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THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....September 23, 2010
This weeks Reporter-Don Smith

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Quote:   “One day your life could flash before your eyes. make sure it worth viewing".

Guests:   n/a

Fines:  John Vierthaler for letting his cell phone go off three times during the program. The Rev. Robinson had his arm in a sling so he was fined for not knowing fishing is a "contact" sport. And last, Orian Hunter for just plan talking to much and it didn't get him anywhere.

Announcements:   Report from Gus's wife Carolyn that he is home but not ready for calls or company.

A brief Board Meeting after lunch voted to donate $400 to The Melissa J. Utecht Benefit Fund Golf Tournament. The players would pay $50 each to play.
For info on this, go to: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/melissajutecht/mystory .    

Dave Miley is working on the Sertoman of the Year nominations and it is recommended to the Board that the nomination go to Howie Kelsall.

Walt Wilson, President of Littleton Sertoma, talked to us about the Charity Sporting Clays Event Friday, Oct 1st. at Kiowa Creek. We have one team so far. If you are interested, contact Jack Marshall.

Ed Bezjak pushed his “Keno Combine” as he is going gambling and says he will take your money with him but no guarantee he will come back with any of it.  This is the 3rd week he has "begged" for your money, makes you wonder if he has to pay off his "old" debts....... just thinking.

Fall Dist. Conf. maybe Oct 8th at the Embassy Suits in the DTC. For more information, contact the Platte Canyon Club.

Greater Park Hill Club is going to have a Bridge fundraiser so will let you know when we have more details.

Englewood Chamber of Commerce luncheon is on Oct 19th. Cost $20 but club picks up half. Reservation deadline is Oct 5th. Howie Kelsall will have an honorable mention there. Meridian Retirement Center, 3455 S. Corona St. 11:30am. There is NO lunch on the 14th. The  Board also voted to pay for any of Howie Kelsall's family that attends the Englewood Chamber luncheon where he will have honorable mention.

Will Martinez has King Soopers coupons. The club receives 5% but only 4 people regularly use the service. The card is like a debit card so it’s easy to use.

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SERTOMAN OF THE DAY:     

Mike Magee was born 1939 in Houston but grew up in Chicago starting at about age 2. He can remember looking out his window and seeing the Troop Trains. He went to school in the Chicago area, then came out to C.U. in 1957, got a degree in marketing, then went back to Chicago and sold shoes for 9 years with the Florshiem Shoe Co. He liked Denver so well he came back and tried selling shoes here. He got tired of the flying and driving back and forth with the shoe business so he got into real estate back in 1972, then later with his wife, Barb.

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Mike and Barb have been happily married 22 years. They have a daughter 45 and a son 45. Barb had 2 daughters before they met and now, there is a combined total of 7 grandkids. Mike retired about 17 years ago so they bought a sail boat and sailed around the Gulf and Atlantic for several years, enjoying it very much. They ended up selling the boat and returning to Colorado.

Mike has no military, something about having kids at the right time and being in college.

Mike is a past president of 1993/94 and has a Gold coat, with the help of Bill Anderson and a couple other members. Mabe brought him into the club.

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Program:  Mike Ballew (yes, he is still in the club) introduced Michael Zeithlin, Betty Lehman and Gwen Smiley, all from the Autism Society of Colorado

The Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) was founded in 1970 by parents fighting for their children’s right to receive a public education, and in 1975, ASC, together with other organizations, spearheaded passage at the state and national level of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Since its inception, ASC has served Colorado as a volunteer-driven organization providing information and services to families, providers, and the community at large.  ASC knows that community education and awareness is the key to a better future for people with autism and their families. ASC’s current professional staff, together with its volunteers, continues to serve individuals and families impacted by ASD and the greater community, providing guidance, education, support and leadership to health and rehabilitation providers, state departments and policy makers.  The staff of ASC provides 200 callers a month with current information about ASD treatments, services and relevant policy initiatives.

ASC is credited with organizing the successful passage of more than a dozen Colorado laws impacting the lives of disabled Colorado citizens.  This legislation resulted in the creation of two Medicaid Waiver programs for severely-impacted children who might not otherwise be eligible for public health care funding, improvements in funding of Colorado’s early intervention program for children with special needs, and state mandates for treatment of ASD in commercial health insurance plans. 

ASC also helped to establish theColorado Autism Commission, chaired by ASC’s executive director, which has developed a ten-year strategic plan outlining Colorado’s role in meeting the needs of individuals with autism.  At the signing of this legislation in April, 2008, Governor Ritter said, "This new law will help us better understand, coordinate, and more efficiently provide services to Coloradans affected by autism" and added, "One in 110 Colorado children has been diagnosed with some form of autism. Clearly, this is a critical and growing challenge."

ASC and its leadership have been awarded numerous awards and commendations over the years.  Our proudest honor to date, however, was when ASC won the prestigious 2010 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Nonprofit of the Year Award.  

CURRENT PROGRAM AREAS AND PROGRAMS

Information and Referral.  Our I&R Call Center enables us to respond to approximately 200 inquiries per month, including crisis calls, e-mail inquiries, and walk-in visitors.  Inquiries for help are dramatically increasing due to amplified awareness of autism and recognition of ASC as the “go-to” resource. In addition, ASC continually updates information on autism on our website www.autismcolorado.org, sends out e-mail Action Alerts, hosts the autism-co@yahoo.com listserv and prepares a monthly e-newsletter that is distributed to over 2,500 subscribers. 

Education.  The “Autism Answers” program enhances public awareness of autism through community presentations.  These programs are offered at the ASC office and in community settings.  380 people attended Autism Answers in 2009 and since inception of this program, more than 5,000 people have been served.   Respite care is identified as the number one need of Colorado families with children with special needs. Through the “Give Me a Break! (GMAB) Respite Care Program, currently dozens of families are trained at no cost to use respite care and are receiving $150 per family quarterly from ASC with access to the program’s 250 GMAB trained providers. This education model emphasizes the importance of accountability and forward thinking in developing programs that address both the needs of families as well as the need for trained providers of individualized respite care.  ASC offers monthly educational classes with expert guest speakers, as well as professionally-facilitated support groups, through the ABCs of ASD program. ASC collaborates with attorneys in family law, health care law and education law who provide on-site pro-bono legal support to families attending the ABC’s of Autism series. ASC also offers special, collaborative programs such as the Down syndrome-Autism Connection, and the upcoming Deaf/HH & Autism Outreach, in order to reach out to constituents with specific needs regarding dual diagnoses.

Community Enrichment.  ASC arranges monthly pizza nights where autism community members enjoy a social evening in a safe environment to practice social skills.  More than 40 members are currently engaged in one location and usually four new families and several new adults on the spectrum join each month. Beau Jo’s Pizza, a local Colorado restaurant with locations statewide, is working collaboratively with ASC to establish the program at all locations. Several AMC Theaters provide screenings of sensory-friendly films which are well-attended by members of the autism community. As stated above, ASC is currently developing the Opening Doors program along with Colorado businesses and produced a film to showcase the success of the Program.  For each of our community enrichment programs, ASC encourages attendance and participation by adults with ASD who serve as a great resource to the parents of children with autism.

Policy . ASC enjoys recognition as one of the most respected disability nonprofits for its statewide policy efforts.  Routinely, ASC staff members assist with policy development for the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Division for Developmental Disabilities, Health Care Policy and Financing, the Division for Vocation Rehabilitation, the Colorado Department of Education and the Division of Behavioral Health.  ASC is currently part of Colorado’s Medical Home Initiative, 2010 All Children Covered and Partnership for a Healthy Colorado. As one parent recently pronounced in a public meeting, “The Autism Society of Colorado doesn’t just help kids with autism, they have helped my child with learning disabilities, as well, by passing laws that have improved her life. To support ASC is to support all children with disabilities in Colorado.” The 2009 Health Insurance Mandated Autism Treatment law (HIMAT) is estimated to pay for $100 million in treatment for autism annually. Treatment cuts the cost of lifetime care by two-thirds. The current cost of autism to the U.S. economy is about $60 billion. Additionally, about 50% of children who receive treatment before age three will enter first grade with a normal IQ and a normal educational curriculum without special supports. This law will benefit all Colorado taxpayers and citizens.

Autism is considered an epidemic in our country right now.  If ASC were to disappear today, there would be no other agency in Colorado that could provide the variety and intensity of services that we offer.  Families would struggle to locate information and resources, and they would flounder as they attempted to navigate the confusing and overwhelming healthcare and educational systems within Colorado.  Currently, 88 cents of every dollar goes to our programs which leaves a very lean 12% overhead ratio.  Our executive director and Board President are both award-winning CPAs. At ASC, we strive to develop powerful, long-lasting relationships with all of our community.  We guarantee that we are as dedicated to our community as we are to the clients whom we so fervently defend and serve.


Betty Lehman, Executive Director, Autism Society of Colorado

betty@autismcolorado.org, (303) 898-7656       (720) 214-0794
Listen to the complete presentation:       Autism speaker.mp3

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Oct 21: Robert Schenken VP Colo Public Radio
Oct 28: Congressman Mike Coffman

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