Autism Society of Colorado (Lakewood, CO)

Name

  • Name:Kelsey Kohut
  • Title:Development Associate

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Autism Society of Colorado
  • Address:550 S Wadsworth Blvd
    Suite 100
    Lakewood, CO 80226
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:720-214-0794
  • Main fax:720-274-2744

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) is to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

  • Overview:
  • Annie was a beautiful, happy baby girl who, at age one and a half, loved to watch Baby Einstein videos and play peek-a-boo with her father. She would constantly talk and sing, and she always had her favorite toy in tow -- a fluffy, pink puppy dog. Then, when Annie was almost three years old, she became silent, withdrawn, oppositional and self-injurious. When Annie was diagnosed with autism, her father, a single parent, felt frightened and alone. Through the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC), however, Annie’s father learned about autism, met other families, learned about community resources, and attended educational programs. Annie’s father credits ASC, through their support and services, with “literally saving Annie’s life”.

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological condition that can affect an individual’s social interactions and ability to communicate and can produce profound behavioral challenges. As a spectrum disorder, symptoms can occur in various combinations and with varying degrees of severity. The Centers for Disease Control now estimates that the prevalence of ASD averages 1 in 68 children, most of whom will begin to show symptoms during early childhood (12 months to 6 years).

    Today 126 people will be diagnosed with autism; one person every 11 minutes needs your help to support themselves and their families. The Autism Society of Colorado offers programs that directly improve the lives of those affected by autism.

    Additional Facts:
    • Approximately one in four young adults with autism is socially isolated.
    • Approximately 26% of young adults on the autism spectrum received no services – services which could help them become employed, continue their education, or live more independently.
    • Over half of young adults with autism received no vocational or life skills services during their early 20s.
    • Nearly 37% of young adults with autism were disconnected from both work and education after high school
    Statistics provided by the Autism Society of America.

  • History:
  • 45 years ago, the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) was established by parents with few if any options for their children diagnosed with autism other than institutionalization. The Autism Society of Colorado transformed the conversation about autism then. Today, working with over 100 local and state affiliates, the Autism Society continues helping individuals impacted by autism, their families, caregivers and friends with options and opportunities while enabling them to maximize their quality of life and life's opportunities. More needs to be done and the Autism Society of Colorado continues to be at the forefront - leading the conversation and providing real help now to those affected by autism.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:6

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
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