Are you ready to create a...Green Zone Life
Autism Shifts began with one family’s journey from the old, stigmatized way of thinking about the diagnosis to a more hopeful and joyful perspective. We are on a mission to share what we’ve learned with you, helping to guide your shift from the Red Zone (which is dominated by negative emotions like anger, fear and worry) to the Green Zone (where Autism is celebrated and accepted)! If you’re living in a place of hope, happiness and optimism, you’re living the Green Zone Life – and this is our goal for the Autism Community! We offer a Shifter Membership subscription, Courses, Workshops and Events to guide you from a position of “Learning” to the higher level of “Leading/Advocating”.
Are You in the Red Zone?
Do you feel despair, fear or anger? Are you worried about an uncertain future? Do you only see Autism’s challenges, believing you are limited by the stigma that surrounds the diagnosis? If you answered yes to these questions, then you know how it feels to be in the Red Zone, and it’s not a good feeling place! The Red Zone is filled with negative emotions like insecurity, doubt and powerlessness. Stigma wants to keep you stuck there…but we are here to help you shift your perspective and understanding of Autism, allowing your family to experience more hope, appreciation and joy than you ever thought possible!
What We Do at Autism Shifts
We are leading the movement of individuals with Autism and families who are ready to make the shift from the Red Zone to the Green Zone, where each person’s Uniquabilities are embraced, where work environments and communities are inclusive and where life is lived on purpose! We do this through:
- Shifter Membership through our Specialized Training, tools and processes, access to resources and live coaching and meet-up groups.
- On-Line Workshops/Courses
- Live and Pre-recorded Events
New Perspectives on Autism
On-Line Course for YAWA’S
(Individuals diagnosed with Autism Ages 18 and above)
Are you ready to start seeing your diagnosis of autism from a whole new and empowered perspective? This 4-week course will help you to better understand the characteristics of autism, bring awareness to your thoughts about the autism label and help you identify things that you like about yourself and that makes you a unique and wonderful part of this world. This course lays the foundation for what thought processes you can implement to start creating the life you want.
New Perspectives on Autism
On-Line Course for Parents and Caregivers
Are you ready to start seeing your child’s diagnosis of autism from a whole new and empowered perspective? This 4-week course will help you to better understand the characteristics of autism, bring awareness to your thoughts about the autism label and help you identify things that you like about your child and the things that makes them a unique and wonderful part of this world. This course lays the foundation for what thought processes you can implement to start creating a new perspective around the diagnosis as well as your child.
Our View of Autism
Our definition of Autism is very different from what you find when you research it on the website or when you speak to those that have not yet made the Shift!
Today, there are a lot of individuals that are receiving the diagnosis of Autism. The CDC states that it’s 1 in every 54 children, however we believe there are a lot more people than that and a lot more coming
Our view of individuals with Autism is that they:
- Are Leading the Neurodiversity Movement.
- Think differently.
- View the World differently.
- Came into this world to Be DIFFERENT, Not LESS.
- Are totally AWESOME!
We believe that NOW is the time to ”SHIFT” our perspective of Autism and see our community through a Green Zone lens with all it’s beauty, talents and abilities!
The Westra Family Story
Our journey through the world of Autism started when we received the diagnosis for our daughter Gabbi at the age of four. For many years we suffered, living in a place of worry, anger and fear (which we call the “Red Zone”) because we didn’t understand the diagnosis nor Gabbi’s behaviors, let alone her view of the world. Thus began my personal journey in search of the knowledge, tools, and processes to help “shift” our understanding of Autism. In 2011, I started Artistas Café, a program that provided training and employment for young adults on the Autism Spectrum. This gave me an even greater understanding and appreciation of Autism not only as a trainer and business owner, but more importantly as a mom. The experience working with our employees on the spectrum shifted my perspective and as a result my relationship with Gabbi improved, greatly increasing the well-being of our entire family. Today, I am on a mission to share what I’ve learned to help others in our Autism community who are living in the Red Zone shift to living in the Green Zone. There they can experience more hope, appreciation, joy and unconditional love than they likely have thought possible! As more of us are in this new place of understanding, we can join together to create a new reality for our Autism Community”
– Vicky, Pier and Gabbi Westra
Connect With Our Community
Our Upcoming Events, Workshops and Meet Ups
When you register for an Autism Shifts event, you will be automatically enrolled in the FREE level of our Shifter Membership Program, giving you access to even more specialized training, resources and connection opportunities!
Recent Blogs and Podcasts
Check out the posts below for resources for the Autism Community. We are on a mission to share what we’ve learned with you!
It is ridiculous how time seems to speed up when you aren’t looking. One day it’s January and then all of sudden, you look up and it’s December. Since I make every effort to value time, I can’t stand it when that happens. It makes me feel like we spend way too much time just standing around with our mouths open, catching flies, instead of taking full advantage of our limited resource, time. It makes me think about how much time we waste being unhappy, and it is so NOT okay with me that we just willy-nilly squander this nonrenewable resource with such an unproductive state.
While we know that each autistic has their own individual brand of autism, there are a few things that we can all agree upon. For example, the importance of stimming, the desire for alone time, the...
Jude Morrow is an autistic best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and keynote speaker from Derry, Northern Ireland. Jude travels the world to showcase through his talks that autistic...