Ben Craighead and I took our first trip to Denver, Colorado in order to expand CARD’s mission of helping improve the lives of individuals diagnosed with autism. We began our trip by attending the Autism Society of Colorado’s (ASC) Annual Summer Picnic on July 17, 2011. The event was an intimate get-together of families, service providers and volunteers at Berkeley Park to share in food, fun and family. We were greeted by many friendly faces, one of which was ASC’s Executive Director Betty Lehman. We had a lengthy conversation regarding the three methods of support that ASC provides to the Denver community: Advocacy for services to all affected by autism; through their efforts to create and support public policy regarding services; and through community education. Betty also introduced us to many of the ASC staff and supporting families and we were able to expand on CARD’s variety of services.
The second part of our trip involved getting to know the Denver area. As we were exploring the city and surrounding areas, we had the opportunity to meet with attorneys who represent individuals with autism. We were glad to sit down and discuss the challenges that many individuals with autism face in regards to securing appropriate services. We also visited various venues to hold our Fall Autism Conference. Denver has so many beautiful and interesting venues from the Museum of Nature and Sciences to the beautiful campus of the University of Denver. We look forward to finalizing the conference details in the very near future. On our next trip, we hope to be able to sit down with members of the various school districts, insurance representatives, and assessment centers in Denver and the surrounding areas in order to form strong collaborative working relationships.
For more information about CARD Denver services and the upcoming conference, visit: http://centerforautism.com/autism-colorado/index.html.