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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Definition: A child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a child with a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal social communication and social interaction, generally evidenced by the age of three. Other characteristics often associated with ASD are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental changes or changes in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.


April is Autism Awareness Month


Professional Development Opportunities

Autism Trainings Brochure 2013-2014 (PDF)

Please note that these training workshops are reserved first for Colorado School District and Administrative Unit personnel who work directly with children with autism spectrum disorders and parents of those children. All other reservations have been added to the waiting list and you will be notified at the registration deadline if there are open spaces.

Type of Training, Registration Link, Dates and LocationsFlyer
  • 2013-2014 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Literacy Institute
    Featuring presenters Christi Carnahan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati; and Pam Williamson, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    Dates: October 1-3, 2013 and April 22-23, 2014
               This is a 5-day training (8:30-4:30 each day)
    Location: Holiday Inn and Suites, 6900 Tower Road, Denver, CO 80249
  • Autism Level 2 Training: Transition
  • Assistive Technology Literacy Tool for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A
    2-hour online webinar
    • January 9, 2013, First Session: 11:30am - 1:30pm  Registration
    • January 9, 2013, Second Session: 2:30pm - 4:30pm  Registration
  •  Autism Level 1 Training: Teaching Students with ASD in the General Education Classroom


Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Programs (COMASP)

Questions about the COMASP Project for Autism Spectrum Disorders? Please contact Brooke Carson at (303) 866-6691 or via email at

For more information about services for students with Autism in Colorado, please contact:

Melinda Graham
Phone: (303) 866-6707

Brooke Carson
Phone: (303) 866-6691

Shannon Pfeiffer, Program Support Assistant
Phone: (303) 866-6969

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