"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 Free Lecture Series

 

May 2016:

What:Talking to Schools: How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs, Part 2 
When: May 19th, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Louisville Library, First Floor Meeting Space, Directions
Presenter: Shay Carpenter, Click here to learn more about Shay
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please RSVP to Julie Darrow at info@autismboulder.org or 720-272-8231
Details:Join Shay Carpenter for the first part in a two part series of Talking to Schools: How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs. The presentation will include information on four key principles of IDEA as well as practical tips for putting yourself in the drivers seat of the IEP.

April 2016:

What: Navigating Neurodiverse Relationships
When: April 5th, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Louisville Library, First Floor Meeting Space, Directions
Presenter: Shannon Huntsberry 
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please RSVP to Julie Darrow at info@autismboulder.org or 720-272-8231 

 

March 2016:

What:Talking to Schools: How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs, Part 1 
When: March 2nd, 6:30-7:30pm 
Where: Louisville Library, Second Floor Boardroom, Directions
Presenter: Shay Carpenter, Click here to learn more about Shay 
Cost: Free 
RSVP: Please RSVP to Julie Darrow at info@autismboulder.org or 720-272-8231 
Details:Join Shay Carpenter for the first part in a two part series of Talking to Schools: How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs. The presentation will include information on four key principles of IDEA as well as practical tips for putting yourself in the drivers seat of the IEP.

See the video below from Part 1 of "Advocating For Your Child with Special Needs"

Advocating For Your Child by Shay Carpenter from Shay Carpenter, LLC on Vimeo.


2014
This year, ASBC has hosted a series of lectures on the IEP, advocacy, and special education law. Ailsa Wonnacott and Aza Fakhri, Executive Director and Advocate, respectively, of the Association for Community Living, walked parents through the IEP process, including how to write measurable goals, how to advocate for students with autism in public schools, and how to manage conflict during IEP meetings. Attorneys Kate Gerland and Louise Bouzari of the Law Offices of Louise Bouzari, LLC, taught parents about the Colorado Department of Education and private mediation, due process hearings, and other legal alternatives available to them when the IEP process breaks down. Jennifer Levin, an attorney at The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, based in Denver, reviewed recent special education case law on Least Restrictive Environment, bullying/harassment, reimbursement for private placement, and manifestation determinations.

 

ASBC then hosted two follow-up workshops: the first on helping parents better understand the components of their child's IEP and how those components inform IEP goals, and the second on applying basic principals of Applied Behavior Analysis in the classroom and creating behavior plans for students as part of their IEP.

Recently, ASBC hosted two workshops on the urgent topic of financial and estate planning for families of children with special needs. Boulder attorney Wendi Temkin of Wendi Temkin, LLC walked parents through the estate planning process, including distinguishing between wills and special needs trusts. Soon thereafter, Betty Lehman, Melissa Edelman and Laura Mathews of Financial Alignment Partners explained to parents the necessity of comprehensive life care planning to ensure financial security for all their children--including their children with special needs--after the parents are gone.   

Previous lectures have included a presentation by Jill Tappert and Heidi Loeffel, two attorneys who helped in the passage of Health Insurance Mandated Autism Treatment (HIMAT) legislation in Colorado, who outlined the details of HIMAT and helped families and service providers determine which autism treatments could be covered under which health insurance plans.

ASBC also partnered with the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) to host an evening with Dr. Rich Villa, who spoke to families about the legal precedents for and benefits of Meaningful Inclusion of students with autism and other special needs in their general education classrooms with typical peers. Dr. Villa was contracted by BVSD to make schools throughout the district more inclusive of students with special needs.