Serving The Pacific Northwest

Building Community For Those Who Have None

People of all neurotypes deserve to find a place where they can become a meaningful part of a community and feel accepted, needed & appreciated.

We are that place.

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About Us

Our History

Acceptance was founded in 2016 after seeing the immense need for a place for individuals and families dealing with Asperger's, Autism, Anxiety, Depression and similar conditions to relax, connect and make new friends in purpose-built, understanding and accepting environment.

In March of 2017, we secured permission from Seth MacNeely, owner of Grey Owl Hollow in Centralia, WA to use his property to host camping weekends in his on-property forest campground, and had over 60 people attend our first summer of camping weekends, some flying in from as far as Atlanta, Georgia or driving up from Sacramento, California to attend.

After a very successful first summer, and having validated the demand for our program, along with the efficacy of our model, we set out to plan our next summer of activities, find a permanent home and begin to build our community.

In the summer 0f 2018, we had another 40+ people join us for camping, Dungeons & Dragons & LARPing (Live Action Role Playing). Also in 2018, in partnership with Asperger Experts, we held our first overseas retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand, as a way of further validating our model. 36 people from 4 continents joined us for that week, and further cemented the need for a purpose built facility to do our work.

Now, as we look toward the future, we aim to purchase property directly adjacent to Grey Owl Hollow, build permanent facilities and continue to build community for those who have none.

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Meet The Team

Danny Raede

Director

CEO & Co-Founder of Asperger Experts. Diagnosed with Asperger's at age 12. Lover of tacos.

James Gibbs

Community Liason

Computer Science engineer. Diagnosed with Asperger's at age 32. Creator & player of all types of games.

Titus Kahoutek

Head of Wellness Services

Co-Founder of Heroics Training Systems. Personal Trainer & Somatic Coach. Movement ninja.

Seth MacNeely

Consultant & on-site support

Lead Steward @ Grey Owl Hollow. Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Lorax.

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Our Purpose

Authentic Friendship And Deep Community Ties For All

Everyone needs to feel heard, appreciated, accepted and needed. And yet, most people on the neurodiversity spectrum (Asperger's, Autism, Etc) haven't felt much of that in their life.

Let's change that together.

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Stories & Reflections

Our Impact

"My twelve-year-old said, "Hey, Mom, did you know there are MORE camping weekends this year?!?"

He really liked the shower setup, especially after a weekend camping without a shower the week before. He liked the bonfire, fireworks, ... and just being out in nature.

Seth and his family were very welcoming, wonderful people; you need a host like that to make folks feel comfortable. Thanks!"

Elizabeth Wartluft
Portland, OR

"Thank you for being my tribe, you guys are the safe place that I have that I didn’t know I needed.

I cannot explain to you all how calm I now feel. I honestly didn’t realize how much I needed the retreat, it has changed me in such profound ways that I cannot articulate it much less understand the change, our time together has been a turning point in my life.

It wasn’t until I came home that I realized you were the first people to tell me that [my son] was going to be ok, even at the time when some of you said that to me the significance was lost but now when I think about what was said to me I realize you are right, he is going to be ok. I now know that I can let go of the anxiety I was holding on to around [my son] and his social/emotional present and future. Writing that statement brings me to tears.

I want to thank each and everyone one of you for changing the trajectory of my life you have all played a major role in how I feel about myself, every single one of you have been a part of showing me how to start my journey to emotional strength and I can never repay you all for that gift.

Inger Traberg
Melbourne, Australia

"My 13 year old gave it a 5 star rating with the bonfire, swing, fireworks, and the communal fire pit.

He loved meeting new friends where he could just relax and be himself. He said it was Excellent.

I really appreciated how everyone was so friendly and helpful and we all came together for a successful weekend. Usually I’m pretty anxious making sure everything is going well and getting done and I didn’t have that this time.

My husband wants to tell my son’s scout master about this place and bring them here."

Carey Roman
Olympia, WA

"[My son] sent me a message from school yesterday that he was having an anxiety attack (existential crisis - he worries about death and dying and if there is anything "more").

Normally this would mean a trip to sick bay and a call for me to come and get him, but he texted that he was going to try out some of the things that taught him - and guess what!? No going to sick bay, no crippling anxiety - just did some breathing and then got back on with it! Amazing and life changing - YES!"

Karen Tamsitt
Sydney, Australia

In The News

"Peggy, whose child is on the Autism spectrum, has camped at Acceptance both summers with her family. She appreciates the opportunity for her child to make friends and for her to make connections as well.

'I do feel isolated,' says Peggy. 'So, coming here is my chance to meet other people. And there’s at least some understanding among all the people here so you feel like you can relax because the life they’re describing sounds exactly like mine. It’s nice to know that you’re not alone.'"
"Peggy, whose child is on the Autism spectrum, has camped at Acceptance both summers with her family. She appreciates the opportunity for her child to make friends and for her to make connections as well.

'I do feel isolated,' says Peggy. 'So, coming here is my chance to meet other people. And there’s at least some understanding among all the people here so you feel like you can relax because the life they’re describing sounds exactly like mine. It’s nice to know that you’re not alone.'"
"'This is a pretty cool place to camp,' he said.

For the parents of kids like Allen, these moments are more than simply endearing. They are glimpses at the amazing kids these parents know they have. And this space, a campground called Acceptance: A Transformative Place is a chance for their entire families to rest and recharge from the toll that living in the spectrum of Autism disorders can take.

Located between Centralia and Rochester, Acceptance is the brainchild of Danny Raede, CEO and co-founder of Asperger Experts, a Seattle-based online Asperger’s support and education clearinghouse accessed by 500,000 people in 89 countries. Raede, who serves as the Director for the Board of Acceptance, was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 12. "
Our Vision

A Purpose-Built Facility For Connection, Community & Confidence-Building

Interships & Employment

A live-work program created for learning new skills, building confidence & having an instant welcoming community, specifically designed for young adults.

Community Gatherings

Weekend and week long gatherings designed for fostering new friendships in a welcoming setting.

A Relaxing Environment

Facilities & grounds intentionally designed to be non-overwhelming and pleasant to be in.

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Our Programs

Designed To Cultivate Deeper Connections & A Sense Of Belonging

Camping Weekends

Come camping each summer with us at "Grey Owl Hollow" just outside of Centralia, WA. Great for families that need some time away in a relaxing, accepting setting.

Acceptance In The City

Join us in Seattle, WA for afternoons filled with games, discussions and new friends. Great for families of all ages.

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Updates, Thoughts & More

How Movement Heals The Nervous System

September 26, 2018
As with most systems and organs of the body, movement serves multiple purposes. Beyond locomotion, movement plays a crucial role in digestion, circulation, respiration, metabolism, and sensory awareness.
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Connection: On Feeling Seen, Heard & Accepted

August 23, 2018
Not many would dispute social connections can bring happiness and help us live longer and more fulfilling lives. There are numerous studies looking into just how big of an effect they can have. One meta-analysis across 148 studies (308,849 participants) found benefits comparable to giving up smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
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The Built Environment Affects Us Far More Than We Are Aware Of

July 11, 2018
For the past 70 years, there has been a whole host of science that shows that the way we build anything, whether that be a gazebo in a park or a massive multi-building school campus, has drastic influences on our wellbeing.
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Nature isn't just nice... it's necessary

June 8, 2018
Over the last 40 years, a huge body of evidence has begun to accumulate that spending time in nature isn’t a luxury or just a nice diversion; it is a vital part of maintaining a healthy body and healthy emotions.
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