Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio (1st Broadcast)
Now Autism and Scouting, a program of Autism Empowerment is also excited to launch its own live station called Autism and Scouting Radio. Our goal and mission of the Autism and Scouting Radio Program is to provide an additional platform for the Autism and Scouting Program to extend its worldwide reach.
We believe that all scouting leaders should have training and tools to be able to work with scouts who are on the Autism Spectrum. Many of our broadcasts will provide enrichment tools by sharing strategies and resources that we and other leaders and trainers have found successful.
We also wish to provide support to parents who have scouts on the Autism Spectrum or parents who are considering scouting for their son or daughter. One way to do this is by sharing inspirational stories and interviews with scouts who are on the Autism Spectrum as well as their families. By hearing the experiences of scouts on the spectrum who are succeeding, we aim to inspire and motivate other scouts to have similar positive experiences.
We plan to have weekly interviews. In additions to interviews with scouts and scouting families, we will also host interviews with scout leaders who are making a difference for the scouts they serve.
To provide supplemental enrichment opportunities for our listeners, we will invite specialists and experts in a specific field (i.e. Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, etc) that can offer practical advice to help parents and leaders work more effectively with their scouts. Some of these shows will have the opportunity to listeners to call in live with questions. With other shows, we’re happy to take questions in advance to help us tailor our content to listener needs.
We are also open to scouting or autism related topics of your choosing. We have a goal for each of our shows to tie into the mission of Autism Empowerment and to incorporate the values of Autism Empowerment’s four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower. Here is a list of our first three broadcasts:
Friday, July 6th - 1:00 - 1:30 pm PST- John Krejcha and Karen Krejcha, cofounders of Autism Empowerment will be talk about the Autism and Scouting Program. We will talk about the four foundational pillars of Autism Empowerment (Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower) and the different programs that the Autism and Scouting Program is currently offering and will be offering in the near future.
Wednesday, July 11th from 10:00 - 10:30 am PST - Special guest interview with Anthony Mei who runs the Working with Scouts with disAbilities website (http://www.wwswd.org/) and is the Chairperson for the Boy Scouts of America disAbilities Awareness Challenge at the 2013 Boy Scout National Jamobree. We will talk about how the website supports scout leaders that are working with scouts on the Autism Spectrum and any plans on expansion of the support. We will also talk about some of the upcoming plans for the 2013 National Jamboree. We will have a blog a day or two before giving a preview of the show.
Thursday, July 26th from 1:00 - 1:30 pm PST - Special guest interview with Adam Cox aka “Scouter Adam”. Scouter Adam is currently a Cubmaster as well as a District Training Chair as well as a father to a son who has Aspergers. Scouter Adam currently writes a blog about scouting at http://scouteradam.wordpress.com/. We will be talking about providing programs to all scouts within a typical unit atmosphere and how he would like to address the need for additional training within the scouting area for leaders.
We have several others people that we are working to get scheduled for upcoming broadcasts.
Currently we are limited to 30 minutes of daily radio broadcast and we want to be able to expand to up to 120 minutes per show.
We currently are trying to raise $600.00 to be earmarked toward our Autism and Scouting Program which will allow Autism and Scouting Radio to broadcast an extra 730 hours per year (currently we are limited to 182.5 hours). A gift of just $20.00 would allow us to broadcast 24 hours of programming a year. Any gift would greatly help us reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax deductible because Autism Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
If you know of anybody that you would like to see interviewed or you have a topic idea for a future broadcast, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org