Posts Tagged ‘Autism’

  • Special Celebrations

    Jan 31, 17 • 1407 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Special Celebrations

    Special Celebrations – Everyone deserves to be celebrated! – By Karen Krejcha –  Beautiful ideas often blossom from seeds of adversity. Feeling social isolation due to disability is a lonely place to be. Theresa Van Pelt knows what it is...

  • A Literary Hero for All Abilities – Joel Suzuki

    Jan 28, 17 • 1449 Views • Local Resources, NewsroomComments Off on A Literary Hero for All Abilities – Joel Suzuki

    A Literary Hero for All Abilities  by Karen Krejcha – Readers who stay current on books featuring fictional characters on the autism spectrum may already be familiar with Brian Tashima’s The Spectraland Saga (now the Joel Suzuki series), a science...

  • Martial Arts and Autism

    Jan 23, 17 • 2274 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Martial Arts and Autism

    Martial Arts and Autism – Lessons for Life By John Krejcha – On any given day or evening in the Portland metro area, one can find youth and adults of all ages and abilities participating in some form of martial arts. While there are several hundred...

  • Striving for Disability Equity at Northwest Health Foundation

    Jan 2, 17 • 1099 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Striving for Disability Equity at Northwest Health Foundation

    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...

  • Blackbelts for Butterflies – Jiu-Jitsu for Autism

    Dec 14, 16 • 1789 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...

  • Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace

    Oct 19, 16 • 1294 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...

  • Letting Go of Normal

    Oct 15, 16 • 908 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...

  • #InclusionWorks

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 1, 16 • 878 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...

  • Happy student

    Bridging the Gap to Help Teachers Get to Know Your Child

    Sep 25, 16 • 1179 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Bridging the Gap to Help Teachers Get to Know Your Child

    by Tara O’Gorman, MSW – As the start to the new school year approaches, those familiar feelings begin to creep up.  For parents of children on the autism spectrum, there are mixed feelings of fear, anxiety, dread, excitement, and hope.  If the...

  • grandmother and grandchild

    Grandparents and Autism: Bridging the Generation Gap

    Sep 21, 16 • 1360 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Grandparents and Autism: Bridging the Generation Gap

    Bridging the Generation Gap: Grandparents and Autism by Shannon Flynn – As much as you love them, it can sometimes be difficult to relate to your grandchildren. It can be even more difficult if your grandchild has autism. However, grandparents play an...

  • Luke’s Ride raises Therapy Funds for Local Families

    Jun 15, 16 • 1517 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Luke’s Ride raises Therapy Funds for Local Families

    Raising Funds for Therapy through Luke’s Ride 2016 – Luke’s Journey Fund to award grants to local families.– By Karen Krejcha – Families in the autism community face a daunting task when it comes to choosing therapy to help their...

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    Social Groups for Tweens and Teens

    Jun 14, 16 • 2108 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Social Groups for Tweens and Teens

    Giving Kids A Place to Connect – Social Groups for Tweens and Teens by Tara O’Gorman, MSW – I never saw myself as a person who would run a social group for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum. On the contrary, for many years I was more...

  • Mighty Mitch

    Jun 11, 16 • 2035 Views • NewsroomComments Off on Mighty Mitch

    Mighty Mitch by Carrie Thatcher – The opening notes of Pomp and Circumstance began to blare through the crowded auditorium. Tears coursed down my cheeks. Among the stream of students in blue graduation caps and gowns was Mitch. Only a handful of us in...

  • Dads Need Support, Too

    Jun 10, 16 • 2437 Views • Local Resources, Newsroom4 Comments

    Dads helping Dads – Finding resources and programs for men  by John Krejcha – When it comes to autism-related parenting resources, there are many blogs, books, support groups, websites and forums dedicated toward moms. Parenting resources in...

  • Dear Spectrums Magazine Readers

    Jun 8, 16 • 1428 Views • Local Resources, NewsroomComments Off on Dear Spectrums Magazine Readers

    This is a copy of the welcome letter from Editor, Karen Krejcha that was published on pages 6 and 7 in the Summer 2016 issue of Spectrums Magazine. In April 2016, Spectrums Magazine was acquired by Autism Empowerment and became a nonprofit program of the...