALSO about the new project she is working on. A memoir book about her very interesting Aspie boyfriend Kurt Muzikar! We will also squeeze in a quick chat with Joel Anderson about his newly released ANTI- Bullying book. Join us for 1 hour of poetic fun and artistic interest.