2017 Events & Gatherings



To inquire about Samantha’s services as a speaker or workshop presenter, please go to speaker and workshop presenter. Sam is available for one-on-one employment consulting, large group consulting, as a motivational guest speaker, and as a professional educator.


Local Monthly Gatherings in Washington, USA:

June 13th theme is creative expression. Hope to see you there!

August’s meeting this year will be held on a Saturday. See below for more information! 

Monthly women’s gatherings are held the second Tuesday of the month from 5pm to 9pm, in Samantha Craft’s home in Western Washington. Gatherings are for autistics, neurodivergent individuals, parents of autistics, those who have an interest about autism, and those who want to support a loved on on the autism spectrum. Please bring a dish to share. Each month is a different theme. Contact or Samantha on social media for more information.

 Olympia is a quaint town with many unique stores and eateries. You can out more information at the city website. The Farmers Market is only a few miles from the park and open Thursday through Sunday until 3pm in the spring and summer. The Capitol building offerer great free tours. There are many other fun things to do about town, like renting kayaks. Visit Olympia has a list of great activities in Olympia and surrounding areas.

If you’d like to start a gathering where you live, check out AVA.


2017 Spectrum Suite Annual Get-Together

August 19th in Olympia, Washington

Women’s Gathering

Mark your calendar for a daytime slumber party at Sam’s, August 19th from 5pm to midnight. Come as you are and bring a dish to share. We’ll have a day of activities planned (mostly indoors). Drop in and out or stay the whole time. Suggested donation $10 to $20. Our day will include a walk around the greenery in Sam’s neighborhood and a recap of some of our favorites from our Tuesday night gatherings — pampering, healing, creative expression. We’ll have a ‘girly’ movie hour, scrumptious snacks, and lots of time to relax. A low key event meant to foster community, connection, and support. Ideas welcome. If you’d like to present something or share a skill or talent, let me know! for information email:

Sam has a private area in her house filled with books, for anyone needing a retreat from the activities and a bird-filled front yard and private balcony for mini-escapes.


Samantha Craft’s

Upcoming and Recent 2017 Events




Public Presentations May – September 2017

Library Autism Awareness & Everyday Aspergers (Chehalis, WA, USA)

Westside Olympia Rotary Club Autism Awareness (Olympia, WA, USA)

South Puget Sound Community College Guest Speaker (Olympia, WA, USA)

Project Aspie Guest Speaker (via Skype in UK) June 21st

Panelist for Easterseals Thrive  honoring the anniversary of the ADA, including topics on independence, pride, support and togetherness, including as ADA relates to education and employment. (Online on Twitter. Tentative date 7/20 at 6pm CST)

South Sound Olympia Rotary Club Autism Awareness (Olympia, WA, USA)

Shelton Rotary Club Autism Awareness (Shelton, WA, USA)

Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Empowerment and Employment Workshop (Lacey, WA, USA)

Workshop Presenter: Aspergers on Fire at World Autism Festival (Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

Past events here



ANCA World Autism Festival: A Voice for Autistics

“This is my first experience ever at the festival and I am in tears. I feel like I can be completely myself and be totally accepted. Everyone here is so kind and genuine and caring. And the stories and accomplishments touch my heart. I cannot wait to come back next year. I finally feel like I found home.” (participant at 2016 ANCA World Autism Festival)


The World Autism Festival (held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada) is like no other event around the world. Entirely created, organized, and run by autistic people, ANCA supporters and attendees hold true to the understanding that autism is gleaned from real life experience and the voice of actual autistics.  

Honoring the organization’s core values of compassion, understanding, and diversity, this year, the 8th Annual World Autism Festival will be held from September 29 – October 4, 2017 (with delegates arriving on September 28). Two days of innovative presentations will be held on Monday, Oct. 2 and Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

The theme of the 2017 Festival is “Cultural Convergence” to highlight the importance and value of individuals from all over the world joining together in unity to educate, inspire, and connect.

Included in the workshop venue will be an interactive presentation by the founders of ANCA!

The ANCA World Autism Festival now reaches over 30 countries with an outreach of 148 countries. ANCA (Autistic Network for Community Achievement) has been providing services to autistic individuals and their families since 1995. Combined, ANCA has over 60 years of experience providing services to the autism and special abilities communities.

For the 2017 ANCA Festival, we are searching across the globe for educational presentations with a worldwide appeal to autistics and those that support individuals on the autism spectrum.

We’d love to hear from you!

For more information about this year’s highly anticipated event, or to apply to be a 2017 event presenter, go to: