ASC has Three Main Programs:
- Community Connections –
- Information & Referral - ASC responds to more than 150 inquiries for support monthly, hosts the www.autismcolorado.org website, publishes a newsletter for more than 2,500, produces timely email Action Alerts, and monitors the Autism-CO Listserv peer support.
Community Enrichment – a hallmark of the Autism Society of Colorado are the social events we offer for families (with child care provided) to ensure a sense of belonging to a caring community and a safe harbor environment of acceptance. Adults with autism spectrum disorders attend ASC Community events as well and feel admired and respected. The ASC Give Me a Break program provides respite grants to complement our respite provider training programs. We have poignant letters of thanks from many families who are very moved that ASC cares about them.
- Education – ASC performs public awareness outreach through more than 50 speaking engagements annually, as well as designs and produces autism provider trainings and workgroups, and instructional seminars for families, advocates, caregivers and individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
- Policy – ASC has spearheaded 13 laws resulting in more than $50 million in funding for supports and services in Colorado. In 2009, the Colorado legislature passed ASC’s 14th funding law, a health insurance mandate (HIMAT), generating more than $100 million annually for treatment for more than 9,000 Colorado families. ASC is one of the most respected disability nonprofits in statewide policy efforts, is a requested partner in policy development by the Colorado Departments of State, the Colorado legislature, and is a collaborative partner in the Colorado Autism Commission.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 16:00