What is the ASBC?


The Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) helps individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families develop a strong, united community by creating opportunities for people to connect, share experiences and build new relationships. 


Mission

  • Connection

    Connect with other individuals and families living with autism.

  • Support

    Find the support resources you need to thrive.

  • Education

    Learn more about autism and supporting your loved ones.

Upcoming Happenings

Volunteers Needed for Annual ASBC Wine Tasting

Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2014    The Autism Society of Boulder County is looking for energetic volunteers to join our Fundraising Committee. Although it’s only fall, we are already gearing up for our 12th Annual Wine Tasting, which will be held at the historic Hotel Boulderado on April 18, 2015. 
 
We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to the greater Boulder business community for sponsorships and donations. Do you know any local businesses that would like to support ASBC programs? We need your help to make this event our most successful ever! No experience necessary.
 
Please contact Hunter Wright at boulderwrights@gmail.com for more information. 

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Sibling Tree Adds New Support Group for High School Students

Posted on Friday, October 03, 2014 ASBC is excited to announce that Sibling Tree, the free monthly support group for kids who have a brother or sister with autism or other special needs, will now offer an additional support group geared specifically toward high school-aged kids who have a sibling on the spectrum.
 
Sandra Tucker, founder of Sibling Tree and the group’s facilitator, is the sister of a young man with autism herself and  

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Bountiful ASBC Summer Benefits Area Families

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 The Autism Society of Boulder County has been busy the past three months, and area families affected by autism are reaping the benefits from both an ASBC summer fundraiser and an iCan Bike clinic.

Jack's Block Party was held on a beautiful August afternoon, beneath blue skies and an enormous white tent, just outside the front doors of The Post Brewing Co. Post chef Brett Smith and his talented friends served up an impressive spread—shrimp gazpacho, trout, and pulled pork, to name a few of the tasty dishes—complemented by beer and other beverages from a handful of local microbreweries. The Adam Bodine Trio provided the soundtrack for the afternoon and lent a sophisticated but festive air to the party. 

In the words of KBCO's Bret Saunders, who emceed the event, "There was a really warm, congenial vibe under the big tent, like everyone there was a friend... The music was impressive but not snooty. Overall, it was like this smart kind of carnival atmosphere."   

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Seven Chefs - Three Breweries - One Great Cause

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014      Jack’s Block Party at The Post Brewing Company is just around the corner! Have you bought your tickets?
 
The Autism Society of Boulder County is the lucky beneficiary of this summer festival and fundraiser: all proceeds will go to our Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Program. Through this program, ASBC helps families defray costs of expensive therapeutic summer camps for their sons and daughters who have autism.
 
We’re finalizing all the details and are excited to share the names of the many chefs, breweries and distilleries who have signed on to make this event a little slice of heaven for foodies and beer drinkers alike.
 
In addition to Brett Smith, Partner and Chef of The Post, the following chefs will lend their culinary talents to Jack’s Block Party: 

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ASBC Sponsors Patty Lemer Reading at Boulder Bookstore

Posted on Monday, July 07, 2014         In late July, Patricia Lemer, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), will speak about and sign her new book, Outsmarting Autism, at the Boulder Bookstore.
 
This book, which includes discoveries about the possible etiologies of autism and promising therapies that are emerging, offers something for everyone, whether you are new to the world of autism, familiar with various treatment options or a veteran who has tried everything. Lemer guides readers step by step with practical information, from a variety of fields, that families, specialists and educators can put to use right away.
 
What:  Patricia Lemer reading from her new book, Outsmarting Autism
 
When:  Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 pm
 
Where:  Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl St., Boulder 80302
303 447 2074
 
Vouchers to attend are $5 and are good for $5 off Lemer’s book or another purchase the day of the event. You can purchase vouchers at the door or in advance by calling the store: 303 447 2074. Readers Guild Members can reserve seats for this event. 

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ASBC Brings iCan Bike Clinic to Boulder This Summer

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Did you realize that the vast majority of people with disabilities never learn to independently ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime? Research shows that more than 80 percent of people who have autism never experience this activity that so many others take for granted. iCan Shine, a charitable non-profit based in Pennsylvania, was created to help those with autism and other disabilities defy these odds.

The Autism Society of Boulder County is excited to announce that we will host an iCan Shine bike riding clinic, in Boulder, this summer: Monday, July 28, through Friday, August 1. Twenty-five kids and teens will have the opportunity to work with trained iCan Shine volunteers who will teach them to ride a bike.
 
Here’s how the clinic works: your son or daughter will receive 1 hour and 15 minutes of 1:1 instruction for five consecutive days. The goal is to have your child riding a bike by week’s end. Approximately 80 percent of the people who participate in the iCan Bike program ride a two-wheel bicycle independently by the end of the five-day program. The remaining 20 percent make tremendous progress towards this goal and leave the program with their parents and/or siblings trained as “spotters” to pick up where the instructors leave off.
 
iCan Shine will provide all the bikes and other equipment. Please note that your son or daughter must meet ALL of the following criteria in order to participate:
 

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CDC Holds Public Health Grand Rounds on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014

 

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Good News: ABA Benefits Through Insurance Not Affected by ACA

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014

After more than two years of work by advocates, the Autism Society of Boulder County is excited to announce that last week the Division of Insurance (DOI) issued Bulletin No. B-4.71 to clarify issues that have surrounded the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Insurance Mandated Autism Treatment (HIMAT). The advocacy community is grateful for the time and energy that DOI Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and her staff have spent on this issue.

Many families, providers and advocates had expressed concern with the DOI’s conversion of monetary benefits for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to session limits. The new bulletin clarifies that:

"All carriers issuing individual and/or group health benefit plans must provide, at a minimum, $34,000 annually in ABA therapy benefits for children through age eight (8), and $12,000 annually in ABA therapy benefits for children aged nine (9) up to age nineteen (19), regardless of the number of visits required to reach these minimum benefit amounts.
 
The current minimum number of visits, in twenty-five (25) minute increments, established by rule is five hundred fifty (550) visits for a child through age 8, and one hundred eighty five (185) visits for a child aged nine (9) up to age nineteen (19).

If the minimum ABA therapy benefits of $34,000 or $12,000, as applicable, have not been provided when the minimum number of visits has been reached, additional visits must be authorized until, at a minimum, $34,000 or $12,000, as applicable, in ABA therapy benefits have been provided. Nothing in Colorado law or regulation prevents a carrier from providing more than the minimums established by rule. 
 
Nothing in this bulletin or in Colorado Insurance Regulation 4-2-47 prohibits a policyholder from requesting or receiving additional ABA therapy above the $34,000/550 visit minimum from a carrier. This bulletin and Colorado Insurance Regulation 4-2-47 should not be construed as the Division taking a position regarding whether federal law requires carriers to cover medically necessary ABA therapy in excess of the $34,000/550 visit minimum required by Regulation 4-2-47."

What does this mean for families?
 
The intent of this bulletin is to give guidance to carriers to protect your ABA benefits. Your benefits should not be reduced as a result of the ACA implementation. In fact, this bulletin emphasizes that these session limits or monetary limits should be thought of as MINIMUMS. It also draws a parallel between services that were received under the previous monetary caps ($34,000/$12,000). The bulletin does not prohibit families from requesting additional ABA services (over the $34,000/550) as needed from the carriers, although it does not guarantee that they will be covered. The information gleaned from multiple hearings is that additional work is still being done to assess these minimums. 
 
Undoubtedly, there will still be need for support and advocacy around this matter. Please continue to contact kim@arc-ad.org or john@autismcolorado.org with any questions or concerns.

   

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ASBC Offers Educator Discount on Wine Tasting Tickets

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

      We are excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the Autism Society of Boulder County will offer a special two-for-one Educator Discount on tickets to our annual wine tasting and fundraiser. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 to 11:30 pm, at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder.
 
Tickets will be available online starting Saturday, March 1. Here’s how it works: beginning March 1, click on the event image on our home page, which will lead you to the link for purchasing tickets. Instead of clicking on "General Admission," click on “Educator Tickets.” You will then be able to purchase two tickets for the price of one.

More good news: tickets purchased between March 1 and March 31 will be available for $40 each. The price increases on April 1 to $50/ticket, so buy early!

Stay tuned for more details about our wine tasting.
 
We appreciate our teachers and other professionals in special and general education, and we hope to see you at our event in April!
 

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ASBC Co-hosts Free Lecture Series on Advocacy and Public Policy

Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2014    Do you wish you were better informed about legislative and other issues facing the autism community? Do you want to learn more about how the state and federal government work? Do you understand what healthcare reform means for you and your family?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you’re not alone. Many people want to know what’s going on at the Capitol but don’t have the time to head downtown to Denver every time a bill is introduced.
 
 

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