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Thank You ASBC Boulder IRONMAN Volunteers
Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in Saturday's Bike Check-In for the 2019 Boulder IRONMAN! This was ASBC's fourth year to participate, and we were recognized for our stellar performance thanks to all our fantastic volunteers! 

 Last year ASBC received 2nd Place award for "Best Overall Team", and this year our team captain and Board President, Lynn Wysolmierski, was recognized as the 2019 "Volunteer Captain of the Year"!

Way to go ASBC! We can't wait for the 70.3 in August!
iCan Bike Clinic NEEDS Volunteers!
Summer 2019 iCan Shine Bike Clinic - still a few spots left!
CLICK HERE to Learn More and Register
What: iCan Shine Bike Clinic Hosted by Autism Society of Boulder County
Who: To be eligible to enroll, riders must be at least eight years old, have a disability, and be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane. Riders must be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Riders must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds.
When: Monday July 22nd through Friday July 26th, 2019
Where: Ascent Community Church, 550 S. McCaslin Blvd, Louisville, CO 80027
Cost: $150 

Session 1:  8:30 am – 9:45 am / 2 slots left!

Session 2: 10:05 am – 11:20 am / FULL

Session 3: 11:40 am – 12:55 pm / FULL

Session 4: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm / 1 slot left!

Session 5:  3:35 pm – 4:50 pm / 3 slots left!

ASBC Open Gym at Progresh
What:   ASBC Open Gym at Progresh
Where: Progresh, 9499 Washington Street, Suite 50, Thornton, CO
             MAP and DIRECTIONS
When:  Sunday, July 14th, 2019
             Sunday, August 11th, 2019
Cost:    Free
RSVP deadline: ASAP, and until the event is sold out!
CLICK HERE to Register for July 14th Open Gym
CLICK HERE to Register for August 11th Open Gym
Progresh is an innovative training center dedicated to ski, snowboard, skateboard, BMX and tumbling progression, in a safe and comfortable environment. Their mission is to provide a unique action sports experience, for all skill levels, to Colorado’s Front Range and beyond. This event is open to people of all ages who have ASD, as well as their siblings, friends, and family. We started this event with kids and teens in mind, but it's developed into an event for all ages and it's a great workout!
This is similar to the open gym format, however all participants need to arrive promptly for safety orientation and to sign waivers. Parents or guardians are required to remain at the facility. Progresh coaches will guide us as we explore all Progresh has to offer. This includes trampolines, airbags, tumbling, slacklining, and more. We do not promise access to scooters, skateboarding, skiing or snowboarding. Depending upon the size of our group, the Progresh staff may or may not be able to accommodate these activities.

Click here to learn more about Progresh
ASBC Open Gym at Airborne Gymnastics
What:   ASBC Summer Open Gyms at Airborne Gymnastics
When:  Monday, July 8th, 2019 from 10:30am-12:00pm
             Monday, August 5th, 2019 from 10:30am-12:00pm
Who:    Kids of all ages with ASD, and their siblings and caregivers
Where: Airborne Gymnastics - Frederick Location, Map and Directions
Cost:    Free
RSVP Deadline: Please RSVP by the day prior to Open Gym day
CLICK HERE to register for the July 8th Airborne event!
CLICK HERE to register for the August 5th Airborne event!

REGISTRATION OPEN - 51st Annual Autism Society of America National Conference

What: ASA National Conference - "Discover the Difference - We See Things Differently"
When: July 9-11, 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD 
CLICK HERE to learn more and register for the ASA Conference
ASBC Facebook Family Support Group
CLICK HERE to request to join the ASBC Facebook Family Support Group
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don't forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.
CLICK HERE to learn more and find a participating theater

Upcoming ASBC Support Groups

Please RSVP for all ASBC groups prior to attending to ensure the schedule or location has not changed for the month. 

What: ASBC's Social and Support Group for Young Adults with ASD (Ages 18-29)
When: Occurs every Monday, 5:30-6:30pm (Please RSVP with moderator to confirm)
Where: Panera Bread, 1855 29th Street, Boulder, CO 80301 (29th Street Mall)
Why:  This support group, focuses on social skills, employment, college, and skills for independent living for young adults with ASD.
RSVP: Please RSVP for this group to Moderator, Ruby Perske (Behavior Therapist with Behavior Services of the Rockies), at or 785.220.5338. Parents or teens/young adults who have not attended this group before should call and check in with Ruby ahead of time to be sure the group is a good fit.

What:   New ASBC Parent Support Group: Significant Challenges 
Where: The Taj, 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80305
Why:  This group is meant for parents who are experiencing significant challenges. You may be afraid to share in other groups for fear of you or your child being judged unfairly. You may be afraid to post something online because the internet is forever. 
This group touches on some very difficult topics, and confidentiality is a requirement. This isn’t a group where we talk about how the schools can’t keep up with our kids because they are too smart. While that can be a challenge, it is not what we are focusing on in this group. This also isn’t a group for any type of “functioning” person. We all have our high functioning moments and our low functioning moments, and we don’t want anyone leaving feeling like they are categorized, labelled or feeling worse than when they arrived. 
You may only need this group once. You may need it a few times a year, or you may need it every month. Whatever your needs are, you are welcome in this group. 
The group format is somewhat informal. We arrive at 7pm, mingle, hit the buffet, and start the meeting promptly at 7:30pm. Everyone will introduce themselves and talk about whatever issue is on their mind. The power of this group is the collective experience and resources that each of us has to share.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Moderator: Julie Darrow at

What:   ASBC's Lafayette Support Group for Adults with ASD
When:  Wenesday, June 12th, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: THE EMPOWERMENT CENTER (Small Building), 102 E. Cleveland Street, Lafayette, CO 80026
Why:  This group is meant to give participants an opportunity to discuss topics related to ASD in a safe and understanding environment. This support group is open only to adults who are 30 years or older.
RSVP: Please RSVP to moderator: Karlin Bruegel, 

New Social Opportunity: Karlin will be hosting a Fun on the Spectrum adult social group once per month. Dates are still TBD; please reach out to Karlin Bruegel for information!

What: Exploring Gender Identity Support Group for Youth with Disabilities
When: Wednesday, June 19th, 3:30-5:00 PM (third Wednesday of every month)
Where: Medicine Horse Program, 8778 Arapahoe Rd. Boulder, CO 80303, 720-406-7630, MAP and DIRECTIONS
Why: This group is for youth, ages 9-20, who have a disability. If you, a family member or friend are gender non-conforming, transgender or exploring significant gender issues and are disabled, please join us for this exciting opportunity to work with Nyle Biondi MS LMFT and the Medicine Horse Program. This group is open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 20 with a disability and is not exclusive to those on the autism spectrum or people who only use traditional means of communication.
RSVP: CLICK HERE to RSVP. For more information please contact ASBC at or 720-272-8231  
What: ASBC's Boulder Wednesday Evening Support Group 
Where: The Taj Restaurant, 2630 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305
Why: The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Moderator: Jessica Clarke at or 720-238-1315

PLEASE RSVP for this Support Group! Space is limited to a maximum of 10 participants this month due to circumstances with our venue, so please make sure you RSVP so that your spot is secured! 

What: ASBC's Boulder Thursday Evening Support Group
When: Thursday, June 20th, 6:30pm
Where: The Taj Restaurant, 2630 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305
Why: The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Moderator: Steph Fairbanks at or 720-550-2968

PLEASE RSVP for this Support Group! Space is limited to a maximum of 10 participants this month due to circumstances with our venue, so please make sure you RSVP so that your spot is secured! 

What:  ASBC's Longmont Support Group
When:  Sunday, June 23rd, 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Where: The Pumphouse, 540 Main Street, Longmont, CO,MAPS and DIRECTIONS
Why:  This support group is a great way to connect with others in the community and to share resources and experiences.
RSVP:  Please contact group moderator, Wendy VanKonyenburg, at to RSVP or to find out more about the group. PLEASE be sure to RSVP to the moderator in case there is a last minute cancellation or change of location. Thank you!

What: ASBC's Support Group for Parents of Adults on the Spectrum
When: Wednesday, June 26th, 12:30-1:30 pm
Where: Confluence SBC - A Small Business Collective
75 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, Map and Directions
Why: Support group for parents who have adult children with ASD. Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact moderator.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Moderator: Nisa Libbey, (720) 308-2565

What:   ASBC’s East County Coffee Meet-up
When:  Wednesday, July 3rd, 10-11am (will meet on first Wednesdays of the month)
Where: Cannon Mine Coffee, 210 S. Public Road Lafayette, CO 80026, 
Why:  The focus of this group will be for families of children who are preschool through high school age. This group is for parents, grandparents, or anyone experiencing and experimenting with the joys and challenges of living with different abilities
RSVP: Please RSVP to Moderator: Julie Marshal,

What:   ASBC’s Teens with ASD (for teens ages 13-18 years old)
Summer Update: This support group is taking a summer break! Please keep an eye out for newsletter updates on when the group will reconvene again in the fall!

What's Happening in the Community?

Here's a taste of upcoming events and trainings happening in our area.



CLICK HERE to learn more about the Sibling Tree, Colorado's SLN chapter

CLICK HERE to learn more about upcoming Sibling Tree programs



CLICK HERE for the most recent Autism Society of America Ignite Public Policy enewsletter.



CLICK HERE to learn more about the Parent Engagement Network

CLICK HERE to access PEN newsletters and upcoming PEN events



CLICK HERE for the most recent AUCD Disability Policy News In Brief newsletter



CLICK HERE for the current CRC newsletter



CLICK HERE to learn more about how Boulder County Connect can provide you with an online platform to connect with available community supports.



CU Boulder ATLAS Institute

Socially Assistive Robotics: Build Companions for Measurable Impact!

When: July 22 - 26, 2019

Register Now

Participants will learn how to build a socially assistive robot from scratch (using a kit and foundation plans), needs assessment, storyboarding and prototyping,  design for robust field deployment, design of interactions to support behavioral development in a measurable way, and how to use socially assistive robots in context. We will provide an overview of the Socially Assistive Robotics literature and research space, doing a deep dive in what’s been done and the impact, spend time focusing on needs finding, identifying where there are gaps, where help is needed, and understanding therapeutic practice (this may include a field trip). We’ll then break into teams, share learnings and conduct brainstorming on ways of solving the problems we observed. 

We will create multiple concepts and evaluate in a critique-style format. After getting feedback as a team we will commence prototyping and fabrication of the robots and related software. Prototypes will first be tested and demonstrated in the class. We will assess the interaction design and provide feedback and iteration on methods measuring the success of interactions (these may be automated or qualitative depending on the participant's skills and  interests). The course will conclude with a final field trip to a site where we can interact with prospective users and stakeholders and share back our learnings as a class. 

Who is the workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone who is interested in building robots that measurably help people. Folks who have an understanding of basic mechanics programming and/or interaction design may get the most from the experience. *There are no specific skills required for this workshop, however a lot of skills may help you have more fun and develop a more robust prototype. We will be starting from an open source robot, encompassing hardware (mechanical and soft goods), software and therapeutic interaction framework. All of these items are open-source for you to alter and improve to create new robot solutions. *Applicable experience: Unity, Arduino, CAD / Fusion 360, Illustrator / Inkscape, Sewing Machine, Laser cutting

What should participants bring?
Participants should bring a laptop computer. Also, bring an old Android phone and/or Android tablet if you have one. We will also have laptops for use and phones/tables to borrow if necessary. Optional but encouraged supplies include fake fur or fabric and a sketchbook. 

About the Instructor
While at Carnegie Mellon, Aubrey Shick designed Romibo, a socially assistive robot for older adults and children with special needs, particularly autism. The robot itself turned out to be a successful therapeutic intervention, with open-source derivatives seeing over 10,000+ users in 7+ countries. She’s now the Technology Advisor of a non-profit using robots successfully with autism and memory care patients, serving hundreds of clients a year.

Outside of her non-profit work, Aubrey works in consumer hardware including wearables. She worked for Intel in the New Devices group, designing and researching augmented reality and as a Product User Experience Lead for enterprise head-worn products. After Intel, Aubrey returned to social robotics as the Head of Human-Robot Interaction and User Experience at Embodied, Inc. a robotics “wellness” startup in stealth mode based in Pasadena, CA for a year and a half.

CLICK HERE to Learn More and Register for the Conference!
Get Air Trampoline Park in Longmont 

Sensory Saturday Mornings

 When: Saturday mornings, from 8:00am - 10:00am 
Where: Get Air Longmont, 2251 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont, CO 80501
Cost: $13 for "Big Air" / $9 for "Little Air" (guests under 46")

Get Air in Longmont has a dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs. During this time, Get Air will be closed to the general public and open to jumpers with special needs and their families! Music will be played at a lower volume, one parent or guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for free. Siblings of jumpers are welcome to jump for the same price.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays

When: First Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese's will open two hours early for Sensory Sensitive Sundays
Where: Participating Chuck E. Cheese's, please CLICK HERE to find location closest to you

Chuck E. Cheese's is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

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