Conference to raise awareness of autism

Child with blocks spelling 'Autism', Photo Credit: ZME Science

Child with blocks spelling ‘Autism’, Photo Credit: ZME Science

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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

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