Local autism support plan to be formulated

Mesa Developmental Services is hosting a community stakeholder meeting about autism on Thursday.

The event is at capacity, so no more people will be allowed into the event, but the result of the meeting will impact Mesa County residents with autism, their families and education providers. The goal of “Enhancing Community Supports for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum” is to bring together representatives from the Autism Society of Colorado, University of Colorado Medical School and Audyssey, an MDS autism program.

Stakeholders will discuss the Colorado Autism Commission Report and Strategic Plan and current research on people with autism spectrum disorders, current local support for people on the autism spectrum and what added support would benefit the community. Attendees plan to develop collaborative community goals for supporting children and adults with autism in Mesa County.

The Colorado Autism Commission created a report in 2009 to outline plans for addressing the growing number of Coloradans being diagnosed as people with autism spectrum disorders. The report includes a 10-year strategic plan that aims to promote, expand and coordinate services for people with autism.


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