Autism Empowerment Podcast

Autism Empowerment Podcast

Wherever you identify in your autism or autistic journey, Autism Empowerment is here to meet you along the way with acceptance, enrichment, inspiration, and empowerment for the road ahead. We are an Autistic-led podcast, nonprofit, and publisher of Spectrum Life Magazine. Join Karen Krejcha, Autism Empowerment Co-Founder, autistic entrepreneur, and parent to two children on the spectrum for weekly encouragement, interviews, and insight. www.autismempowermentpodcast.org

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April 24, 2022 67 min

In today’s episode, we are reviewing the Spring 2022 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine, a nonprofit autistic-led publication from Autism Empowerment written by and for autistic, neurodivergent and disabilities communities.

We’ll be talking about a new chapter for Autism Empowerment, sharing about our sister publication Zoom Autism Magazine and introducing listeners to new writers, creators, illustrators and columns that will be soon...

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In today’s episode, we are previewing the Winter 2021 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine, a nonprofit autistic-led publication from Autism Empowerment written by and for autistic, neurodivergent and disabilities communities. We'll be going into behind-the-scenes details about each of the articles in the latest edition including our cover story, Let's Peer Up with Jenell Theobald. We'll be talking about inclusion, mental he...

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October 3, 2021 40 min

This episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast is dedicated to all those who are struggling with insecurity, depression, anxiety and loneliness. As tough as it may seem, please know that you are not alone. You are enough. You are meant to be.

In this particular show, we'll talk about vulnerabilities and self-reflection. We'll talk about being touched by inspiration and how that can come during dark times. Autistic advocate...

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In today’s episode, we are previewing the Fall 2021 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine, a nonprofit autistic-led publication from Autism Empowerment written by and for autism, autistic and disabilities communities. From advocacy and education to employment, wellness and mental health, we'll be going into behind-the-scenes details about each of the 13 articles in the latest edition.  

The Fall 2021 issue just arrived September 13t...

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The Autism Empowerment Podcast is back! After a two-month hiatus, we're answering listener questions in today's episode: What has been going on with Autism Empowerment in Summer 2021? When is our next issue of Spectrum Life Magazine? When is our 10th Anniversary mini-series debuting? What will be happening in the Fall? Let’s get going!

For transcripts and Show Notes, visit www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org

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In today's milestone episode, we celebrate a Happy 10th Anniversary with Autism Empowerment with the reveal of a new 5-week mini-series starting July 12th, 2021. Come join Autism Empowerment co-founders Karen Krejcha and John Krejcha as they go Behind the Scenes: A Look At 10 Years of Autism Empowerment. Come join the journey!

Show Notes and Transcript: https://www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org

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In today’s episode, we are previewing the milestone Summer 2021 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine. This issue marks 5 years of Spectrum Life Magazine being a nonprofit program of Autism Empowerment and also 10 years of Autism Empowerment serving youth, adults and families within autism and autistic communities. It's the 18th issue of Spectrum Life Magazine being published by Autism Empowerment and also our 18th Autism Empowerment...

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In this episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast, we are talking about educational support and recovery services for students in pandemic times and the age of COVID. Many parents and children involved in Special Education and general education services are concerned in some way about academic regression, staying on track and progressing forward. 

For students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans, we’re going ...

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In this episode, we preview the Spring 2021 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine published by Autism Empowerment. We shine a light on Autism Acceptance every day by centering and celebrating autistic voices in advocacy, education, poetry, podcasting, and entrepreneurial endeavors. We also show appreciation for family, friends and allies. Listen in and we’ll let you know how to get your free copy of this publication written by and for au...

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What does Autism Acceptance look like? What is the difference between Autism Acceptance and Autism Awareness? How can we each do a better job of listening to other voices in our community? Why is it so important to center autistic voices in policymaking, research, programs and philanthropy? In today's episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast, we share meaningful conversation around the following areas:  

  • What does Autism Acce...
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    Although April is Autism Acceptance Month, we practice Autism Acceptance every day at Autism Empowerment. We invite you to join us as Ambassadors for Acceptance of All Abilities! In this episode, we will share easy and helpful ways for you to get involved with and support Autism Empowerment and the work we do with Spectrum Life Magazine and our Autism Empowerment Podcast. We’ll share virtual volunteer opportunities and talk about w...

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    To commemorate Daylight Savings Time, this episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast is called Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment. This show will be an update on recent programming changes we have made at our nonprofit organization and will introduce listeners to the Social Microgrant opportunity we hope to launch in the future.

    Co-founders Karen and John Krejcha will offer a behind-the-scenes discussion of ways our nonprofit c...

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    In today’s episode, we are finishing our three-part series on Autism Diagnosis Disclosure. We’ll be focusing on the pros and cons of Autism Disclosure for Adults, how to tell, when, why and how much to share. We’ll be looking at this in the context of relationships, health, education and employment.

    Join Karen and John Krejcha for an informative and empowering discussion.

    For Show Notes and transcript, visit www.AutismEmpowerment...

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    Today’s episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast is Part 2 in a 3-part series on Autism Diagnosis Disclosure. We discuss reasoning and strategies in Disclosing a Child’s Autism Diagnosis to family, friends, agencies, schools, medical providers and others in the community. Help set your child up for success by learning who to tell, when to tell, why to tell, reactions you may receive, and differences between passive, reactive, and ...

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    In today’s episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast, we will be starting a three-part series on Autism Diagnosis Disclosure. Topics in this series include disclosure of the diagnosis from parents to their children, from parents to family, teachers and professional providers, from youth to peers, and from autistic adults to others. In Part 1, which will be today’s show, we share and discuss Disclosing an Autism Diagnosis to A Child...

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    In today’s episode, we will be sharing and discussing the poem, Autism Does Not Define Me written by Karen Krejcha, an autistic mom parenting two children on the autism spectrum. The poem has been translated into multiple languages and also appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum: 101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger's.

     

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    In today’s episode, Karen Krejcha, co-founder of Autism Empowerment and an autistic adult, will be talking about commonly overlooked Signs of Autism in Adults and why so many people in their 30’s to 60’s and older don’t get identified or diagnosed until later in adulthood. It is estimated that over 2% of adults in the United States are on the autism spectrum. If you are asking yourself if you or an adult family member or friend may...

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    In today’s episode, Karen and John Krejcha from Autism Empowerment talk about common early signs of autism in children from a parent perspective, professional perspective, and self-advocate perspective. We discuss resources available for free in the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early Program and the next steps to take if you are concerned about your child’s development.

    Show Notes and Transcript at www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org

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    In today’s episode of the Autism Empowerment Podcast, we focus on supporting parents who are new or early in their child’s autism journey. In the Summer 2018 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine, Jasmyn Jones wrote a letter to parents called “When the Best Therapy is Love.” As an autistic mother, Jasmyn shared advice and wisdom that resonates with parents new in their autism journey and is also encouraging for other spectrum travelers. ...

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    In today's episode, we are talking about Autism Support Groups and Forums - Priorities, Plans, and Strategies for Success. On our previous show, we talked about Autism Support Groups and 9 Points to Ponder before you begin searching for a support group or support forum. Today we will be finishing our two-part series. We will be covering:

  • Taking your priorities and turning that into a plan
  • Search tips to help you cut through the...
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