Inspiring Parents and Caregivers to live in Hope, Joy and Empowerment.


…to create a New World for Autism!

Today, there is a stigma associated with Autism.  As a whole, when people think of Autism, they think about the challenges associated with the diagnosis and can be more focused on what these individuals can’t do, rather than on their capabilities.  In other words, they see the cup as half empty.

At Autism Shifts, we see Autism in a very different way!  We look for and find all the positive aspects and capabilities of individuals with Autism and build upon those.

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Highlights from Vicky Westra's Recent Interview on Inventors Launchpad

Can you elaborate on the misperception of individuals with autism? You know that the whole program, the Artistas Cafe program was really a representation of the shift because what happens is, people have such a misperception of autism. When…

Do we get what we expect for our Autistic Children?

Today, I read an article and the title was “Autistic restaurant worker Goes Unpaid for Months”. It resonated with me as I know very well from our autistic team members who work at Artistas that many of them were unpaid workers before securing…

Autism? Then Seek first to Understand

In the bible in the book of Proverbs it says "Seek first to understand, then to be understood". Stephen Covey the Leadership Guru also used "seek first to understand" as habit #5 in his leading book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". People…

Today’s statistics reflect the following for this population:


Unemployment Rate


Dependent Living Rate


Community Integration

We serve Individuals with Autism

and help them discover or enhance their unique skills, abilities and interests and help empower them with the tools they need so they are able to fill their own cups and move towards employment and independence!  Through our workshops, training and educational programs and our events, we put them on their path so they can live their life on purpose using their unique talents and interests.


We serve Parents/Caregivers 

as they play a key role in creating pathway towards employment and independence for their loved one, we serve parents, caregivers, and families.  Families are oftentimes in a situation where they are living in fear or hopelessness about the future.  They may not understand the diagnosis of Autism and how to best help their loved one (or themselves).  Through our workshops and educational programs, we are here to help families understand Autism and teach them the tools and strategies they need to help their children to lead fulfilled and productive lives.  We also want to help create Green Zone families that are living in a place of joy, hope and optimism about all the possibilities.


We serve Businesses 

who are interested in becoming Autism Employment Ready to employ this talented, dedicated and focused market of untapped potential employees.  Many businesses are experiencing high turnover rates, lower productivity, lack of engagement and lower absentee rates.   We believe the Autism population can be an answer to these problems.  What we experienced is nothing short of magic when we place the right individual with autism with the matching skills and talents in the right employment role.

We serve the Broader Community 

through our workshops, speaking engagements and community and civic group presentations. If you or your group want to know more about Autism, connect with us!

In Order to create a New World where all these things can happen, it will take individuals with Autism, their Parents/Caregivers/Families, Businesses and the broader community coming together to make this vision a reality!  If this is you or you feel called, we invite you to become an Autism Shifter!

Autism Today

People with Autism are a major part of what we refer to today as the Neurodiversity Movement.  According to Wikipedia, Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and mental health that argues various neurological conditions are the result of normal variations in the human genome.

The Neurodiversity movement describes itself as an international civil rights movement of which the autism rights movement is its most influential sub-movement.  The movement promotes self-advocacy of its members.   Autism Shifts subscribes to this movement.

People with Autism think and see the world differently in many aspects. We celebrate these differences and see many aspects that others consider challenges as strengths.  We also believe that we are all part of a bigger whole and have more in common then differences.  Our program is not about changing individuals that have been diagnosed with autism as they don’t need to be changed.  Our philosophy is teaching those with Autism about themselves and the world in which they live and at the same time, educating the world about Autism so that these two worlds can coexist in harmony.  This makes our world a better place for all!

We are out to change that through the Autism Shifter Movement!