Our mission is to elevate the spectrum by empowering people, inspiring lives and shattering expectations.
Ascendigo Autism Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, Colorado. We provide opportunities for growth and independence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Beginning in 2004 with our summer sports camp (formerly Extreme Sports Camp), Ascendigo has since expanded to offer employment services, in-home behavioral therapy, and life coaching.
Our Made for MeTM campaign reflects our philosophy of person-centered care and planning. We develop customized life plans that are specific to an individual’s desires, skills, and talents, all based on in-depth knowledge of autism learning tools.
Our organization offers three core programs: Adventures, Life Enrichment, and Outreach. Our goal is to integrate people with autism into community life recreationally and socially, whether through adventure sports, basic life skills, compatible employment in local companies, or community engagement. In addition to our programs, Ascendigo educates members of our community about autism, what can be done to make living with autism better and easier, and how important it is for individuals with autism to live a life with dignity, purpose, and respect.
Ascendigo Adventures provides Winter, Summer, and Saturday Adventures Camps. Our Adventures Program offers rewarding, challenging outdoor experiences with positive, autism-specific supports. Participants succeed and have fun! Our team has specialized training to work with all levels of ability, behaviors, and functioning. Innovative sports instructor training curriculum for autism is also available. Camp activities include wakeboarding, river rafting, climbing, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding and much more.
Ascendigo Life Enrichment welcomes adults across the spectrum with individualized services and programs. Our approach focuses on social, vocational, athletic, and daily independent living skills. Clients live and work receiving personalized attention while becoming part of a welcoming, small Rocky Mountain Town culture. Our Life Enrichment Program can be broken down into three subprograms: Adult Comprehensive Experience (ACE), Ascending to Adulthood (A2A), and Community Living Residential Program.
Ascendigo Outreach provides behavioral therapy and school consultations for children living from Aspen to Rifle, Colorado. We provide in-home behavioral therapy and school consultations by BCBA’s, OT’s, BCBA-candidates, and Registered Behavior Technicians. We use naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions, incorporating the Early Start Denver Model, positive behavioral supports, pivotal response training, and applied behavioral analysis.
We understand that many persons on the autism spectrum lack opportunities in their daily lives, and we believe the Roaring Fork Valley is an ideal environment to foster growth and independence. A close-knit and relaxed community, the valley is welcoming and supportive for people with autism and is happy to accommodate their various needs and abilities.