Monday, March 26, 2012

2 Eggstra Fun Easter Egg Hunts in Vancouver for those with Autism and/or Other Special Needs

Hello Aspierations Friends!

Last year I shared on my blog two Easter Egg hunts for kids and young adults with special needs in the Greater Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR Metro area.

Our sons had a great time at both events. Happy kids make for happy parents.
This year, since Autism Empowerment is now up and running and has 501(c)(3) status, we're happy to say that we're personally involved in TWO great Easter Egg hunting events for kiddos with autism, Asperger's and/or ANY special needs.

The first event:

What: Eggstreme Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, April 7th, 2012 at your choice of 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.  
Cost: FREE

Who: Ages 2 years old through 5th grade

Where: LifePoint Church - 305 NE 192nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 892-7100

Details: Open to all abilities. This is the 3rd year that there will be a separate section each session designated for students with specials needs, including those who are in wheelchairs. There is a specific flat grassy area at the church where the egg hunt will be held. 

The main egg hunt should you choose not to participate in the special needs section is broken down by age and is held in the back field behind the church. Please note there is some uneven terrain.

For those who enjoy them, there are also Awesome Inflatables.

My husband and I are working with Donna to volunteer at this event. For additional information, contact Donna Schaefer at

The second event is Autism Empowerment's signature event at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, 2012! This is the egg hunt which was organized and run last year by Don and the Multnomah County Corrections Deputies Charitable Trust. Don is passing the torch to us this year. The great news is that he, Nancy and a number of past attendees will be volunteering and helping us host! 

Here are the details below:

Autism Empowerment is EGG-CITED to host our:
1st Annual Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt


Who May Attend? - Open to eggstra special children of all ages with ANY special needs (not just autism / Asperger's) looking to have FUN! We also will have an additional hunt for siblings / friends right afterwards.

How much - FREE !!!
Donations appreciated but not required.  We are a 501(c) nonprofit public charity. Tax ID #45-2455219.

Where - McKenzie Stadium - 2205 NE 138th Ave Vancouver, WA 98684 - behind Evergreen High School. Wheelchair and walker accessible. Bring an easter basket or bag to collect eggs!

When - 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7th, 2012 - Rain or Shine! Prepare for eggcitement! The event should start at about 4 p.m. but of course flexibility is always appreciated! We expect the first hunt to last about 15 minutes or so and that will include those with special needs only and their caregivers. We will then do a quick clean-up and have a separate hunt afterwards for siblings and friends.
Special Guest:  The Easter Bunny has been invited for an eggstra special guest appearance!  Tammy Fraley from Fraley Photography will be available for optional professional pictures or you may bring your own camera.
Contact Information: John via email or by phone: (360) 852-8369  
VOLUNTEERS Needed & welcome! We are also looking for sponsors / partners! If you know of anyone who would like to support the Egg Hunt, please let us know!
**Special Note: A very similar Egg Hunt was run at McKenzie Stadium for many years by Don and the Multnomah County Corrections Deputies Charitable Trust. The MCCDCT group is no longer in operations, however we are working directly with Don, Nancy and a number of their amazing volunteers. Don is graciously lending his expertise, resources and talent to this year's Egg Hunt. Don will be on hand as a Master of Ceremonies and to officially "pass the torch" to Autism Empowerment.
Pre-register at this link (not required but greatly appreciated as it will give us an idea how many to expect and how many eggs to prepare!)

SPECIAL THANKS to our Volunteers & Community Partners!  We plan to be hosting many future events and programs and can always use volunteers, donations and fund-raising help!

We also could not do this without Don Bryant from the Multnomah County Corrections Deputies Charitable Trust, Nancy Quarles, her 3 amazing children and extended family and so many others. We appreciate everyone who has offered to volunteer so far.
Thank you also in advance to the following community partners:
Fraley Photography - Tammy Fraley - photography and financial donation


Learning Palace - Easter Egg Hunt donation

Markon Signs and Decals - banner donation

Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza - pizza donation (prizes for Egg Hunt)
6715 Northeast 63rd Street, Vancouver, WA  98661
Vancouver Family Magazine - magazine / literature bag donation

So, Aspierations friends, if you're looking for an eggstraordinary day filled with egg-citement and eggstra special fun, mark Saturday, April 7th on your calendar and come join the hunts!



  1. Thank you so much for offering these events for our kids!