Conference to raise awareness of autism

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One in 85 children and adults in Colorado is diagnosed with autism, meaning they have problems communicating and focusing. The Future Horizons Autism/Asperger’s Conference (Friday) will provide information for parents that can help them cope, enhance their child’s learning, and inspire them as well.

Denver mom Shannon Zimmerman is taking on the challenges of raising an autistic child with love and dedication. Her 10-year-old son Logan has a sparkling smile and warm heart.  Logan is autistic and deaf, so he communicates in his own way.

Shannon says he was diagnosed with autism at age three and explains, “He wasn’t speaking, he didn’t play with other kids, he didn’t learn sign language because he’s deaf as well.”

James Buckles, CEO of the Autism Society of Colorado says it’s crucial to build a network of resources to provide answers parents need.

“Where are the appropriate organizations that can give them information on the types of therapies and treatments they need to seek out, where are the resources available to financially support intervention,” he said.

The Autism Society holds several events each year designed to bring families together so they can also support one another. For example,  Autism Day during the holiday season allows autistic children to enjoy calm peaceful environments that are more comfortable for them.

Shannon says her son Logan is her life, and she wants the best for him.

“He’s always happy, he’s energetic, he loves life. He has made me who I am and he’s just, he’s amazing, he’s a very special little boy.”

The Autism Society of Colorado has a call center that can be reached at (720) 214-0794 or (877) COLOASD. You can also visit their website at

The Future Horizons Autism/Asperger’s Conference will be held in the Davis Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin, named one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World by Time Magazine. An award-winning film was made about Dr. Grandin’s experience with autism and her incredible contributions to the world. For registration information you can visit


  • amdachel

    It’s not accurate to say that “one in 85 children and adults in Colorado is diagnosed with autism.”

    The autism rate, currently one in every 88 or one in every 50 in the U.S., (depending on which official study you care to believe) only applies to children. No one has ever found a comparable rate among adults–especially adults with classic autism, whose symptoms are easily recognized.

    A once rare disorder is now so common that everyone knows someone with an affected child. This should be a national health emergency. We should be moving mountains to find out what’s causing this. We need to stop the epidemic.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

  • bepatienz

    “No one has ever found a comparable rate among adults”

    Since you’ve discussed on your web site the studies that clearly demonstrate that the prevalence of ASD among adults living in the community is comparable to the prevalence of ASD among children, it’s surprising to see you claim that the studies that you’ve already discussed don’t actually exist.

    Why do you do that?

    Oh, wait! I know! It’s because such study further undermine your already-eviscerated vaccines-caused-an-epidemic-of-autism meme, isn’t it?

  • Ken Reibel

    The 1:88 figure quoted by amdachel is from the CDC’s 2008 survey of school records for eight year olds. It is incorrect to say 1:88 (or 1:85) kids are diagnosed with autism, and amdachel conflates autism “rate” with autism “prevalence.” The 2008 study found that 20 percent of eight year olds identified by the CDC as autistic were previously misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.

  • Betty Bona

    You autism epidemic deniers are just like climate change deniers. It is becoming more clear everyday that climate change is a human assisted reality. Research was not done sooner to halt the damage because the deniers had the upper hand. Why would you spend money on research for a problem that doesn’t exist. Now, because of climate change deniers, we have lost years of opportunity to take action to prevent further damage to our environment. Similarly, because of you autism epidemic deniers, we have again lost years of opportunity to learn how to prevent and treat autism. Why would anyone want to prevent research that has the potential to relieve so much suffering? Get your head out of the sand and look around you. That’s all it takes. It’s much easier than seeing the anthropomorphic aspects of climate change.

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