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.

Give Opportunity!

Give Opportunity!

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016

  

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Steady on

Steady on

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Regardless of how you feel about the recent presidential election, please know the Autism Society of Boulder County remains the small but powerful grassroots organization it has always been. Our commitment to improving the lives of people affected by autism is strong. We look to the community, as we always have, for opportunities to create relationships, seek understanding and support one another. ASBC is grounded in the fundamental truth that everyone has value and we all deserve the chance to contribute to society. We are dedicated to our mission and look forward to continuing to serve the community in the best way we know how, through mutual respect, compassion and connection.


 

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ASBC Has A New President

ASBC Has A New President

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lynn Wysolmierski, escaped special education teacher, past program director, autism specialist and longtime advocate for diversity, has become the new President of the Autism Society of Boulder County. Lynn brings many years of experience to ASBC and is excited to build upon the solid foundation created by Emmy Conroy and the many ASBC board members of the past. Read on to see what she has to say about taking on this new challenge.

 

Last May, when Emmy retired, my hope was to quietly weave myself into strong fabric that is the Autism Society of Boulder County without being noticed. Emmy is a hard act to follow and I know I cannot take her place. I can only take on the job.

Becoming ASBC President is a big job. The people who have come before me have built an organization that is engrained in Boulder County. Throughout the county; parents, self-advocates, educators, government officials, employers, recreational and service providers, first responders and local business look to ASBC for information, access, advocacy, support and help when they are in crisis. I have a lot to learn. I am lucky in that people have been kind and the fundamental quality of ASBC gives me time to catch up.

When I introduce myself as the new president the first question people ask is “Are you a parent?” The answer is, no. The second question I am often asked is, “Are you on the autism spectrum?” The answer to this is also no. The question that is never asked, at least not directly to me, is “If you are not a self-advocate or a parent why are you the ASBC President?” The answer to this is, experience.

Experience has taught me who I am and who I am not. Experience as a teacher and an advocate has shown me that parenting a child with a disability is unique and differs for each family and of course for each child. I never presume to know what a parent knows and as President I rely on the wealth of knowledge ASBC families readily provide. The benefit of this is, I can learn about what it means to be a family with varied challenges in all stages of a child’s life, from diagnosis to adulthood, all at one time. This helps me to try and meet the needs of all of families who access ASBC. As President I am striving to increase our outreach to families of people with significant behavioral and sensory challenges who may have extreme difficulty accessing community resources and support. I also acknowledge the need to connect with culturally diverse families and to do a better job of making sure people who do not speak English are aware of what we have to offer.

I know I am not autistic. While I introverted, enjoy smaller quiet gatherings and avoid hugs, I do not have autism. It is not my place to assign value or meaning to the communication or behavior of people with disabilities. I cannot begin to know what it is like to be treated differently because I am different. I have had autistic friends since the age of 13. These friendships have been mutual exchanges of understanding and appreciation of what is odd, interesting, annoying and fun about all of us. As president of ASBC I know we need to focus on the needs of autistic people through all the stages of life. We need to do more to help develop self-advocacy, community connection, employment, secondary education and inclusive recreation for all ages. While valuing the advantages of being autistic we also need to help those of all ages find ways to alleviate the challenges they wish to reduce through access to research, services and community partnerships. I am working to increase our partnerships with people on the spectrum as board members, committee members and collaborators in all our areas of support.

Experience has also taught me I don’t know what I don’t know. I am excited to be working with the board to move ASBC forward and I am always open to feedback. If you ever have questions, concerns or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you! My email is president@autismboulder.org You can also reach me via twitter at @autism_boulder. Please let me know how I am doing and what I can do better! - Lynn


 

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Farewell Emmy

Farewell Emmy

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016

If you know anything about ASBC you know Emmy Conroy.  Emmy has been the President of the Autism Society of Boulder County for over four years.  She has been the heart, soul, smile, hugs, brains and grit of ASBC for so long it is hard to imagine the organization without her.  However all good things come to an end and Emmy is retiring from the board and as ASBC president.  Her good bye letter is below.  ASBC and the entire Boulder County Autism community can not begin to describe the depths of our appreciation for all Emmy has done. She has been an amazing leader and will be deeply missed.  While she will no longer be leading our organization she will still be around. If you see her give her a hug and tell her that story about how she changed your life for the better.  We know you have one. 

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ASBC is incredibly grateful to the community for making this years Cheers! Wine Tasting our best ever.  We had a ton of fun, met new people, enjoyed some amazing wine and raised more money than we have ever raised before.  We are excited for the year ahead and very much appreciate everyones generosity.  We look forward to supporting our ongoing programs and creating new ones.  We hope to start recreational programs for preschoolers, add to our adult opportunities including a new book club and to increase our partnerships with the community in both education and employment.   

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The 2016 ASBC Wine Tasting!

The 2016 ASBC Wine Tasting!

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Exciting News!! The 2016 ASBC Wine Tasting is almost sold out! 

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Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day

Posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday December 8, 2015 

The Autism Society of Boulder County will be participating in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday December 8, 2015, starting at 12 am. and finishing at 11:59 pm. Colorado Gives Day is a statewide giving opportunity focused on celebrating and increase philanthropy toward local nonprofit organizations in Colorado.

ASBC is aware that you will receive many requests to give to local organizations on CO Gives Day. While we support and sometimes even partner with other nonprofits we ask that you consider how your funds will be used once you donate them. The Autism Society of Boulder County spends approximately .10 of every dollar on operating costs. The other .90$ goes directly to people and families in need. ASBC provides support groups, classes, clinics, social opportunities and education for both families and people on the spectrum. We are very lucky to have all volunteer committees including our education committee, fundraising committee and our employment committee. Our Board of Directors is also made up of volunteers who work hard all year, not only to fund raise but to provide community outreach and support to anyone who contacts us. Volunteers also step up to help us with fund raising events, classes, social outings and operating duties including administrative management. We are lucky to have these people. We are also aware that their generous donation of time and energy gives us the chance to spread our funds around to more and more people every year.

Colorado Gives Day is an example of the kind hearted giving community we live in. Every organization that participates is important. We hope you will consider giving to ASBC and possibly volunteering with us in 2016. As always we are grateful for the generosity of the many people who support us.

To donate on CO Gives Day please go here https://www.coloradogives.org/cogivesday . Please note that you can schedule your donation to ASBC on December 8, 2015 prior to the event. Just click on the link to “schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation in advance now” link and it is easy!

 

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Of Course You Are Welcome Here

Of Course You Are Welcome Here

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

If you have ever been to an ASBC support group you know the feeling. You know what it is like to be accepted for who you are and for where you are at in your life no matter the circumstance. The parent of a child with a new diagnosis is taken in by parents who have walked alternative parenting paths for years when they come to an ASBC support group.  The 50 year old woman with only a checklist from the internet to confirm her suspicion that she is autistic is greeted and introduced to the group when she gets the courage to attend an ASBC adults on the spectrum support group.  Join us, it’s ok, we understand.  This is the little known beauty of the culture of Autism.  It is the beauty of inclusion and true support. 

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With Gratitude from ASBC!

With Gratitude from ASBC!

Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2015

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into home, a stranger into a friend." -Melody Beattie 

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ASBC Free Lecture Series- Parent Forum

ASBC Free Lecture Series- Parent Forum

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
What: Parent Forum with BVSD Special Education Administration Team
When: Monday, October 5 2015, 6:30-7:30
Where: Louisville Library, First Floor Meeting Space
Cost: Free
Deadline to Submit Questions: September 29, 2015
Due to Limited Space and RSVP is required by October 5, 2015 at secretaryautismboulder@gmail.com

 

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