Our most recent milestone is the approval by the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to begin providing additional disability services. In addition to our behavioral day programs SECA now offers Respite Care (in-home relief for caregivers) and a Community Connector Program (trained therapists attend community events with clients such as Scout meetings or church services). No other respite care providers in Pueblo County have staff trained to work with children with ASD. Our training is what distinguishes SECA. Many of our students have been expelled from regular daycare centers due to their behaviors. SECA’s staff is trained to de-escalate and re-direct inappropriate behaviors. We do not dismiss children because of their behaviors; we work with them to see them through to a better way. As such, we have several parents waiting for our final approval.
Another major milestone for us is the purchase of our first building in May 2010. Our new facility has more than doubled our workspace and has enabled us to move forward into new projects. Our new facility is located at 125 W. Palmer Lake Drive, Pueblo West, CO and has over 5000 square feet to expand our services.
Our Mission Statement
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
Today, over the next 3 to 5 years, our board has established the overall goals of keeping pace with increasing demand for services, increasing the types of services offered, and expanding services to adults.
One of our immediate goals is to purchase the surround land and build a safe playground for our special children.
As we expand more into adult services it is our goal to build a “Respite House”. This would be a place where adults with autism could continue to learn life skills. We would also work toward a separate Children’s Respite Facility where children with autism could be cared for in a safe and learning environment while their parents and other family members are enjoying a break from the daily care of their disabled child.
Today, SECA is the only autism center in Pueblo County and one of only two in Southern Colorado. SECA serves families, educators, school districts and medical facilities throughout the county with autism therapies and education. The Center also serves a limited number of clients from other Southern Colorado communities and parts of New Mexico.
Last year, SECA worked with 80 clients directly, ranging in age from 18 months to 19 years of age. We also provided educational programming to roughly 200 parents and employees of school districts and community agencies.
For more information about Soaring Eagles Center for Autism please contact us at (719) 547-8803
Soaring Eagles Policy Information
The Soaring Eagles Center for Autism admits client of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally or made available to the clients at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, and athletic and other center administered programs. SECA ‘s policy is that no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.
Asbestos Safety Statement
Soaring Eagles Center for Autism is an asbestos free school/learning center. However, to comply with State and Federal regulations, we have an asbestos management plan. If you wish to see this plan please contact Karen Colvin M.D., Executive Director the Local Education Agency Designee.