Our Mission


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.


On April 22nd, 2016, Autism Empowerment acquired Spectrums Magazine from founder and former publisher, Courtney Freitag.  Please expect this website to be “under construction” over the next few months as we work on transitioning. Courtney will still be a key player in the transition, serving on the Editorial Advisory Board and also assisting heavily with graphic design and layout. Although you will notice a few changes here and there to the magazine in the short-term, much of what you’ve come to enjoy and appreciate about Spectrums Magazine, including diverse stories, beautiful photos and educational resources will stay the same.


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.


Wherever someone identifies on the autism spectrum, we all fall along a human spectrum of some sort with our quirks, idiosyncrasies and uniqueness. Spectrums Magazine celebrates people and families that identify within the autism community —no matter what age or ability—and provides feature editorial, resources and information. Whether you identify on the autism spectrum or as a family member, friend, educator or clinician, our hope is that individuals and families take away something from the magazine— whether it be a new provider’s information, alternative therapy option, or a feeling of hope and empowerment after reading a feature article—with every issue.