Friday, November 2, 2012

Good News Friday!

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Imagine!’s Out & About department making a positive difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by providing positive instruction and community-based services within a therapeutic framework.

Out & About was created in 1997 in response to the requests of community members with disabilities and family members who care for those with disabilities. Since that time, Out & About has continued to grow and develop into a dynamic, exciting, and flexible organization thanks to the ideas, requests and suggestions of staff members, the community, and the people they serve.

The impact Out & About has had on families is Boulder County during these past 15 years has been nothing short of astounding. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what some of the families themselves have had to say:

"Our son loves, loves, LOVES the activities offered at Out & About! Sending him to camp provides much needed respite for our family. All the while, we know he’s having fun in a supportive and friendly environment. We know he’s well cared for and having a great time! This allows us to relax and have some 'normal' family time. I don’t know what we’d do without Out & About!"

"The Out & About after school program and School Closure Days provide a fun, safe and structured time for our son. He is always happy to be there. The consistent staff and variety of activities help it to be successful. The availability of this program is essential to our family being able to raise a child with our son’s level of disability. It is an integral part of our life and our son’s life."

“Out & About is a great program! I would definitely recommend it to other families. Top notch staff!”

“The recreation instructors did a great job connecting with my son, easing his anxiety and treating him with respect and compassion. They seemed to have good boundaries-setting reasonable expectations without ‘babying’ him.”

“Our son had a great year at summer camp. The staff was so friendly and encouraged his emerging reading/writing skills and seemed genuinely invested in his progress and happiness at camp. We are all, in our family, very grateful for this program and its excellent staff.”

To honor its 15th anniversary, Out & About will be hosting a celebration event tonight, Friday, November 2, in conjunction with its usual Friday Night Out event. The celebration is free and open to the public, and will take place from 6:30 – 9:30 in the John Taylor Conference Center’s Pounds Conference Room, located in Imagine!’s office at 1665 Coal Creek Drive in Lafayette.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Haley Jones Short, Out & About, Therapeutic Specialist/Evenings and Weekend Coordinator, at

Congratulations, Out & About!

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