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KindTree - Autism Rocks is dedicated to serving and celebrating people on the Autism Spectrum through art, education, recreation and community. With warm hearted whimsy, an open sense of family and a deep level of caring, we reach inside ourselves to embrace our flaws, gather our strengths, and offer our love while reaching out to people on the autism spectrum, their families and care givers.
Founded in 1997 by two group home workers determined to remedy the lack of meaningful activities available to the residents they served, KindTree-Autism Rocks provides support, services, and information to empower and improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with autism, and the professionals who serve them. From its inception, this “grass roots” all volunteer nonprofit has maintained its focus on serving and celebrating people on the autism spectrum through art, education, recreation, and community.
In the past twenty two years, KindTree-Autism Rocks has grown from offering an overnight retreat in the Oregon forest for six adults to becoming a successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a 2,000+ distribution list, hundreds of student and community volunteers, a skill training curriculum serving 100+ students, and an art program representing dozens of artists. KindTree-Autism Rocks serves another 250 individuals through various community recreation programs, social media and an online blog, and provides real social events/activities where everyone can feel safe and be themselves.
Autism Rocks Friends and Family Camp: KindTree “Autism Rocks” annual end-of-summer family-oriented weekend event at Baker Boy Scout Camp, 150 acres of mixed conifer forest situated on Siltcoos Lake, 6 miles south of Florence, Oregon. A weekend of fun, relaxation, networking, swimming, music, theater, arts and crafts, noncompetitive sports, karaoke and theater. Serving 160 guests and 80 volunteers. Our flagship event since 1997.
Art Program: KindTree displays and promotes visual art created by people with autism, generating income and creating opportunities for them; building awareness of individuals’ autistic talent by means of our annual Festival of Art for All and subsequent displays in galleries, at restaurants, public buildings, agencies, schools, and other locations.
STiLE Program: “Skill Trainings for an Independent Living Experience” in a respectful group-learning environment, trainings include cooking healthful food, relationship building, personal empowerment, jewelry making, yoga and martial arts, and work readiness. Second Friday Social at Reality Kitchen provides an opportunity for people 16-up on the autism spectrum, family members and caregivers an opportunity to network, make friends and build community with like-minded people.
Advocacy Program for Adults on the Spectrum: Peer Support Groups in Eugene and Cottage Grove, Social Skills Class and peer-planned activities, and Peer-Led Advocacy Group. These programs are conceived by and for people with high-functioning autism and Asperger's who can converse with others in a group setting. Regulars and new arrivals ranging from 19 to 70 years old share stories and discuss different challenges posed by living with autism. Autists make friends and influence people.
Community Outreach and Education: Thrice-yearly “Reaching Out–Reaching In newsletter goes out to more than 1,500 households and businesses, educating our community about our upcoming KindTree “Autism Rocks” events, a community-wide calendar, local and national autism news, and articles by people who inhabit the autism spectrum. Our eFLASH bulletin goes out more frequently with updates about events and late-breaking news.