Help support our cause by joining us at our 90th Annual 30 Club Charity Ball or by donating below.
The proceeds from the 2022 "30" Club Charity Ball will benefit the Soaring Eagles Center For Autism (SECA).
SECA is a community based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities overcome the limitations of autism. SECA was established in Pueblo County in 2001 to meet the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in southern Colorado. Since its inception SECA has expanded to reach families throughout Colorado and surrounding states. SECA grew out of the need for affordable autism services in Pueblo County.
Soaring Eagles Center’s mission is to offer respectful involvement in the lives of families who include children/persons with autism through providing education, advocacy, preparation and intervention. Our goal is to preserve always the dignity, independence, and heightened self-determination of our clients. We envision our clients and their families functioning optimally and coping effectively in our society
Soaring Eagles Center for Autism (SECA) began as a Christian-based nonprofit organization in 2001. The founders of the center, Dr. Karen Colvin and Nancy Barris, P.A., both have sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). After their sons were diagnosed, they endured a long and difficult struggle to obtain the special therapies their sons needed, and the education they themselves needed to understand and cope with the challenges of autism.
The center began as a local support group of 12 parents seeking assistance for their children with ASD. At that time the closest center for autism treatment was two hours away in Denver. Unfortunately, these services were inaccessible and unaffordable to many southern Colorado families.
Realizing the need in the Pueblo County community for intensive treatment services for children with autism, SECA began offering autism education programs for parents and teachers. When they saw the positive impact of this community support, they expanded their programs to include behavioral and social skills training services for children with ASD.
In June 2002, SECA began offering Pueblo County’s first summer program specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorder. With the success of this first summer program and at the request of the parents, they continued the teaching services throughout the year. It soon became their mission to increase the services to children with autism and their families, and to expand their community education efforts in southern Colorado.
Today, SECA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as a Pediatric Behavioral Clinic for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. In addition, SECA serves as a provider for the Home and Community Based Services Waivers and other Medicaid based programs for children and adult clients. Our services include Respite Care (in-home relief for caregivers) and Community Connector Programs (trained therapists who take clients into the community or who attend community events with clients such as Scout meetings or church services). SECA’s staff is trained to de-escalate and re-direct inappropriate behaviors.
SECA is designated as a school under the Colorado Department of Education, and serves as an alternative educational facility for individuals with autism.
SECA serves as an advocate for persons with ASD and their families, and serves southern Colorado as a full-service autism center and resource organization for parents, teachers, medical personnel, and school districts.
The most recent reports on autism from the Centers for Disease and Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that autism effects 1 child out of every 54. The CDC has declared autism to be a National Health Emergency. However, research shows that intervention services results in children needing less assistance as adults. See https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/addm.html.
A diagnosis of autism changes the lives of families. As SECA continues to grow, our hope is to always be a place of support and encouragement to those in our community affected by autism
We need your help!
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PO Box 62
Pueblo, CO 81002
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