Your Chance to Be Heard: New Grant-Funded Autism Initiative in Colorado Springs

A new grant-funded group is currently forming in Colorado Springs to address the strategic autism support plan developed by the Colorado Autism Commission. This group is looking for both autistic adults as well as parents of kids on the spectrum to participate in quarterly meetings and provide input. This is a fantastic opportunity to have your voice heard, and provide input that will help define the future of autism supports and services in Colorado Springs.

The CASCADE grant (CASCADE stands for Collaborative Addressing System Change in ASD and other DEvelopmental disabilities) is a three year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The Autism Society of Colorado in collaboration with JFK Partners, CU School of Medicine, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was awarded this three year grant project for a state implementation grant under the Combating Autism Act (http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/autism).

Specific issues that CASCADE will address:

• Expand partnerships between professionals and families of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities
• Improve access to a medical home
• Increase access to adequate health insurance and financing
• Increase early and continuous screening in the medical home
• Improve organization of community services for easy use by families
• Improve transition to all aspects of adult health care, work and independence

If you are interested in participating as an adult or parent representative, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the CASCADE task force.