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  • From the Publisher – Winter 2017 Spectrums Magazine

    Dec 2 • 782 Views • Comments Off on From the Publisher – Winter 2017 Spectrums Magazine

    Spectrums Magazine Winter 2017 issue features include: 12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer • Autism is Agape (Love) • An Expedition to Entrepreneurship • Before and After School Activities • Specialty Athletic Training • #UsToo – You Are Not Alone...

  • The Inside of Me by Matteo Musso

    Dec 2 • 1040 Views • Comments Off on The Inside of Me by Matteo Musso

    – The Inside of Me is an insightful and thought-provoking poem by Matteo Musso, a teenage boy on the autism spectrum who began to communicate at age 12. – This insightful poem by Matteo Musso was published on his website, www.matteomusso.com and...

  • 12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

    Dec 2 • 1114 Views • Comments Off on 12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

    12 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer – We All Have Gifts to Give — By Karen Krejcha –  The holiday season is a time for giving, sharing and spreading holiday joy. As the classic Andy Williams song goes, It’s the most wonderful time of the...

  • Some Good News and Some Bad News

    Dec 1 • 854 Views • Comments Off on Some Good News and Some Bad News

    Dear Spectrums Magazine readers and Autism Empowerment friends, We have some good news and some bad news. –   The bad news. This is the last new issue of Spectrums Magazine that you will ever see published and distributed from Autism Empowerment....

  • 5 Healthy Holiday Exercise Ideas

    Dec 1 • 1230 Views • Comments Off on 5 Healthy Holiday Exercise Ideas

      Healthy Holiday Exercise Ideas Winter Fun without the Sun   by Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS   Winter is coming, which means your life is about to be a little more chaotic than it already is. Changes in routine along with the gloomy Pacific...

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    All Our Students – Every Child Deserves to Learn

    Dec 1 • 750 Views • Comments Off on All Our Students – Every Child Deserves to Learn

    All Our Students Every Child Deserves to Learn By Aaron Blackwelder According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control (2012), about 1 in 68 children are identified on the Autism Spectrum. In the same study, it was estimated that boys are 4.5 more...

  • Before and After School Activities – Special Education Law

    Dec 1 • 1657 Views • Comments Off on Before and After School Activities – Special Education Law

    Before and After School Activities What supports must a school provide? by Diane Wiscarson and Kelsey Coulter, Attorneys at Wiscarson Law After-school clubs, sports teams, carnivals, dances, and other non-academic activities are often a fun reprieve for...

  • Autistic Characters in Fiction

    Dec 1 • 978 Views • Comments Off on Autistic Characters in Fiction

    Autistic Characters in Fiction – Audience input leads to progress –   By Brian Tashima –   Fictional characters with autism-like traits have been around for quite a while. Some of the more prominent examples include Ray Babbitt...

  • Autism and Mental Health: The Autistic Operating System

    Dec 1 • 914 Views • Comments Off on Autism and Mental Health: The Autistic Operating System

    Autism and Mental Health: The Autistic Operating System By Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW – As an adult with autism, knowing what will happen during each day is important to me. For children, who have much less life experience, it is often a deal breaker in...

  • Specialty Athletic Training interview with Ryan Lockard

    Dec 1 • 985 Views • Comments Off on Specialty Athletic Training interview with Ryan Lockard

    Specialty Athletic Training – Physical Fitness for All Abilities – By John Krejcha – The benefits of a good physical fitness routine, for the autism population as well as those with special health care needs, are many. Benefits may include...

  • #UsToo – Sexual Assault in the Autism Community

    Dec 1 • 972 Views • Comments Off on #UsToo – Sexual Assault in the Autism Community

    Stories from the Spectrum – Autism from an Autistic Perspective   #UsToo – You are not alone Sexual Assault in the Autism Community   By your sisters and brothers in solidarity   The Stories from the Spectrum Series at Spectrums...

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    Luke’s Journey Autism Fund Grant Application Now Open

    Dec 1 • 832 Views • Comments Off on Luke’s Journey Autism Fund Grant Application Now Open

    Luke’s Journey Autism Fund helps Families Grant application deadline is 12/31/2017   By Karen Krejcha   Luke’s Journey Autism Fund is now accepting grant applications through December 31st, 2017. Luke’s Journey Autism Fund was named for and...

  • Spencer Kelly from ExpeditionSoaps.com

    An Expedition to Entrepreneurship – Interview with Spencer Kelly

    Dec 1 • 1035 Views • Comments Off on An Expedition to Entrepreneurship – Interview with Spencer Kelly

            An Expedition to Entrepreneurship – by Karen Krejcha –   In many ways, Spencer Kelly is a typical teenager. He enjoys talking with friends, riding his bike and playing strategic games. However, Spencer is anything...

  • Chapin Family from Camas, WA

    Autism is Agape (Love) film – Looking through the lens of acceptance

    Dec 1 • 754 Views • Comments Off on Autism is Agape (Love) film – Looking through the lens of acceptance

    Autism is Agape – Looking through the lens of acceptance – By Karen Krejcha –   Local teenage filmmaker, Imani Chapin, has two younger brothers on the autism spectrum. She loves them immensely and advocates for their acceptance....

  • Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities

    Nov 29 • 807 Views • Comments Off on Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities

    Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities – By Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW – As an adult with autism, knowing what will happen during each day is important to me. For children, who have much less life experience, it is often a deal breaker...

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