Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Letter to the Editor

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Letter to the Editor

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The Colorado Autism Commission

In April 2008, the Colorado Autism Commission was established by Governor Bill Ritter with the goal of examining gaps in services and creating a 10-year state strategy by October 2009. As a school psychologist working with children with autism, I had the great fortune of being appointed as the school district representative on this 24-member commission. I worked alongside members of state departments, health organizations, business and community representatives, as well as parents and individuals with autism. It was a most eye-opening experience as it gave me insight into the world of autism as seen by other individuals, and not just educators in the public school system. I learned quickly that systems do not talk to each other so there is a lack of coordination of services across all areas. When a parent perceives they may have a child with autism, the lengths they must go to access services within the health, school, and community systems have simply been cumbersome, inconsistent, and lacking. Therefore, it was immediately apparent to our commission that we needed to create a coordinated care system where families can access various means of information to obtain the services they needed. …

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