About Us

Spectrums Magazine was founded in 2012 by Courtney Freitag, the mom of a child on the autism spectrum. Her hope was to help alleviate much of the fragmented, siloed approach that individuals in the autism community were experiencing in sharing resources and finding information.


On April 22nd, 2016, Spectrums Magazine was acquired by Autism Empowerment, a 501(c) nonprofit headquartered in Vancouver, WA. Formerly a for-profit enterprise, Spectrums Magazine is now a nonprofit program underneath the umbrella of Autism Empowerment.


Autism Empowerment is a passionate people-powered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to enriching and empowering the lives of children, teens, adults and families in the Autism and Asperger communities. Founded in Vancouver, WA in June 2011, our programs promote a culture of acceptance for all abilities and are piloted locally with the goal of expanding regionally, nationally and worldwide.


What makes Autism Empowerment unique from other autism organizations is that our founders and each person on our Board of Directors are either on the autism spectrum or have autistic family members. The vision we work toward is culture change leading to a society that authentically accepts, includes and empowers all youth and adults on the autism spectrum, equipping each person to live their best life possible by pursuing the goals and dreams that matter most to them.


Autism Empowerment is excited to have the opportunity to carry on the great work that Courtney Freitag has done with Spectrums Magazine from 2012 through 2016. Autism Empowerment is delighted to announce that Courtney will continue on as a valued member of the Spectrums Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and she will also be involved in graphic design, layout and helping to ensure a smooth transition and positive experience for readers, advertisers and vendors.


The only magazine of its kind in the region, our online and print publication serves as a platform to bridge and strengthen the Autism and Asperger community. With thoughtful editorial, advocacy pieces, feature stories and resources, we hope to continue building a stronger community and fostering dialogue. Please join us.