Archive for the ‘Newsroom’ Category

  • Striving for Disability Equity at Northwest Health Foundation

    Jan 2, 17 • 671 Views • NewsroomNo Comments

    Striving for Disability Equity – A journey to greater understanding  by Laura Nash – Northwest Health Foundation’s Communications Coordinator, Laura Nash recently connected with Spectrums Magazine to share with readers insight about the ways...

  • Dear Spectrums Readers – A Special Financial Appeal

    Dec 22, 16 • 660 Views • Local Resources, NewsroomNo Comments

    Dear Spectrums Readers – A Special Financial Appeal – We need your help! Our Winter issue was our largest issue to date with 48 pages, 10,000 copies and distribution to over 360 drop-off spots in seven Oregon and Washington counties. It is...

  • From The Publisher – Spectrums Magazine Winter 2016

    Dec 22, 16 • 684 Views • Local Resources, Newsroom1 Comment

    Features include: Martial Arts and Autism • Striving for Disability Equity • Special Celebrations • Advocating for Community Inclusion • A Literary Hero for All Abilities • Holiday Travel • Dear Spectrums Readers – Annual Appeal • From...

  • Great Expectations – Lowering the Bar to Increase Confidence

    Dec 19, 16 • 655 Views • NewsroomNo Comments

    Great Expectations – Lowering the Bar to Increase Confidence During the Holidays –  by Joanna Blanchard, MOTR/L – Five years ago on Christmas morning, my family experienced a first: opening gifts with everyone in one room. We sat together...

  • Holidays and Breaks in Routine

    Dec 18, 16 • 541 Views • NewsroomNo Comments

    Holidays and Breaks in Routine – ‘Tis the season to plan for change – By Tara O’Gorman, MSW – Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) generally cope best with routine and structure.  Clear expectations and preparation for any...

  • Advocating for Community Inclusion by Ivanova Smith

    Dec 16, 16 • 1063 Views • NewsroomNo Comments

    Stories from the Spectrum Advocating for Community Inclusion by Ivanova Smith My passion is for the inclusion of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). For a long time, I was isolated from my community. I was not included during the first...

  • From Surviving to Thriving with Jonathan Chase

    Dec 15, 16 • 868 Views • Local Resources, NewsroomNo Comments

    From Surviving to Thriving by Karen Krejcha –  Jonathan Chase is well-known and respected in the Portland metro area for being an advocate, educational consultant and mentor to youth and young adults on the autism spectrum. A bit of a Renaissance man,...

  • Blackbelts for Butterflies – Jiu-Jitsu for Autism

    Dec 14, 16 • 1272 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Blackbelts for Butterflies – Jiu-Jitsu for Autism

    Blackbelts for Butterflies – Jiu-Jitsu for Autism Dedicated to Dylan Hockley, a beautiful butterfly  By John Krejcha “Know that your actions cannot be hoarded, saved for later, or used selectively. By your hand, millions—billions—of lives will be...

  • Educational Toy Guide – Supporting Special Interests

    Dec 10, 16 • 599 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Educational Toy Guide – Supporting Special Interests

    Educational Toy Guide Supporting a Child’s Special Interests By Karen Krejcha – By accepting children on the autism spectrum, their learning differences and social culture, we help nourish self-esteem and can often open the door to more receptive,...

  • Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace

    Oct 19, 16 • 651 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace

    Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace  This article was adapted from an information brief, “Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace: What Youth Should Know” designed to help recognize signs of bullying in the...

  • Pokémon Go has done a lot of Great Things for My Family

    Oct 16, 16 • 472 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Pokémon Go has done a lot of Great Things for My Family

    Pokémon Go has done a lot of great things for my family Stories from the Spectrum – By Zachary Parrott – For those of you who are unaware, Pokémon Go is a popular free app for iOS and Android devices that first came out in July 2016. It is a...

  • Letting Go of Normal

    Oct 15, 16 • 488 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Letting Go of Normal

    Letting Go of “Normal” – The Journey to Diagnosis is a Winding Road  By Heather Parrott – Zachary was born by emergency cesarean section on a cold February night. His birth was one I don’t share with first-time moms because it was...

  • Every Vote Matters

    Oct 1, 16 • 396 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Every Vote Matters

    Every Vote Matters By Esther Harlow –  Voting Rights Advocate, Disability Rights Oregon – This year’s contentious Presidential election is a hot topic of debate. The #CripTheVote hashtag is reminding America that the voices and votes of the...

  • #InclusionWorks

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 1, 16 • 403 Views • NewsroomComments Off on National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month – Inclusion Works By Karen Krejcha Finding and keeping meaningful employment is fundamental to a person’s quality of life. Although the paycheck is nice, a job or career also offers the opportunity for...

  • AWEtism We Embrace Support Group

    Sep 26, 16 • 1837 Views • Local Resources, NewsroomComments Off on AWEtism We Embrace Support Group

    By Shasti McLaughlin – A new kind of autism support group respecting the diversity of the human spectrum relaunched in Portland, Oregon in September 2016 and it’s free to attend! AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) is a facilitated support group for...