Founded in 1997 by two group home workers determined to remedy their clients’ lack of meaningful activities, 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 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.
With warm hearted whimsy, an open sense of family and a deep level of caring, we reach within ourselves to embrace our flaws, gather our strengths, and offer our love, while reaching out to people on the autism spectrum, their families and caregivers, and to our community at large. Through the power of self-advocacy in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, autistic and neuro-normal people alike can work toward self-realization.