Autism Society of Colorado

Autism Society of Colorado creates connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. Our vision is to create a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it. the Connection is you!

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Autism 101

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Disabled
Families
General Public/Unspecified

Description

What is autism? A majority of the population cannot accurately describe the developmental disability now known Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals with Autism are constantly being stigmatized and misunderstood. Our Autism 101 trainings are provided to the community to inform, educate and spread acceptance.

The presentation covers the following topics:
• What is autism?
• What causes autism?
• What does autism look like?
• How do I support an individual with autism?

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Evidence of Program's Success

"Thank you so much for coming to present information about the Autism Society of Colorado to our parent support group. We appreciated that you took the time and brought materials to share with us. Thank you for creating a great discussion. We enjoy your partnership"
- Rachel F., Jefferson County Schools

Educational Advocacy

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Disabled
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Teachers

Description

ASC provides Educational Advocates to families at low cost to advise on and attend IEP meetings.


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Evidence of Program's Success

"I just want to extend my sincere appreciation to the Autism Society of Colorado and your Educational Advocacy program. Our advocate has been an incredible support for us, and is knowledgeable and always willing to help. She has been an absolute lifeline for our family, truly one in a million. Thanks for providing such high quality programs and services. We are blessed and fortunate to know & work with ASC!" - Mother of a 7 year old boy on the spectrum.

Autism Navigation Center

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
General Public/Unspecified
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Description

The Autism Navigation Center helps individuals and families get connected to the support they need, when they need it. With a robust statewide network, we are able to seamlessly connect individuals and families to resources like physician and therapist referrals, community center boards, support groups, education and employment support and other needed services. The Navigation Center is currently responding to approximately 60 inquiries per month from professionals, providers, community organizations and families. Navigation services are offered during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

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Evidence of Program's Success

"I just wanted to thank you for talking to me yesterday. I left with a feeling that there is a great group out there helping to educate and support families. Thank you for your time and positive vibe, I really did feel good about starting a relationship with the Autism Society."
- Tim M.

Policy Advocacy

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Families
General Public
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

ASC is working with a community-based committee to advise on policy making efforts of the Colorado legislature around law enforcement training on neurodiversity.

ASC's formidable public policy reputation and success with state legislative initiatives indicates it as a key participant in all public policy endeavors aimed at increasing quality of life for persons with disabilities. ASC was instrumental in HB21-1122, a bill that creates a commission to oversee training and curricula to improve law enforcement interactions with persons with disabilities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"My family is new to all of this - our son was only formally diagnosed last November (although in hindsight we knew before that).

Social and Support Groups

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

ASC's Social & Support Groups enable people with autism, along with their families, to interact with others who have similar experiences, receive emotional support and validation, share information and resources and build a sense of community. Support groups typically meet once or twice per month. Visit our website for detailed more detailed information.

ASC currently facilitates the following groups:

Parents of children under age 18 with Autism
Parents of twice-exceptional children (Autism + Giftedness)
Social group for youth/young adults (ages 15-22) with Autism
LGBTQ+ adults with Autism group
Parents of adults with Autism
Partners and spouses of individuals with Autism
Young adult with Autism yoga and mindfulness social group (ages 18-30)
Adults with Autism
Women with Autism
Social group for adults with Autism


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Evidence of Program's Success


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