Wow, it has been awhile since I've posted at this blog. In the interim it seems like Blogger made some changes so I need to spend a little time figuring those out.
I have some fantastic news to share that has been a long time in the making!
In June of 2011, my husband John and I filed paperwork Washington to found a nonprofit corporation named Autism Empowerment. In July we mailed in our 501(c)(3) paperwork to the IRS and in September we received our 501(c)(3) public charity / tax-exempt status determination letter from the IRS.
Our non-profit is now on the map! Now of course when I saw "our", it does not belong to me and John, although coming in as an entrepreneur from a for-profit industry, I'll have to admit that there are a lot of things that are different in the nonprofit world.
Below I have include a little about Autism Empowerment taken from the Welcome page on the Autism Empowerment website. We invite you to check us out!
I will still be writing personal blogs here at Aspierations as time permits. I will also blog at Autism Empowerment. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Please come like us at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment
Please come follow us at Twitter: @autismempowermt
Please visit our website and Get Involved! http://www.autismempowerment.org
We are in start-up stages so if you believe in what we aspire to offer, we greatly appreciate your support!
Autism Empowerment is an educational and charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity serving those in the autism community. We are dedicated to enriching and empowering the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD / NOS and related autism spectrum disorders and co-conditions.
Founded in 2011 in Vancouver, Washington by a family with 3 out of 4 traveling daily along on the autism spectrum, we are excited and honored to have the opportunity to service the local, national and international autism community. Come join us on our journey! We welcome and appreciate your support and generosity!
By developing and providing programs, projects, support and resources to individuals, families, caregivers and educators that promote acceptance, improve life skills and encourage self-advocacy and empowerment, we seek to support and inspire those on the autism spectrum to reach their highest potential.
The four foundational pillars of Autism Empowerment are Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower.
Accept - We strongly promote the unconditional acceptance of those on the autism spectrum and with related disorders. By accepting each spectrum traveler for who they are, where they are, we are promoting both autism acceptance and autism awareness.
Enrich - Our goal is to provide educational resources, programs and tools to improve and enhance life skills for those on the autism spectrum as well as their families, caregivers, therapists and teachers. We aspire to make life more meaningful and rewarding.
Inspire - We dedicate ourselves to be a positive, uplifting organization that encourages and celebrates success in all individuals. We believe each person on the autism spectrum has the opportunity to make a positive difference in this world.
Empower - We strive to empower those on the autism spectrum to achieve a higher quality of life academically, emotionally, financially, socially and spiritually.
We are a publicly funded non-profit corporation depending on the generosity of the public to fund our programs. We offer a number ways to give and get involved! Thank you for your generosity and support. We have big goals and big dreams!
Thank you for visiting! We look forward to having you back again in the future!