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Join us on AWN Radio as we welcome guest, Paula C. Durbin-Westby, founder of the Autism Acceptance Day initiative. We will find out what April means to Autistic people, and how April 2 will be recognized, as well as how acceptance is the theme for the entire month of April.
Paula states: “It's Time to Take Back April! ACCEPTANCE, not "tolerance," not "I accept you but not your autism." We require complete acceptance. Pro-neurodiversity, pro-supports and services, against "cures," Autism Acceptance Day was started to counter April "awareness" stunts that demean Autistics. It has since expanded to become a way of viewing Autism in a positive and accepting light.”
Read more about Autism Acceptance Day here.
Show times: 10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 CST, 1:00 pm EST (Scheduled times are USA zones. To determine when our live show will broadcast outside the U.S., go to WorldTimeServer.com.
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.
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.
Join us as we welcome Lei Wiley-Mydske to learn about the Neurodiversity lending library initiative that she founded in her community. The lending library offers books, films, media and community resources that promote autism acceptance. The Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library is “dedicated to building an inclusive community and educating the public about autism from a neurodiversity and disability rights perspective.”
Lei is an Autistic Activist, and a parent to a young son on the spectrum. We’re also proud to have Lei recently join us at AWN as our Community Outreach Coordinator!
“The mission of the Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library is to promote understanding, acceptance and inclusion for Autistic people. Our organization is dedicated to the ideas of neurodiversity, social justice, Autistic/Disabled Pride and disability rights. The lending materials we offer will reflect the wide and diverse spectrum of autism and intersectional identities. We are working toward building an inclusive community and providing relevant resources and information for Autistic people, our families, friends and allies.”
We're broadcasting live, and taking your calls at (347) 237-4932; our chat room will be open during the show as well! Show times: 10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 CST, 1:00 pm EST.
(Scheduled times are USA zones. To determine when our live show will broadcast outside the U.S., go to WorldTimeServer.com.
The Great Race to Autism Acceptance! For those with Autism or Asperger's, the challenges that we face are often hard for others to understand since ASD is often considered a hidden disability.
Autism Empowerment Radio is excited to bring on air a long-time Scouter from St. Charles, IL, Sean Williams. Sean is the father to a son with Asperger's who has found great success in scouting, achieving his Eagle rank. Sean developed The Great Race to Autism Acceptance for Scout-O-Rama 2012 to show individuals without autism a better understanding of autism can be like on a daily basis.
As Sean says, every Scout on the spectrum is like a snowflake. No too are alike.
The Great Race to Autism Acceptance was an exhibition with multiple stations and training. It was incredibly well received and his concept is one that can be duplicated in a variety of venues (not just scouting) around the world. Sean will talk with us today about the development and success of his project and give ideas on how you can develop something like this for your community.
Sean is also the founder of a Special Needs Venturing Crew that combines the values and fun of scouting with learning practical life skills. Sean was previously a guest on Autism and Scouting Radio (our sister station) and we look forward to having him on Autism Empowerment Radio because the programs and events Sean is implementing and developing are fantastic ideas that he hopes will be replicated.
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.
Join us for a special show for Autism Acceptance Day! Paula C. Durbin-Westby will be with us discussing the importance of acceptance and how it affects the lives of autistic people. Paula is the Program Coordinator for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)and was on a panel for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). This day is significant because it is at the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and lets the world know that we need something much more powerful than just awareness...we need acceptance! We will be taking calls and voicing comments from the chatroom from autistic people and those who support and care for them who would like to express what acceptance means to them. Please call in at 917-889-3527.
Sharon daVanport and Tricia Kenney hosted a special show dedicated to Autism Acceptance Month. Guests included neurodiversity autistic advocate Lydia Borwn, an ASAN member who shared with us all about her progressive involvement in projects for autistic people, and her popular blog, Autistic Hoya. Julie Clark, author of Asperger's in Pink: Pearls of Wisdom From Inside The Bubble of Raising A Child with Aspergers, was on the show, and she spoke about her book, her art and blog. Also joining us was Kathleen B. Tehrani, a former educator, current writer, and CEO and Co-founder of the new Autism Brainstorm and Sensory Star. Finally, we wrapped things up with Marc Rosen, a writer, activist, self-advocate and co-editor of Perspectives Anthology, a book of poems for autism. Marc was joined by co-editor, James P. Wagner, who shared with us Marc's lates book, Monster of Fifty-Nine Moons.
Christopher Flint began his career as a special education teacher. Since leaving the classroom, Christopher has had the opportunity to work on many exciting and impactful autism projects. He has trained over 10,000 professionals and parents and has led the creation of autism accessibility kits for public institutions across the US. Christopher is also the founder and president of AACTION Autism, a humanitarian organization dedicated to supporting autism in developing countries. Most recently, Christopher is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Infiniteach, a company that develops innovative digital tools for the autism community.
All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
"Church Hurt." If you are a faithful churchgoer, you are most likely familiar with this term. It's the reason many people do not attend church. There are loads of Christians and people of other faiths who have stopped going to their places of worship because they have been scarred in what's supposed to be the world's hospital. They have gone to the house of God looking for love and support, but end up finding hatred and ridicule. They might have been looking for acceptance and found that they didn't fit into the "clique." Or maybe they confided in a brother or sister and their confession ended up being the latest church gossip. Single women are often labeled as "Jezebels" as a result of jealousy. Why is it this way and how can we fix it? Tune in as we dissect this issue.
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If you’ve been promising yourself you’d work on advancing your Enlightenment, but just haven’t yet found the time, this week’s Full Power Living Show is for you! Speaker and author Barb Schmid offers practical tools to use throughout the day to guide you along life’s path AND awaken you to greater Enlightenment. She has structured an easy-to-implement, three-part daily routine to help you look inward and cultivate acceptance, gratitude, patience, compassion, strength, and courage. It’s called “The Practice”! We are living in such exciting times!
Every day, we are right in the middle of one of the most far-reaching, fantastic changes to have ever occurred on this earth. The trouble is, though, that such change makes everything topsy-turvey, increasing stress and temporarily blocking our access to Inner Peace and Happiness. Thursday’s guest on Full Power Living, Barb Schmidt, addresses this concern with her compilation of the great Truths from masters and teachers throughout the centuries, made easy for us to use as we go through our day. Come, Practice with us! Click here to visit Barb Schmidt's website!
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