Since 2004, Ascendigo, a Colorado-based nonprofit, has been working to help people with autism through an annual summer sports camp and a variety of year-round programming.
Peter Bell, Ascendigo’s president and CEO, said the organization is “founded on the belief that people with autism can do activities everyone thinks would be impossible. We make the impossible possible.” Bell, who has been Ascendigo’s president and CEO since 2017, said the nonprofit’s mission is to “elevate the spectrum and what it’s like to be someone who has a condition on the autism spectrum, allowing them to reach their potential and to shatter expectations either they have for themselves or that others might have for them.”
According to a report by PostIndependent.com, both of Bell’s sons attended the annual summer camp in Ascendigo’s early years, one as a camper and the other as a camp counselor.
In its report, PostIndependent.com noted that Ascendigo has partnered with Aaron Taylor, director of the Way of Compassion Foundation, a nonprofit offering “services that help people live meaningful lives,” according to its website. Last month, Ascendigo celebrated its clients breakthroughs and community partnerships through its annual Ascendigo Blue Aspen fundraiser.
“Events like the one this weekend will hopefully raise a lot of awareness about who we are and what we do,” Bell was quoted as saying. “We get a lot and benefit from the community and we want to give back that gratitude. It really is a symbiotic relationship.”