Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

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About Imagine!’s ASD Program

Imagine!’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program was created in 2004 in cooperation with the Autism Society of Boulder County. The purpose of this program is to provide services to address the challenges of local children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder but do not qualify for Colorado state funded waiver services.

This program is unique in the state of Colorado, and only serves individuals living in Boulder and Broomfield counties. The program serves children aged 5-26, and offers support for a single three-year period.

If you would like to know if your family member is eligible for this program, contact the intake department at 720-274-5452.

Families who are already enrolled in the ASD Program and need assistance may contact the ASD Program Coordinator at jshields@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6444. For general information about autism call the Autism Society of Boulder County at 720-272-8231, or contact them here.

ASD Program Goals

The goal of this program is to provide families a method of selecting services that promotes the most cost-effective means to address the significant challenges to their child’s participating in family and community activities. This includes:

  • Offering innovative supports to local children and adolescents who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who do not meet state criteria for intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may live fulfilling lives of independence and quality in their homes and communities.
  • Reducing the added stress on families that results from supporting a family member who has ASD.
  • Making beneficial services available to address the challenges of persons who have ASD.

Registration and Enrollment in Services

Once a registration form is completed online, individuals are placed on the ASD Program waitlist until eligibility is determined. A confirmation of registration receipt will be emailed to the family. A current email address, phone number, and mailing address will be kept on record with the Imagine! ASD Program Coordinator.

Supporting documentation of medical diagnosis and current IEP or 504 Plan should be emailed, mailed, or faxed within 8 weeks of the registration date to the ASD Program Coordinator in order to remain on the waiting list. Registrants may download an Intake Application here.

Please complete and return the intake application to the Intake Navigator. If you have questions in regards to completing the intake application, you may contact the Intake Navigator. Eligibility is determined by Imagine! based upon the information submitted. Any registrant who has previously received a letter of denial of eligibility from Imagine! or another community centered board should send a copy of that letter to the Intake Navigator.

Intake Application

Families who have met the intake requirements are notified when enrollment will take place. Enrollment in the ASD Program lasts a maximum of three years.

An ASD Program manual is sent to each family to familiarize them with the procedures and requirements of the program including the information discussed below:

  • Identify needs that are related to ASD and exist because of ASD.
  • Seek assessment of target needs as necessary.
  • Develop a 3 Year Plan of service and support with goals and budgets to address those needs.

Upon approval of their Plan, families are then given access to their personal online Consumer Center and are able to direct their allocated funds. The families will:

  • Select from a list of qualified providers to fulfill the services budgeted in the plan.
  • Together with the providers’ input, submit progress updates twice annually as to how goals are being met.

Please keep in mind that the yearly allocations are not a cash grant to the family, and funding amounts may change each fiscal year. Imagine! will use each family’s funding allocation to pay service providers directly according to the family’s plan. Assessments, plan building, and initial interventions are considered critical to achieving the outcomes desired.

Available Services

Available services include, but are not limited to:

  • Audiology to address Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Behavior therapy, evaluation, and intervention for social and emotional support
  • Complementary and alternative therapies. * At its discretion, Imagine! may agree to fund a professional service or program for alternative therapies, but does not endorse, verify, recommend, or vouch for the safety, quality, or efficacy of a particular provider, program, or treatment
  • Equipment and supplies recommended by professionals
  • Family-Recruited Providers who follow social integration or behavior support plans or provide remedial tutoring
  • Medical services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy