1 in 36 individuals now are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum in the United States. That means, every one of us, known or unknown, is impacted by individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Even with the increasingly commonality of autism diagnoses, there is still a lack of understanding when it comes to the breadth and depth of the autism spectrum and, therefore, a lack of accessible, high-quality support. Autism is and individual experience that must have individualized support. Our vision is a world where individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and communities have access to the support and solutions needed to maximize learning potential and individual success.
"Autism has no boundaries, so we knew we had to attach to an organization with a history of disrupting & dismantling stigmas while providing life changing support. We found this & more with Firefly Autism & now our beloved Luciano is armed with skills to break barriers & ignites his own path!" - Nicole Taylor, Firefly Autism Parent & Board Member
"I am writing to let your team know how grateful my wife and I are for all the fantastic work you have done with our child. Teaching children with autism is not an easy task, but it seems that each Firefly teacher was hired to do just that. We have been amazed at the quality and professionalism they possess as well as their energetic, positive attitudes. Thank you to Firefly for the great work you do daily, you are making a difference in each of these children's lives." - A Firefly Parent
See how our programs are changing lives
Firefly provides services primarily to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual/developmental disabilities who have social, behavioral, or communicative support needs. Working with individuals from 18 months to over 70-years of age, we are one of the few places in Colorado where everyone, including adults, are not only welcome, but are also receiving support. Additionally, we offer supports to the siblings and families of autistic individuals. With collaboration from families and other providers, we deliver services through individualized behavioral plans and instructional goals that meet the learner's interests, values, and support needs. We utilize the principles of assent-based and values-based practices, ensuring a person-centered approach to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to create individualized programs that align with our learner’s values. Treatment plans address individual support needs, with an emphasis on building skills in the areas of communication, self-advocacy, social-emotional skills, functional life skills, and adaptive behaviors. Goals and learning objectives are created in collaboration with the learner and their family. At Firefly, we prioritize embracing our learner’s differences, and supporting their needs. We value our learner for who they are and seek to equip them with the skills and tools they need to navigate their world.
- Center-Based Services: Early intervention (ages 3-7), School-age (ages 7-21), Early intervention inclusion program
- Center & Community-Based Services: Vocational training & transition program (ages 18-21), adult groups & social skills groups (ages 21+)
- Home-Based Services (all ages)
- Firefly South, Colorado Springs: Home-based services (all ages), clinic-based services (2-12), social skills groups (all ages)