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 – Stories from the Spectrum • Dear Spectrums Readers (Good news & Bad news) • All Our Students • Healthy Holiday Exercise Ideas • Autism and Mental Health – The Autistic Operating System • Luke’s Journey Autism Fund • Provider Partner Directory • Autism Empowerment Events – Featured Autistic Guest Writers: Spencer Kelly • Matteo Musso • Judy Endow
From the Publisher – Winter 2017 Spectrums Magazine
by Karen Krejcha
We all have gifts to give. What are yours?
When I was in 3rd grade, a curious little girl in the neighborhood took it upon herself to unwrap all the presents under her family tree two nights before Christmas. There was one exception. It was the gift she had made for her parents at school, a partridge in a pear tree, carefully wrapped and labeled, “To Mommy & Daddy with love.”
Being the rules-follower that I was, I was horrified for her and worried that Santa Claus might bring her coal. As it turns out, when the little girl got up Christmas morning, the gifts were rewrapped and a special note was there for her with two powerful words.
Forgiveness. What a beautiful gift to be able to receive. What a wonderful gift to extend to others.
We hope you’ll find this issue of Spectrums to be a gift you’ll enjoy unwrapping page by page. A gift of knowledge. A gift of acceptance. A gift of inspiration. A gift of empowerment.
On behalf of the amazing Ambassadors for Acceptance at Autism Empowerment and Spectrums Magazine, we wish you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with joy, love, and peace.
Thank you for your support and generosity!
May it return to you tenfold.
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Autism Empowerment ™
Editor: Spectrums Magazine ™
(You can also find this article on page 4 of the Winter 2017 issue of Spectrums Magazine. Print copies were distributed throughout the Portland metro and southwest Washington area in December 2017. You may also read online here.)