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Sara Gershfeld is a blog contributor for the Huffington Post, and the author of this wee's blog entitled “April in Autism, is Awareness Enough?”
Sara works as Behavior Analysis & Performance Improvement Consultant and is also the founder of Love My Provider.
LoveMyProvider emerged in 2011 with a mission to help passionate parents find meaningful providers for their special needs child. They aimed to channel their energy into highlighting innovative organizations that are changing the way children receive services for the better.
Sara has also served as a Board Member for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment as well as an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Join in our conversatin as we discuss awareness, appropriate services and what more is needed for the autism community.
Our guest Julie Diep : I am the founder and Executive Director of OC Autism. Our mission is "to ensure the highest standard of care in our community." We believe in empowering parents and professions with the necessary tools to succeed.
I have a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Loma Linda University (LLU) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from National University (NU). I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), a Credential in Clinical or Rehabilitative Services and a California State license. I have over 17 years of experience in the field as a Bilingual Vietnamese SLP and a currently a BCBA Candidate. I am the owner of New Hope Therapy Center in Orange County, specializing in ASD, Medical Speech Pathology (serving adults and children) and Special Education Rights (working as an expert witness and IEE assessor).
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.
As April comes to a close and we end Autism Acceptance month for 2014, how as individuals, family members and community members do we continue to facilitate positive change beyond Autism Awareness?
What steps should we take to promote a meaningful call to action for Acceptance both within the Autism and Asperger community and our world at large?
How can we tame some of the infighting among organizations and individuals within the autism community and work together toward a common goal of providing meaningful services, support and resources to help youth and adults on the autism spectrum and their families?
We welcome you to join Autism Empowerment Radio as Autism Empowerment co-founders Karen and John Krejcha share about the activities that Autism Empowerment has been involved with in April and how those activities are sparking meaningful change locally and throughout the nation.
You will learn about our Autism Serves Volunteerism program.
You will learn about Ambassadors for Acceptance of All Abilities.
You will be called to positive action. We all have gifts to give. We all have positive ways we can serve in changing the world for the better and in the process, improving our own life trajectory as well.
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The first World Autism Awareness Day was in 1989. In 2007, the UN voted to approve World Autism Awareness day officially being designated as April 2nd annually and it has been so since 2008.
Over the years, World Autism Awareness Day has taken on many forms. The message conveyed to the community is often as varied as the autism spectrum itself. Sometimes it is a message of Acceptance, Respect and Empowerment. Sometimes it is a message of Epidemic, Fear and Negativity.
In 2011, Paula Durbin Westby, an Autistic Disability Rights Activist tired of hearing negative messages began promoting an Autism Acceptance Day and Month. Pro-neurodiversity, pro-supports and services, against "cures," AAD was started to counter April "awareness" stunts that demean autistics. Many organizations followed suit.
Today, April 2nd, 2014, Karen Krejcha with Autism Empowerment Radio talks about World Autism Acceptance. What does it mean? What is the difference between Awareness and Acceptance? How can each of us make realistic positive strides to be Ambassadors for Acceptance of All Abilities within our community?
What organizations are promoting Acceptance? How can you plug into meaningful, enriching resources and programs that empower and improve your lives?
Ever wonder what is it like for youth and adults living with autism during Autism Awareness / Acceptance month? We'll talk about this as well as how we think the latest CDC statistics of 1 in 68 are going to impact this month's messages.
Autism Empowerment believes in promoting Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger community and worldwide.
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.
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!
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 journey and progress toward finishing this ticket.
Autism & Scouting is a free program of the non-profit 501(c)(3) chartiy, Autism Empowerment. Connect with Autism and Scouting by subscribing to our channel and join us on Facebook at
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Is it possible to Unite the Autism Community? Can Autistic and Aspie adults, teens and children respectfully come together with parents, educators, service professionals and nonprofit autism organizations to discuss challenges and work toward the common good?
If so, what would that look like? Who would be seated at the table? Who would facilitate the conversation?
How do we calm the chaos, reduce the infighting and begin to work together for a stronger, more united, autism community that focuses on acceptance, empowerment, optimal outcomes and positive life trajectories? How do we provide individuals and families with support, opportunity and connection?
Join Autism Empowerment Radio as Karen Krejcha discusses these challenges. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in her 40s, Karen is mom to two sons (8 and 15) also diagnosed on the autism spectrum. As Executive Director and co-founder of the nonprofit, Autism Empowerment, Karen regularly engages in conversation with autistic teens and adults as well as parents and other family members. She sees and hears the frustration from those on the spectrum who want to be respected and accepted and not seen as a burden upon society. She sees and hears from parents who want to do the best for their children but struggle navigating convoluted and conflicting systems of service that sometimes hurt more than they help.
Is it possible to strengthen the Autism Community? We think so!
Let's talk about it.
Are you aware April is Autism Awareness Month?
National Seizure Disorders Foundation has chosen to honor Autism Awareness Month upon discovering 30%-50% of those living with Autism will experience seizures of one type or another.
Tonight National Seizure Disorders Foundation invites Ryan Comins and Misty Barton to share thier stoires of triumph with you. We will also be introducing a recently discovered book uncovering the autism-seizure connection.
Brew something delicious to drink, settle intp your favorite chair and join NSDF and our guest perspective on caregiving and advocacy in the area of Autism & Seizures
We welcome comments and questions, so feel free to follow NSDF Presents as we Seize the Day! Comment in the appropriate area then connect with National Seizure Disorders Foundation through our website http://nsdf.us and on social networks such as:
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.