Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dad, I'm Going In!


Welcome back to the Autism and Scouting Blog. 2013 has been off to a big start. We again want to thank everybody for all of your support. 

We have some really large plans for 2013 with the Autism Empowerment's Autism and Scouting Program.  If you have any questions, have a subject that you would like to see raised or have a question, please feel free to contact us by visiting the Autism Empowerment website at www.autismempowerment.org

Today, we have a special treat. We have a guest blog by Stanley Jaskiewicz. Stanley is a business lawyer in Philadelphia.  He is also the parent of a son with Asperger Syndrome who is now 15. He is President of the board of directors of Tim Academy, which does trainings for teachers in structured teaching of children on the autistic spectrum. He is a member of the board of directors of The YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, where he has worked to promote programs for the disabled. He runs Horsham Challenger Little League. He has also been a supporter and participant in the annual Stroll and Roll of The Legal Clinic for the Disabled in Philadelphia since 1993, for which he received its "Strut Your Stuff Award" in 2007.

Dad, I’m Going In!

My son, Peter, earned his Second Class rank at Boy Scout summer camp last summer and three merit badges along with it. But that was not his greatest achievement, in my opinion.

Peter has Asperger Syndrome, and has always faced challenges in handling new situations and adversity. His scouting experience has helped him – and us – more than we could have hoped, both in socialization and adjusting to change, as well as giving him tremendous pride in his accomplishments.

So when he did not pass the swimming test on the first day of camp – even though he is a very strong swimmer -I thought it would be a very long week. He had planned to work on another aquatics badge, which he now could not do.

Fortunately, I was able to remind him of the calming techniques he has learned in a private conversation. He had not been in the water since the previous summer, and was in fact having a difficult swim after the long layoff.

(Although I am not a formal leader, I accompanied the troop to camp as a “registered adult.” I had volunteered as a “leader” so that my presence would be “typical,” but my main role is helping Peter manage not only his scheduling, but also his anxieties and emotions.)

After he calmed, I persuaded him to attend the instructional swim sessions in the afternoon – and he passed the test the first time he tried again. He also agreed to select another badge to work on, to make the most of his camp week (and the replacement badge, Nature, was the first one he finished).

Staying in the Pool

But despite his love of the water, and natural ease when swimming, he would not go to the “swimming hole” with his peers. Jumping off a rock into a local creek was one of the highlights of this particular camp. But each time I asked if he wanted to go, Peter always repeated, “I prefer to only swim in the pool” (with a solid floor, rather than a muddy stream bed).

By the end of the week, he had cooked his own lunch to finish his Second Class rank requirement, and completed his Computers and Photography badges. I was also proud that he had become comfortable just hanging out with "the guys" around the campfire, perhaps the most difficult task he faced. (“Dad, you can go back to your tent now!”)
So I thought the swimming hole was worth another try. Since Fossil Rock was located at the end of a steep hike of over a mile through the woods, I suggested that we at least go there when the boys next went, just to see what it was like – he and I had loved hiking together long before he joined Cub Scouts. At the suggestion of another adult, we went immediately after his swim class, so that he had his swim trunks and goggles with him.

Better than the Birthday


What happened next was the highlight of my summer – even more than spending my 50th birthday at camp with my son, without the intrusion of video games and the Internet.

As we approached Fossil Rock through the woods, we could hear the typical laughing and shouting of boys at play for at least 10 minutes, but could not see anything through the thick growth. The noise, and our anticipation, built as we descended further and further into the woods.

We suddenly emerged into the brilliant sunshine of the clearing at the swimming hole, and were overwhelmed by the noise and exuberance of teens at the end of a week on their own. Peter immediately turned to me, and said the words I will always remember, “Dad! I’m going in!” And that is what he did (after changing back into his suit behind a tree).

He was so excited that he even forgot to take off his watch. It became waterlogged – a big deal for a boy who perseverates on time. I gave him my watch for the last days of camp, and called my wife, who was able to get another at Wal-Mart before we got back to camp. I immediately told Peter, so the rest of his week wasn’t ruined worrying about the time.

The $5 replacement cost was well worth seeing the joy and excitement in my son’s face, and the pride I felt in Peter's growth, when, for a few moments, at least, the boy in him “washed out” the autism.





Copyright Stanley P. Jaskiewicz 2011 



Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!


To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:
Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting


email

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Autism Empowerment receives $25,000 Grant for Leadership Training


Contact: John Krejcha                              For Immediate Release
Telephone:  360-852-8369                        Date: January 6th, 2013
Email: john@autismempowerment.org

Vancouver based charity, Autism Empowerment receives $25,000 Grant from Autism Speaks for their Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Program

Autism Empowerment and their Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Program is one of just sixteen national non-profit recipients (and the only Northwest based honoree) of a 2012 Family Services Community Grant from Autism Speaks. The awards were announced in late December 2012 and Autism Empowerment will be receiving their grant award check in January 2013.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/grants/community-grants/community-grants-2012 (see list here)

Based out of Vancouver, WA and serving locally, nationally and worldwide, Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting Leadership Training program works to train leaders about Autism, Asperger’s and inclusiveness within a variety of scouting venues including but not limited to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Royal Rangers, American Heritage Girls, Sea Scouts, Campfire Girls, Impact Girls and Geek Scouts. They currently educate through online and in-person training as well as through their podcasts at Autism and Scouting Radio and Autism Empowerment Radio.


The grant is being used to expand the Autism and Scouting Program to provide advanced written, audio and video training to units throughout the United States. It will utilize a variety of visual and strategic tools to assist leaders in working more effectively with scouts (ages 5 - 24) with autism and their families.

The project teaches scouting leaders and parents how to best customize a scouting program that provides acceptance, enrichment, inspiration and empowerment for scouts on the autism spectrum, including the scout and his/her parents or caregivers. The program provides inclusion, sensory-friendly, skills-based leadership development and anti-bullying training that a leader can share with the full unit. The program supports and connects scouts and their parents and is designed to complement and enhance a unit’s existing disability awareness program.

The $25,000 grant award will be used to develop, produce and distribute 500 Leadership kits that will include a written training manual, workbook, sensory visuals as well as a DVD. Kits will be distributed to scouting units around the United States at no cost to the unit. Autism Empowerment is also seeking individual and corporate donors to help raise an additional $250,000 to produce and distribute an additional 10,000 kits worldwide.

Funds will also be used to provide supplemental online materials, webinars and new podcasts at both Autism and Scouting Radio and Autism Empowerment Radio.

In addition, in late fall of 2013 Autism Empowerment will host their first Regional Autism and Scouting Training Conference in Vancouver, WA. The conference will invite scouting groups throughout the Northwest and will provide workshops, role playing and hands-on training to all scouting groups.

Autism Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in June 2011 by Vancouver residents, Karen and John Krejcha. Karen and her two sons, Justin (13) and Ryan (6) are on the autism spectrum. Autism Empowerment promotes Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger communities. They serve all ages and all abilities and seek to improve and enhance the lives of individuals and families impacted by autism.

John who is the visionary and Director of the Autism and Scouting Program also volunteers as a Tiger Cub Den Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster in Pack 462 and Troop 462 where his sons Ryan (6) and Justin (13) are a Tiger Cub Scout and Star Scout respectively. Karen currently serves as an Assistant Den Leader.

He and Karen also serve on the BSA Cascade Pacific Council’s Special Needs Committee which serves SW Washington and Oregon. Autism Empowerment was also instrumental last year in helping fund and co-found Vancouver’s first sensory friendly Cub Scout Pack.

Having positive, helpful, educated, inspired and empowered leaders will promote retention, increase scout confidence, promote family involvement and will assist with advancement and success within all scouting programs.

The program also seeks to help recruit new scouts with autism and will provide a positive ongoing experience where scouts with autism can gain and achieve new life skills and help with the development of interpersonal relationships.

The four foundational pillars of Autism Empowerment are Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower and those key pillars are included in their training and in every program they develop.

In addition to their Autism and Scouting program, Autism Empowerment currently serves the local and national community through Autism Empowerment Radio podcasts, educational trainings, local outreach, community panels and special events such as the upcoming 2nd Annual Autism Empowerment Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at McKenzie Stadium.

http://www.AutismEmpowerment.org - Autism Empowerment (main website)
http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting - Autism and Scouting Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment - Autism Empowerment Facebook page
http://www.AutismandScouting.blogspot.com - Autism and Scouting Blog
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscouting - Autism and Scouting Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment - Autism Empowerment Radio
@AutismEmpowermt and @AutismScouting – Twitter

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For more information about this topic, please contact John Krejcha, Autism and Scouting Program Director by phone (360) 852-8369 or email at john@autismempowerment.org. You can also contact Karen Krejcha, Executive Director of Autism Empowerment at (360) 852-8369 or karen@autismempowerment.org

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tweet for Autism Empowerment



Monday, January 7th, 2013
TWEET STORM! Help raise money for Autism Empowerment by Tweeting and Retweeting the following: 
RT & @WeCare will donate $.10 to @AutismEmpowermt | Up to #MillionDimes http://We-Care.com/MillionDimes
Rules:
1) You must follow @WeCare at Twitter. - http://www.twitter.com/wecare
2) You must follow @AutismEmpowermt at Twitter (Autism Empowerment is abbreviated at Twitter due to character limitations.) - http://www.twitter.com/autismempowermt
3) You may tweet / retweet up to 5 times a day. (You can tweet more, but only the first 5 tweets per username count.)
4) PLEASE ask your friends to retweet as each charity is allowed to earn up to $1,000 or until 1 Million Dimes have been given away.
5) Cut and paste this link to tweet: 
RT & @WeCare will donate $.10 to @AutismEmpowermt | Up to #MillionDimes http://We-Care.com/MillionDimes
On January 7th at 12PM PST, We-Care.com will launch the Charity Challenge to give away $100,000.00 to registered nonprofit organizations, ten cents at a time. They are leaving it up to the Twitterverse to decide which charities receive all the Charity Challenge donations. 

Autism Empowerment is officially registered. On January 7th starting at NOON PST, this is when YOU come into play. Twitter users let We-Care.com know where they would like to see the Charity Challenge donations go by voting for their charity on Twitter. Every qualifying tweet counts as one vote and earns your charity $.10, up to a $1,000 per charity!
Speed is key! The faster the tweets come in, the faster our charity earns the individual cap of $1,000 (10,000 valid tweets). Charities with slow tweets may not be able to reach their cap before the million dimes have been distributed, so make sure to get as many tweets sent as quickly as possible!
THANK YOU!
We-Care.com has proven that pennies, dimes, and dollars add up by generating and donating over $4,600,000 to charity using our cause marketing platform. Help us prove it again by giving away $100,000 to your favorite charities, one dime at a time!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012 The Amazing Scouting Year in Review

Welcome to the Autism and Scouting Year End Review.

We are now a few days into the new year and before we put to bed 2012, I wanted to take a look back at what a really amazing year this past one has been at Autism Empowerment. 



We could not have even dreamed how well this past year could have gone. Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting Program has already touched so many lives and in many ways, we feel we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible in helping to support scouts and scout leaders who are on the autism spectrum.

We feel that the support of leadership within scouting units is one very important way to help scouts and their families who live daily with autism. Autism Empowerment and our Autism and Scouting Program supports not just one or two different scouting organizations but all scouting groups around the world that are looking to be more inclusive and accepting of youth who are on the autism spectrum. Scouting should be an activity where all youth regardless of ability feel they can go to have fun, make friends, learn life skills and engage socially in an accepting, enriching, inspiring and empowering atmosphere. We are proud to say that Autism and Scouting and our amazing and dedicated Autism and Scouting online community is growing, thriving and really starting to make a positive impact around the globe. There is still much work to be done but we are encouraged with they progress so far!

Autism Empowerment recently made a very large announcement about the a future new program within the Autism and Scouting program. We made the announcement on December 31st on both Autism and Scouting Radio as well as Autism Empowerment Radio that Autism Empowerment was one of just sixteen non-profits from around the United States that was just awarded a $25,000 Autism Speaks Family Grant for 2012, to be received in 2013. The generous $25,000 grant is for the expansion of our Autism and Scouting Leadership Training program and entails a lot of exciting things. The application process started in May and we heard the fabulous news in late December. We are in the process of drafting up the formal press release and we hope to be posting that in the next few days. This next year in 2013 is looking bright, however I would be remiss if I did not mention that in order to grow our programs, have full-time staff, train volunteers and create both short and long-term sustainability, we definitely still need and are asking for volunteer help and financial support from scouters, their families, the autism community and the greater community at large. So, before I share some of the positive things that we have done this past year, I personally appeal to you. We need your help to do more. 


http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/grants

As Autism Empowerment is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity, our ability to sustain, enhance and expand our services and our program offerings depends on public support. There are many worthwhile charities out there and choosing which one or ones to donate to can be challenging because the need is great.  In this new year, we ask you to search your hearts and consider a financial gift to Autism Empowerment. Donations of any size go a long way to support the programs that help serve those on the Autism Spectrum as well as their families and caregivers. You can get details on our main website at www.autismempowerment.org. We accept online donations via Paypal, electronic check and credit card. We accepted mailed and in-kind donations as well. Again, thank you so much for your support.

Autism Empowerment is our calling and every day we ask ourselves and we can do more, touch more people and make a positive impact around the world. We want to do more, more blogs, more radio shows, more training, more support. Please help us and if you would like to direct funds directly to the Autism and Scouting Program, in the note section, just let us know and those funds will be earmarked to help support this program.

Now, onto the positive growth and successes from this past year. The areas that we are going to look at are multi-media, training, direct unit support and individual family support.

Autism and Scouting Multi-Media Program
This has been one of our biggest areas of growth by far and we are excited by the growing impact and people served.

Facebook Page and Group - In 2011, we made the choice to move from a Facebook Group which we started in 2010 to a Facebook Page. We did this in June of 2011 at the time when Autism Empowerment was formed as a non-profit. When we ended 2011, the Facebook page ended with 236 likes covering 15 countries. At the close of 2012, the Facebook Page ended at 1,209 likes (members following or page) and now serves scouts and scout leaders in over 45 nations. The Facebook Group which we first started ended 2011 with 154 members ended 2012 with 198. This group is still very active and many conversations start here and then spill over to the Page.

Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting
Facebook Group - http://www.facebook.com/groups/121685817883439/

For 2013 - I know most sites can get likes, but for Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting Facebook page, we feel our likes are quality likes and are people that have a direct relationship with Scouting and/or who are on the Autism Spectrum. We would love to try to double these likes for 2013 and have 200 - 225 likes each from the United Kingdom and Australia. The total goal by the end of 2013 is 2,500. So tell your friends and other scout leaders and help us grow our community. Please become engaged in conversation as well as we hope to continue growing a rich, creative, supportive vibrant community.

As you have liked Autism and Scouting, we also ask you to please like and support on Facebook. the following pages as well.

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment
Autism Empowerment Radio Show Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowermentradio

Autism and Scouting Radio Show - We launched the Autism and Scouting Radio show in July 2012,about three weeks after the launch of the Autism Empowerment Radio show. The launch of this show has been able to make a huge impact in a very short timeframe. The radio show which in on BlogTalk Radio is done live and then can be accessed via Podcast or via iTunes in archive at anytime for free.

Since late July, we have had 37 radio shows and over 12,144 listens. We have covered a wide range of educational topics. We have had many stories of inspiration. We have had a terrific line-up of guests and look forward to expanding our show slots in 2013.  We have had award winning author,Jennifer Cook-O’Toole, BSA National Chair for Special Needs Tony Mei and many other outstanding and inspirational guests. Part of the radio show is dedicated to a series of interviews called “Inspiration from the Spectrum”, where we interview scouts and we celebrate their journey in scouting. We are proud of all!

Our sister station, Autism Empowerment Radio launched in June and hosted 40 shows in 2012. This station covers a wide range of topics of interest to individuals and families within the autism and Asperger communities and has featured authors, educators, medical professionals and many inspiring individuals on the autism spectrum doing their thing! Be sure to check out the Autism Empowerment radio archives for a wide range of interesting, educational, inspiring and motivational conversations. To learn more about Autism Empowerment and autism in general, please visit and listen to the Autism Empowerment Radio show as well. This is a great resource of information to learn about Autism Spectrum issues.

Our radio programming is one area in which we hope to expand but can only do so with your financial support. We want to expand but need additional funding and some type of corporate sponsorship  Please help us keep this program alive and allow us to reach even more people worldwide.

Listen to the radio on your computer -  www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
On itunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/autism-scouting-radio-blog/id550043079

For 2013 - We are hoping to double the amount of shows that we had in 2012 and will continue to produce original content as well as host a variety of guests. We did some really great shows in 2012 and we hope to keep on improving. If you have suggestions, have an idea for a show or would like to be considered as an upcoming guest, please send me an e-mail at john@autismempowerment.org . So the goal at Autism and Scouting Radio for 2013 is at least 75 shows. Please feel free to subscribe for free so you have easy access to current, future and past content.

Also connect and subscribe for free to Autism Empowerment Radio where my wife, Karen Krejcha hosts:

Autism Empowerment Radio - www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/autism-empowerment-radio-blog/id550043011

Blogging - We started to blog in April of 2011 and finished the year with 27 blogs talking about a wide range of subjects that related to scouting and Autism. We continued 2012 with the blogging and ended 2012 with 34 at the Autism and Scouting blog. We also expanded the Blog site to include more resources.

Now on the Autism and Scouting Blog webpage, you will be able to find information about the different Autism and Scouting programs, worldwide resources to assist you, quick links to the Autism Empowerment website, Facebook Page as well as Twitter.

In order to support the radio program, we also launched the Autism and Scouting Radio blog. Here we did 11 different blogs. So between the blog sites, we had 45 blogs to end the year.  The blog also ended 2011 with 6 followers at the end of 2012 it has risen to 18. Thank so much for all of the people supporting the blogs.

Autism and Scouting main blog - http://www.autismandscouting.blogspot.com/
Autism and Scouting Radio blog - http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/

For 2013 - We had really a great year of blogging and with all the other things we are doing, I would like to try to match what I did in 2012 or increase it a bit. So my goal for 2013 between the two blog sites will be 50. I will also be looking for guest bloggers. You can come follow us on Blogger as well so you don’t miss out on a single blog.

To view the Autism Empowerment Blog, you can go to the main website and click on the Blog Section. http://www.autismempowerment.org. This will be a large area of growth in 2013 as Karen really enjoys writing and is looking forward to adding lots of fresh content and guest blogs as well!

Twitter - Our Facebook Page has a direct link to our Twitter account so any posts that we have on Facebook will appear on Twitter. This is a great avenue to spread our outreach. We started 2012 with 201 followers and end the year at 391 We hope to continue to expand our Twitter following. One easy, quick and highly appreciated way you can help us do this is to retweet the posts you find interesting and share our Facebook content as well.

Twitter - @AutismScouting

For 2013 - We would again like to try to double this number and get to 800 followers by the end of the year.

To follow the Autism Empowerment Twitter Page, you can do so @AutismEmpowermt


Google+ and Google Community - Google+ and the Google Community is an area that we would like to spend more time with. Google has such a far worldwide reach and Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting Program want to make sure that we can utilize all of the tools available to us. Google+ ended 2011 at 54 and will end 2012 at 183. The Google Community just started in the late fall of 2012 but we have a following of 10 already.
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/107766607208459963275/107766607208459963275/posts
Google Community
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/107766607208459963275/communities/105993591638389236128

For 2013 - The goal for Google+ is go get to 250. We know that there might be less people on Google+ and we are still working to develop this site.

Pinterest - In 2012, we just started using Pinterest. We will be using this platform to put photos of scouts where their parents have sent in stories and photos for us to use and post.  We currently have 27 followers.

http://pinterest.com/autismscouting/

For 2013 - I think we can get to 75 by the end of year. Again, we understand that this site is less used but we see the value in visual tools and photos.

If you would like to volunteer to help us promote our social media efforts, just let us know!

Website - We are happy to announce that Autism Empowerment now has secured the domain names www.autismandscouting.org and www.autismandscouting.com. Neither of these sites are up and running as of yet, however as time permits and resources allow, we hope to be developing them in the coming months. We plan on having a great deal of resources, a forum and access to the Autism and Scouting support material.

While we are working on these sites, you can still get information from the Autism Empowerment homepage.

Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org/home/autism_and_scouting
Autism and Scouting Websites - Coming 2013


Autism and Scouting Training

It was a banner year for training as well for Autism Empowerment and that included expanded training within the Autism and Scouting Program.

In 2011, we were invited by the BSA Cascade Pacific Council to provide training at their regional training event in November of 2011. It was so successful, we were asked to come back for 2012 and instead of the two basic classes provided the prior year, we updated the original course and added an advanced class as well. Karen Krejcha,  Autism Empowerment’s Executive Director also was in the classroom teaching. We have not yet seen the comments from this training, but the conference organizer has indicated they had a ton of very positive feedback from the evaluations that were turned in and we received a lot of positive feedback in person and online. We have been asked to come back for 2013.

In addition to the training that we provided, Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting Program had a display on the Midway and when we were not in the classroom, we were busy talking to scout leaders seeking help. We have made some great connections and have been asked to do Camp Training in 2013. We will keep you posted.

The training that we had developed was also given in the Chicago Area and North Carolina BSA training events.

Direct unit and individual support

Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting Program helped co-found Vancouver and Southwest Washington's first sensory friendly Cub Scout Pack with another dedicated mom who has multiple children on the autism spectrum. This mom had attended our training at the Cascade Pacific Council Training event in the fall of 2011 and we were connected to her and her family by a the regional District Executive.

Autism Empowerment was instrumental in providing some of the starting funding as well as support by developing a Sensory Profile and assisting with other training materials that was important in the unit's success.

We helped with media support, recruitment as well as direct support of the scouts in the unit. We helped increase the number from six youths to 27 by August of 2012.  In August, the unit was able to function on its own and Autism Empowerment stepped out of a direct support role. We redirected our local focus to provide sensory-friendly support training to typically operating units with the mission to spread autism acceptance throughout all different kinds of scouting environments. We are so proud of the work that we did with Cub Scout Pack 2 and cherish the friendships that our entire family made. They will always be part of the success story of the Autism and Scouting Program.

During 2012, we also were able to help individual families as well. We were able to help about dozen families find scouting connections within their geographic area. We also were able to offer a number of scholarships to help low income families access a scouting program or event.

Other news from the Autism and Scouting Program

In the fall of 2012, the Boy Scouts of America from the Cascade Pacific Council contacted Autism Empowerment and asked that both John Krejcha, the Program Director of the Autism and Scouting Program and Karen Krejcha, the Executive Director of Autism Empowerment join the Cascade Pacific Council Special Needs Committee to help in matters relating to supporting scouts of all special needs with our area of expertise of course being within the autism spectrum and sensory processing realm. Through Autism Empowerment, we have both accepted these advisory positions and look forward to helping shape policies within the council to help better support scouts on the Autism Spectrum.

We are looking to create training, programs and support resources that can be used and replicated locally, nationally and worldwide.

We are still working on branding Autism Empowerment and our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower. This also includes branding of our Autism and Scouting program and our new Autism and Scouting Logo. We are not yet finished with the final version of the Autism and Scouting Logo but we have our concept. Alas, we are. Not graphic designers and although a friend and Autism Empowerment supporter did help as much as he could, we to his ability, we still have some finishing work on it and we hope to finish it early 2013. We have moved to the Fleur-de-lis with the four colors of Autism Empowerment (green - Accept, red - Enirch, orange - Inspire, purple - Empower) on puzzle pieces inside. We will be adding white outlines of the puzzle pieces, as the puzzle piece is a common symbol within the autism community. We hope to have Autism and Scouting merchandise including patches and shirts available in 2013 that will go to support the Autism and Scouting Program.

As 2012 was a banner year for the Autism and Scouting Program, 2013 looks as if it will be even bigger, especially as we use our grant money to develop Autism and Scouting Leadership training kits, host online training webinars as well as host our first Autism and Scouting Regional conference in late 2013. We will be making additions to the multi-media program, providing continued support to units that seek our help and expand programs to help all scout leaders better understand scouts they serve.  The promotion of Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment will be within all the content we offer. We warmly invite you to come be a part of our positive growth! Thank you!

Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting


email

john@autismempowerment.org or autismandscouting@gmail.com

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays from Autism Empowerment

To our Worldwide Community - 

Geseënde Kersfees ~ Gëzuar Krishtlindja ~ መልካም ገና ~ عيد ميلاد مجيد ~ շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ ~ Eguberri on ~ З Калядамі ~ শুভ বড়দিন ~ Nedeleg laouen ~ Весела Коледа ~ Bon Nadal ~ ᎤᏬᏢᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲ ~ 圣诞节快乐 ~ Nadelik looan ~ Sretan božić ~ Veselé Vánoce ~ Glædelig jul ~ Gelukkig kerstfeest ~ Merry Christmas ~ Feliĉa Kristnasko ~ Häid jõule ~ Gleðilig jól ~ Maligayang Pasko ~ hyvää joulua ~ Joyeux Noël ~ Feliz Nadal ~ შობას გილოცავთ ~ Fröhliche Weihnachten ~ Καλά Χριστούγεννα ~ મેરી ક્રિસમસ ~ Jwayeu Nwèl ~ Mele Kalikimaka ~ חג המולד שמח ~ मेरी क्रिसमस ~ Boldog Karácsonyt ~ Gleðileg jól ~ Selamat Hari Natal ~ Nollaig Shona ~ Buon Natale ~ メリークリスマス ~ ಮೆರ್ರಿ ಕ್ರಿಸ್ಮಸ್ ~ រីករាយថ្ងៃបុណ្យណូអែល ~ 메리 크리스마스 ~ Жаратканнын туысымен ~ ຍິນດີວັນຄຣິດສະມາດ ~ Felix dies Nativitatis ~ Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus ~ Linksmų Kalėdų ~ Froue Crëschtdag ~ Среќен Божиќ ~ il-Milied it-Tajjeb ~ Yáʼátʼééh Késhmish ~ God jul ~ میلاد مسیح مبارک باد ~ Wesołych Świąt ~ Feliz Natal ~ Crăciun fericit ~ С Рождеством ~ Manuia le Kerisimasi ~ Nollaig Chridheil ~ Срећан Божић ~ සුභ නත්තලක් ~ Veselé Vianoce ~ Vesel božič ~ Feliz Navidad ~ Krismasi Njema ~ மெர்ரி கிறிஸ்துமஸ் ~ మెర్రీ క్రిస్మస్ ~ เมอร์รี่คริสต์มาส ~ Mutlu Noeller ~ З Різдвом ~ میری کرسمس ~ 
Chúc Giáng Sinh Vui Vẻ ~ Nadolig Llawen ~ פֿרײלעכע ניטל ~ uKhisimusi oMuhle

I also wanted to share our 12 days of Christmas. 

On the 12th Day of Christmas, scouting gave to me

12 Months of Support, Love and Acceptance from scout leaders and parents around the world for scouts on the Spectrum. 

Eleven Autism Awareness Eagle Projects 
Ten Joey Scouts earning their Grey Wolf Award 
Nine Girl Scouts Selling Thin Mint Cookies 
Eight Tiger Scouts earning their Bobcat
Seven Beaver Scouts getting their Bronze Award 
Six Sensory Friendly Kybo's
Five Empowering Autism and Scouting Radio Shows
Four Inspirational Scouting Stories
Three Enriched Autism trainings
Two Accepting Scout Leaders
and
One Life Long Friend


Thank you so much for making 2012 a great year. 


Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

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