Our society’s approach to helping people with developmental differences has come a long way in the last 60 years. Your family has access to far more resources, treatment, and support than families did a few years ago. Why? Because of the intersection of:
- Evidence-based treatment
- Relentless advocacy to expand insurance coverage
- Increased autism awareness
It’s been a difficult – but groundbreaking – journey.
Many people have worked hard for many decades so that ABA treatment would be termed a “medical necessity.” They wanted your access to autism treatment to be viewed the same as access to cancer-treatments or insulin.
We honor their work. We honor our obligation to reinforce that work. We want to ensure that families like yours continue to have access to life-changing therapy.
Our founding conviction at Ascend is to be a model for providers who strive for the highest quality treatment. We view your family as our partner in that effort. We understand the importance of community. To paraphrase Isaac Newton: we want to be the shoulders upon which future generations of ABA providers and families can stand.
In Times of Crisis
Your child needs routines, stability, and consistency in the best of times. What about in times of crisis? Supporting them is more important now than ever.
Crises are clarifying. They help us see the important versus the unimportant, our similarities versus our differences.
Our treatment is classified as an “Essential Service” that must continue, even as day-to-day life grinds to a halt.
The Department of Homeland Security, the States of Colorado and Arizona, Harris & Brazos County, TX, and many more have reaffirmed we are “Essential Services.” They have joined in our commitment.
Providing Essential Services
What does that mean? It means your child’s clinician is considered an “Essential Worker.” And they are your “Essential Partner.”
We are moved to tears by the commitment of our clinicians to the families they serve. We are humbled by their resilience and compassion in the face of uncertainty.
We understand the weight of what we ask of them: to provide your family high-quality treatment during this crisis. We will do everything necessary to protect our clinicians and our families.
Creating a Strong Community
We will emerge from this crisis. It will not be easy. It will not be short. But we are committed to providing hope to our families. We are your village. And together, we will be a stronger Ascend community because of it. We invite you to join us in our commitment.
Jonathan Mueller, Co-founder & Co-CEO and Will Boenig, Co-founder & Co-CEO