We have had an eventful August and September here at Autism and Scouting and are looking forward to Fall and what the rest of the year will bring. We hope that your August and September was a positive one. Here in the United States, September is typically the start of the new scouting year for many different scouting units.
We would love to hear about the successes of your scouts so feel free to contact us at any time.
Here is a recap of what we were able to do the past two months.
Facebook is really where the whole concept of online support started. We’ve had an amazing two months and the Facebook page keeps on hitting new milestones.
The Facebook page has added 135 new likes, passing the 800 mark which include 100 scouters/parents within the United Kingdom. We also passed the 60 new likes mark from scouters/parents in Australia, the land down under in the month of August.
In September, Autism and Scouting added 75 new scouters which included another 10 from Australia and we also reached our fifth nation of over ten likes! Ireland ended with 12 scouters/parents. Autism and Scouting has two more nations really close to double digits (Argentina and Lithuania).
I can’t believe all of the wonderful response to the Autism and Scouting Program. Autism Empowerment is so happy that it is helping positively change lives of scouts, parents and leaders from around the world.
The Facebook page and group as well as Autism Empowerment aim to be positive sources for Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment when working with scouts on the Autism Spectrum. Thank you so much for all of your support.
The Facebook page can be reached at http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting We would love to be over 1000 strong before the end of October. We also still support the Facebook group that was founded in August of 2010. That can be reached at http://www.facebook.com/groups/121685817883439/
In July the Autism and Scouting Radio was launched and August and September saw us add some more new content and shows.
The Big news for Autism and Scouting Radio is now on itunes. Yes, you can now get all of the shows on itunes. Here is a recap of the shows for the past two months.
Thursday, August 2nd - Alexander Piela joined the show and talked about inclusion. Robert Baden-Powell the founder of scouts had in its inception the ideal of inclusion. It was wonderful show.
Wednesday, August 8th - Tony Mei who is the BSA National Chair for Special needs scouting. In this show we talked about the 2013 National Scout Jamboree and the disAbility Awareness Challenge and how for the first time, Autism will be one of the stations.
Wednesday, August 22nd - Jennifer Cook-O’Toole was an amazing show. Jennifer Cook-O’Toole was on the show where she talked about her book Asperkids and concepts such as Theory of Mind. Jennifer will not be back until November where she will talk about Special Interests.
Wednesday, August 29th - Tony Mei was back at Autism and Scouting Radio to talk Special needs Scouting. We talked about the Working with Scouts with disAbilities website (www.wwswd.org). Tony is an amazing scouter and is a good friend of Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting program.
September Shows - 8 Shows
Tuesday, September 11th - Sean Williams was back on Autism and Scouting Radio and again did an amazing job. He came back on air to talk about a very unique unit that is one of a kind unit within the BSA. Crew 88 out of St. Charles, IL has a focus on life skills. This unit should be duplicated in every single scouting counsel in the nation. Tune in and hear what they are doing.
Wednesday, September 12th - Tony Mei was again on Autism and Scouting Radio and we were able to chatted with him about the inner workings of the BSA National Special Needs Committee. Tony and this Committee is really making a difference within the BSA and scouts with special needs.
Thursday, September 13th - Autism and Scouting original content. Autism and Scouting turned 2 years old on August 27th. This is the Autism and Scouting Anniversary show.
Wednesday, September 19th - Karen Mansfield of Troop 5280 was our special guest. Just as Sean Williams as has a one of kind Crew, Karen has been at the helm of a one of kind troop that is one of the BSA’s best kept secrets. This troop is a transitional troop which helps special needs scouts bridge the gap from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. They take new Boy Scouts, they walk them through the basics and then find a home in a traditional troop.
Friday, September 21st - Teddy Heanton, Scott Pope and Cindy Pope joined Autism and Scouting for our first ever Panel. These three amazing leaders for Troop 2 joined us to talk about their unit and the amazing things happening within their unit.
Tuesday, September 25th - Autism and Scouting talks Fundraising. This original content explored the world of fundraising and how to support scouts on the Autism Spectrum when they are needing extra support.
Wednesday, September 26th - Scoutmaster Karen Mansfield returns to Autism and Scouting Radio. This time she talks Advancement and the difference between what an Adaptation (change in a requirement) and what an Accommodation is (providing assistance).
Thursday, September 27th - Cubmaster Lindsay Foster joins Autism and Scouting. Her passion is amazing both within the Girls Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America in her leadership in both organizations. Your Scout can be and will be successful in scouting is her main message.
We have some great guests planned for October and are now booking into November and we are planning bigger and better.
If you would like to share your story or 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
The month was a huge success when it comes to Autism and Scouting Radio.
Also, please like our Facebook page for Autism Empowerment as well as our Autism Empowerment Radio Facebook page.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/AutismScouting
Twitter we are still going strong as well. We have over 300 followers and we are reaching many scouting groups via Twitter.
Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/
We have expanded and changed our look here at Autism and Scouting Blog. We have added many more new tabs to the Blog to support leaders and all who wish to learn more about how you can support a scout on the Autism Spectrum.
We did not blog as much in August than September since we were out of the office for part of the month but we are looking forward to doing more in the coming months.
Let us know what else you would like to see and we see what we can do.
In addition to this, we also launched the Autism and Scouting Radio Blog to support the radio show. http://autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/ which was also mentioned above.
Autism Empowerment is now booked to do both a Basic and Advanced trainings for leaders of the Cascade Pacific Counsel’s Excellence and Training Conference the first week of November, 2012.
We have also helped review other Autism training's that other scouting leaders have put together in order to provide the best possible training.
As you can see, it has been a busy month. We need your support in order to continue the work we have started. We truly can’t do it without help and you can be part of that solution! Please assist us by making a tax deductible donation to Autism Empowerment to help keep the Autism and Scouting program around. THANK YOU!