"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

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Sometimes it affects a person’s cognitive abilities, and many report co-morbid medical issues (gastrointestinal symptoms, inflammatory disorders, anxiety, etc.). Autism manifests itself differently in each individual, and while causes are little understood, increased awareness and funding can help families today. In Colorado, nearly 2,500 school-age children have an autism disorder diagnosis, but the overall figures are likely much higher because other related spectrum disorders – like Asperger’s and PDD-NOS – are identified and served under other disability categories.

Currently, the Autism Society of America estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation and employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).