19 episodes

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.

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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.

    Ep. 18: Spectrum Life Magazine Summer 2021 Preview - 10 Years of Autism Empowerment

    Ep. 18: Spectrum Life Magazine Summer 2021 Preview - 10 Years of Autism Empowerment

    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 Podcast episode!


    Join Autism Empowerment co-founders Karen and John Krejcha as they share interesting and fun facts from Autism Empowerment's nonprofit work over the past decade. Watch for our Behind the Scenes: 10 Years of Autism Empowerment podcast mini-series starting in July and be sure to catch our 10th Anniversary special episode on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.


    A new contest is announced in this episode where listeners and Spectrum Life Magazine readers have the opportunity to win free gift cards and Autism Empowerment merchandise.


    For Show Notes and Transcript, please visit https://www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org


    For the most recent issue of Spectrum Life Magazine from Autism Empowerment, visit https://www.SpectrumLife.org.


     

    • 43 min
    Ep. 17: Special Education Recovery Services and Legal Support for Students on IEPs in the age of COVID

    Ep. 17: Special Education Recovery Services and Legal Support for Students on IEPs in the age of COVID

    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 to take a look at options available for students to catch up. We'll explore the differences between Compensatory Education, Recovery Services (a new term) and Extended School Year Services. We're going to discuss when a student might qualify and how each service may help support children on the autism spectrum and with other learning disabilities.


     


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

    • 43 min
    Ep. 16: Spectrum Life Magazine Spring 2021 Preview - Autistic Voices, Autism Advocacy and Acceptance

    Ep. 16: Spectrum Life Magazine Spring 2021 Preview - Autistic Voices, Autism Advocacy and Acceptance

    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 autism and autistic communities.


    Show Notes and Transcript at www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org


    Spring issue of Spectrum Life Magazine at www.SpectrumLife.org/currentissue


     

    • 34 min
    Ep. 15: Autism Acceptance Month 2021 with Autism Empowerment - Centering Autistic Voices

    Ep. 15: Autism Acceptance Month 2021 with Autism Empowerment - Centering Autistic Voices

    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 Acceptance look like at Autism Empowerment in 2021? In our world-at-large? 

    What is the difference between Autism Acceptance and Autism Awareness? 

    Between acceptance and stagnation? 

    How can we promote health, wellness, and the human needs of each autistic person with respect and dignity?

    Why is it so important to center autistic voices in policymaking, research, programs and philanthropy?

    To support Autism Acceptance and Autism Empowerment, where can we go to learn more?

    How can we meaningfully invest in Autistic potential and autism communities?


    In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, we are launching this show on April 2nd. Join Autism Empowerment Podcast hosts and co-founders Karen Krejcha and John Krejcha for this important autistic-led and directed conversation. 


    Show Notes and Transcript at www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org


    Spring 2021 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine available April 12th at www.SpectrumLife.org. (All past issues available online for free.)

    • 31 min
    Ep. 14: Ways to Get Involved with Autism Empowerment and become an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities

    Ep. 14: Ways to Get Involved with Autism Empowerment and become an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities

    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 what it means to be an Ambassador for Acceptance of All Abilities. We’re also starting our monthly giveaway to win fun merchandise and prizes. Join hosts Karen and John Krejcha and tune in for your chance to win!


    Show Notes and Transcript at www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org


     

    • 31 min
    Ep. 13: Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment - Program and Organization Updates for Spring 2021

    Ep. 13: Spring Ahead with Autism Empowerment - Program and Organization Updates for Spring 2021

    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 charity will be serving Autistic, Autism and Asperger communities in the year ahead.


    Show Notes and Transcript at www.AutismEmpowermentPodcast.org

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

sleepisfun ,

Relatable and authentic.

This is a podcast hosted by a wife and husband who founded a nonprofit called Autism Empowerment in 2011. They also produce Spectrum Life Magazine. Karen is autistic, John is dyslexic and they parent two autistic children. Their life experience provides an interesting and authentic perspective. Shows are presented in a caring, authentic, relatable and compassionate way and their chemistry and back-and-forth dynamic keeps the show moving. If you're used to podcasts either being by autistics for autistics or by parents for parents, this show is good for both and anyone who loves someone in the autism community.

minnowtheshark ,

Awesome Resource for the Autism Community!

Although this is a newly-launched podcast, it is already obvious that it is an important and valuable resource for the Autism community. The seven episodes so far are packed with great information, presented in a professional and easy-to-listen-to manner. And it’s no wonder; cohosts Karen (who is on the spectrum herself) and John Krejcha are longtime members of the Autism community via their Autism Empowerment organization and Spectrum Life Magazine, and they have previous extensive experience in broadcasting and hosting from their time producing the Autism Empowerment Radio show. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone with any connection to Autism, whether you identify as autistic yourself, have friends or family members who do, or both. Looking forward to more terrific content!

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