"ASBC has empowered me to become more active in creating a life around my son's autism as opposed to his autism being our life. Without ASBC's support and sense of community, my son's diagnosis would have made our lives a lonely place."

- A.F., Longmont

Testimonials

"I am so happy to have found this support and a society that understands the overwhelming needs of raising a child with ASD. Thank you again!"

- A.B.

"ASBC has empowered me to become more active in creating a life around my son's autism as opposed to his autism being our life. Without ASBC's support and sense of community, my son's diagnosis would have made our lives a lonely place."

- A.F., Longmont

"We were so excited when we received the respite grant. Thank you so very much -- you really helped our family and blessed us. Since moving here in November, we have had some amazing support and help from you and others. My husband and I were able to go out on a much needed date, alone. Thank you again!"

- A.H.

"The coffee support group in Longmont has been something I look forward to every month. This contact is essential for parents in order to remain healthy and productive advocates for their children."

- B.B., Longmont

"We used the [Send a Kid to Camp grant] money to send our son, a 17-year-old with Asperger's, to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, held at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. This camp enabled him to further develop his writing talent, but perhaps more importantly for him and for us, it provided an opportunity for him to get a taste of independent mobility and residence life prior to applying for college.As a result of this experience, we are now much more confident--and he feels more prepared--for his managing the responsibilities of independent living in college. It was a great foundation to build on both academically and socially."


- J.W.

"I would like to thank you for your support in providing us with a Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant. Special thanks to Chef Brett Smith and his team at Zolo Southwestern Grill in Boulder. With your generous support, my daughter just had two meaningful summer camp [experiences]. She loved the activities, especially archery, the climbing wall, dancing and swimming. My daughter is still very proud that she had been announced the award twice in front of the whole camp. It is definitely a beautiful memory for her and helped her sequence motor tasks, improve her core strength and coordination, and assist her with sensory regulation. Again, thank you for your kindly support."

- L.L.

"Dear ASBC, the iPad has been an amazing gift for the students here at Angevine. We use it almost every period. Students who are not able to talk find it incredibly valuable when taking tests, working in a group or communicating with the general education teacher. The immediate accessibility to what is happening in the classroom in the moment is amazing. Having the iPad creates a whole new level of inclusion.Thank you for thinking of us. The gift of the iPad does more to help kids with autism than I can possibly describe."

- Lynn Wysolmierski, Angevine Middle School, Lafayette

"My son was a recipient of the Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant, and he will get to spend two weeks at summer camp at the Longmont Humane Society. Because of your grant and the generosity of Chef Brett Smith, my son could immerse himself in something that he loves to do and that makes him feel confident and productive. Because of his Asperger’s, he often feels out of tune with other people, but he always feels in harmony with cats and dogs. Thank you for giving that to him. You are an amazing organization. Thank you for all of your efforts, hard work and kindness."


- M.K.

"I have just received my Respite Grant check, and I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity.... If it were not for this check (and what amazing timing you had) I may not have been able to put food on the table this week. Times are tough for all of us, and I am surely blessed to have received this grant. Your help has come at a great time of need for us."

- M.K.

"The Heatherwood ILC would like to send a big thank you to the ASBC Education Committe for the amazing iPads that we now have in our classroom due to your generous grant. Students are using the iPads in the ILC as well as their general education classrooms to access a wide variety of apps, and have easy access to the Internet for quick information or videos on topics that are being taught. Students are learning to read, write and do math in a very interactive way, and how to regulate their behaviors with Social Stories. Thank you so much for your generous support in helping our amazing students reach their full potential."

- Sylvia Parga-Ray, Heatherwood Elementary, Boulder

ASBC Support Groups

"Six years ago when my son was diagnosed with ASD, my life was turned around. I emailed ASBC for support with this life-changing diagnosis and the president at the time emailed me back. She took my hand and walked me through some of the most challenging, acute struggles. Then she introduced me to the ASBC secretary at the time, whose daughter was the same age as my son. She got me involved with volunteering for the group. I started with administrative assistant duties, then fundraising, then to facilitating a support group. ASBC has empowered me to become more active in creating a life around my son's autism as opposed to his autism being our life. Without ASBC's support and sense of community, my son's diagnosis would have made our lives a lonely place."

-A.F.
Longmont

"The coffee support group in Longmont has been something I look forward to every month. Not only do I learn from others and get support but I am able to use the 18 years of advocating for my son to support others who have less experience dealing with the schools, providers, and problems that come up along the way. It's a win-win situation and a priceless experience. This contact is essential for parents in order to remain healthy and productive advocates for their children."

-B.B.
Longmont


Family Respite Grants

"I have just received my Respite Grant check, and I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity.... If it were not for this check (and what amazing timing you had) I may not have been able to put food on the table this week. Times are tough for all of us, and I am surely blessed to have received this grant. I will be able to buy groceries and provide other things for my son that I've been unable to due to financial difficulties, like buy him a few new shirts and get his hair cut and register him for before care at school so that I can work. Again, thank you. Your help has come at a great time of need for us."

-M.K.


"Thank you very much for the $300 respite grant! It is very difficult to find quality care for my son who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder without paying additional money. Not just anyone can be a respite provider for him, so this grant has allowed me to find a reliable caregiver who understands his needs. This is particularly important for me as a single mother.
  I hope that autism awareness continues to grow in Boulder County, as well as throughout our nation and world. Only through awareness, and generous donors, can families receive the help they need. I am so happy to have found this support and a society that understands the overwhelming needs of raising a child with ASD. Thank you again!"

-A.B.

"Gimme a Break

Morning to night,
Dusk to dawn
Around the house
Front and back lawn
Weekends and weekdays
when he works and he plays
my son needs attention
he has autism, might I mention
no "down time," no stopping
just worrying and watching
supporting and giving
going about living
but...
it gets tiring
it gets draining
energy runs low
it's time to go....
out!
ASBC respite grant
Put to good use
Babysitter for date nights
Who can refuse?
For a few hours,
We're simply husband and wife
These few hours infuse us with new life

Thank you ASBC!"

-L.W.

"Thank you so much for the respite grant. I used to work outside the home. In order to help our son and be less stressed we choose at this time for me to not consult in order to research how to help our son and do therapies with him after school (OT, speech, ABA, vision therapy, gymnastics, chiropractic, BIT, psychologist).
   We plan to use the respite grant for my husband and I to have dates for going out with friends and going to concerts. In the past we used to have really good teenage sitters for about $7-8/hr for three times a month. They graduated from high school and got jobs that paid more.
   Now we have a very qualified sitter in her late 20's who charges $12/hour. We try to have her come about once a month. This grant will help pay for about five times of sitting for this year at about $60/visit.
   Thanks again for the grant."

-R.C.


"We were so excited when we received the respite grant. Thank you so very much -- you really helped our family and blessed us. Since moving here in November, we have had some amazing support and help from you and others. My husband and I were able to go out on a much needed date, alone. We saved the rest of the grant money to go towards summer camp for our son. We really wanted to send him to camp, at least for a week this year, and couldn't rely on the chance of getting another grant. So thank you for making it more possible for him to go to camp this year. Summer is a long time frame, with no additional support.
Thank you again!"

-A.H.


Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp Grants

"I would like to thank you for your support in providing us with a Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant. Special thanks to Chef Brett Smith and his team at Zolo Southwestern Grill in Boulder. With your generous support, my daughter just had two meaningful summer camps: Rocky Mountain Day Camp and Mountain Kids Summer Camp.
  Like Jack Ferrigno, my daughter is a lovely six-year-old who has a diagnosis of ASD and ADD/ADHD. She is very sweet and engaging. Based on her needs, we
selected two camps after comparing lots of summer camp programs. In Rocky Mountain Day Camp, children spend their day in a small group with other campers who are the same age and gender. Since my daughter has ADHD and social delays, low camper-to-staff ratio and staying with same-age girls helped her get more attention and social help. She loved the activities, especially archery, the climbing wall, dancing and swimming. My daughter is still very proud that she had been announced the award twice in front of the whole camp. It is definitely a beautiful memory and wonderful experience for her. Mountain Kids Day camp provided small group of gymnastic class and other activities, like water play, art and craft, and some field trips. These helped my daughter sequence motor tasks, improve her core strength and coordination, and assist her with sensory regulation. The final performance was great. My daughter enjoyed the gymnastics classes
very much and we have signed up her fall gymnastic session at Mountain Kids. 
  Again, thank you for your kindly support."

-L.L.


"My son was a recipient of the Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant, and he will get to spend two weeks at summer camp at the Longmont Humane Society, thanks to your generosity and kindness.
   I cannot properly express my gratitude. My son loves the animals at the Humane Society and often dreams of becoming a veterinarian, living along the Front Range, the mountains his backyard, wide open space and many dogs running carefree. I would not have been able to give this camp to him this summer if it were not for you. Although I have been blessed to further my education and finish graduate school, it has, unfortunately, not guaranteed a full-time job, and I am still seeking employment.
  Because of your grant and the generosity of Chef Brett Smith, my son could immerse himself in something that he loves to do and that makes him feel confident and productive. Because of his Asperger’s, he often feels out of tune with other people, but he always feels in harmony with cats and dogs. We have many imaginary pets at home, and he waits for the day when we will be in a better situation and he can have a real pet of his own. In the meantime, he has summer camp to look forward to. Thank you for giving that to him.
   You are an amazing organization. Thank you for all of your efforts, hard work and kindness."

-M.K.
Longmont


"I am writing to thank you all very much for the grant money to send my son to camp this summer. It has been great! He has a personal mentor assigned to him. This gentleman works with my son on strengthening his academic skills, as well as his social skills with the staff and the other kids at the center. They also spend one-on-one time playing at the local park. The center has also planned out some really fun activities for them to venture out on.  All this has given my son an opportunity to learn how to interact with different types of people and how to behave appropriately in public.
  Although we have a long road ahead of us, I think that this summer has begun to help shape my son for a future that we wall want for him: a successful one! So once again, I thank you, Autism Society of Boulder County and Brett Smith and the team at Zolo Grill. You have been a huge blessing by giving my son this opportunity."

-S.W.


"We wanted to send our thanks for providing us a Send a Kid to Camp grant this past summer. We used the money to send our son, a 17-year-old with Asperger's, to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, held at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. The grant was a huge financial help, since in addition to the camp tuition of $1,050, we were also responsible for airfare and pre- and post-camp lodging.
  Our son has been a gifted writer since fourth grade, when a teacher helped publish one of his poems in the school district's literary magazine. This camp enabled him to further develop his writing talent, but perhaps more importantly for him and for us, it provided an opportunity for him to get a taste of independent mobility and residence life prior to applying for college.
  As a result of this experience, we are now much more confident--and he feels more prepared--for his managing the responsibilities of independent living in college. It was a great foundation to build on both academically and socially.
   Thanks!"

-J.W.


"Our family is so grateful for the Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant. With this money, our daughter was able to go to camp an extra week. We also went swimming all summer. We are most appreciative. My daughter had a blast this summer.
  This is the first time we have received a grant from the Autism Society of Boulder County, and we thank you for your gift and help. We appreciate all of the support."

-C.G.
Boulder


"I received a Send to Kid to Camp grant and wanted to send you a letter personally thanking you and thanking Chef Brett Smith for his compassion towards his friend John Ferrigno and John's son Jack and for seeing the challenges in life  when your child has autism. What a blessing it is to be that friend who wants to understand and wants to do something to help others who have the same challenges before them. God bless you for all you do. I am the mother of two boys who have autism. My seven-year-old is high-functioning, and everybody who meets him just adores him. He is a funny little guy. My six-year-old has Asperger’s, and he is my Wild One! He has had a lot more issues than his brother and has had heart, abdominal and throat surgery all before the age of six.
   When we received a letter stating that my sons were two of the recipients of your Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant, we were thrilled. With my younger son's surgeries and both boys in therapies that insurance doesn't pay for, we just didn't have the funds for camp this year. But when the letter came from the Autism Society of Boulder County, we knew it was going to be a great summer for the boys.
  Both boys  got the chance to go to Renaissance Adventure Camp in Boulder, where they teach boys how to be a Knight and be the Hero of the day. They got to go to Circus/Gymnastic Camp in Lafayette as well. My older son really wanted to go to Space Camp in Littleton, and he was able to go because of you. Thank you!
   The boys have grown in so many ways this summer. My older son gained so much confidence and independence this summer, and my younger son found out he has some limitations, but also grew in confidence and independence with the camps we chose.
  It was a growing experience for me as well. I watched them spread their wings for the first time and fly solo without me....it was amazing.
  Thank you so much for your generosity and for caring so much for our kids with autism."

-D.L.


Education Grants 

  "The Heatherwood ILC would like to send a big thank you to the ASBC Education Committe for the amazing iPads that we now have in our classroom due to your generous grant.
  Students are using the iPads in the ILC as well as their general education classrooms. They are able to access a wide variety of apps, and have easy access to the Internet for quick information or videos on topics that are being taught.
  Thanks to the iPads students are able to access the curriculum in a fun and engaging way. Students are learning to read, write and do math in a very interactive way. Students are learning how to regulate their behaviors with Social Stories. Our speech therapist and occupational therapist use the apps to teach language, writing and a variety of other skills. The iPads are also great reinforcers for all of the students.
  Thank you so much for your generous support in helping our amazing students reach their full potential."

-Sylvia Parga-Ray and the ILC Team
Heatherwood Elementary School, Boulder

 

"Dear ASBC Education Committee,
   The iPad has been an amazing gift for the students here at Angevine. We use it almost every period. Students who are not able to talk find it incredibly valuable when taking tests, working in a group or communicating with the general education teacher. The immediate accessibility to what is happening in the classroom in the moment is amazing. Having the iPad creates a whole new level of inclusion.
  Thank you for thinking of us. The gift of the iPad does more to help kids with autism than I can possibly describe."

-Lynn Wysolmierski
Angevine Middle School, Lafayette

"Thank you so much for your award for the new iPads. We look forward to what we will be able to do with this new technology. We appreciate the ASBC Board’s support of our program for these awesome kids."

-Mark Inglis
Director of Admissions & Operations
Temple Grandin School



Lecture Series

“This HIMAT presentation was great—thank you! And thanks for continuing to educate people about the law.”
(anonymous)

“Your presenters’ knowledge of HIMAT was excellent. Thank you for offering this education for our community!”
-Judy James-Anderson, Director
Imagine! Behavioral Health Services

“This was a wonderful and appropriate presentation. Thank you for sponsoring this event and helping get the information out there!”
-Zoe Palmos, parent

“Both presenters did a wonderful job presenting the material [on HIMAT], giving interesting examples, and answering questions.”
-Thomas Viebjerg, parent


Autism training workshops for local school districts

“Thank you for these workshops! I wish [presenter] Helen Nychka could visit every autism program in the district and help us with our observations and action plans for students.”

“I wish these workshops could be offered to schools on in-service days, especially schools with autism labs, to help staff members.”

“These workshops taught me about the depth of autism. I have always been taught that it is solely a social disorder. I am now beginning to understand what the overload is like for these children at school.”

“I wish my entire staff/school team could have been here for these workshops.”

“What I value most about these workshops is being able to hear [presenter] Helen [Nychka] for FREE and being in a room with other educators who choose to learn more about autism.”

“One of the most helpful things I learned at these workshops is not to take the behavior of a student with autism personally—I should approach frustrations and conflict with the student with curiosity instead of fear.”

“When I go back to work, I plan to pull out my notes from these workshops and spend more time planning for my students with autism to make sure their individual needs are being met based on their learning and sensory styles.”

“I loved some of the handouts from the workshops. I wish I’d had all this information 15 years ago!”