Families and individuals living with autism need resources, information and support. As parents of kids with ASD, we have experienced the shortage of all of these, along with the isolation that can come with a diagnosis.
A huge part of the mission of the Autism Community Store is to provide a sensory safe, stare free place where people can go to find the supplies they need, as well as resources, information and support – a place they are welcome and truly belong.
The store hosts regular events, including monthly support groups for parents and siblings, informational workshops, holiday parties, and Colorado’s largest Autism Resource Fair. We hope you will join us and continue to make connections in our community!
The Autism Community Store hosts an Autism Resource Fair each year in May to help address some of the fundamental challenges families living with autism face: Autism is isolating, resources are scarce and information is hard to find.
Now in its 7th year, the Autism Resource Fair has grown to become the largest in the state of Colorado. Nearly 80 providers of autism services attend this unique outdoor event that attracts hundreds of families. Exhibitors include advocacy organizations, therapy providers, therapeutic recreation programs, and services that help with everyday life. The atmosphere is festival-like, complete with a bounce house and lots of sensory activities for the kids. The Resource Fair is a special day that has become a favorite for Colorado autism families.
Sibs take over the store! Sibling Clubhouse is a friendship-building, sibling-only hangout that meets monthly at the Autism Community Store. Our kids with autism often have so many things to do and places to go -- therapies, appointments, etc....While these may not all be fun destinations, siblings can sometimes wonder why they don't have so many special things to do.
Sibling Clubhouse was made just for them. It's a free, monthly gathering exclusively for siblings! We have a core group of siblings who look forward each month to seeing their friends, playing games, eating snacks and just being themselves -- and they love welcoming new members! It's a place where everyone "just gets it."
The autism journey is an uncertain one. The Spectrum is broad and each person is unique. Opinions vary about treatments and approaches. Information can be scarce and contradictory. Families have questions about therapies and funding, education, health, education and meeting basic daily needs.
Believing that information is empowering, the Autism Community Store has an extensive Resource Library in the store, and serves as a venue for workshops and presentations by local experts. Some of the topics have included: Shoe-tying 101, Self-regulation, IEP’s, Safety, Navigating Medicaid and Insurance, and Creating a Sensory Friendly and Inclusive Classroom.
Autism is isolating. We are often afraid to participate in community events because of the crowds, the sensory environment, or because we don’t know how we or our child might react. The Autism Community Store tries to give people a destination, a safe place to celebrate with friends where their needs are met and they won’t be judged.
Two of our favorite days of the year are Pictures with Santa and our annual Halloween Party. Connections are made, friendships take root, a sense of belonging is fostered. Life feels normal, at least for a day. Everyone deserves that.
The Autism Community has unique needs that the Autism Community Store tries to meet in every way we can. As family members and individuals with autism, we know what the points of pain are.
Several times a year, we partner with a skilled local stylist and transform the store into a “stare-free,” sensory-friendly salon for free haircuts. Some of our “clients” had been so traumatized by previous experiences that they had never before had their hair cut! We also work with local providers to offer massages for caregivers and their children!