Monday, July 30, 2012

A Mom's Perspective on Scouting

Greetings to all and I hope all our Autism and Scouting readers are doing well.
Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Tuesday July 31st from 1:00 - 1:30 pm PST . Our special guest interview will be with Erika Schron who has a unique perspective on the scouting program. She is mom of three scouts, each who has unique challenges and has had to overcome many obstacles.

Erika has served in a variety volunteer positions within the scouting world including Committee Member, Secretary and Treasurer and she will soon be a merit badge counselor for Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Dog Care, Pets, Nature, and Disability Awareness for the California Inland Empire Council, High Desert district.

Her oldest son (20) is currently on a Scouting extension. She has also had experience with the Lone Scouter program within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Erika has been homeschooling her 3 boys all with special & gifted needs since 1997. In 1999, she began advocating, consulting, writing & speaking about homeschooling Special Needs children through the Journey of Learning Academy. Her focus is on ASD as well as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Erika was also a California Homeschool Network Special Needs Contact from 2002-2005 as well was the California state representative for UnlockingAutism CA from 2003-2007.

She has self-published 2 books and is writing her 3rd. She moderates several Yahoo Groups: ASLearningAtHome, HomeschoolingBoys-CA and SpecialNeedsHSCA.

You can also find her on Facebook at any of the following: Erika Schron, Journey of Learning Academy (http://www.facebook.com/JourneyofLearningAcademy), or ASLearningAtHome. During her family’s many years of homeschooling and their journey with multiple neurodevelopmental challenges, Erika enjoys sharing her experiences through many different educational methods, curricula, therapies and research.

Erika has been a big supporter of the Autism and Scouting Facebook page and group for a long time. We look forward to an educational and entertaining interview.

Show day will be Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. PST / 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST.
There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/31/a-moms-perspective-on-scouting

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Here are direct links to both stations of Autism Empowerment:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

We invite you to come follow our shows and share the word about our new stations with your family, friends and social networks. The more we can spread the word, the better of a collaborative community we can develop!

So far, the response has been wonderful for both stations. We are glad so many people like us and are interested in tuning in to see what we have in store for the future. If you missed our first broadcast or any of our other shows you can always listen to us on demand in our archive section. Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is and what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean in terms of the programs and services we offer and develop. It’s a 30 minute show that givea a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment/2012/06/14/welcome-to-autism-empowerment-radio

If you 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 john@autismempowerment.org
                                                              
Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting

Autism and Scouting Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/

Autism and Scouting Radio Blog -  http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/


email  - john@autismempowerment.org  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tiger Cub Ryan and his view

We are so happy to say that the Autism and Scouting Radio show is being very well received all over the world  In recent broadcasts I have had the pleasure of interviewing Tony Mei, the BSA National Chairperson for Special Needs, Sean Williams, the creator of the Great Race 2 Autism Awareness and Adam Cox, Cubmaster and District Training Chair.

To listen to any of these shows in archive, please go to:
On Friday, we are going to start a new segment called “Inspiration from the Spectrum”. This will be where we will showcase scouts who are on the Autism Spectrum and talk about their successes and challenges.

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Friday July 20th from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm PST . Our special guest interview will be with Ryan, a Tiger Scout who is on the Autism Spectrum and his Akela, Karen.

Ryan is a Tiger who really loves being in scouts and is part of Cub Scout Pack 2. At approximately 18 months, Ryan stopped meeting his milestones and began regressing. He stopped talking (it seemed like he had lost his words), began pointing and grunting and would spin often. He was soon thereafter diagnosed with autism. Through a lot of hard work and in-home therapy, he eventually started to sign and later regained his speech. He then had two years of pre-school at the Early Childhood Center. Last fall, he entered a mainstream Kindergarten with SCIP and pull-out learning supports and has been making great progress.



In the fall of 2011, Ryan joined the Royal Rangers, a scouting program within our church and earned the ranks of Antelope, Ram, Elk, Caribou and Beaver. He also earned his Community Helper and Flag badges.


He has been watching his big brother be successful in scouting and was really excited to get started. He was able to join Cub Scout Pack 2 in June of this year where he has been very active.

He just recently completed his first night of camping and has earned his Bowling, BB Guns and Archery Belt Loop. He is currently working on this Bobcat badge and should have it complete by the end of Summer.

We will also be joined by his Akela, Mom Karen who is also the Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 2.

We for sure have no clue how this will go; I think it may be a bit crazy and all we ask is that you grab your seat and hold on for the ride.

Show day is Friday, July 20th, 2012 from 1:30 - 2:00 pm. PST. There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/27/tiger-cub-ryan-and-his-view

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Our next show scheduled show after Ryan is Thursday, July 31st, 2012 from 1:00 - 1:30 pm. PST when we talk to Erika Schron. I will have a blog about what we will be talking about this coming weekend.

If you 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 john@autismempowerment.org



Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting


email  - john@autismempowerment.org  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Talking with Scouter Adam

Greetings to all and I hope all our Autism and Scouting readers are doing well. I can’t believe that it is almost the end of July. Welcome to all.

What an amazing couple last radio broadcasts! We would love to hear your feedback and if you know of anybody that might make for a good interview, please let us know.

We have also set up a new blog site just for the Radio Broadcasts. To see all past shows and to see who is coming up, you can go to the following:
http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Thursday July 20th from 1:00 - 1:30 pm PST . Our special guest interview will be with Mr. Adam Cox who is also known as “ScouterAdam”.

Adam is an amazing scout leader who is dedicated to bringing scouting to youth with all abilities. He is currently the Cubmaster for Pack 221 in Portland, OR. He is also the Training Chair for the Pioneer District and he likes to joke that he is addicted to Roundtable meetings and anything scouting.  

In addition to his training that he gives through the Boy Scouts of America, he also offers both a blog and Podcast called ScouterAdam which can be read and heard here: http://scouteradam.wordpress.com/  

In the blog he talks all things scouting and is an amazing supporter of the scouting program. I strongly urge you to check it out.

Adam attained his Wood Badge Beads in March of 2009 and was part of the Beaver Patrol (the same as Sean Williams our last guest). In 2011, he was also a Woodbadge Troop Guide for the Bobwhite Patrol.

In addition to scouting, he a family man with a son in Cub Scouts and a daughter in Girl Scouts. Again being the joker that he is, he wanted people to also know that he is also a Platinum member of the Holiday Inn and MVP for Alaska Airlines. (Maybe he can get me a First Class upgrade next time I travel!)

We will focus on his role as a Cubmaster and how to work with parents that might not understand parents and scouts on the Autism Spectrum. We will also talk about training on a district level and what can be done as well as at the unit level. I am sure that Adam will have some stories that will be entertaining as well.  We have a lot to cover and this is one you will not want to miss.

Show day will be Thursday, July 26th, 2012 from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. PST / 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST.
There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/11/tony-mei-and-working-with-scouts-with-disabilities

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Here are direct links to both stations of Autism Empowerment:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

We invite you to come follow our shows and share the word about our new stations with your family, friends and social networks. The more we can spread the word, the better of a collaborative community we can develop!

So far, the response has been wonderful for both stations. We are glad so many people like us and are interested in tuning in to see what we have in store for the future. If you missed our first broadcast or any of our other shows you can always listen to us on demand in our archive section. Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is and what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean in terms of the programs and services we offer and develop. It’s a 30 minute show that givea a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment/2012/06/14/welcome-to-autism-empowerment-radio

If you 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 john@autismempowerment.org

Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting

Autism and Scouting Blog - http://autismandscouting.blogspot.com/

Autism and Scouting Radio Blog -  http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/


email  - john@autismempowerment.org  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great Race 2 Autism Awareness and Sean Williams


Greetings to all and I hope all our Autism and Scouting readers are having a wonderful July.

We are so happy to say that the Autism and Scouting Radio show is being very well received all over the world. I have to say that during the first couple broadcasts, I was a bit nervous but with each show, I am getting the kinks worked out.

We have also set up a new blog site just for the Radio Broadcasts. To see all past shows and to see who is coming up, you can go to the following:
http://www.autismandscoutingradio.blogspot.com/

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment  of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Friday July 20th from 10:00 - 10:30 am PST . Our special guest interview will be with Mr. Sean Williams who is the creator of the Great Race 2 Autism Awareness.

Sean is an amazing scout leader who is dedicated to bringing scouting to youth with all abilities. He is currently the Chairperson of the Foxfire District Special Needs Committee, District Roundtable Commissioner, Committee Member for Troop 3 which dates back 102 years to the founding of the Boy Scouts America and he is currently the driving force in putting together a Special Needs Venturing Crew (Crew 88) what will have its area of focus on life skills.

In addition to all of Sean’s leadership positions, he has been a strong advocate for training in the area of special needs. He hasn  run Special Needs Awareness Nights, developed a Special Needs Awareness Patch Program, Special Needs Awareness Unit Award, Special Needs & Scouting Roundtable training and developed and ran the Great Race to Autism Awareness.

Sean has earned his District’s Award of Merit, Commissioner Arrowhead Award and has completed Wood Badge as a Beaver. But his greatest treasure and his motivation is his son Richard, who is an Eagle Scout.

When his son Andrew was old enough to join scouting in 1984 that was when Tony went into Scouting full force and has never looked back.

We will focus on the Great Race 2 Autism Awareness that he developed and ran at the local Scout-O-Rama this past spring. We will find out what he learned, how the Great Race was run and how other scout leaders can use the program that he developed.  We will hear about the feedback that he has been getting. We will also get some tips on how to motivate local units to become more accepting to those that have scouts on the Autism Spectrum.

If there is enough time, we would also like to talk to him about the Venturing Crew that he is putting together but we may have to have him back again to talk about that venture.

Show day is Friday, July 20th, 2012 from 10:00 - 10:30 am. PST. There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio/2012/07/11/tony-mei-and-working-with-scouts-with-disabilities

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Our next show scheduled show after Sean Williams is Thursday, July 26th, 2012 from 1:00 - 1:30 pm. PST when we talk to Adam Cox, Cubmaster and District Trainer. There are a couple of ways to tune in:

Here are direct links to both stations:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

We invite you to come follow our shows and share the word about our new stations with your family, friends and social networks. The more we can spread the word, the better of a collaborative community we can develop!

So far the response has been wonderful for both stations. We are glad so many people like us and are interested in tuning in to see what we have in store for the future. If you missed our first broadcast or any of our other shows you can always listen to us on demand in our archive section. Here is a link directly to our Welcome to Autism Scouting Radio broadcast.

We also wanted to provide a link to our Welcome to Autism Empowerment Radio broadcast because this is a really great show that explains who Autism Empowerment is (we’re a 501(c) non-profit public charity), what our mission is, what our four foundational pillars of Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower mean and during this 30 minute show, we give a great overall at look at where we’ve been in the past year, what we’re doing and where we’re going.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment/2012/06/14/welcome-to-autism-empowerment-radio

If you 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 john@autismempowerment.org

Accept, Enrich, Inspire, Empower!

To learn more about Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) public charity and to help financially support our Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:

Autism and Scouting Program, please visit:Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org

Autism Empowerment Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment

Autism and Scouting Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/autismandscouting


email  - john@autismempowerment.org  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Welcome to Autism and Scouting Radio

Welcome to the official website for Autism and Scouting Radio, your source for Acceptance,EnrichmentInspiration and Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger's communities.

Autism and Scouting Radio is a program of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Autism Empowerment and contains two unique stations on the BlogTalkRadio Network:


Autism and Scouting Radio (a specialty station that is part of Autism Empowerment's Autism and Scouting program) - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismandscoutingradio

Autism Empowerment Radio (our main station and a featured program of Autism Empowerment) -http://www.blogtalkradio.com/autismempowerment

Our first broadcast from Autism Empowerment Radio was on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 and is now available for free on podcast and On-Demand Archive.  Please make sure to listen in as our first broadcast, "Welcome To Autism Empowerment Radio" is an introductory show specifically about the non-profit, Autism Empowerment. In this show, Karen Krejcha, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Autism Empowerment shares Autism Empowerment's mission, the story behind our four foundational pillars, AcceptEnrichInspireEmpower and plans for both the near future and the long term.
Autism and Scouting Radio kicked off our first broadcast on July 6th, 2012. As with all Autism and Scouting Radio broadcasts, if you miss the initial airing, you can catch the show online later at any time. Our first show was an Introduction to the Autism and Scouting Program of Autism Empowerment.
With John Krejcha as host and Karen Krejcha as co-host, this broadcast highlighted Autism and Scouting program history, what is being done in the present and plans for the future including upcoming broadcasts with top scouters from scouting programs around the world.
Whether you're tuning into Autism Empowerment Radio or our sister station, Autism and Scouting Radio, for all shows, you are welcome to listen live through the internet. 
You can also listen live by phone by calling into our station during broadcasting time at:
(347) 855-8132 for Autism and Scouting Radio
 or (602) 753-1530 for Autism Empowerment Radio
We will have each the broadcast available on podcast to listen to at your leisure later.  Please bookmark or follow our Autism and Scouting Radio blog because this is the place where you can link directly to past broadcasts, find out about future broadcasts and find additional information and links from each of our individual broadcasts. 
Each radio broadcast will also have a separate blog post here at  Autism and Scouting Radio. That way if you heard something interesting on one of our shows but didn't write down the URL or weren't sure about the spelling of a guest's name, you will be able to find that here!
Autism and Scouting Radio will be focusing primarily on Autism, Asperger's, sensory issues and scouting around the world. (Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Venturers, Royal Rangers, Joeys, Campfire Girls, Beavers, American Heritage Girls, etc.)
We initially plan to host 1 or 2 shows a week but as we raise money, gain sponsors and support for our 501(c)(3) non-profit, we look forward to increasing our coverage. 

Thank you!  We are very excited about being your radio source for Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration & Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger's Scouting communities!
To get more information about Autism Empowerment's Autism and Scouting Program and Autism and Scouting in general, please visit our website at:

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