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Resident Jason Royal and his wife are like many parents raising three young children.

The only difference is that their children have autism spectrum disorder which affects social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and results in repetitive behaviors. The resource exchange has helped children access essential services, as well as speech therapy and music therapy to help children develop, grow and overcome barriers related to disability.

“Our 5-year-old daughter, who has non-communicative autism, now has a device to be able to communicate. My middle child is in music therapy, which helps her focus, learning and concentration. My son of 13, who is prone to important behaviors, is learning to cook and function in the community,” Royal said.

“Without TRE, we wouldn’t have known the availability of these services, let alone how to access them.”

For decades, TRE has helped children and adults with developmental disabilities through partnership with private and community agencies and service providers. TRE serves more than 9,000 people in El Paso, Park, Pueblo and Teller counties, largely made possible through its participation in the Empty Stocking Fund.

According to CEO Colleen Batchelor, the ESF supports local health and social services for people in need. TRE has served the community for 58 years, nine of them as a partner agency.

“TRE is one of 20 community councils in Colorado, coordinating home and community services for people with disabilities, retardation, mental health, and long-term care needs. TRE’s early intervention program serves more than 1,500 disabled and retarded children by providing coaching and therapies through a personalized hybrid model,” said Batchelor.


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In addition to meeting the needs of people with disabilities, mental health or long-term care and connecting them to resources to meet life-saving needs, TRE also serves as a guide in times of uncertainty.

Often someone may not know they need TRE services until they are at a critical time or in times of crisis. These include a traumatic brain injury, an unexpected diagnosis of a child, a parent in need of long-term care, a carer of a disabled person. TRE provides guidance when paperwork, fine print and bureaucracy seem overwhelming, Batchelor said.

“However, navigating the support system is not the only goal. Our mission is to advocate for independence and inclusion, that is, to ensure that the necessary supports are provided, but to continue to examine and reassess how those supports can empower someone. ‘one of living fully in an inclusive community that we aim to build with the people we serve,’ says Batchelor.

TRE’s strategic goals extend beyond the next five years as it understands that to provide the best human-centered services to people, it must anticipate the needs of the people it serves in a rapidly growing service area. . TRE’s relationship with the community is strengthened by its relationship with the ESF, Batchelor said.

“Support from this collaboration allows us to expand our programs and fill funding gaps so we can meet the life-saving needs of the people we serve,” Batchelor said.

To learn more, visit www.tre.org.

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